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 Commissions general counsels 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. Bests book on evidenceEvidence: Examples and Explanationsis 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.