Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2021 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 2021 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.
Wendy Kerner ∙ Taylor Rabb
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.
Arnold P. Chutkow Award
This award is given to a student on the editorial board of the University of Denver Law Review who has demonstrated both academic achievement and service to the law school community.
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.
|Charles Allison-Godfrey||Allison Block||Tiera Brown||Astrid Carrete||Ashley Cordero||Hayden Deporter|
|Moorea Diamond||Denver Donchez||Stephanie Frisinger||Dawn Fritz||Katherine Googins||Katie Heideman|
|Elizabeth Hersey||Samantha Hoiby||Keegan Horton||Rachael Jaffe||Spencer Jarvis||Lauren Jones|
|Colleen Kelley||Erika Kelley||Miriam Kerler||Adriana Levandowski||Nicole Linder||Rebekah Nickel|
|Elizabeth Matta||Julia Morrison||Kiley Oblisk||Patricia Claire Pakis||Victoria Reavis||Susannah Rodgers|
|Marisa Shearer||Jeffrey Simonek||Mary Snover||Joseph Soloway||Andrew Swartzmiller||Noah Wallis|
|Katyie Wells||Madison Whitley||David Young||Rose Zetzman|
Lawyering Process Awards
Reese Persuasive Writing Award
This award is given to students with the best written briefs in the spring 2020 Lawyering Process program.
Alejandro Armelles Bello ∙ Ellen Blatt ∙ Shannon Calhoun ∙ Kaitlyn Dehmer ∙ Aleksandar Duric
Michelle Gaeng ∙ Louis “Dane” Hansen ∙ Jack Hernandez ∙ Emily Maino ∙ Paul Raymond
Hunter Ross ∙ Alida Soileau ∙ Lydia Wandmacher ∙ Carolyn Welter
Hartje Objective Writing Award
This award is given to students with the best written memos in the fall 2020 Lawyering Process program.
Kate Berry ∙ Jacob Buchheim ∙ Jennifer Edmunds ∙ Sonia Gomez ∙ Luke Gruber
Matt Knaster ∙ Kit Longnecker ∙ Megan Mars ∙ Anna Myra ∙ Nicole Nucaro
Kate Rosner ∙ Nina Sawaya ∙ Megan Uren ∙ Kelsey Wilcox
Wilson Hurt Oral Argument Award
This award is given to the students who delivered the best oral argument in the spring 2021 Lawyering Process program.
Caroline Brown ∙ Meredith Coleman ∙ Stephen Ferry ∙ Roshana Floyd ∙ Olivia Heffner
Courtney Hughes ∙ Daniela Masur ∙ Chasen Miller ∙ Chad Nelson ∙ Jamie Ray
Mercedes Rodriguez ∙ Katherine Scruggs ∙ Sebastian Villanueva
Outstanding Student Lawyer – Civil Litigation Clinic
Outstanding Student Lawyer – Civil Rights Clinic
Julieanne Buchanan ∙ Miriam Kerler
Outstanding Student Lawyer – Community Economic Development Clinic
Madeleine Considine ∙ Justin Sawyer
Outstanding Student Lawyer – Community Innovation Equity Project
Taylor Rabb ∙ Katherine Thomas
Outstanding Student Lawyer – Criminal Defense Clinic
Outstanding Student Lawyer – Environmental Law Clinic
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.
Geoffrey Carpenter ∙ Jeffrey Clarke ∙ Gabriela Durán ∙ Kevin Johnson ∙ Ryan Walno ∙ Clair Wright
Excellence in International Arbitration
This award is presented to students on the international arbitration moot teams who demonstrated outstanding oral advocacy, contribute to development of the international law program, and show an overall mastery of international arbitration.
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.
Misty Lynn Schlabaugh
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 American Law Practice LLM Graduate
This award is presented to a graduating student in the American Law Practice 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: Haley Balentine
LLM: David Mayen
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 Legal Masters Student
Outstanding Graduating Student
Daniel S. Hoffman Award for Outstanding Student Leadership
Outstanding Staff or Administrator
Dean Alexi Freeman
Outstanding Faculty Member
Professor Nancy Leong
Dean Alexi Freeman
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.
Emily Bennett ∙ Charlotte Selix
Elizabeth Hersey ∙ Alexandra Uri
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.
Aron Assefa, Nigel Daniels, Emeka Eze and Nathaniel Roberson
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.
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 (2019). Mr. Bartholic, after whom the award is named, was a 1925 alumnus of the Sturm College of Law.
Kit Beikmann ∙ Ashley Cordero ∙ Aleksandar Duric ∙ Rebekah Glover ∙ Lanny Holstein
Howard Jenkins, Jr. Labor Law Award
This award is given to the student who received the highest grade in Labor Law.
Talia Chiarelli ∙ Jack Wilson
John Phillip Linn Labor Law Award
This award is given to a graduating student whose interest, activities, and scholarship manifest an ability to make an outstanding contribution to Labor and Employment Law.
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.
Kate Googins ∙ Rebekah Nickel
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.
Kenneth L. Smith Award
This prize is awarded to the students who earned the highest grade point averages during their academic tenure at the Sturm College of Law.
Full-Time Division: Rebekah Nickel
Part-Time Division: Nicole King