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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.

     2014 recipient: Lori Bullock

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.
 

2014 SBA President’s Student Service Award Recipients

     Nicholas Hodne, Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Patrick Tickner
 

2014 SBA Executive Board’s Outstanding Student Leader Award Recipient

     Samuel Huff IV

2014 SBA Executive Board’s Dean Sevice Award Recipient

     John Edwards

2014 SBA Executive Board’s Staff Sevice Award Recipients

     Jennifer Zwagerman & Shawn Madsen

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.

     2014 recipients: Professor Andrew Jurs

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 

     2014 recipients: Tom and Lori Bullock


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.

     2014 recipient: Mara Jones

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. 

     2014 recipient: Cole Mayer
 

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. 

     2014 recipient: Ashley Sparks 

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. 

     2014 recipients: Jacob Lantry, Kyle Mendenhall

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. 

     2014 recipients:
       Gold Award: Sharon Wegner    
       Silver Award: Amber Rivera
 

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. 

     2014 recipients: Joshua Strief
 

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. 

     2014 recipient: Lori Bullock
 

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.
 
     2014 recipient: Robert Evans

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.

     2014 recipient: Tayler Haggerty 

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.

     2014 recipient: Amber Rivera

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.
 
     2014 recipients: Meredith Cooney & Dominic Anania

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Last Modified: 4/18/2014 10:02:00 AM by Ann Van Hemert