Professor of the Week: Ed Husted
Name: Ed Husted
Department: Paralegal Studies
Years Teaching at UAF: 18
What interests you about paralegal studies?
‘Paralegal studies provide an opportunity to learn about the law and gain practical knowledge of how our legal system functions without the more extensive time and expense involved in attending law school. It also provides access to one of the fastest growing careers available in today’s nationwide job market.”
What experience do you have in your field outside of the classroom?
“I am a law school graduate and practiced law with my father for 20 years before moving to Alaska in 1982. I am not licensed to practice law in Alaska and worked here as a paralegal until starting at the university in 1992. So I have practical experience both as a practicing lawyer and a practicing paralegal.”
What are some cases you’ve covered while working in law?
“Early in my career I worked as a prosecutor and participated in a case involving the murder of a police officer killed in the line of duty. After coming to Alaska my work as a paralegal involved writing appellate briefs for local lawyers to file in the Alaska Supreme Court and I also worked for a lawyer who represented injured employees who were involved with the workers’ compensation system during the final years of the pipeline era.”
What is the “best” excuse you have heard from a student?
“The excuse I always accept during the months of November through March is ‘I had a chance to go to Hawaii for a week.’ But since that one doesn’t work very well in July, students might try something like, ‘My cat spilled my cup of coffee all over my homework and I accidentally burned it up when placing it in the microwave to dry.’”
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
What are the qualities that you feel make a good student?
“At least for paralegal students, while good grades are important, I prefer a “B” student who is dependable, honest, has good analytical skills, good computer skills, the ability to prioritize, is detail-oriented, has a genuine desire to expand his or her knowledge, has excellent ‘people skills,’ and is capable of accepting and responding to constructive criticism.”
What are the qualities you think make a good professor?
“Again referring primarily to a vocational program, such as those at TVC, a good professor has not only an academic background sufficient to teach the subject involved, but also has extensive experience in the subject job market which allows teaching practical ‘hands on’ skills that will ensure students’ success in finding satisfying gainful employment upon graduation.”
When did you first come to Alaska, and why?
“My son and I came to Alaska in the spring of 1982 following a divorce and the death of my father and law partner.”
What’s the best thing about teaching at UAF?
“When I stated “satisfied” above as my one-word description of myself, I was referring to the satisfaction I constantly gain in bringing students of all backgrounds into the UAF paralegal program, watching them acquire the essential knowledge and skills for succeeding in the job market, and then following them after graduation as they send me their business cards and express how they too are ‘satisfied’ with their UAF education and the success it has brought to them.”