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Employee Recognition Program

Past Law School Employee of the Year

Sonja Lane – Administrative Services Officer

Sonja Lane

Our 2014 Employee of the Year, Sonja, is a valued employee who has worked in various roles at UT since May of 1992. In her current role, she oversees accounting matters for the Law School and is well respected across the Law School community for her hard work, organizational skills and her ability to get things done. Her exceptional people skills have stood out as she handles a multitude of accounting-related matters that are often time sensitive in nature.

As her nomination stated, "Sonja is one of the most knowledgeable and accessible people at the Law School. Her understanding of University policy and procedures is encyclopedic and she seems to know everyone and everything at UT. She is unfailingly cheerful and pitches in to help with tasks ranging from complex accounting questions to office furniture assembly. She's not only a reliable fixture in the dean's office — the entire Law School benefits from her expertise and good nature."

"Sonja is always willing to help, and always willing to take time to make sure things are done right the first time." Although many requests do not fall within her official duties and responsibilities, Sonja is always willing to come to the rescue, and she does it with a big, friendly smile.

Sonja's contributions to the law school are innumerable and immeasurable. Congratulations to Sonja Lane, our 2013-14 Employee of the Year!

William "Billy" Chandler – Rapoport Center

Billy Chandler

The 2013 Employee of the Year has an extensive repertoire of skills, talents, and affinities that he brings to the law school each and every day. It is a great honor to recognize Billy Chandler of the Rapoport Center as our 2013 Employee of the Year. He is being recognized for his proactive leadership, teamwork, and enthusiastic service to the law school community.

From his extraordinary job in planning, editing, and coordinating the publication of the Rapoport Center’s Annual Review, through managing the Center's annual speakers' series, to coordinating the Center’s annual conferences, Billy Chandler runs the Center with enthusiasm and spot-on efficiency. His dedication and commitment are crucial to the success of the Rapoport Center's mission.

In addition, he works tirelessly with the center’s scholars and interns, encouraging and inspiring them through arranging discussions of human rights topics, helping them to manage their workloads, and engaging them in the work of the Center. He takes the lead in coordinating the visits of eminent scholars from around the country, orchestrating seamlessly all aspects of their travels. Last minute curve balls — and there are plenty — are handled smoothly and efficiently.

Yet it is his genuine and caring persona that has endeared him to his colleagues and earned him the respect of the students and faculty who work with the Center. Congratulations William Chandler, our 2012-13 Employee of the Year.

Chau L. Curfman - Library

Chau Curfman at the 2012 Employee of the Year ceremony after receiving her award.

The 2012 Employee of the Year is known for her willingness to always help others and to pitch-in in ways that are too numerous to count. It is a great honor to recognize Chau Curfman as our 2012 Employee of the Year. She is being recognized for her professionalism, organizational skills, and her teamwork attitude.

Chau has almost single handedly overseen, coordinated, and undertaken the movement of hundreds of thousands of volumes of library materials from the off-site warehouse to new placements throughout the library. The movement of these library materials involved physically demanding work that lasted well over a year. Chau has done this very well, and always with a pleasant disposition and great camaraderie.

In a time of transition for both the law school and the library, Chau has taken on innumerable new responsibilities and has done so cheerfully and with precision. One of her nominations describes her as "truly being a jack of all trades here at the library, interacting with students, faculty, foreign scholars, and visitors of all stripes. She is a reminder of the library's role in supporting the law school's mission, and reminder that so much of the work that makes the law school a world-class institution happens behind the scenes and at all hours of the day and night."

Chau's commitment and dedication are crucial to the success of the Library and the entire Law School community. Congratulations Chau Curfman, our 2011-12 Employee of the Year!