07.14.14 - The Society of American Law Teachers will honor two exceptional leaders, advocates and scholars with ties to NUSL at its annual dinner in Washington, DC, on January 4, 2015. Professor Hope Lewis has been named the winner of the 2015 M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award, given in recognition of the contributions of activists whose passion for social justice has driven their lives. Margaret Kwoka '07, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Denver, will receive the Inaugural SALT Junior Faculty Teaching Award, given to an “outstanding recent entrant into legal education who demonstrates a commitment to justice, equality and academic excellence through teaching."

Professor Hope LewisLewis is Faculty Director of Global Legal Studies and a founder of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE). An internationally recognized legal scholar and commentator on human rights, she co-authored the textbook Human Rights & the Global Marketplace: Economic, Social, and Cultural Dimensions (Brill, 2005). She is a founding co-chair of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) International Disability Rights Interest Group and served on the ASIL executive council between 2010 and 2013. She now serves on the board of governors of the Society of American Law Teachers and the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups. Lewis is a co-drafter and compiler of the Boston Principles on the Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights of Non-citizens, a project of the law school’s Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy. Her research and teaching interests include public international law, international human rights law, critical perspectives on Identity and international law (race, gender, culture, migration status and disability), as well as globalization and social development.

Kwoka is a graduate of Brown University and Northeastern University School of Law and a former education volunteer with Peace Corps in Burkina Faso. She clerked for Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Judge Michael Murphy, US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Denver, Professor Kwoka was an Assistant Professor at John Marshall Law School in Chicago and a Lecturer at George Washington University School of Law. She also practiced as an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm in Washington, DC, where she focused on government transparency litigation in federal court. Kwoka’s research and teaching interests center on civil procedure and procedural justice, administrative law and judicial review of agency actions, federal court litigation, and government transparency. Her articles have appeared in the Boston College Law Review, the American University Law Review, the Harvard Journal on Legislation and the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, among others.