Professor John Kennedy was the best teacher I ever had. He was funny, absent minded, appeared to teach on the fly, and would sometimes bring the wrong text to class or would walk into the wrong lecture hall in the law library. But none of that mattered. He was brilliant and interesting and made complex concepts of the federal courts and civil procedure seem less complicated, and he brought out the best in his students.
We all loved him, and it was hardly a surprise when he won the first $3000 Donald Smart Teaching Award in ’83, the year my class graduated. Professor Harvey Wingo and Professor Frederick Moss were also in that class of “master teacher.”