Third-year students name Professor Tanya Marsh 2014 Teacher of the Year

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Professor of Law Tanya Marsh, an expert in human remains, created the first Funeral and Cemetery Law course in an American law school.

Professor Tanya Marsh has been selected by the third-year class to be honored with the Wake Forest University School of Law Student Bar Association’s 2014 Jurist Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dean Blake D. Morant made the announcement during the law school’s Hooding Ceremony on May 18, 2014. The class members chose Security Officer Charles Digerolamo as “Staff Member of the Year.”

Professor Marsh also received The Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award at the Wake Forest Founders’ Day Convocation on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

Marsh joined Wake Forest Law in 2010  and is considered an inspirational teacher and innovative designer of curriculum. Among her other courses, Marsh teaches Property, Real Estate Transactions, a Seminar on Law, Business, and the Economy and Professional Development. Her scholarship addresses commercial real estate, the regulation of community banks, and the laws regarding the status, treatment, and disposition of human remains.

“I am surprised and humbled by my selection as Teacher of the Year by the Class of 2014,” Marsh said.  ”Wake Forest is well known for its emphasis on quality teaching, and I am privileged to be colleagues with and mentored by truly exceptional teachers.  The best part about being a teacher at Wake Forest Law is getting to know our awesome students.  I really value the relationships that I’ve forged with members of the Class of 2014 and although I’m proud of them and excited about their futures, I’m going to miss them too!”

Austen Irrobali (’14) described Marsh as a compassionate, insightful, and motivating instructor. “She is the consummate advocate, always pushing her students to be better both professionally and personally,” he said.

And Nick Harper (’14) added that Professor Marsh is more than deserving of the award. “Not only is she is one of the most inspiring professors in the law school, but she is one of the most caring individuals I know.”