April 15, 2016 – The University of Houston presented Law Center Assistant Clinical Professor Lauren Simpson with a faculty excellence award last night for her dedication to teaching lawyering skills and strategies to young law students.
Simpson received the Teaching Excellence Instructional/ Clinical Award at the 2016 Faculty Excellence Award Dinner held Thursday at the University of Houston Hilton.
“I am deeply honored and grateful to Dean Baynes for having had the faith in me to nominate me; to my students, who make teaching a joy and who inspire me to do my best; and to my LSS colleagues, who are supportive, helpful, and kind—and a true joy to work with,” said Simpson.
Simpson, who has been teaching lawyering skills and strategies to first-year and part-time students for six years, received her J.D. from UHLC in 1994. Before joining the Law Center faculty, she volunteered with moot-court teams, taught as an adjunct, guest-lectured, and helped organize and present brief-writing workshops for students at UHLC.
Her students describe her on the “Rate My Professor” Internet site as an “amazing woman, helpful, and always available,” traits that helped her earn one of the highest achievement awards bestowed by the university.
“I am sure that Prof Simpson is most deserving of her award because of her true passion for her students and teaching in general,” said Jacob Karam, 2L. “She is truly invested into each one of her students’ career and takes personal interest in our success. I’m proud to say I am one of hers!”
As part of the award, Simpson received $8,000. She plans to use some of the money to support the UH Shasta Pocket Prairie, a small on-campus prairie which will benefit native wildlife, and to improve St. Julian’s Crossing, her home Certified Wildlife Habitat/Monarch Waystation garden, which feeds, shelters, and supports pollinators and other wildlife, visit Simpson’s “St. Julian’s Crossing - wildlife habitat” Facebook page, where you can obtain educational information and news and view pictures of Simpson’s garden. (Please note that you must be logged into Facebook to view the page.)