Student Affairs

Student Awards

 

Congratulations to the Student Awards Winners of 2019!

 

Student Achievement Awards

Arnold & Porter Civil Rights Scholarship Award                                  

The Arnold & Porter Civil Rights Scholarship is awarded to one or more 2L or 3L students at the Sturm College of Law who have demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to civil rights and/or access to justice issues, and an interest in practicing public interest law. Additionally, scholarship recipients must have distinguished themselves as participants in the Civil Rights Clinic.

Olivia Kohrs

Krash Scholarship Award                                  

The Krash Scholarship is awarded to one or more 2L or 3L students at the Sturm College of Law who have demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to civil rights and/or access to justice issues, and an interest in practicing public interest law. The award honors Abe Krash, a retired partner at Arnold & Porter who worked on the defense team representing Clarence Gideon in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright (1963).

Naomi Martin ∙ Madeline Middlebrooks

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.

Chelsea Marx ∙ Shelley Ormsby

Leonard v.B. Sutton Award                                                            

This award is for the best written paper in international law. The award affords the recipient the opportunity to attend The Hague Academy of International Law this summer.

Ruby Crews

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.

Derson Figuereo

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.

Bridget DuPey

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.

Felicia Acosta-Steiner

Rachel Kennedy

Sameh Afifi

Christina Kinsella

Erica Anderson

Olivia Kohrs

Christopher Barbera

Mary Krenzen

Maria Barco

Lilly Lentz

Megan Barkdull

Lee Maurer

Michael Bishop

Fionna Mejia Gatica

Amanda Bliss

Olivia Mendoza

Christina Bloemen

Mackenzie Morris

Molly Burke

Meera Nayak

David A. Cooper

Harlan Norby

Yujin Choi

Heather Olin

Stephanie Dankel

Lucia Ornelas

Bridget Dupey

Elizabeth Othmer

Nathan Fall

Alexandra Parrott

Mark T. Feero

Kaci Philpot

Anna Fullerton

Lindsey Ratcliff

Joaquin Gallegos

Sarah Schulte

Xochitl Gutierrez

Natalie Spiess

Lauren Haefliger

Alexandra Tressler

Alison Heinen

Molly Turner

Marissa Hoffman

David Valleau

Austin Jensen

Margaret Wojtulewicz

 

Lawyering Process Awards

Reese Persuasive Writing Award                                      

This award is given to students with the best written briefs in the spring 2018 Lawyering Process program.

Kelsey Fairholm  ∙  Christine Garson  ∙  Kristin Geary

Nathan Gonzales  ∙  Grace Lundergan  ∙  Courtney Pidcock

Taylor Rabb  ∙  Luke Salzwedel  ∙  Taylor Volkman

  Kelsi White  ∙  Tyler Whitney

Hartje Objective Writing Award                                       

This award is given to students with the best written memos in the fall 2018 Lawyering Process program.

Phoebe Blessing  ∙  Stephanie Childress  ∙  Katelyn Clarke

Molly Clarke  ∙  Adam Cribari  ∙  Colette Gaenssle

Amanda Garcia  ∙  Anthony Gunnell  ∙  Andrea Holodnak

Rebekah Reeser  ∙  Thomas Swanson  ∙  Andrew Swartzmiller

Martine Ventello

Wilson Hurt Oral Argument Award                                  

This award is given to the students who delivered the best oral argument in the spring 2019 Lawyering Process program.

Meagan Anderson  ∙  Adam Cribari  ∙  Katherine Googins

Katelyn Kellett  ∙  David Law  ∙  Jonathan Manning

Bryce Rafferty  ∙  Rebekah Reeser

 

Experiential Awards

Outstanding Student Lawyer – Civil Litigation Clinic                

Chelsea Augelli ∙ Heather Olin

Outstanding Student Lawyer – Civil Rights Clinic      

Olivia Kohrs

Outstanding Student Lawyer –  Community Economic Development Clinic                        

Laura Fodor

Outstanding Student Lawyer – Criminal Defense Clinic

Wyatt Bloomingdale ∙ Mackenzie Morris

Outstanding Student Lawyer – Environmental Law Clinic              

Edwin Lamair

Outstanding Student Lawyer – Immigration Law & Policy Clinic              

Allison Crennen-Dunlap ∙ Lucia Ornelas

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.

