Professor Eloise Pasachoff Receives Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law

September 19, 2012 —

Professor Eloise Pasachoff Professor Eloise Pasachoff

Georgetown University Law Center Professor Eloise Pasachoff has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law by the Education Law Association (ELA). Pasachoff was chosen for her article, "Special Education, Poverty, and the Limits of Private Enforcement," published in the Notre Dame Law Review (2011). The award will be presented to Pasachoff at the ELA's annual meeting in November.

"I am humbled and grateful that the Education Law Association has chosen to recognize my work," said Pasachoff. "It is truly an honor to join this distinguished group of scholars as a recipient of the Goldberg Award." 

Established in 2007, the Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law is presented annually "in recognition of an outstanding article, book, book chapter or other form of scholarly legal writing in the field of education law." It was created in memory of Steven S. Goldberg, a long-term ELA member who taught education law at Arcadia University and Rutgers University. Previous recipients of the award include Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow, last year's winner, as well as University of Virginia Law Professor James E. Ryan and California Supreme Court Justice and former Berkeley Law Professor Goodwin Liu.

The Education Law Association is a national nonprofit "that promotes interest in and understanding of the legal framework of education and the rights of students, parents, school boards and school employees." 

Pasachoff's teaching and research interests include education and social welfare law and policy, administrative law, and governance and regulation. She received an A.B. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard, an M.A. from Yale, an M.P.A. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review

After law school, she worked at WilmerHale in New York and clerked for Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States. She also taught first-year legal research and writing as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer at Harvard Law School.

Pasachoff currently serves on the executive committee of the Education Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Earlier in her career, she taught middle and high school English in public and private schools in New York City. She is a past chair of the Committee on Education and the Law of the New York City Bar Association and just completed a seven-year term on the board of the Pine Cobble School in Williamstown, Massachusetts.


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