Professor Arthur Best

Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award - 2004

Arthur Best was born in Brooklyn, New York and earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, then went on to law school at the University of Pennsylvania “because [he] was interested in working for the underdog and helping the country achieve its promise.” After law school, Best worked for the Federal Communications Commission’s general counsel’s office, and also did a stint working for consumer advocate Ralph Nader. In 1978 he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, and married his wife, dancer/choreographer Hannah Kahn, in 1981. Arthur and Hannah have two children: Rachel, who is now a PhD student in Sociology at Berkeley; and Eli, who is attending Grinnell College. Best taught at New York Law School from 1980 – 1988 and currently teaches Tort Law and Evidence Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Best’s book on evidence—Evidence: Examples and Explanations—is used by approximately 25% of all American law students. He has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the DU Law and was president of the university's Faculty Senate from 1998 to 2000.