Krunal Sheth

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.

Mitchol Dunham

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.

Molly Turner

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.

Taylor Hannegan ∙  Erin Long  ∙  Rachel Neumann

Erica Sefton  ∙  Joseph Whalen  ∙  Laura Yeager

Geoffrey Carpenter  ∙  John Creager  ∙  Xochitl Gutierrez

Lauren Haefliger  ∙  Andrew Lipscomb  ∙  Adaku Marizu

Aaron Schmidt

Excellence in International Arbitration        

This award is presented to students on the international arbitration moot teams who demonstrate outstanding oral advocacy, contribute to development of the international law program, and show an overall mastery of international arbitration.                 

William Conn ∙ Grace Osberg

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.

John Kyed ∙ Rebecca Stifter

 

Graduate Legal Studies Awards

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.

Andrea Steevens

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.

Samantha Bloch

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.

Gabrielle Mattioda Leggette

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: Kristin Green

MLS: Brenden Mooney

LLM: Rodrigo Esteban Cortés

 

Student Bar Association Awards

Outstanding 1L Full-Time Student

Ashley Cordero

Outstanding 2L Full-Time Student

Jacob Goldstein

Outstanding Part-Time Student

Kaley Rickert

Outstanding Legal Masters Student

Kasia Parecki

Outstanding Graduating Student

Bridget DuPey

Daniel S. Hoffman Award for Outstanding Student Leadership

Naomi Martin

Outstanding Staff or Administrator

Emily Scherling

Outstanding Faculty Member

Professor Alexi Freeman

Mentorship Award

Professor Alexi Freeman

SBA Endowed Scholarship Award

Elizabeth Shaw-Gonzales

 

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

DU Civil Rights Summit:

Phoebe Blessing ∙ Steven Brown ∙ Naomi Martin ∙ Andrew Shulman

Student Immigration Law Coalition:

Allison Crennen-Dunlap ∙ Lucia Ornelas

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.

Madeline Middlebrooks

Zoe Williams

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.

Allison Crennen-Dunlap ∙ Joaquin Gallegos

Lucia Ornelas ∙ Sarah Schulte

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 Sturm College of Law.

Sara Lockhart

Rebecca Stifter

 

Order of the Coif Candidates

The Order of the Coif is an honorary scholastic society recognizing those who, as law students, attained a high grade of scholarship. Students eligible for membership must have attained a grade record ranking in the upper 10 percent of all students in their graduating class. The honors and Order of the Coif listings are tentative and reflect grade point averages after the first five semesters. Final determination of Order of the Coif will occur after all spring 2019 grades are recorded.

Congratulations to the newest presumptive members of the Order of the Coif for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Alexandra Berger

Dalton Kelley

Josephine Bunker

Olivia Kohrs

Allison Crennen-Dunlap

John Kyed

Bryston Gallegos

Zachary Lass

Samuel Gangemi

Susan Lloyd

John Graham

Katherine Madden

Lauren Haefliger

Laura Martinez

Abby Hegarty

Chelsea Marx

Macklin Henderson

J. Kirk McGill

Megan Herr

Erica Montague

Angela Hygh

Natalie Spiess

 

Mariham Yaft

 

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 (2018). Mr. Bartholic, after whom the award is named, was a 1925 alumnus of the Sturm College of Law.

John Kyed ∙ Melody Fields ∙ Eileen Webster ∙ Caitlin Wightman

Howard Jenkins, Jr. Labor Law Award                  

This award is given to the student who received the highest grade in Labor Law.

Carissa Davis

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.

Dakota Spence-Zurek

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.

Allison Crennen-Dunlap ∙ Bryston Gallegos

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.

Benjamin Jimenez

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: Bryston Gallegos

Part-Time Division: Allison Crennen-Dunlap

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