UCLA School of Law Professor Ingrid Eagly has been honored with UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor for academic instruction at the university. Eagly, the faculty director of UCLA Law’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, is one of six professors to receive the honor in 2017.
The Distinguished Teaching Award was first granted in 1961. It aims to inspire students and faculty by shining a light on the most outstanding representatives of UCLA’s leadership in teaching and public service.
Eagly has been a leader in UCLA Law’s experiential clinical program and its public interest specialization since she joined the law school faculty in 2010. Her Evidence class, Criminal Defense Clinic and Sentencing Advocacy Clinic are among the school’s most popular and impactful course offerings. Last year, Eagly co-led a team of UCLA Law students who helped a man sentenced to life in prison for a nonviolent drug offense receive a clemency grant from President Obama. Before she joined UCLA Law, Eagly practiced for 10 years as a federal public defender and public interest attorney.
“There is nothing more rewarding than the enormous privilege of teaching the talented students at UCLA School of Law,” Eagly says. “I am tremendously honored to receive this award and to be part of a supportive law school community with a true commitment to teaching.”
Nearly 30 of Eagly’s current and former students and colleagues wrote to support her nomination. One said, “She empowers her students through the skills she teaches, and then gives students the opportunity to make change in the real world.” Another emphasized, “Ingrid doesn’t just think outside the teaching box; she has completely redefined the box to be much larger than anyone thought.”
A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Eagly is the 29th member of the UCLA School of Law community to receive this honor.
In announcing the award, UCLA School of Law Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin wrote that Eagly “is dedicated not only to her teaching, but to improving the law school curriculum, expanding opportunities for our students and encouraging them in their professional development, and to making an impact in the community.”
The university will host a ceremony honoring Eagly and her fellow award recipients in the fall.