William and Mary Law School

Dodds '09 Receives Lawrence W. I'Anson Award at Graduation

Emily DoddsEmily J. Dodds '09 received the Lawrence W. I'Anson Award, the highest award given to a graduating student by the Law School's faculty, during the Law School's graduation ceremony on May 17. In her remarks Interim Dean Lynda Butler told the audience that the award is given to "a member of the graduating class who shows strong evidence of professional promise through scholarship and character."

Dean Butler noted that Dodds, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colorado State University who earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average as an undergraduate, tied for first in her law school class with ten of her classmates. "I told you this class is amazing," Butler said, marveling at the number sharing the top spot. During her legal studies, Dodds distinguished herself by earning Legal Skills Honors in three out of the four semesters of the Program and by receiving CALI awards for the highest grade in Torts and Contracts.  Among her achievements outside the classroom, she served as the Law Review's managing editor and as vice president of the American Constitution Society. Dodds will join the firm of Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor and Pascoe in Denver following graduation. "Emily," said the Dean, "congratulations on your accomplishments. The faculty and school are very proud of you."