Cameron Ginder J.D. '16 received the I'Anson Award, the highest award given to a graduating student by the Law School faculty, during the Law School's Diploma Ceremony on May 15. The award recognizes great professional promise as demonstrated through scholarship, character, and leadership, and is named in honor of Lawrence W. I'Anson (1907-1990), a graduate of the College of William & Mary and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Law School Dean Davison M. Douglas presented the award and told the audience that Ginder achieved "tremendous academic success": graduating as class valedictorian and also having enjoyed the distinction of finishing every semester of law school as first or in a tie for first in his class.
Ginder is a summa cum laude graduate of Hanover College, where he majored in economics and played varsity baseball. At William & Mary, he served as Notes Editor of the Law Review. In summer 2014, he was a faculty research assistant and an intern for the Honorable Theresa Springmann on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. In summer 2015, he was a summer associated at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis.
During the Class of 2016 Awards Ceremony, held on the eve of graduation, he was inducted into Order of the Coif, membership in which is the highest academic recognition a law student can achieve. He also was chosen by faculty as recipient of the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding performance by a student in the study of bankruptcy law.
After he sits for the Illinois bar exam later this summer, Ginder will clerk for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
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