Law Professors Honored by USD for Academic Achievements

San Diego (January 31, 2012) - Three University of San Diego (USD) School of Law professors have been honored by the University of San Diego for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their discipline. Awards will be formally bestowed at the Fall Convocation on September 14, 2012.

Professor Orly Lobel has been awarded with one of only five 2012-2013 University Professorships. The University Professorship is the highest academic honor university-wide and is based on outstanding contributions at the University of San Diego in teaching and research. Only one professorship is awarded to the School of Law each year. The professorship provides funds that may be used flexibly for course reduction, salary supplement, travel or project needs.

Professor Ted Sichelman was named the 2012-2013 Herzog Endowed Scholar. The award recognizes meritorious teaching and scholarly productivity and provides funds for professional development or for increased time for research or teaching for a one-year period to younger school of law faculty.

Professor Herbert Lazerow was named the 2012-2013 Class of 1975 Endowed Professor. The award was established by the Class of 1975 at its 25-year reunion gift to the law school to recognize meritorious teaching, leadership and academic accomplishments of a professor in the School of Law.

Orly Lobel writes and teaches in the areas of employment law, intellectual property law, administrative law, torts, health policy, consumer law and trade secrets. Prior to joining USD, she taught at Yale Law School and served as a fellow at the Harvard University Center for Ethics and the Professions, the Kennedy School of Government, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. A graduate of Tel Aviv University Law School, she clerked on the Israeli Supreme Court, graduated from Harvard Law School. Her current research focuses on innovation policy and intellectual property.

Professor Sichelman joined USD School of Law in 2009, after completing a Kauffman Foundation Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.  His teaching and research interests include intellectual property, law & entrepreneurship, empirical legal studies, law & economics, and computational legal studies.  Previously, he practiced in the areas of intellectual property litigation and transactions, appellate litigation, and venture finance at the law firms of Heller Ehrman and Irell & Manella. Professor Sichelman clerked for Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professor Herbert "Bert" Lazerow, professor of law and director of the Institute on International and Comparative Law, joined the University of San Diego law faculty in 1967. He J.D from Harvard University; L.L.M. from George Washington University; and DESS Conseil Juridique et Fiscal d'Entreprise from Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Before arriving in San Diego, he was a legal writing teaching fellow at GWU, then spent two years drafting regulations, legislation and tax treaties with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service's Chief Counsel's Office. He began his teaching career at the University of Louisville and has served as visiting professor at Université de Paris X Nanterre and at Boalt Hall, the law school of the University of California Berkeley.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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