Published: April 27, 1998

Professor J. Dennis Hynes has received the 1997-98 University of Colorado School of Law Excellence in Teaching Award.

Hynes was selected by the law student body "in appreciation of the outstanding and exceptional effort to enhance students’ educational experience."

Hynes has been a law instructor at CU-Boulder since 1970 and specializes in agency and partnership law, contract law and legal history. This year he taught the basic courses in the law of contracts to entering students and the advanced course in agency and partnership law.

The distinction includes a $1,000 award, half provided by the Student Bar Association and half by the Office of the Dean. The award was announced at the School of Law Awards Ceremony on April 14.

Law students who submitted nominations for Hynes’ award left positive impressions of his teaching accomplishments at CU-Boulder.

"No matter how large the class, he knows each student’s name, monitors each student’s progress and never declines a question or request," wrote one student. "Professor Hynes does not listen to his students out of a sense of duty, he genuinely wants to know what they are up to."