April 24, 2020

Daniel Zachem with one of his classes

Catholic Law Lecturer Daniel Zachem was named the recipient of this year’s Part-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching award for The Catholic University of America professional schools. Zachem was nominated by his colleagues at the Columbus School of Law and was selected for the honor by the Part-Time Faculty Committee who were impressed by Zachem’s teaching skills and service to the Law School and the University.

Zachem’s contributions to the Law School are numerous.  He has consistently taught four courses per year and is a team player––willing to cover any criminal law course for which the Law School has a need. In addition to teaching established criminal law courses, Zachem has added innovation to the Law School curriculum. He solely developed, and taught for the first time, the Law School’s Advanced Criminal Procedure: Anatomy of a Homicide course.  This elective combines doctrine, real world cases and facts mined from Zachem’s own career, and provides opportunities for students to acquire the tools to investigate and try complex criminal cases.

Not only are Zachem’s courses popular, but they are also deemed highly effective by Catholic Law students. Zachem also goes above and beyond for students outside the classroom.  Anyone spending any time in the Law School building will see Zachem, before and after class, sitting on a bench with a student offering guidance, extra assistance, and mentorship.