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Professor Stephen Bainbridge Honored with Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching

Stephen Bainbridge, the William D. Warren Professor of Law, was honored with the 2008 Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is presented annually to a professor who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching.

"We are here to celebrate Steve and his accomplishments in teaching," Dean Michael H. Schill said. Dean Schill also described Professor Bainbridge's popularity, saying that he taught a Business Associations class that had 154 students in it - the average size for the class is about 70 students.

After being presented with the award by founder Bill Rutter, Professor Bainbridge, a member of the UCLA Law faculty since 1997, gave a thoughtful speech in which he discussed his teaching style, aspirations for incorporating new technologies into his teaching and the public interest aspects of being a corporate lawyer. He reflected on his twenty years of teaching experience, including his gradual move from a Socratic teacher to a lecturer, and said that he looks forward to what he hopes is another twenty years of teaching.

"I'd like to think that this award in some way validates the evolutionary path my teaching has followed," Professor Bainbridge said.
A self proclaimed "techno geek," Professor Bainbridge discussed wanting to incorporate more technology into his teaching. His blog, ProfessorBainbridge.com, is one of the most widely read political and legal weblogs on the Internet, and he already makes PowerPoint slides and audio recordings of his classes available on a course Web site. Professor Bainbridge said that he is trying to find ways to make PowerPoint lectures more interactive. "My hope is that I can find ways to use technology to become an even better teacher," he said. 

Professor Bainbridge currently teaches Business Associations, Unincorporated Business Associations, and Advanced Corporation Law. In past years, he has also taught Corporate Finance, Securities Regulation, Mergers and Acquisitions, and seminars on corporate governance. He previously taught at the University of Illinois Law School (1988-1996), where the Class of 1990 gave him the "Best Instructor Award." He has also taught at Harvard Law School as the Joseph Flom Visiting Professor of Law and Business (2000-2001), La Trobe University in Melbourne (2005) and at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo (1999).

Professor Bainbridge is a prolific scholar, whose work covers a variety of subjects, but with a strong emphasis on the law and economics of public corporations. He has written over 50 law review articles, which have appeared in such leading journals as the Harvard Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Stanford Law Review and the Vanderbilt Law Review. Bainbridge's most recent books include: Business Associations: Cases and Materials on Agency, Partnerships, and Corporations (6th ed. 2006) (with Klein and Ramseyer); Agency, Partnerships, and Limited Liability Entities: Cases and Materials on Unincorporated Business Associations (2nd ed. 2007) (with Klein and Ramseyer); Agency, Partnerships & LLCs (2004); Corporation Law and Economics (2002); Securities Law-Insider Trading (1999).

From 1994 to 1996, Bainbridge was a Salvatori Fellow with the Heritage Foundation. Bainbridge currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Markets and Morality and the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society's Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Group.