The 2007 Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 19, was held in Colonial Williamsburg's Kimball Theatre on Duke of Gloucester Street. It began with Student Bar Association President Trey Freeman '07 bearing aloft the Law School's gold mace and placing it on stage. Dean Taylor Reveley then welcomed the standing-room-only audience and invited forward faculty members, administrators, and members of the SBA to present awards and special recognitions. Following the ceremony, class members and their guests enjoyed a reception under a blue skies in historic Wren Building's courtyard.
The following is a list of the awards and special recognitions that were celebrated during the ceremony:
Order of the Coif, Class of 2007
Membership in the Order of the Coif 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 achievements of students selected from the upper ten percent of their class. Members of the Class of 2007 inducted into the Order of the Coif were Tyler Michael Akagi, Robert Prentis Beaman, Sarah Wood Benedict, Kathleen Mary Clair, Noellyn Kyung Mae Davies, Robert Eugene Fay, Hannah Catherine Garrett, Ian Shimon Hoffman, Gabriel Edward Kennon, Catherine Frost Lacho, Matthew Hilton Mall, Marcus Talmadge Massey, Jared Michael Mellott, Jamie Leigh Mickelson, Bryan Michael Shay, Andrew Joseph Smith, Leah Suzanne Strickland, George Zachary Terwilliger, John Kyle Warren, William Handley Woolston, Kenneth Raymond Wiggins, and Evan Michael Wooten.
Order of the Coif, Honorary Member
Coif chapters may elect to honorary membership "those who as lawyers, judges and teachers attained high distinction for their scholarly or professional accomplishments." The William & Mary chapter has inducted Anne Gordon Greever '77 as an honorary member of the Order of the Coif. Anne is a senior counsel in labor and employment at Hunton & Williams in Richmond. Her practice focuses on employment-related disputes and she has litigated cases in state and federal courts and before the National Labor Relations Board. She has taught a course on disabilities and the law as an adjunct professor at Marshall-Wythe and is a former member of the board of directors of the Law School Association.
The Dean began by asking members of the class to stand who had been active in any of the Law School's thirty-one student organizations or four student-edited journals. They deserved special recognition, he said, for making "a difference for the better at Marshall-Wythe."
He then awarded individual Dean's Certificates to members of the class whose efforts on behalf of the Law School community have been especially compelling. Receiving this recognition were Courtney Nel Baxter Bennett, William Leslie Boswell III, Anne Park Brinckman, Ryan William Browning, Frances Elizabeth Burgin, Stephen Andrew Cobb, William Yates Durbin, Robert Eugene Fay, Flyn Lee Flesher, Ernest (Trey) Freeman III, Miae Nora Garcia, Bernadette Shawan Gillians, Megan B. Hoffman, Jacquelynne Michelle Jordan, Gabriel Edward Kennon, Paul Anthony LaFata, Elizabeth Yvonne McElroy, Alexis Ann McLeod, Melissa Anne Mott, Maryann Patricia Nolan, Linda Nkechi Oramansionwu, Michael Christopher Pacella, Linda Marie Quigley, Bryan Michael Shay, George Zachary Terwilliger, Julia Christine Webb, Leondras J. Webster, and Katie Young.
ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Health Law
This award is presented by the ABA-BNA to recognize the student who has demonstrated superior work in the study of health law. The award was presented to Kelly Lynn Hart.
ASP Teaching Assistants
Each year, the Law School chooses a select group of students to work in the Academic Support Program to help their peers maximize their academic success. Recognized for their contributions as ASP Teaching Assistants were Sean David Croston, Joshua T. Greer, Catherine Frost Lacho, Allison Marie Quist, Andrew Joseph Smith, John Townsend Stapleford, George Zachary Terwilliger, and Richard J. Thomas.
Benjamin Rush Scholars
Benjamin Rush Scholars are upperclass 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 annual recipient of the Benjamin Rush Medal. This year's scholars were Rachel Gedid, Kelly Lynn Hart, Meghan Alysa O'Donnell, Polly Kay Sandness, and Bryan Michael Shay.
The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement recognize excellent writers at the nation's law schools and firms. Fifteen law students from across the country were chosen this year. Bryan Michael Shay will receive his award during a special program at the Library of Congress on June 4.
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. Ryan Nathaniel Igbanol was named the 2007-08 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 William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review. The recipient was Jason Craig Wells.
Equal Justice Works Fellowship
Equal Justice Works awards 50 fellowships each year "to develop the public interest law leaders of the future." Alexis Ann McLeod is the first William & Mary law graduate to receive one. The fellowship will pay Alexis's salary for two years at the Public Law Center in Santa Ana, California.
Ewell Awards are given each year to a select number of undergraduate and undergraduate students who have contributed significantly to the life of the College. John Henry Ambrose, Jr. was one of the 2007 recipients of this award.
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 2007 recipient was George Zachary Terwilliger.
