This award honors tenured or tenure-track members of the professoriate who have contributed with distinction to their field of study, providing a platform for sharing the fruits of this scholarship with the university community and the general public. A faculty committee consisting of a representative of the Office of the Provost, a member of the Faculty Senate Agenda Committee, and past Klein Lecturers oversees the selection process for this award.
Daniel Medwed, Professor of Law
Professor Medwed is a leading scholar in the field of wrongful convictions. As a legal scholar, former public defender, and member of the Board of Directors of the Innocence Network, Professor Medwed has dedicated his work toward understanding the role of the prosecutor in the American criminal justice system, formulating safeguards against wrongful conviction, and preventing miscarriages of justice. His 2012 book, Prosecution Complex: America’s Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent, has been received with critical acclaim, and his scholarship has appeared in several distinguished law reviews.