AUSTIN, Texas — Mark G. Yudof, chancellor of the University of Texas System, has been honored by the University of Pennsylvania Law School for his service and contributions to the legal community.
Yudof received the James Wilson Award at a law school reception in Philadelphia on Friday (May 14). The award is presented to an alumna or alumnus of the law school and is named after James Wilson, a Founding Father and one of two signers of the United States Constitution who were faculty members at the College of Philadelphia, now the University of Pennsylvania. Wilson served as one of the original associate justices of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1789 to 1798.
In presenting the award, law school Dean Michael A. Fitts said, "The James Wilson Award is presented to a Penn Law alumnus of unquestionable character - and caliber. We are extremely delighted that this year's recipient is Mark Yudof, Class of 1968. He has dedicated three decades to educating America's youth because to him, Higher Education is more than a career, it's a calling."
"At Penn, Mark received the training that enabled him to become an authority on Constitutional Law, Freedom of Expression and Education Law, Fitts said. He acquired the skills to write authoritatively on free speech and gender discrimination, and it's at Penn Law where the seeds were planted that prepared him for a splendid career in academia. We are very, very proud that he is a Penn Law alumnus and a most deserving recipient of the James Wilson Award for outstanding service to the legal profession."
Previous recipients of the award include the late Supreme Court Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.; Senior Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; and Judge A. Raymond Randolph, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In 1999, Yudof received the University of Pennsylvania Law Alumni Award of Merit. He earned an LL.B. degree (cum laude) in 1968 from the law school. He also earned a B.A. degree (cum laude with honors in political science) in 1965 from the University of Pennsylvania.
His teaching career began at the UT Austin School of Law in 1971, when he was appointed an assistant professor of law. He quickly advanced through the faculty ranks and was named dean of the law school in 1984, serving in that role until 1994. Yudof was then named the university's executive vice president and provost.
While on the law faculty at UT Austin, he also served periods as a visiting professor at the law schools at the University of Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley, and he conducted research as a visiting fellow at the University of Warwick in England.
Yudof became the ninth chancellor of the UT System in August 2002. He came to the chancellor's office from the University of Minnesota, where he had served as president since July 1997. He continued to teach throughout his administrative career at UT Austin, as well as at the University of Minnesota, and currently teaches a freshman seminar class on constitutional law at UT Austin.
Yudof is an authority on constitutional law, freedom of expression, and education law. He has written and edited books on free speech and gender discrimination, and most recently completed the fourth edition of his co-authored book, Educational Policy and the Law.
He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him to serve as a member of the advisory board of the National Institute for Literacy.
The UT System has 15 campuses, including nine academic and six health institutions, an enrollment exceeding 177,000 students, more than 87,000 employees and an annual operating budget of $7.8 billion. The UT System confers one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually.