Student Affairs

Student Awards

 

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2021 Student Awards!

 

Welcome

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.

Congratulations!

 

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.

Christopher Martin

 

 

 

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.

Ashley Cordero

 

 

 

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

 

Experiential Awards

Outstanding Student Lawyer – Civil Litigation Clinic                

Benjamin Ward

 

 

 

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

Jesi Jones

 

 

 

Outstanding Student Lawyer – Environmental Law Clinic              

Casey Morris

 

 

 

Outstanding Student Lawyer – Immigration Law & Policy Clinic              

Edgar Chavarria

 

 

 

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.

Astrid Carrete

 

 

 

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.

Emily Bennett

 

 

 

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.

Casey Weaver

 

 

 

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.

Samuel Moorin

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.

Anthony Gunnell

 

 

 Bradley Scoble

 

 

 Van Vu

 

 

 

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.

Marrett McLeod

 

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.

Osama Alkhamis

 

 

 

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.

Abdulrahman Alsultan

 

 

 

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

Liliana Vior

Outstanding 2L Full-Time Student

Dana Bradley

Outstanding Part-Time Students

Tod Duncan

Meralee Hoffelt

Pelecanos

Outstanding Legal Masters Student

Tatum Perez

Outstanding Graduating Student

Jeffrey Simonek

Daniel S. Hoffman Award for Outstanding Student Leadership

Ashley Cordero

Outstanding Staff or Administrator

Dean Alexi Freeman

Outstanding Faculty Member

Professor Nancy Leong

Mentorship Award

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

 

 

 

 Julieanne Buchanan

 

 

 

 Salomon Chavez

 

 

 

 Ashley Cordero

 

 

 

 Andre Milton

 

 

 

 Leonela Urrutia

 

 

 

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.

Charles Allison-Godfrey

 

 

 Sarah Brusseau

 

 

 Tempest Cantrell

 

 

 Jeffrey Simonek

 

 

 Joe Soloway

 

 

 Z Williams

 

 

 

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.

Alex Thomas

 

 

 

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.

Rebecca Voorhees

 

 

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.

Megan Pitz

 

 

 

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

 

 

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