Business Law Professors Score in Scholarship and in Teaching

As the academic year comes to an end, the editors of The Temple 10-Q wanted to shout out recent achievements of our business law colleagues. In addition to Professor Harris’ delivery of the Friel-Scanlan Lecture earlier in the spring, we are happy to report that Professor Tom Lin has won a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and Professor Harwell Wells recently published the Research Handbook on the History of Corporate and Company Law with Elgar Publishing.

The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching recognizes and honors faculty members who epitomize the highest levels of sustained teaching excellence in a classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting. Recipients of the award receive a $4,000 stipend and a framed certificate at a special convocation in April that honors individual winners and their contributions to Temple’s tradition of excellence in teaching.

In being distinguished with this honor, Professor Lin joins an elite group of Temple Law Faculty recipients, including Professors Robert Bartow, James Shellenberger, Laura Little, Alice Abreu, Susan DeJarnatt, Craig Green, Andrea Monroe, and The 10-Q’s own Salil Mehra.

When asked what receiving this award means to him, Professor Lin said that he “felt fortunate to be honored with the Lindback Award as a member of the Law School faculty because the Law School truly values teaching, and has many wonderful teachers who are just as deserving of this honor.”

Professor Wells’ Handbook on the History of Corporate and Company Law joins the roster of prestigious Elgar publications on business law. Edited by Wells, this Handbook examines the historical development of corporation and business organization law in the Americas, Europe, and Asia from the ancient world to modern times.

Comprised of topical chapters contributed by leading scholars from around the world, Professor Wells’ Research Handbook is “strikingly wide-ranging,” in the words of Brian Cheffins of Cambridge University.

Wells said that he was “delighted by the publication of the volume I edited, which collects 22 essays from scholars from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Its chapters span millennia, from contributions discussing the business form in ancient India and traditional Islamic societies to others discussing the evolution of the present-day corporation law in the US, Europe, and Japan.”

He was motivated to develop the collection “because we worry constantly about the corporation in our own times–about its power, political influence, and ability to create wealth for all – and I believe we will better be able to understand today’s challenges by taking a longer and richer perspective on the corporation’s evolution.”

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