Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2022 Student Awards!
It is our great honor to celebrate the achievements and hard work of our students and student leaders at Denver Law. This year we celebrate our students for outstanding leadership, academic achievement, prolific writing, acute lawyering skills, zealous advocacy, and overall positive contribution to the law school. Each year, outstanding students leave a lasting impact on our law school community, and this year is no different even as students adapted to the challenges of COVID-19. We are ever-so-proud of our students and cannot thank them enough for their contributions to the Sturm College of Law.
Please join us in celebrating our 2022 Student Awards recipients by reading our digital program and viewing video remarks celebrating these students’ achievements.
Student Achievement Awards
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Annual Prize
Each year, the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute recognizes excellent students who demonstrate outstanding potential for impact in the sustainable development field. This award is given to the student(s) who make significant contributions to the work of RMLUI and the field of land use law. The cash prize is generously funded by Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti.
Emily Maino ∙ Alida Soileau
Irving P. Andrews Award for Outstanding Law Graduate
The late Irving P. Andrews was one of the most talented trial attorneys in Colorado. He was highly regarded for his masterful oratorical skills, keen intellect, commitment to excellence, strong dedication to under-served populations and an undying love of the law. The Sam Cary Bar Association established this award in the name of Irving P. Andrews to honor a law graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence, professionalism, integrity and respect for the rule of law.
Public Good Distinction
The Public Good Distinction is an honor that Denver Law awards graduating students based upon their demonstrated commitment to public interest law throughout their legal education. Students devote at least 16 credits to public interest coursework and participate in a capstone course in their final year. This is the inaugural year of the distinction.
|Spencer Aitken||Hailey Black||Nicoli Bowley||Sarah Brusseau||Julianne Buchanan||Genna Carver|
|Salomon Chavez||Nigel Daniels||Darlene Dool||Alexander Franklin||Rachel Green||Owen Hatch|
|Leonard Horan||Kaitlin Johnson||Nicholas Krueger||Skylar Larson||Megan McDonald||Angelina Morisi|
|Casey Morris||Amaia Nichols||Ricki Palmisano||Elizabeth Poché||Garrett Rose||Mackenzie Russell|
|Siera Schroeder||Hilary Smith||Elisabeth Teater||Caroline Turner||Leonela Urrutia||Kevin Whitfield|
Lawyering Process Awards
Reese Persuasive Writing Award
This award is given to students with the best written briefs in the spring 2021 Lawyering Process program.
Rachael Adkins ∙ Christina Boyle ∙ Caroline Brown ∙ Chase Helseth ∙ Alana LeFebvre
Mary Mathews ∙ Reid Melton ∙ Travis Murphy ∙ Nicole Nucaro ∙ Samuel Rhoton
Katherine Rosner ∙ Jennifer Tuttle
Katherine Berry ∙ Mitchell Dicenso ∙ Jaime Greenwood ∙ Cole Mason ∙ Chasen Miller
Chad Nelsen ∙ Pelecanos ∙ Guy Sack ∙ Cindy Ureno
Hartje Objective Writing Award
This award is given to students with the best written memos in the fall 2021 Lawyering Process program.
Mohammed Aliraani ∙ John Brice ∙ Caley Carlson ∙ Danielle Desantis ∙ Alex Dinkel
Mariah England ∙ Austin Hoenig ∙ Taylor Morgan ∙ Sienna Murphy ∙ Isabella Pichler
Megan Rijo ∙ Devon Stoeber ∙ Kaitlynn Tuohy ∙ Stephanie Wise
Marcus Collins ∙ Lainey Decker ∙ Sarah-Elena Dillabough ∙ Carolyn Fergus ∙ Anna Hamp
Elizabeth Hejtmancik De Valenzuela ∙ Erin Mooney ∙ Samantha Ogden ∙ Nicole Pla
Alexandra Rebimbas ∙ Mimi Smith ∙ Alexandra Timbas
Wilson Hurt Oral Argument Award
This award is given to the students who delivered the best oral argument in the spring 2022 Lawyering Process program.
Nicolas Allen ∙ Caley Carlson ∙ Martina Chesonis ∙ Samantha Cohen ∙ Haydn Collard
Wil Doyle ∙ Emily Garlock ∙ Marcus Gould ∙ Josh Hartsfield ∙ Nicole Lazzeri
Sharon Malhotra ∙ Courtney Skinner ∙ Alexandra Timbas ∙ Renada Walcome
Outstanding Student Lawyer – Civil Litigation Clinic
Ellen Blatt ∙ Salomon Chavez
Outstanding Student Lawyer – Civil Rights Clinic
Julieanne Buchanan ∙ Kendrick Davis
Outstanding Student Lawyer – Criminal Defense Clinic
Gabriela Duran ∙ Talia Marquez
Outstanding Student Lawyer – Environmental Law Clinic
Peyton Lindley ∙ Sarah Jean Rodger
Outstanding Student Lawyer – Immigration Law & Policy Clinic
Outstanding Student in a Judicial Externship
This award is given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in an externship in judicial chambers. The recipient has engaged in critical reflection about the legal profession, their legal career, and their priorities and values as a lawyer and as an individual. In addition, this student has produced high-quality work in the field, and has demonstrated professionalism and a strong work ethic.
