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UK Rosenberg Law Professor Bauries Receives 2020 Duncan Teaching Award

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Professor Scott R. Bauries was recently awarded the 2020 Duncan Teaching Award in UK's Rosenberg College of Law. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2020) — University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law Professor Scott R. Bauries was recently awarded the 2020 Duncan Teaching Award.

The award is presented annually, courtesy of the Robert M. and Joanne K. Duncan Faculty Improvement Fund, to a UK Rosenberg Law faculty member for excellence in the classroom. The Robert M. and Joanne K. Duncan Faculty Improvement Fund was established in 1982 to promote outstanding teaching performance at the law school. Recipients of the Duncan Teaching Award are selected by the dean of the college with emphasis placed on student evaluations.

UK Rosenberg Law Interim Dean Mary J. Davis, Ashland-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law, said Bauries is known by his students as both rigorous and compassionate.

“Students appreciate that he always goes above and beyond for their legal education. They recognize his expertise in a wide range of subjects, and he teaches in all those subjects,” Davis said. “He also takes on extra courses when there is a need, without having to be asked. Scott has his students’ and his faculty colleagues’ best interests at heart.”

Bauries is the Willburt D. Ham Professor of Law and UK Rosenberg Law’s associate dean of research. He joined the law school’s faculty as an assistant professor in 2008 after working as an associate with McGuireWoods LLP, where he practiced labor and employment law, higher education law, and complex commercial litigation.

Bauries graduated first in his law school class at the University of Florida, where he was the senior galleys editor of the Florida Law Review. Immediately after law school, Bauries clerked for the Honorable Emmett Ripley Cox of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While attending law school, Bauries pursued a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy and taught undergraduates in the University of Florida College of Education.

“I am honored to be chosen for this year’s Duncan Award. I believe that, with the level of teaching talent we are blessed with in the Rosenberg College of Law, any one of my colleagues would have been a great choice,” Bauries said. “Teaching is very important to us all, and I want to thank the Duncan family for so generously supporting our efforts through this award. I’ll be working hard to ensure that I can continue to live up to it.”

Bauries teaches civil procedure, employment law, state constitutional law, advanced torts, and education law. His professional and academic interests include judicial decision making, federal and state constitutional law, employment law, and education law.

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