Rhonda Wasserman joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1986, after graduating from Yale Law School and practicing law in New York City for three years. She has been a powerhouse on the Pitt Law faculty for three and a half decades. In that time, she served in many roles, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and, outside the law school, Reporter to the Local Rules Committee of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She has been recognized with numerous titles and honors, such as John E. Murray Faculty Scholar, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney Faculty Scholar, Distinguished Public Interest Professor, and elected member of the American Law Institute. She is well known to be one of Pitt Law’s finest teachers, as her many teaching awards will attest; she received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000, and the Pitt Law Student Bar Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1990, 2005, and again in 2018. Her national and international prominence led to invitations to teach as a visiting law professor at Harvard Law School, Wuhan University School of Law in Hubei Province, China, and the University of Latvia Faculty of Law in Riga, Latvia. Her service contributions to the Law School are legendary and too numerous to fully list, but they include unwavering devotion to three student organizations, the Pitt Law Women’s Association, the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation (PLISF), and the Jewish Law Students’ Association. In her long tenure as faculty advisor to these groups, Professor Wasserman made a lasting mark and touched many students’ lives. As a colleague, she has been unfailingly collegial, admirably courageous when the rubber hits the road, and endlessly generous with her time and wisdom. But it is Rhonda Wasserman as eminent legal scholar whom we celebrate in this festschrift symposium issue of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.
Deborah L. Brake,
Introduction to a Festschrift Honoring Professor Rhonda Wasserman,
University of Pittsburgh Law Review
Available at: https://scholarship.law.pitt.edu/fac_articles/579