Brandon L. Boxler '11 and Garrett D. Urban '11 received Lawrence W. I' Anson Awards, the highest awards given to a graduating student, or students, by the law faculty, during graduation on May 15.
In his remarks Dean Davison M. Douglas told the audience that the award recognizes "strong evidence of great professional promise through scholarship, character, and leadership."
Boxler graduated third in his law school class and served as the lead notes editor of the William and Mary Law Review. He was a member of the Moot Court team that won the 2011 Vanderbilt First Amendment Competition and also was part of the Trial Team group that won the 2010 Gourley Competition. After graduation, he will clerk for Judge Edward E. Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and then will join the firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC.
Urban, the class valedictorian, graduated with a 4.1 grade point average. The dean noted that Urban finished his first year of law school with a GPA of 4.2. "Garrett, you slipped a bit - let's talk," Douglas joked. Urban was a senior notes editor of the William and Mary Law Review and was a recipient of the American Bankruptcy Institute's 2010 Medal of Excellence in Bankruptcy. In the coming year he will clerk for Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.