Law School Hosts Annual Awards Ceremony| May 20, 2005
The following awards and honors were presented to members of the graduating class. In addition, Dennis C. Hensley '70 was inducted as an honorary member of the Order of the Coif during the event.
ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Health Law - Sara Aliya Aliabadi.
ABA Section of State and Local Government Award
Presented annually for outstanding performance in land use and local government. Land Use - Rosa J. Evergreen, and Local Government - Jeremy C. Vaughn.
Academic Support Program Teaching Assistants - Rosa Jean Evergreen, Davin Joseph Hall, James Paul Langan, Theodore Roger Lotchin, Marie Elizabeth Siesseger, Arista Marie Sims, Kelly Elizabeth Street, and Hilary Beth Weckstein.
American Bankruptcy Institute Award
The American Bankruptcy Institute Award is presented annually to a member of the graduating class who demonstrates outstanding performance in Bankruptcy Law. The recipient is selected by Law School faculty who teach bankruptcy. The 2005 recipient is Rosa J. Evergreen.
Each year Dean's Certificates go to a small group of students whose efforts on behalf of the Law School have been especially compelling. This year's recipients are Elizabeth Ellen Bircher, Michael Leslie Broadus, Dominique Andrea Callins, Stephen Thomas Del Percio, Kelly Jo Gastley, Richard Philip Hadorn Jr., Justin Michael Hargrove, Jennifer Leigh Ketron, David Brendan Lacy, Theodore Shine Lu, Claire Mollé Maddox, Robert A. Maylor II, Emily Journeay Cromwell Meyer, John Richard Mills, Mark N. Ohrenberger, Elizabeth J. Peiffer, Ian McDowell Ralby, Brooke Dianah Rodgers-Miller, Marie Elizabeth Siesseger, David Samuel Stern, Virginia Louise Vile, Shannon Elizabeth West, and Leasa Mariel Woods.
Each year the Law School selects one graduating student as the recipient of the Drapers' Scholarship. The Drapers' Scholar studies for a year at Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London, earning an LL.M. degree. Yuval Rubinstein is the 2005-06 Drapers' Scholar.
Environmental Law and Policy Review Award for Excellence in Scholarship
This award recognizes the most outstanding student note published in the current volume of the ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY REVIEW. The recipient is Allison Nicole Hatchett.
In 1987, the Student Assembly established an award to honor well-rounded graduating students - both graduate and undergraduate - of the College, those who best exemplify a liberal arts education through their activities as well as studies. This award was named in honor of Benjamin Stoddert Ewell, the 16th President of the College of William & Mary, who by ringing the Wren Building Bell kept the College alive when its doors closed during the Civil War. Ewell recognized that students are the heart of the College's existence and continued the spirit until the students could bring life back to campus. The third-year law student recipient of this award is Scott Howard Barbag.
Family Law Book Award
The Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers co-sponsor a Family Law Book Award to be presented to a graduating student at each Virginia law school who has demonstrated the most promise and potential for the practice of family law. The 2005 recipient is Elizabeth J. Peiffer.
Carter Kaplan and Company Financial Law Award
This award is given to the outstanding student in the field of international business. John Richard Mills is the 2005 recipient.
William Hamilton Prize
The William Hamilton Prize is presented annually to recognize outstanding performance in legal history. The 2005 recipient is Monique Cioffalo.
The Herrmann Prize
This prize is awarded to the student who in the opinion of the Dean, President of the National Center for State Courts, and the Director of the Courtroom 21 Project has demonstrated the greatest potential in making future contributions to the enhancement of the efficient administration of justice through the innovative use of technology. The award honors Richard Herrmann. Heidi Dakota Simon is the recipient of this year's award.
Members who served the Honor honor with Distinction - Sarah Constance Black, Dominique Andrea Callins, Richard Flather Farley, Aaron Fredric Kass, Theodore Shine Lu, Jason S. R. Miyares, Sam Christopher Olive III, Kelly Elizabeth Street, and Megan-Brady Viccellio.
Human Rights and National Security Law - Juan Carlos Alarcon, Ashley Gayle Alley, Heidi Marthanna Brown, Dominique Andrea Callins, Caroline Bradford Fleming, Brian Chadwick Hayes, Heather May Johnson, Jennifer H. Lagerquist, Joseph John MacAvoy, Alana Nila Malick, Emily Journeay Cromwell Meyer, Chris Brooks Nagel III, Ian McDowell Ralby, and Tarek Ziad Shuman.
Kruchko & Fries Award
The generosity of the Baltimore-based firm Kruchko & Fries makes possible the annual recognition of a graduating student who has excelled in labor law and employment relations. The recipient is selected by Law School faculty who teach labor and employment law. The 2005 recipient is Kathryn Frances Wrieden.
Legal Skills Scholar Award
This award is given annually by the Legal Skills Program to recognize graduating students who have received Honors in at least three semesters of Legal Skills, William & Mary Law School's innovative two-year program in legal research, writing, professional responsibility and lawyering skills. Those recognized this year are Carl Stanley Beattie, Elizabeth Ellen Bircher, Sarah Constance Black, Anne Hamilton Brower, Timothy William Castor, Philip S. Chapman, Caroline Bradford Fleming, Jonathan William Garlough, Davin Joseph Hall, Hutch Karl Hicken, Christine Higgins, Erin Harrigan Kulpa, Andrew James Mack, Claire Mollé Maddox, John Richard Mills, Maria Lynn Mullarkey, Mark N. Ohrenberger, Natalie Ann Payne, Elizabeth J. Peiffer, Ian McDowell Ralby, John Bradley Reaves, Brooke Dianah Rodgers-Miller, Brian Robert Rosenau, Kristina Lynn Rozek, Megan-Brady Viccellio, and Patricia Louise Voyer.
