UF Law Professor Berta E. Hernández-Truyol Takes Home 2008 Clyde Ferguson Award
University of Florida Law Professor Berta E. Hernández-Truyol has been awarded the 16th annual Clyde Ferguson Award from the Minority Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The honor, named for one of the first African-American tenured professors at Harvard Law School, is “granted to an outstanding law teacher who in the course of his or her career has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching and scholarship,” according to the AALS.
Hernández-Truyol, who was honored along with University of California, Berkeley Law Professor Angela Harris, received the award at the AALS annual meeting in New York Jan. 2-6, 2008. The honor recognizes Hernández-Truyol for her dedication to scholarship, teaching and public service. She is the second UF law professor to win the award in recent years, joining Kenneth Nunn, who was honored in 2001.
The award, named in honor of Professor C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr., is granted to an outstanding law teacher who in the course of his or her career has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching and scholarship. The award is particularly aimed at law teachers who have provided support, encouragement and mentoring to colleagues, students and aspiring legal educators.
“Professor Hernández-Truyol is a prolific scholar and a very fine teacher,” said UF Law Dean Robert Jerry. “Her writings have caused people to think deeply and sometimes differently about issues of justice and equality. We are very proud to have her on our faculty.”
An expert in international law and human rights, Hernández-Truyol joined the UF Law faculty and was appointed a Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law in 2000. She previously was a professor at St. John’s University School of Law, where she also directed the International Women’s Human Rights Project of the Center for Law and Public Policy. During the late 1990s, Hernández-Truyol was an honorary senior fellow in the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School and a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center. She also has been on law school faculties of the University of New Mexico and DePaul University. While in private practice, she was an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School.
Hernández-Truyol is one of the founders of the Latino Critical (LatCrit) Theory movement and is widely published. She is the editor of Moral Imperialism: A Critical Anthology (NYU Press 2002), and her articles have been published in numerous law reviews and journals. She is co-author of a forthcoming book (with Stephen J. Powell, director of the International Trade Law Program at UF’s Center for Governmental Responsibility) on trade and human rights, which will be published later this year by NYU Press. Hernández-Truyol was co-chair of the 2000-2001 law school Faculty Appointments Committee, helping the college pursue its diversity goals through hiring and retention. She also is active in the Association of American Law Schools (where she chaired the minority section), American Bar Association and American Society of International Law. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, her law degree (cum laude) from Albany Law School of Union University and her master’s in law from New York University.