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Kay Duffy Memorial Award

Introduced by ERIC YORDY, 2019-20 President of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business

The Kay Duffy Award is meant to recognize outstanding contributions to the profession and the academy. It is named after the first female president of the ALSB. This award is a tough one as there are so many amazing people in the academy who have done so much to move the discipline forward, to pave the way for new members, and to improve the academy. This year I am excited to announce that we have two co-recipients.

Our first co-recipient has been licensed to practice law in California for 58 years. This person has been an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association for 22 years and was a professor for 45 years before retiring. This individual served two terms as Associate Dean of her college and one year as interim dean and received numerous awards for teaching and service. This person’s CV lists 28 publications with a notation that items from the first 20 years of teaching are available on request.

This individual served twice as President of the Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business and has been a regular and active attendee. This person served as the President of the ALSB in 1974 – 46 years ago. If my information is correct, she was the second female and the first person of color to serve as president of this organization. She is an amazing woman who has served as a role model and mentor to many of us. Our first recipient of the 2020 Kay Duffy award is Barbara Crutchfield George.

Our second recipient also has a long and distinguished career teacher, publishing, and serving. This person has been recognized with awards for teaching at two different institutions. This individual has won best paper awards from the Association of Law Teachers as well as many individual journals, including our own Journal of Legal Studies Education. This person has served as a Department Chair in a Department of Finance and Economics, and a Department of Management and Marketing. Other service includes working as a Faculty Ombuds. She is credited with helping create the Master Teacher Competition and was the 2007 winner. Licensed to practice for over 40 years before retiring from the bar, this person served twice as president of the Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business and as President of the ALSB in 1986 – our third female president. A dear friend of mine and another person who has served as a role model and mentor for many of us, our second recipient is Pat Pattison.