With the new school year just days away, Santa Clara University took one more opportunity to look back on the 2018–19 academic year. On September 17, President Kevin O’Brien, S.J. and Interim Provost Lisa Kloppenberg celebrated the achievements of Santa Clara’s faculty with an award ceremony on campus. Here are this year’s winners.
Eric Goldman received the University Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship and Deep Gulasekaram received the first Presidential Recognition Award.
As an influential thought leader in the fields of internet and intellectual property law, Eric Goldman is this year’s recipient of the University’s highest award for scholarly achievement. His interdisciplinary research on Internet, IP, and advertising law has resulted in more than 25 articles in prestigious journals and several book chapters.
Goldman is the author of the Internet Law casebooks and co-author of the textbook, Advertising & Marketing Law. His influence is widespread, as evidenced by the hundreds of presentations he has given to academics, legal practitioners, and Silicon Valley leaders. He is also one of the most downloaded authors in the Social Science Research Network.
In addition to his scholarly productivity, he is regularly quoted in prominent media outlets, has more than 10,000 Twitter followers, and is a “LinkedIn Influencer.” He was named one of “The 50 Most Influential Law Professors Alive Today” in 2013 and earned the prestigious IP Vanguard Award in the academics/public policy category from the IP Section of the California Bar in 2011. He also influences the law by testifying before Congress and policy-making groups.
The first Presidential Recognition Award is presented to a faculty member who has made substantial contributions to the Law School, the university, and the wider world.
A prolific scholar and a well-loved teacher, Pratheepan (Deep) Gulasekaram is also regularly sought out by the media for his keen analysis of constitutional and immigration issues. As a faculty scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, he regularly participates in Center events which further teaching, research, and community programs in applied ethics.
Gulasekaram serves on a number of committees in the Law School and often directs its Shanghai Summer Abroad program. He is the co-founder of a non-profit foundation called the World Children’s Initiative, which focuses on international development issues. Through the foundation, he has completed projects in Sri Lanka and Uganda, including the development of the first Children’s Heart Center in East Africa. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mural Music & Arts Project, a Bay Area non-profit serving underprivileged youth by engaging them in the creation of public art.