Legal Skills Teaching Assistants - Katherine Ann Aidala, John Christopher Barker, Caroline Bradford Fleming, Stacy Leann Haney, Claire Mollé Maddox, John Richard Mills, Michael J. Monahan, Maria Lynn Mullarkey, Mark N. Ohrenberger, Elizabeth J. Peiffer, Kimberly Anne Pierro, Kristina Lynn Rozek, and Benjamin Bay Willoughby.
National Association of Women Lawyers Award
This award recognizes a student who contributes to the advancement of women in society; promotes issues and concerns of women in the legal profession; exhibits motivation, tenacity and enthusiasm; demonstrates academic achievement; and earns the respect of the dean and faculty. The 2005 recipient is Brooke Dianah Rodgers-Miller.
Order of Barristers
The Order of Barristers is a national honor society which recognizes individuals who have contributed substantially in an oral argument program either in the administration of an advocacy program or in the development of advocacy skills through competition. New members from the Class of 2005 are Christopher David Burch, Dominique Andrea Callins, Philip S. Chapman, Brian Chadwick Hayes, Claire Mollé Maddox, Jennifer Lynn Maki, Emily Journeay Cromwell Meyer, and Virginia Louise Vile.
Order of the Coif
The Order of Coif is a national scholastic honor society in law. Its purpose is "to foster a spirit of careful study and to mark in a fitting manner those who have attained a high grade of scholarship" in the study of law. The English Order of Coif was the most ancient and one of the most honored institutions of the common law. Its origins may antedate the Norman Conquest. The American Order of the Coif was founded in 1912. Membership in it is the highest academic honor a law student can achieve. It is equivalent to membership in Phi Beta Kappa for undergraduates and recognizes the scholastic achievement of students selected from the upper ten percent of their class. New members from the Class of 2005 are Carl Stanley Beattie, Timothy William Castor, Philip S. Chapman, Rosa J. Evergreen, James Robert Hoffman, Aaron Fredric Kass, Jennifer Leigh Ketron, Mary Iams Leibowitz, Theodore Roger Lotchin, David Peter Mason, John Richard Mills, Brian Robert Rosenau, Marie Elizabeth Siesseger,
Benjamin Joseph Theisman, Megan-Brady Viccellio, Rachel Elizabeth Wheeler, Kathryn Frances Wrieden, and Kimberly Jill Ziegler.
Dennis C. Hensley '70 was inducted as an honorary member of the Order of the Coif.
Benjamin Rush Scholars
Benjamin Rush Scholars are upper class law students whose writing achievements in health law were adjudged to be outstanding, including the formal presentations of their papers as part of the Benjamin Rush Symposium during the spring semester of the academic year. They are also responsible for choosing the recipient of the Benjamin Rush Medal which this year was presented to Dr. David Kessler, Dean of the University of California Medical School and former Commissioner of the US Food & Drug Administration. This year's scholars are Katherine Ann Aidala, Sara Aliya Aliabadi, Ashley Gayle Alley, Jonathan William Garlough, and Amanda Lee Kutz.
Spong Professionalism Award
This award is given by the Society of the Alumni of the College of William & Mary to a third-year law student who best exemplifies professionalism and ethics in the Legal Skills Program. The 2005 recipient is Claire Mollé Maddox.
Student Admission Ambassador
This award recognizes the following students for their personal commitment, dedication and contributions to our admission efforts - Justin Michael Hargrove, Bradley John Henderson, Benjamin Edward Ladd, Jennifer Lynn Maki, Robert A. Maylor II, Graham Boardman Schmidt, Cassiah Michelle Ward, and Leasa Mariel Woods.
Thomas Jefferson Prize
This prize is given by the Institute of Bill of Rights Law to the student who published the best Student Note in the current volume of the WILLIAM & MARY BILL OF RIGHTS JOURNAL. The 2005 recipient is Davin Joseph Hall.
Regional Competition of the National Moot Court Tournament, Quarterfinalists - Virginia Louise Vile, John Bradley Reaves, and Brian Chadwick Hayes; Semifinalists - Claire Mollé Maddox, Jennifer Lynn Maki, and Dominique Andrea Callins.
Regent University Constitutional Law Tournament, Quarterfinalists - Philip S. Chapman, Stacy Leann Haney, and Monique Cioffallo.
National Trial Competition, Regional Tournament, Second Place - Melanie A. Friend, Claire Mollé Maddox, and Virginia Louise Vile.
Michigan State University National Trial Advocacy Competition, Fifth Place - Christopher David Burch, Margaret Ann Riley, Arista Marie Sims, and Virginia Louise Vile.
Trial Advocacy Teaching Assistant - Erin Harrigan Kulpa.
Virginia Trial Lawyers Award
This award recognizes a graduating student who has excelled in the skills of trial advocacy. The 2005 recipients are Megan-Brady Viccellio and Virginia Louise Vile.
William and Mary Women and the Law Journal - Outstanding Member
For outstanding dedication and support to the journal. The 2005 recipient is Kristen DeVonne Peterson.
William and Mary Law Review Best Student Note
This award recognizes Timothy William Castor as having written the most outstanding student note published in the current volume of the LAW REVIEW.