Professor Robert Talbot Receives USF’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Posted Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:23

USF bestowed the 2018 Sarlo Prize Award to Philip and Muriel Barnett Professor of Trial Advocacy Robert Talbot at the Service and Merit Awards Ceremony on May 3. The Sarlo Prize is given to a faculty member for excellence in teaching based upon the moral values that lie at the foundation of USF's identity.

“This faculty member exemplifies the ethical principles that inform the University’s vision, mission and values,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Donald E. Heller, when presenting the award. “He is a proven and effective full-time faculty member whose teaching cultivates the Jesuit-inspired, social justice attitudes of living more simply, no unjust profit, and changing unjust structures.”

Since 1966, Talbot has taught generations of USF law students many litigation skills courses and is a leader in clinical education. He founded and currently directs several USF law clinics, with practice areas ranging from employment to internet and intellectual property law, and he also founded and oversees the Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services Project that supports start-up ventures. He has also been involved in thousands of family, employment, and other civil mediations both as mediator and representative.

“This award restates what we have known throughout Bob's 52 years of teaching excellence at USF: Bob epitomizes the model for bridging classroom learning with practical training in relevant professional areas of law,” said Dean John Trasviña. “We are grateful for his dedicated service.”