Maureen Bridget Cavanaugh
January 7 1955 - April 4 2005
Maureen B. Cavanaugh Research Professor
Professor Honored With Research Award
Penn State Dickinson School of Law Dean Philip J. McConnaughay has announced that Victor Romero, professor of law, is the first recipient of the law school’s Maureen B. Cavanaugh Research Professor Award Endowment.
“It is especially fitting that Maureen's close friend, Victor Romero, will be the first member of our faculty to hold this distinguished title,” McConnaughay said. “Professor Romero’s work and contributions to the law school have been outstanding. He is a first-rate classroom teacher who enjoys the great respect and affection of our students.”
The award was established to honor Maureen B. Cavanaugh, who passed away last April, and recognizes “exceptional scholarly accomplishment, creativity and promise of a faculty member of Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law.” The endowment for the award was created by Maureen’s husband, Chris Plum, and several of her friends, colleagues and admirers to honor her “gifted scholarship, teaching, and outstanding service to her students, to the legal profession, and to The Pennsylvania State University.”
“My sincerest thanks to Chris Plum and the law school for their support and confidence in me,” said Romero. “This award is a wonderful gift in honor of an even more wonderful person. My modest hope is that I may comport myself in a manner that does justice to Maureen's memory.”
McConnaughay described Romero as one of the law school’s most productive and nationally acclaimed scholars. “Victor is a very thorough, thoughtful and creative scholar who is an ideal representation of the characteristics the award is meant to recognize,” he said.
Romero joined the faculty of Penn State Dickinson in 1995 and teaches or has taught Immigration Law, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Equal Protection and Civil Rights, Criminal Procedure, Torts, and Race, Racism and American Law. He writes in the areas of immigrant and minority rights, and recently authored Alienated: Immigrant Rights, the Constitution, and Equality in America, published in 2005 as the 55th book in the New York University Press Critical America series. He has signed a contract for another book entitled Everyday Law for Immigrants and Foreign Nationals, which will be part of a new series edited by leading critical race scholars Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic and published by Paradigm Press.
Professor Romero has seen this memorial and wrote:
Thanks so much for sharing this website with me, as I did not know that it existed. It is a fitting tribute to the memory and important work of Prof. Cavanaugh.