Akron, Ohio, May 25, 2007 - Professor Alan Newman received the 2007 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award at The University of Akron School of Law 2007 commencement ceremony. Professor Newman's Faculty Page
Each year, members of the law school's graduating class nominate professors for the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award. The class then selects from among the top nominees and the Student Bar Association presents the award at the law school's commencement ceremony.
"This year's recipient has done the near impossible," said Student Bar Association President Katharine Szczepanik. "He has taken what students describe as very dry subject matter and turned it into an interesting and stimulating class. He has been described as a consummate professional and a great representative of the School of Law on a broader level, especially when it comes to his work on the new Ohio Trust Code. Although his exams are known for being one of the more difficult exams during law school, he makes everything clear and understandable with real-world situations. He is extremely kind and approachable and makes sure that every student in his class understands the material. He is an all-around great professor."
Newman is a resident of Akron and joined the university in 1996. He has taught courses in Wills, Trusts and Estates, Estate Planning, and Accounting and Finance for Lawyers. Newman received his bachelor of accounting and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He is a past and present member of several professional societies including the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also is an Academic Fellow of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a Certified Public Accountant. Newman currently serves as Reporter for the Joint Committee on the Ohio Uniform Trust Code of the Ohio Bankers League and the Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section of the Ohio State Bar Association and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Probate Law Journal of Ohio.
His recent publications include "The Ohio Trust Code and Revocable Trusts: Duties of the Trustee While the Settlor is Living", 17 Probate Law Journal of Ohio 103 (2007); "Ohio Adopts New Trust Code: An Overview of the New Ohio Trust Code and House Bill 416," The Ohio Lawyer, Sept.-Oct. 2006 at 8-15; An Analysis of the New Ohio Trust Code, 34 Ohio Northern University Law Review (forthcoming 2007); and Spendthrift and Discretionary Trusts: Alive and Well under the Uniform Trust Code, 40 Real Property, Probate, and Trust Journal 567 (2005).
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