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Prof. Fred Morrison Receives 2014 Outstanding Service to University Senate Governance Award

MAY 9, 2014—Prof. Fred Morrison, who began teaching at the Law School in 1969 and has been involved in faculty governance throughout his career at the University of Minnesota, has been honored with a 2014 Outstanding Service to University Senate Governance Award. The award, which recognizes individuals "who have made a significant impact on University Senate governance, have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to University Senate governance"—specifically, a minimum of eight years' service—"and have served as an inspiration to others," was presented at the Senate's May 1 meeting.

Morrison has been the Popham, Haik, Schnobrich/Lindquist & Vennum Professor of Law since 1998. Before that, he was the Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly Professor of Law (1990-98), and he has served as both interim dean (2004-05) and interim co-dean (2006-08). He is a recognized scholar of international law and comparative public law who teaches those subjects as well as constitutional law and local government. He has been both a Rhodes Scholar and a Fulbright Professor, has taught at universities in Germany and China, has served as the counselor on international law to the U.S. State Department, and has represented the United States before the International Court of Justice and the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.

As noted, Morrison's commitment to participating in the governance of the University has been a constant in his Law School career. He has served at various times as chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee, the Senate Committee on Finance and Planning, the Benefits Advisory Committee, and the former University Tenure Committee.

"Fred's devotion to the University is matched only by the breadth and depth of his institutional expertise," said Dean David Wippman. "The result is an unparalleled record of University service."

"The participation of active teaching and research faculty in setting the direction and policies of the University and the Law School is one of the factors that has contributed to the strength of our institution," said Morrison. "I have been honored to have the opportunity to participate in this process."