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Professor Peter Lee Honored as Chancellor’s Fellow

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Apr 30, 2013

I attended a wonderful awards presentation yesterday for the 2012-2013 Chancellor’s Fellows, including King Hall’s own Professor Peter Lee. The Law School first reported this great honor for Professor Lee in this news item in November. It was great to be a part of yesterday's formal event recognizing his scholarly achievement.

Held in the Shields Library Courtyard, the Chancellor’s Fellows ceremony honored “the achievements of outstanding faculty members early in their careers.” This year, there are seven Fellows. Each receives a one-time award of $25,000 to be used in support of his/her research, teaching, and service activities. The title of “Chancellor’s Fellow” is conferred upon each honoree for five years.

Professor Lee's scholarship focuses on the intersection of science and society – especially the patent system’s impact on innovation. Associate Dean and Professor of Law Vikram Amar wrote in his nomination letter for Professor Lee's candidacy as a Chancellor's Fellow: “[His] work is not only theoretically compelling, it also holds immense practical significance for universities, government agencies, and firms seeking to promote the commercialization of academic inventions.” In my own nomination letter, I wrote, "His numerous scholarly achievements in patent law and intellectual property have attracted significant international attention. Professor Lee is an outstanding teacher, and his students' evaluations have consistently reflected high scores."

Professor Lee’s parents were in attendance; they flew out from Arizona specifically to see their son honored for his outstanding work. Professor Donna Shestowsky also attended the event to support her colleague.

Congratulations again, Chancellor’s Fellow Peter Lee!