Professor Hiroshi Motomura was named one of the 26 "best law teachers" in the United States, in the recently published book, "What The Best Law Teachers Do" (Harvard University Press, 2013). The book is the culmination of a four-year study that sought to identify extraordinary law teachers. The study details the attributes and practices of these professors who have a significant, positive and long-term effect on their students.
Motomura, who is the Susan Westerberg Prager professor of law, is an influential scholar and teacher of immigration and citizenship law. He is a co-author of two immigration-related casebooks, and he has published many significant articles and essays on immigration and citizenship. His book, Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States, published in 2006, won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award from the Association of American Publishers as the year’s best book in Law and Legal Studies, and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for its Suggested Reading List for Foreign Service Officers.
What the Best Law Teachers Do was written by Gerry Hess of Gonzaga University School of Law, Sophie Sparrow of the University of New Hampshire School of Law and Michael Hunter Schwartz, dean at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. To gain a deep understanding about what makes extraordinary law teachers so effective, the authors visited each of the 26 subjects to observe classroom behavior and conducted lengthy interviews with the subjects and their deans, colleagues, students and alumni.
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