Awards

The Centennial Medal Award

The highest award bestowed upon a graduate of our school. The recipient of this award has demonstrated excellence and leadership in the practice of law, public service, or commerce; significant legal scholarship; significant participation and leadership in professional organizations or activities; extraordinary commitment and active contribution to the recipient’s community; and consistent involvement in CWRU School of Law affairs.

The Distinguished Recent Graduate Award

Awarded to a graduate of the law school within the last ten years, whose accomplishments enhance the perception of the profession and of the law school in the eyes of the community. Professional accomplishments, significant participation in professional societies or professional activities, community activities, and involvement in School of Law alumni affairs should be considered.

The Distinguished Teacher Award

Recognizes full-time, adjunct, or visiting members of the faculty, whose commitment to education and the pursuit of knowledge enriched the personal and professional lives of students. The recipient of this award should be a communicator, a motivator, a scholar, a model and an influence, and a teacher whose personal and intellectual qualities have left their mark on students.

  • 2018: Byron Krantz’ 62
  • 2017: Harold Kip Reader’ 74
  • 2016: Hon.Colleen Conway Cooney’ 81
  • 2015: Hon.James M.Petro’ 73
  • 2014: Austin T.Fragomen, Jr.’68
  • 2013: Stephen C.Ellis’ 72
  • 2012: Marilyn Shea - Stonum’ 75
  • 2011: William N.West’ 67
  • 2010: Daniel Clancy’ 62
  • 2009: Robert D.Storey’ 64
  • 2008: Geralyn Presti’ 88
  • 2007: David A.Kutik’ 80
  • 2006: Dale C.LaPorte’ 66
  • 2005: William B.Goldfarb’ 56
  • 2004: Alvin L.Gray’ 51
  • 2003: Fred Weisman’ 51
  • 2002: Bernard D.Goodman’ 60
  • 2001: Daniel L.Ekelman’ 52
  • 2000: Hon.John V.Corrigan’ 48
  • 1999: James L.Ryhal, Jr.’52
  • 1998: David L.Brennan’ 57
  • 1997: William W.Falsgraf’ 58
  • 1996: Stanley I.Adelstein’ 46
  • 1995: Forrest A.Norman’ 54
  • 1994: George N.Aronoff’ 58
  • 1993: Fred D.Gray’ 54
  • 1992: John David Wright’ 29
  • 2018: Heather Doherty ’11     
  • 2017: Veronica Xu LLM ’08     
  • 2016: Nathan W. Quick '09     
  • 2015: Christopher Y. Chan ’07     
  • 2014: Gregory McNeal ’06     
  • 2013: Ryan F. Bocskay ’05     
  • 2012: Andres Perez ’04     
  • 2011: Christopher M. Rassi ’03     
  • 2010: Daniel Ujczo ’01     
  • 2009: Melanie A. Shakarian ’03     
  • 2008: Tricia Lund Batson ’02     
  • 2007: Rachel M. Weiser ’98     
  • 2006: Martin D. Gelfand ’97     
  • 2005: Stephen S. Zashin ’95     
  • 2004: Dean M. Boland     
  • 2003: Andrew A. Zashin ’93     
  • 2002: William F.B. Vodrey ’92     
  • 2001: Raymond Vasvari ’91     
  • 2000: Elicia Pegues-Spearman ’90     
  • 1999: Lisa L. Smith ’89     
  • 1998: Capricia Penavic Marshall ’90     
  • 1997: Angela Cox ’87     
  • 1996: David H. Wallace ’86     
  • 1995: M. Ann Harlan ’85     
  • 1994: Kevin Francis O’Neill ’84     
  • 1993: Raymond Carl Pierce ’83     
  • 1992: Kathleen McDonald O’Malley ’82     
  • 1991: Carla M. Tricarichi ’82     
  • 1990: Virginia S. Brown ’81     
  • 1989: Peter M. Sikora ’80     
  • 1988: Patrick M. Zohn ’78     
  • 1987: Kurt Karakul ’79     
  • 1986: James R. Strawn ’76     
  • 1985: Edward G. Kramer ’75     
  • 1984: Lee I. Fisher ’76     

2018: Craig A. Nard     
2017: Ruqaiijah Yearby     
2016: B. Jessie Hill     
2015: Lewis R. Katz     
2014: Sharona Hoffman     
2013: Michael J. Benza ’92     
2012: Jessica Berg     
2011: Andrew S. Pollis     
2010: Maxwell J. Mehlman     
2009: Raymond Ku     
2008: Jonathan L. Entin     
2007: Jonathan H. Adler   
2006: Louise W. McKinney ’78     
2005: Michael P. Scharf     
2004: Wilbur C. Leatherberry     
2003: Juliet P. Kostritsky     
2002: Oliver C. Schroeder, Jr.     
2001: Kathryn Sords Mercer ’83     
2000: Hiram Chodosh     
1999: Peter Junger     
1998: Henry T. King, Jr.     
1997: Gerald Korngold     
1996: Robert P. Lawry     
1995: Paul C. Giannelli     
1994: William P. Marshall     
1993: Sidney I. Picker, Jr.     
1992: Melvyn R. Durchslag     
1991: Wilbur C. Leatherberry ’68     
1990: Karen Nelson Moore     
1989: James W. McElhaney     
1988: Morris G. Shanker     
1987: Arthur D. Austin II     
1986: Leon Gabinet     
1985: Ronald J. Coffey     
1984: Lewis R. Katz     

New Members to the Law Alumni Association Board

The mission of the Law Alumni Association Board (LAAB) is to provide assistance with student recruitment, mentoring and placement, and to support the School of Law publicly and financially. Members of the LAAB are required to serve a term of three years, 2016-2019, and must abide by the Articles of Governance.

We thank you in advance for your participation in the nomination process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any member of the Nominating Committee.

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