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Professor Emeritus Jonathan Entin Awarded Excellence in Civics Education Award

Posted on July 27, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Jonathan Entin, who has won the National Federal Bar Association’s inaugural Excellence in Civics Education Award!  Professor Entin, recently retired from CWRU’s School of Law, has long been a Secondary Faculty Member in the Department of Political Science, most recently serving as a member of Jessica Weil’s master’s thesis committee and supervising Nicholas Ericksen-Deriso’s senior capstone project, Bail, An Insider’s Perspective: Examining Judges’ Perceptions of the American Bail System.  We congratulate Professor Entin on his most recent award and we celebrate his outstanding contributions not only to his students in the Law School but to our own undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Political Science, who have benefited from his excellent teaching and dedicated attention to education at CWRU.

Anthony J. Vegh, of the law firm of 
Vecchio & Vegh, and
 President, Federal Bar Association, Northern District Ohio Chapter, writes in Inter Alia:

“FBA Board Member and [CWRU] Law Professor Emeritus Jonathan Entin was selected for the National Federal Bar Association’s Excellence in Civics Education Award. The award recognizes extraordinary educators across the nation who contribute the most to civics education. Professor Entin was nominated for the award by a current student, James Walsh, who also serves as a Student Representative on our Board. Congratulations to Professor Entin who I’m proud to say taught me while I attended Case.”

From Inter Alia:

Professor Emeritus Jonathan Entin Receives National Award

Case Western Reserve University Law Professor Emeritus Jonathan Entin was among the educators selected for the Federal Bar Association’s newly established Excellence in Civics Education Award. The award recognizes extraordinary educators across the nation who contribute the most to civics education. Entin was selected for the profound impact he has had on those around him, according to the association.

“For over three decades, Professor Entin has made a lasting impression on thousands of our students, who have gone on to do remarkable legal work. We’ve heard countless stories from our grads of how he encouraged and inspired them,” Co-Deans Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf said in a joint statement. “His legacy knows no bounds.”

Entin is widely respected among students for fostering a climate that demands respect for the opposition. He emphasizes the importance of having passionate views and the need for students to develop legal arguments that will convince others.

Among his numerous accolades: he was voted Teacher of the Year by five graduating classes and Administrator of the Year by two others. He also served as the faculty advisor to the Case Western Reserve Law Review for 15 years.

Entin has been teaching since 1984 and served as associate dean for eight years. He officially retired in 2016, but continues to serve as faculty advisor of the Law Review. He has previously taught courses in constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation and regulation, to name a few.

“2017 was also the first year that the [Federal Bar Association] recognized teachers around the country for their dedication to civics education. 22 teachers who were nominated by students and colleagues were awarded the Excellence in Civics Education Award.”

Information concerning the Excellence in Civics Education Award can be found here: http://www.fedbar.org/Outreach/Inaugural-Civics-Essay-Contest_1.aspx.

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