Annual Excellence Award

2014 Recognitions of Excellence Presented to:


Andries J. (André) van der Walt


Distinguished Professor, Stellenbosch University
and South African Research Chair in Property Law
B Juris et Artium, Potchefstroom University (now North-West University), 1977
Honours (BA) (Philosophy), Potchefstroom University, 1978
LLB, Potchefstroom University,1980
LLD, Potchefstroom University, 1985
LLM, University of the Witwatersrand, 1986


Professor Andries J. (André) van der Walt is a leading scholar of property law, constitutional property law, and comparative law. He is the author or editor of over fifteen books, including the internationally renowned volume, Property in the Margins, as well as The Law of Neighbors, and a number of casebooks on property law and constitutional property law. Professor van der Walt has also written numerous articles and book chapters on property law, property theory, and comparative property, including ‘The continued relevance of servitude’ (2013) 3 Property Law Review 3-35, ‘Procedurally Arbitrary Deprivation of Property’ (2012) 23 Stellenbosch Law Review 88-94, ‘Common Law, Legislation and Human Rights in the Intersection between Expropriation and Eviction Law’ in L Fox-O’Mahoney and JA Sweeney (eds) The Idea of Home in Law: Displacement and Dispossession (2011) Ashgate 55-100, ‘Property and Marginality’ in GS Alexander & EM Peñalver (eds) Property and Community (2010) OUP 81-105, and ‘Replacing Property Rules with Liability Rules: Encroachment by Building’ (2008) 125 South African Law Journal 592-628.

Professor van der Walt receives our Annual Excellence Award for his many significant contributions to property law and comparative property law and theory, and for his extraordinary mentorship of property scholars around the world.


Joseph William Singer
Bussey Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
B.A. Williams College, 1976
A.M. Harvard, 1978
J.D. Harvard, 1981

Professor Joseph William Singer is a leading scholar of property and federal Indian law. He is the author of six books, including Property (a single-volume treatise), Property Law: Rules, Policies, and Practices (a widely-adopted casebook), The Edges of the Field: Lessons on the Obligations of Ownership, Entitlement: The Paradoxes of Property, and No Freedom Without Regulation: The Hidden Lesson of the Subprime Crisis (forthcoming 2015). He is also the author of the groundbreaking The Reliance Interest in Property, published in the Stanford Law Review in 1988, and numerous other articles on property law, property theory, federal Indian law, and legal theory. Recent article highlights include Property as the Law of Democracy, 63 Duke L.J. 1287 (2014), The Rule of Reason in Property Law, 46 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1369 (2013).



2013 Recognition of Excellence Presented to:

Carol M. Rose
University of Arizona Rogers College of Law


Carol M. Rose is the Ashby Lohse Professor of Water and Natural Resource Law at the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law, and the Gordon Bradford Tweedy Emeritus Professor of Law and Organization at Yale Law School. Professor Rose’s research focuses on history and theory of property, and on the relationships between property, environmental law, and institutional development. Her writings include three books, Property and Persuasion (1994), Perspectives on Property Law (3rd ed. 2002, with R.C. Ellickson and B. A. Ackerman), and Saving the Neighborhood (2013,with Richard R.W. Brooks), and numerous articles on traditional and modern property regimes, environmental law, natural resource law and intellectual property. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies in other countries, and has been translated into other languages, including Italian, Spanish and Chinese. She has degrees from Antioch College (BA Philosophy), the University of Chicago (MA Political Science, JD Law),and Cornell University (Ph.D. History), and an Honorary Degree from the Chicago Kent College of Law. She is on the Board of Editors of the Foundation Press and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Professor Rose earns our Annual Excellence Award for her tremendous intellectual contributions to our understanding of property law and for the important mentoring role she has played for so many in the field.



2012 Recognition of Excellence Presented to:

Robin Paul Malloy

E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law
Kaufman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Director, Center on Property, Citizenship, and Social Entrepreneurism (PCSE)
College of Law, Syracuse University; Syracuse, New York


Robin Paul Malloy serves on the AALS Membership Review Committee and is a past Chair of the AALS Standing Committee on Research. He has been the AALS section chair of the sections on Real Estate Transactions, and on Law and Humanities. He is the author of eight books and the editor of an additional seven books, as well as the author of numerous articles. He is internationally recognized for his work on real estate law and on his approach to understanding law in a market context. His work has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and Italian. Malloy currently serves as a series editor on three book series including: Disability Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press) (with, P. Blanck); Law, Property, and Society (Ashgate Publishing); and, Law and Entrepreneurship (Edward Elgar Publishing) (with S. Ghosh). He has been the Dickinson Dees Fellow at Durham University (UK), and the Sun Life Research Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford University (UK). Robin was instrumental in the founding of ALPS.



2011 Recognition of Excellence Presented to:

Susan Westerberg Prager 
Executive Director, Association of American Law Schools
Arjay and Frances Fearing Miller Professor of Law Emerita, UCLA
Professor of History, Occidental College
A.B. Stanford, 1964
M.A. History, Stanford, 1967
J.D. UCLA, 1971
UCLA Law faculty since 1972


Professor Prager is a graduate of Stanford University and the UCLA School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review. She joined the UCLA faculty in 1972, became Dean a decade later, and served as dean from 1982-1998 – the longest tenure of any dean in UCLA law school history. At the time Prager became Dean she was one of two female law Deans in the country. Prager was a trustee of Stanford University for 14 years. She chaired the board’s Academic Policy Committee and was a Vice President of the Board. She left UCLA in 1999 to become Provost at Dartmouth College, and recently was President of Occidental College in Los Angeles. Prager is a longtime Director of the Pacific Mutual Holding Company. Over the years she has been engaged in the national legal education community in a wide variety of ways, serving as AALS President in 1986, and currently serving as the sixth Executive Director of the Association of American Law Schools. She is Professor of History at Occidental College and the Arjay and Frances Fearing Miller Professor of Law Emeritus at UCLA. Her research and teaching has focused on marital property law, estates, and on California legal history.


Professor Prager earns our Annual Excellence Award for her contribution to our understanding of property law, and for her lifelong commitment to advancing legal education and the profession.


2010 Recognition of Excellence Presented to:


Gregory S. Alexander
B.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1970
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1973
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Brief Biography:
Gregory S. Alexander, A. Robert Noll Professor of Law


Professor Gregory Alexander, a nationally renowned expert in property and trusts and estates, has taught at Cornell Law School since 1985. Following his graduation from Northwestern University School of Law, he clerked for the Hon. George Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. After he completed further study as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, Alexander became a professor at the University of Georgia School of Law, where he remained until coming to Cornell. An active member of the academic community, Professor Alexander has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science, in Palo Alto, California and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Law, in Hamburg and Heidelberg, Germany. Mr. Alexander is a prolific and recognized writer, the winner of the American Publishers Association’s 1997 Best Book of the Year in Law award for his work, Commodity and Propriety. His most recent book is The Global Debate Over Constitutional Property: Lessons for American Takings Jurisprudence.


It was a great privilege for the Association members to hear from Professor Alexander at the Annual meeting, and to be able to confirm publicly his important role in shaping the ways in which we think about property law and property institutions.