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Shatz Presented Sarlo Prize

May 27, 2009

At the 33rd Annual Service and Merit Awards of the University of San Francisco on May 13, Professor Steven Shatz received the Sarlo Prize for teaching excellence, promoting the common good, and furthering the university's vision, mission, and values.

Professor Steven Shatz accepts the Sarlo Prize.

"This year's recipient is one of the law school's premier teachers. His classes are known for their rigor, high expectations, and academically challenging nature," Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James Wiser said. "Just as important, however, they are characterized by the passion for justice that our Sarlo recipient brings to all of his work."

Shatz has taught at USF since 1974 and is founder and director of the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project, a summer program in which law students assist in the representation of death row inmates, Shatz educates his students that it is their responsibility as lawyers to create a more humane and just world and challenges them to understand the relationship between the law and society, Wiser said.

Professor Steven Shatz (right), with his wife, at USF's Annual Service and Merit Awards.

Shatz was also honored for his scholarship that has contributed to the reform of death penalty law. "His theory of the unconstitutionality of California's death penalty has become the basis of litigation challenging the use of the death penalty in over a dozen states," Wiser said. "In addition, for the past eight years he has guided the summer work of our students who assist in the representation of inmates on death row in California and several southern states. This has been a life-changing experience for many of our students."

Numerous law school faculty and staff were recognized for their years of service at the award ceremony, including Alice Kaswan, who has worked at the university for 10 years, and Henry Brown, Reza Dibadj, and Stephanie Carlos, who have worked at the university for five years.