Nominate An Alumna/us

Do you know someone amazing and worthy of recognition? We would love to hear from you!  Both the Moritz College of Law and The Ohio State Alumni Association offer awards that recognize professional and personal achievement as well as service to the community, students and the university.  Nominations are accepted year-round.  Please take a few moments to nominate your hardworking colleagues.  They can inspire us all to make a difference.

The form for the Moritz College of Law Awards is available here.

The form for The Ohio State Alumni Association Awards is available here.

Distinguished Alumna/us Award for graduates whose accomplishments merit special recognition

Given annually to a Moritz Law graduate for exceptional achievement or outstanding service to the college or community. The award is presented by the Moritz College of Law Alumni Society.

Outstanding Recent Alumna/us Award for a graduate whose early accomplishments merit special recognition

Granted to an individual who has graduated from Moritz Law within the past 10 years whose accomplishments exemplify outstanding professionalism or loyalty to the college community. The award is presented by the Moritz College of Law Alumni Society.

William K. Thomas Distinguished Jurist Award for fairness, freedom, and equality

Awarded to a current or former judge who has graduated from the college and whose personal integrity and commitment to fairness, freedom, and equality exemplify the highest ideals of the judicial system. The award is presented by the Moritz College of Law Alumni Society.

Community Service Award for volunteer service

Presented to the Moritz Law graduate who has volunteered significant and sustained time and expertise to assist a local, state, national, or international humanitarian organization. The award is presented by the Moritz College of Law Alumni Society.

Public Service Award for commitment to promoting and providing access to the justice system

Awarded to an alumna/us whose public interest career exemplifies a commitment to promote and provide access to the legal system. Examples of public interest organizations include, but are not limited to, legal aid, legal services, civil liberties, pro bono representation, or volunteer lawyer projects. The award is presented by the Moritz College of Law Alumni Society.

Alumni Medalist Award for national or international career achievement

Presented to alumni who have gained distinction as outstanding exponents of a chosen field or profession and who have brought extraordinary credit to the university and significant benefit to mankind. The medalist may be selected from among nominees in this or any other award category. This award is the highest honor accorded by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc.

Professional Achievement Award for career achievement

Awarded to alumni who have superb records of distinguished career accomplishments and who have made outstanding contributions to their professions. The award is presented by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc.

William Oxley Thompson Award for early career achievement

Presented to young alumni who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career, civic involvement, or both. Nominees must not have reached their 36th birthday by the year in which the award is given. Named for the beloved fifth president of Ohio State, this award is presented by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc.

Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award

Presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to humanity and who have best exemplified the University’s motto, “Education for Citizenship,” by having performed significant voluntary service to their community beyond the call of business or professional duty.

Dan L. Heinlen Award for university advocacy

Presented to those who have realized outstanding achievements in advocating the interests of the university with one or more of its important publics. It recognizes achievement in activities ranging from students and faculty recruitment to advocacy with elected officials and opinion leaders on behalf of the university. The award is presented by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc.

Josephine Sitterle Failer Award for volunteer service to students

Presented to those whose voluntary personal involvement has enhanced the quality of student life at the university. Created in 1988, it honors those who exemplify the spirit of selfless caring for Ohio State students. The award is presented by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc.

University Distinguished Service Award

The University Distinguished Award, which began in 1952, is awarded to people who have provided a broad spectrum of services to the University in both official and unofficial capacities.

Diversity Champion Award (new, 2015)

The award honors alumni who have made a significant and sustained contribution that fosters diversity and inclusion in their broader community and/or organization; recognizing and respecting the value of individual differences such as race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran or military service status, gender identity, economic status, political belief, marital status or social background.   Successful nominees should exhibit one or more of the criteria below:

  • Cultivates and promotes diverse initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable community
  • Demonstrates outstanding efforts to promote an environment free from bias and discrimination
  • Works beyond their organization to advance the cause of diversity through outreach efforts
  • Has demonstrated broad and deep impact on increasing the inclusivity of their communities