Supreme Court Celebration Banquet Awards
The Rodney L. Hudson Appellate Advocacy Award
This is an annual cash award from a fund established in honor of Rodney L. Hudson, LW’16, whose career exemplified the skills, dedication and character demanded of the complete advocate. The award, for outstanding student practitioners of the art of appellate advocacy, goes to the student who, in the opinion of the justices of the Iowa Supreme Court, makes the best argument before them on Supreme Court Day. This award is made possible by the Rodney L. Hudson Family Foundation.
2016 recipient: Kylie Crawford
Student Bar Association Awards
These awards honor persons who have made an extraordinary contribution to the success of the programs of the Student Bar Association or to the life of the student body as a whole.
2016 SBA President’s Student Service Award Recipients
Ashley Beisch, Nick Capellupo, and Sara Roland
2016 SBA Executive Board’s Outstanding Student Leader Award Recipients
Caitlin Andersen, Andrew Casper, and Tyler S. Smith
2016 SBA Executive Board’s Dean Sevice Award Recipient
John Edwards, Associate Dean for Information Resources and Technology
2016 SBA Executive Board’s Staff Sevice Award Recipients
Sara Hughes, Administrative Assistant, Career Development Office and Constitutional Law Center
The Leland Forrest Outstanding Professor Award
The recipient of this award is selected each year by students of the graduating class. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to quality legal education both in and out of the classroom.
2016 recipient: Professor Anthony Gaughan
Student Bar Association Shane Sweeney Supportive Spouse Award
This award is given annually by the Drake Law School Council of Leaders in memory of Shane Sweeney. It recognizes the spouse of a law student who has shown outstanding support of his/her spouse and the law school. Shane Sweeney was the spouse of Meghann Sweeney, LW'09
2016 recipient: Frank Browning
Drake Law School Awards
Jeffrey and Elizabeth Goodman Distinguished Advocate Award
This award was established in 2003 by Jeffrey and Elizabeth Goodman, 1985 graduates of the Drake Law School. Its purpose is to recognize a Drake Law School student who demonstrates excellence and proficiency in client representation and advocacy. The recipient receives a cash award.
2016 recipient: Amy Garver
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Each year the academy awards a certificate and cash award to the student who best demonstrates the qualities of a good trial practitioner based on his or her excellence in legal clinic courses.
2016 recipient: Kelly Ramsey
The Robert J. Kromminga Award
This award is given to an outstanding clinical student in client representation and advocacy in the Criminal Defense Program. This award is made possible by the Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is accompanied by a cash gift and a commemorative plaque.
2016 recipient: Thomas Bakke
The Timothy N. Carlucci Award
This award was established in honor and memory of Timothy N. Carlucci, LW'87. This award is given to the law student who best exemplifies civility and professionalism in his or her dealings with fellow students and others in the profession. The Timothy N. Carlucci Award is accompanied by a commemorative plaque and a cash award contributed by the Iowa Defense Counsel Association.
2016 recipient: Marshall Tuttle
The Ferguson Prize
The Ferguson Prize Gold and Silver Awards are presented to the students who best exemplify the commitment of Drake Law School and the legal profession to public service, and who have rendered outstanding service, primarily legal assistance, to eligible individuals or groups in the Law School Clinic or to other public service projects integrated with the Law School. The Ferguson Prize was established by Edwin Earle Ferguson Sr., LW’34. The Gold and Silver Awards are accompanied by cash gifts and commemorative plaques.
Gold Award: Anagha Dixit
Silver Award: Kelsey Leppert
The Martin Tollefson Award
The Student Bar Association created this award to recognize the student leader who best exemplifies the hopes and aspirations of the late Dean Tollefson. This award is the highest form of recognition for leadership and service contributions to Drake Law School. Selection for this cash award is by election of the graduating class. The award is accompanied by a cash gift and a commemorative plaque.
2016 recipient: Marshall Tuttle
The Justice David and Madonna Harris Award (Formerly known as the William and Ellen Cooney Hoye Award)
This award honors Justice David Harris, who served on the Iowa Supreme Court from 1972 to 1999. It is presented each spring to the graduating senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, demonstrates the greatest promise as an advocate, a public servant and a practitioner. Like Justice Harris, the recipient of this award has demonstrated not only academic promise, but also leadership ability, the speaking and writing skills of an effective advocate, and a commitment to public service and Drake Law School. The William, LW’86, and Ellen Cooney, LW’87, Hoye Award is accompanied by a cash gift and a commemorative plaque.
2016 recipient: Caitlin Andersen
The K.M. Waggoner Peer Mentoring Award
This award was established in order to annually recognize one Drake Law School student who embodies Dr. K.M. Waggoner’s spirit of mentoring and has made a significant positive impact on their fellow students through peer mentoring. Recipients of this award are nominated by their peers and selected by the Drake Law School faculty. The K.M. Waggoner Peer Mentoring Award was established by Philip De Koster, LW’10 and is accompanied by a commemorative plaque and a cash award.
2016 recipient: Alexis Warner
Drake University Law School Diversity Award
The Drake University Law School Diversity Award recognizes student efforts to increase diversity at Drake University Law School. The Award acknowledges and honors a student’s outstanding contributions to promoting understanding and appreciation of diversity at Drake University Law School, and to achieving and advancing diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, age, and disability within the Law School community. The Diversity Award is accompanied by a cash gift and commemorative plaque thanks to generous donations by Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C., and Michael Traxinger, LW’11.
2016 recipient: Amy Johnson
Marsha Ternus Outstanding Child Advocate Award
This award recognizes the student in the Children’s Rights Clinic that best lives up to the ideals of Chief Justice Marsha Ternus who said, “Iowans like to say that we put our children first; it’s now time to show that we mean it.” This award is accompanied by a commemorative plaque.
2016 recipient: Meret Thali
Drake University Law School Prosecution Excellence Award
This award was established to recognize student success in the prosecution internship program. It acknowledges and honors a student’s outstanding achievement in prosecution work including trial advocacy, commitment, and prosecutorial ethics. This award is accompanied by a cash gift and a commemorative plaque.
2016 recipient: Levi Grove
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