Outstanding Student in a Private-Sector Externship
This award is given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in an externship with a private firm. The recipient has engaged in critical reflection about the legal profession, their legal career, and their priorities and values as a lawyer and as an individual. In addition, this student has produced high-quality work in the field, and has demonstrated professionalism and a strong work ethic.
Outstanding Student in a Public-Sector Externship
This award is given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in an externship with a nonprofit organization or government agency or entity. The recipient has engaged in critical reflection about the legal profession, their legal career, and their priorities and values as a lawyer and as an individual. In addition, this student has produced high-quality work in the field, and has demonstrated professionalism and a strong work ethic.
Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution
The students receiving this award are recognized for their outstanding skills in the areas of advocacy in international arbitration, client counseling, mediation, and mediation advocacy.
Mesa Jetton ∙ Eric Wolaver
Kevin Johnson ∙ Malie Minton ∙ Mekayla Schock ∙ Ryan Walno
Excellence in Transactional Skills
This award recognizes those students who have demonstrated a clear understanding and achievement of the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as a business lawyer in a transactional law practice. In particular, students will have attained general corporate law knowledge, corporate drafting skills, merger and acquisition knowledge, financial literacy, negotiation skills, and critical deal skills.
LLM and Masters Programs Awards
Outstanding Master of Science in Legal Administration Graduate
This award is presented to a graduating student in the Master of Science in Legal Administration program for outstanding academic achievement and mastery of the subject.
Outstanding Master of Legal Studies Graduate
This award is presented to a graduating student in the Master of Legal Studies program for outstanding academic achievement and mastery of the subject.
Outstanding International Business Transactions LLM Graduate
This award is presented to a graduating student in the International Business Transactions program for outstanding academic achievement and mastery of the subject.
Outstanding Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Graduates
This award is presented to a graduating student in both the Master of Legal Studies and Master of Laws Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy programs for outstanding academic achievement and mastery of the subject.
MLS: Catherine Boies
LLM: Jenna Farrell
Student Bar Association Awards
The Student Bar Association Awards are awarded to students, faculty, and staff that are nominated and elected by the student body.
Outstanding 1L Full-Time Student
Outstanding 2L Full-Time Student
Outstanding Part-Time Students
Outstanding Graduating Student
Daniel S. Hoffman Award for Outstanding Student Leadership
Outstanding Staff or Administrator
Outstanding Faculty Member
Student Leadership Awards
Most Innovative Program Award
This award recognizes a student who has implemented a new program or significantly modified an existing program which better serves the law school community.
Summer Fulcher ∙ Blake Jackson ∙ Samuel Parker
Inclusive Excellence Award
This award is presented to a student who models inclusivity and has demonstrated a commitment to diversity through service and programming. These individuals bring diverse perspectives to the Sturm College of Law community.
Henali Deol ∙ Brittany Phouminh
Student Leadership Award
These awards are given to students who have fulfilled two of the three following criteria: 1) initiated a new student program or organization; 2) significantly improved an existing program; or 3) demonstrated leadership by contributing considerable time, resources, and talents to the law school community.
Edward Bowden, Sarah Brusseau, Alexandra Feathers, Leonard Horan, Heidi Metroz, Malie Minton, Camille Moore, Cerridwyn Nordstrom, Elizabeth Poché, Raelyn Schnappauf & Leonela Urrutia
Outstanding Leadership Award
This award is presented to a graduating student who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the law school through consistent service to student organizations, and/or has demonstrated extraordinary community involvement on behalf of the Sturm College of Law.
Juris Doctor Academic Distinction Awards
Clarence L. Bartholic Highest Grade in Legal Profession Award
This award was initiated by the Brewer Inn of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, which promotes professional ethics. This award honors students who achieved the highest grade in Legal Profession during the prior calendar year (2021). Mr. Bartholic, after whom the award is named, was a 1925 alumnus of the Sturm College of Law.
Ryan Collins ∙ Stephen Ferry ∙ Anna Goelbel ∙ Emily Maino ∙ Amanda Snavely ∙ Anna Wilbourn
John Phillip Linn Labor Law Award
This award is given to the student who received the highest grade in Labor Law.
Katherine Anthea Cunliffe
Melanie Hardaway Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate
This award is given to graduating student(s) in the top five percent of the class who have made the greatest overall contribution to the law school.
Harry Clayton Davis Award
This award is given annually to a student who has made the greatest overall academic progress during their law school career.
Eva Vasquez Ochoa