The Herrmann Prize
This prize is awarded to the student who has demonstrated the greatest potential for future contributions to the enhancement of the efficient administration of justice through the innovative use of technology. The award honors Richard Herrmann. Brandon Michael Jordan was the recipient of the 2007 award.
The honor system among students is one of the oldest and most important traditions of William & Mary dating back to 1779. The following were recognized for serving on the Honor Council: Erin Quinn Ashcroft, Benjamin Griffith Baker, Anne Park Brinckman, Robert James Eingurt, Rania Mohamed Hago, Gabriel Edward Kennon, Svetlana Khvalina, Maryann Patricia Nolan, Julia Christine Webb, and Leondras J. Webster.
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 2007 recipient was Seth Raven Carroll.
Special Recognition - Student-Edited Law Journals
The Dean asked that all those stand who had served on one of the Law School's four student-edited journals: the William and Mary Law Review, the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, and the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law. These students were deserving of special recognition, he said, noting that taken together these four journals published 5,623 pages of legal scholarship in the past year, in 16 issues.
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, the Law School's two-year program in legal research, writing, professional responsibility and lawyering skills. Those recognized this year were Anne Park Brinckman, Tiffany Lynn Carwile, Noellyn Kyung Mee Davies, William Yates Durbin, Nathalie Claire Fassie, Robert Eugene Fay, Joshua T. Greer, Ian Shimon Hoffman, Megan B. Hoffman, Ryan Nathaniel Igbanol, Brandon Michael Jordan, Gabriel Edward Kennon, Catherine Frost Lacho, Paul Anthony LaFata, Katherine Lee Martin, Matthew Hilton Mall, Thomas Chisman Martin, Lauren Elaine McDermott, Elizabeth Yvonne McElroy, Michael Christopher Pacella, Linda Marie Quigley, Allison Marie Quist, Polly Kay Sandness, Bryan Michael Shay, Christine Rita Tartamella, Scott R. Tkacz, Daniel Michael Vannella, Sara Elizabeth Ventura, John Kyle Warren, Julia Christine Webb, Matthew James Whipple, Jared Scott Wiesner, and Katie Young.
Legal Skills Teaching Assistants
The Legal Skills Program chooses a select group of third-year students each year to serve as junior partners of Legal Skills law firms. The following junior partners were recognized for their contributions: Anne Park Brinckman, Robert Eugene Fay, Joshua T. Greer, Ian Shimon Hoffman, Megan B. Hoffman, Jacquelynne Michelle Jordan, Gabriel Edward Kennon, Elizabeth Yvonne McElroy, Linda Marie Quigley, Bryan Michael Shay, Scott R. Tkacz, and John Kyle Warren.
National Association of Women Lawyers Award
This award recognizes a student who has contributed to the advancement of women in society. The 2007 recipient was Linda Marie Quigley.
Oliver White Hill Pro Bono Award
One of the most important distinctions bestowed on a law student in the Commonwealth of Virginia each year is the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award, given by the Virginia State Bar. It is named in honor of civil rights attorney Oliver White Hill. The 2007 recipient is Maryann Patricia Nolan.
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. Inductees from the Class of 2007 were Paul Anthony LaFata, Matthew Hilton Mall, Elizabeth May Martin, Elizabeth Yvonne McElroy, Jamie Leigh Michelson, Richard William Neely, Linda Nkechi Oramasionwu, and Polly Kay Sandness.
Spong Professionalism Award
This award is given to a third-year law student who best exemplifies professionalism and ethics in the Legal Skills Program. The 2007 recipient was Jacquelynne Michelle Jordan.
Student Admission Ambassadors
This award recognized the following members of the class for their personal commitment and contributions to our admission efforts: John Henry Ambrose, Jr., Karen Lynette Anslinger, Robert Prentis Beaman, Ryan William Browning, Stephen Andrew Cobb, Robert Eugene Fay, Miae Nora Garcia, Bernadette Shawan Gillians, Joshua T. Greer, Kelly Lynn Hart, Megan B. Hoffman, Daron Layne Janis, Jacquelynne Michelle Jordan, Gabriel Edward Kennon, Erin Elizabeth LaRuffa, Elizabeth Yvonne McElroy, Chara Michelle Moore, Melissa Anne Mott, Maryann Patricia Nolan, Meghan Alysa O'Donnell, Linda Nkechi Oramasionwu, Rebecca Jo Price, Marilyn Martha Seide, Bryan Michael Shay, George Zachary Terwilliger, Leondras J. Webster, and Jason Craig Wells.
The following were recognized their service as leaders of the Student Bar Association: Ryan William Browning, Stephen Andrew Cobb, Ernest (Trey) Freeman III, Kelly Lynn Hart, Jacquelynne Michelle Jordan, Jessica Michelle Johnson, Gabriel Edward Kennon, Linda Marie Quigley, Matthew Roessing, and Matthew Scott White.
