The MU School of Law offers a collegial environment, reinforced by a small student body and a low faculty-student ratio. The intimacy of this setting, coupled with reasonable cost, consistently high bar passage rates, a network of alumni around the globe and access to top scholars in the legal world, make MU Law one of the best values in the nation.
This year's recipient, Melody Richardson Daily, is a Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Legal Research & Writing program, and Director of the Externship program. She began teaching at the Law School in 1986. She's the 2010 recipient of the Loyd E. Roberts Memorial Prize.
Daily teaches Legal Research & Writing, Advocacy & Research, Education Law, and Law & Literature. Through the Externship program, she has supervised more than 500 law student externs who have provided 50,000 hours of unpaid work for judges, federal and state government agencies, public defenders, prosecuting attorneys, and public interest organizations. She has also taught six summer programs for CLEO (Council on Legal Education Opportunity), which were hosted by the Law School.
Daily has served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the Missouri Bar since 1996, and she has served on the Editorial Board of J ALWD (Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors) since 2005. She regularly presents programs on legal writing at regional and national conferences, and she currently chairs the Legal Writing Institute's new-member outreach committee.
Daily received her BA in English, her MA in English, and her JD from Missouri University. Before attending law school, she taught English composition to high school and university students. She practiced law in Glasgow, Missouri.