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GW Law professor receives 2000 Francis Rawle Award

Stephen Saltzburg, GW’s Howrey Professor of Trial Advocacy, Litigation and Professional Responsibility, will receive the 2000 Francis Rawle Award, in honor of his contributions to the field of legal education.

This award means a great deal to me, Saltzburg said in a University press release. It is hard to believe that I have been teaching in education programs for more than 20 years, and that it is 25 years since I did my first lectures for the Federal Judicial Center as the then-new Federal Rules of Evidence took effect.

Saltzburg is acting director of GW’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program, and he chartered the University of Virginia Trial Advocacy Institute, a program he continues to coordinate, according to a University press release. Saltzburg has served as reporter on the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Task Force on Litigation Issues.

He has also published more than 20 books and 70 articles on procedure, advocacy, evidence, jury instructions and international human rights.

The award, named in honor of former American Bar Association President Francis Rawle, will be presented to Saltzburg by the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education.

It thrills me, of course, each year to see our new graduates take their place in the profession I love, Saltzburg said. That there should be the Rawle Award to top it off is wonderful.

The presentation will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the ABA July 9 in New York.-Sarah Lechner

Professor’s new publication receives acclaim

Patricia Phalen, an assistant professor in GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs, co-authored the second edition of Ratings Analysis: The Theory and Practice of Audience Research, which was published earlier this spring.

Phalen, who received her master’s and doctorate degrees from Northwestern University, co-authored the book with two of her former colleagues, Northwestern professors James Webster and Lawrence Lichty.

Ratings Analysis examines audience research as it relates to advertising, programming, financial analysis and social policy, according to a University press release. The book is part of a communications series by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, the company that published the book.

Without a doubt, this is the most well-written and comprehensive books on the subject of ratings analysis and audience measurement that I have come across in over 20 years as a media research executive, Bruce Rosenblum, senior vice president of media research at Warner Brothers wrote about the book, according to the press release.

Phalen, who joined GW’s SMPA faculty in 1998, has published several other works, including The Mass Audience: Rediscovering the Dominant Model, and Pioneer, Girlfriends and Wives: An Agenda for Research on Women and the Organizational Culture of Broadcasting.

She was also awarded the Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award by the Broadcast Education Association in 1997.

-Jason Steinhardt

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