Kuehn Receives Prestigious AALS Pincus Award in Clinical Legal Education

Robert Kuehn, associate dean for clinical education and professor of law, has been awarded the 2012 William Pincus Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Clinical Legal Education by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).  

The Pincus Award is the AALS’s highest award bestowed in the area of clinical legal education. The prestigious award recognizes Kuehn’s excellence in service, scholarship, program design and implementation, and other activity benefiting clinical legal education and the advancement of justice.  

In addition to serving as associate dean for the law school’s highly-ranked Clinical Education Program, Kuehn co-directs the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic.  

“Bob Kuehn is most deserving of the Pincus Award for all of the selfless, tireless, passionate, and effective work he has done for so many clinicians, in so many ways, for so many years,” says Alan Kirtley, chair of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education and associate professor of law at the University of Washington.  

An expert on environmental law, Kuehn has published extensively on a wide variety of topics in environmental law, legal education, and professional practice. He also is known as an outspoken advocate for the importance of law school clinics operating in environments free of judicial and legislative interference.  

Earlier in his career, Kuehn practiced law in Washington, D.C., with the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). He subsequently directed the Environmental Law Clinic at Tulane University and later served as associate dean for skills programs at the University of Alabama.  

Kuehn has served nearly five years on the AALS Section’s Task Force on the Status of Clinicians and the Legal Academy. He played a key role with the Center for the Study of Applied Legal Education (CSALE), helping to refine the survey that has resulted in a widely used database.  He has also been active with the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), where he has served as president and as a member of the Executive Committee. 

The clinical legal community will honor Kuehn in January during the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  Kuehn’s colleague and frequent co-author, Peter Joy, also is a previous recipient of the Pincus Award. Former director of the law school’s Trial & Advocacy Program, Joy currently serves as vice dean, director of the Criminal Law Clinic, and the Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law. 

By Janet Edwards