Therapeutic Jurisprudence Award
This award, created in 2007, is conferred by the Therapeutic Jurisprudence Program to recognize scholarship, exceptional performance in the Therapeutic Courts Externship, and dedicated service to the Therapeutic Jurisprudence Society. The inaugural award was presented to Alexis Ann McLeod.
Thomas Jefferson Prize
This prize is given by the Institute of Bill of Rights Law for the best Student Note selected for publication in the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. The Prize is given to the Note that best addresses a novel and timely issue in constitutional law in a clear and persuasive manner. The 2007 recipient was Paul Anthony LaFata.
Tournament Winners - Moot Court Program, National Trial Team, Alternative Dispute Resolution Team
The Law School has a multi-faceted, vibrant moot court program, involving our large internal Bushrod Tournament and the glittering Spong Invitational Moot Court Tournament that we've organized and hosted for 36 years for competitors from other law schools. There is also competition by our teams in tournaments around the country.
Our much younger Trial Team has really come into its own in the last couple of years, especially during 2006-07. And our Alternative Dispute Resolution Group, younger still, had a very satisfying year laying the foundation for great things to come. The Law School fielded teams in 16 moot court tournaments across the country during the past academic year, in five mock trial competitions, and in three alternative dispute resolution competitions.
The following were recognized for their accomplishments during their third year of law school:
Frances Elizabeth Burgin, Flyn Lee Flesher, and Paul Anthony LaFata were quarter finalists in the Moot Court Nationals. Richard William Neely and Jared Scott Wiesner were quarter finalists in the tournament hosted by the University of San Diego Law School.
National Trial Team
In the Michigan State competition, Matthew Hilton Mall was on the team that made the semi-finals. Matt also won best direct examination and best cross-examination.
In the ABA Employment Law competition, Flyn Lee Flesher was on the William & Mary team that won the competition. Clint Andrew Paulson and Temidayo LaTonia Koledoye-Anderson were on the team that made the semifinals.
In the NTC Regionals, the team of Jamie Leigh Mickelson and Matthew Hilton Mall reached the finals, while Melanie Gayle Augustin was on the WM team that made the semifinals.
In the Gourley Tournament, we again triumphed. Elizabeth Yvonne McElroy was on the winning team, and she tied for second in the race for Best Overall Advocate with one of our 2Ls.
In the ATLA Regionals, a team including Miae Nora Garcia and Brandon Michael Jordan reached the semifinals.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Team
On the Alternative Dispute Resolution front, Pia Janine Miller was on a team that came in third and Erin Michelle Page on a team that emerged ninth in the ABA Mediation Competition.
Trial Advocacy Teaching Assistant
The Trial Advocacy faculty recognized Amy Jane Liesenfeld for her dedicated service as teaching assistant during her second and third years of law school.
VBA Community Service Award
The mission of The Virginia Bar Association's Community Service Program is "to encourage, increase, support, and make more effective and efficient, the participation in nonlegal community service and pro bono publico legal service." The following received recognition for performing at least 35 hours of community service during their second or third year of law school: John Henry Ambrose, Jr., Karen Lynette Anslinger, Benjamin Griffith Baker, Daniel Alvah Beebe, Courtney Nel Baxter Bennett, William Leslie Boswell III, Anne Park Brinckman, Donald Neal Bugg, Kathryn Suzanne Burnett, Seth Raven Carroll, Margaret Ellyn Collins, Christopher Kent Dorsey, William Yates Durbin, Robert James Eingurt, Nathalie Claire Fassie, Robert Eugene Fay, Carolyn Christine Fiddler, Melanie Jeanne Forehand, Ernest (Trey) Freeman III, Miae Nora Garcia, Rachel Gedid, Bernadette Shawan Gillians, Nadia Tasneem Hyder, Svetlana Khvalina, Anne L. Mason, Janet Sadler McCrae, Lauren Elaine McDermott, Pia Janine Miller, Richard William Neely, Edward K. Nickel, Maryann Patricia Nolan, Sara Catherine Outterson, Michael Christopher Pacella, Jinju Erin Park, Clint Andrew Paulson, Reese Arvid Pearson, Lisa Purdy, Linda Marie Quigley, Polly Kay Sandness, Bryan Michael Shay, Horace Van Smith, Amy Karen Wallas, Leondras J. Webster, and Jason Craig Wells.
Virginia Trial Lawyers Award
This award recognizes a graduating student who has excelled in the skills of trial advocacy. The 2007 recipient was Elizabeth Yvonne McElroy.
William and Mary Women and the Law Journal - Outstanding Member
Christina Marie Lillie Revels was recognized for her outstanding dedication to and support of the Journal.
William and Mary Law Review - Best Student Note
This award recognized Thomas Chisman Martin as having written the most outstanding student note published in the current volume of the Law Review.