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Associate Professor Alexi Freeman Receives Graduate Faculty Career Champion Award

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On Tuesday, September 10, University of Denver Career and Professional Development honored three faculty members with Faculty Career Champion awards.

The student-nominated awards focus on faculty members who have made an impact on students’ career and professional development path. More than 230 faculty members were nominated by students, with many receiving multiple nominations. 

Congratulations go to Associate Professor and Director of Externships and Public Interest Initiatives Alexi Freeman, who received the Graduate Faculty Career Champion Award. Freeman was nominated by a record number of students, each of which highlighted her tireless efforts to help them succeed and gain real-world legal experience.

“She was always there, and she has this amazing capacity to make you feel like you are the only person in the room,” said nominating-student Yasmin Shanker, JD’19.

“All of my internships that have led to the job placement that I have now…all of that is rooted in the conversations I had with Lexi, the people she introduced me to and people that were already working with Lexi to develop certain projects,” added nominating-student Joseph Chase, JD’20.

See what a few of the many nominating students had to say about this legal-education leader in the video above.

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Professor Freeman received the award from Assistant Dean for Career Opportunities Eric Bono

“I always tell my students, when they are thinking about career placements, that they want to find a fit where the head, the hands and the heart meet,” Freeman said during upon the award celebration. “I am so lucky that I can practice what I teach. I love what I do. I adore my students. They truly inspire me everyday with their passion, their intellect, their work ethic and their energy.”

The award ceremony also honored Katherine Tennis, assistant teaching professor with the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, who was awarded the Undergraduate Faculty Career Champion and Ronald J. Rizzuto, endowed chair and professor of finance with the Daniels College of Business, who was awarded the Faculty Career Champion Lifetime Achievement Award.

Read more about the ceremony and winners on the DU Career and Professional Development blog.