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Professor Katherine Wears Receives Clarkson University Distinguished Teaching Award

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Katherine H. Wears of Ogdensburg, a professor of law and accounting at Clarkson University, was awarded the Clarkson University Distinguished Teaching Award during the school’s 107th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 14.Katherine H. Wears

Organized in 1960 as the Excellent Teaching Award and renewed in 1970 as the Distinguished Award, this $1,500 award is given "in recognition of the importance of superior teaching" by nomination of alumni and selection of a faculty committee.

Wears has been at Clarkson since 1990.  She was the recipient of the Faculty Recognition Award from the Clarkson Dormitory Council in 1992 and the Commendable Service Award in 1997.  Wears has also served as faculty adviser for Project Areté (1993-present), the Clarkson Integrator student newspaper (1994-present) and the Sigma Chi fraternity (1993-97).  Since 1992, Wears has been a member of the Academic Integrity Committee.

In addition to her work at Clarkson, Wears is corporation counsel for the City of Ogdensburg, a position she has held since 1980.  In that same year, she established her own law office, which specializes in the practice of real property, business law, estates, appellate law and consulting.  Wears also is treasurer of the St. Lawrence County Bar Association

A 1971 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy, she received her bachelor’s degree from LeMoyne College and her law degree from Albany Law School.  Wears was admitted to the New York State bar in 1979, and in 1986, was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Wears resides in Ogdensburg with her husband, James A. Wears, and her four children, Katie Marie, a Clarkson junior; Thomas H., a senior at Ogdensburg Free Academy; Daniel H., a freshman at Ogdensburg Free Academy, and Julia D., a 5th grader at St. Marguerite D’Youville Academy.

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