|Henderson: "Teaching law is essentially
about passing on the intellectual culture, especially the inquiring
Posted April 26, 2004
Stan Henderson to Retire
D. Henderson is retiring from the Law School after
a distinguished 34-year teaching career. A perennial favorite of students
and of his peers, Henderson received the Virginia Alumni Association’s
Distinguished Professor Award in 1983 and the University of Colorado
Law School Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in Education
Henderson has said he never considered himself a lecturer. “It
is not my aim to fill the students’ heads with facts and rules.
I try to generate discussion and involve the students in that discussion.
Teaching law is essentially about passing on the intellectual culture,
especially the inquiring element.”
Between 1988 and 1990, Henderson held the first Hunton & Williams
Professorship and served as an academic visitor to that law firm. During
1992-1993, he was the D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor
at Pepperdine Law School. He held the Law School ’s first Thomas
F. Bergin Teaching Professorship from 1993-1996. In 1994 he received
the First Year Class Law Faculty Teaching Award.
Following graduation from Colorado, where he was elected to the Order
of the Coif, Henderson clerked for Judge Hatfield Chilson of the U.S.
District Court in Denver.
He practiced law in Colorado before joining the law faculty at the
University of Wyoming in 1964. He also has been a visiting professor
at Harvard, Indiana, and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
• Reported by C. Couch