We’re getting ready to welcome our first-year students on August 19th, and faculty, staff, and administrators are excited for the new academic year!
One of the professors some 1Ls will have for constitutional law is Professor Alison Larsen. She is a dynamic and engaging professor who was honored by the Class of 2013 with the Walter L. Williams, Jr., Memorial Teaching Award, given by each graduating class to a member of the faculty in recognition of outstanding teaching.
Jill Jacobs, a member of the Class of 2013, presented the award to Professor Larsen at graduation. She said,
“I’ve frequently heard professors remark that they can quickly tell whether a student is engaged and loves learning. I think it is also true that students can immediately determine whether a professor is engaged and loves teaching. I was lucky enough to have Professor Larsen as my Constitutional Law professor during my first year at William & Mary, and I could immediately tell that she would be one of those special professors.
“Professor Larsen enthusiastically taught every class. She made complex subjects seem interesting and easy to understand. Students in my class often commented on her passion for the law and for teaching her students. As Professor Larsen’s TA during my second and third years of law school, I heard the same comments from her current students.
“I truly believe that Professor Larsen has earned her reputation of being a wonderful professor. She is friendly, caring, brilliant, and funny. It is rare to find all of those qualities in a person, and I feel so lucky to have been able to meet and to learn from Professor Larsen.”
For her part, Professor Larsen shared why she will always remember this graduating class: “The Class of 2013 will forever remain special to me because we all started together in the fall of 2010 — new to Williamsburg, eager to learn, ready to be a part of this fantastic institution, and petrified that people could tell how nervous we were. Teaching you these past three years has been my joy, and I look forward to watching you all shine in this profession for many years to come. Congratulations to you all. I miss you already!”
Congratulations to the Class of 2013 and to Professor Larsen!