Posted: February 18th, 2011 | By: Lisa Snedeker
The Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Professor of Law Ahmed Taha, who specializes in the regulation of consumer financial products and empirical studies of the behavior of judges and litigants, at the Founders’ Day Convocation on Feb. 17 in Wait Chapel.
Professor Taha is a frequent contributor to Forbes.com, where he writes about contemporary issues within the field of investments.
He has had a number of other scholarly works published as well, including a study that brought to light the misleading nature of many mutual fund advertisements that garnered national attention. Professor Taha’s research has also been cited in multiple national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, among others. His research reflects both his training in law and in economics in which he holds a Ph.D.
Professor Taha teaches Civil Procedure, Business Organizations and Antitrust, among other courses.
“I’m honored to receive the Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award,” he said. “I very much enjoy teaching and the daily interaction that I have with students at Wake Forest. Also, throughout academic career, my colleagues here have been wonderful mentors and have provided frequent, invaluable teaching advice to me.”
Prior to joining the Wake Forest law faculty in 2002, Professor Taha was an attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., an associate with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, Calif., and a corporate finance analyst at McKinsey and Company in New York.
“Professor Taha takes complex concepts and makes them accessible to students,” says Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Suzanne Reynolds. “One Ls come to him skeptical about Civil Procedure, but Professor Taha turns them into believers. In all his courses, students appreciate his skill as a teacher, his willingness to stick with them until they ‘get it,’ and his wonderful sense of humor. He pours everything into his teaching, and students love him for it. At the same time, he is a wonderful colleague, always ready to bring his wit and wisdom to the life of the school.”