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Jacob Rooksby, an assistant professor of law at Duquesne University, received Duquesne’s Dr. John and Liz Murray Excellence in Scholarship Award. It includes a $10,000 prize.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Sunday, June 15, 2014, 11:09 p.m.
 

Noteworthy: Received Duquesne University's Dr. John and Liz Murray Excellence in Scholarship Award, which includes a $10,000 prize.

Age: 32

Family: Wife, Susan; daughter, Foster.

Residence: O'Hara

Education: Bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary and a master's degree, law degree and doctorate from the University of Virginia

Occupation: Assistant professor of law at Duquesne University

Background: Teaches courses on the fundamentals of intellectual property, law and higher education, social media and the law, technology innovation law, and torts. His work has been published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, the Yale Journal of Law & Technology, the Journal of Law & Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Akron Law Review. He is a contributing editor for highereducationlaw.org's blog and the secretary/treasurer of the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association.

Quote: “Since law is an applied profession, what we write can help shape institutions, legal systems and decision-making today. Practicing attorneys face different constraints and reward structures than we do. As I see it, we as law professors have the unique opportunity, and the obligation, to conduct research that quite literally can change how people think and act.”

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