Previous Recipients

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Moritz College of Law Awards

Distinguished Alumna/us Award

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. Previous winners include…

  • 2020- John T. Mills ’73
  • 2019 – Kara J. Trott ’91 
  • 2018 – William P. Blair III ’70
  • 2017 – Michael H. Carpenter ’77
  • 2016 – Frank E. Bazler ’53
  • 2015 – Rep. William M. McCulloch ’25
  • 2014 – Edwin M. Cooperman ’67
  • 2013 – William Isaac ’69
  • 2012 – Erin Moriarty  ’77
  • 2011 – Alec Wightman ’75
  • 2010 – Carl D. Smallwood ’80
  • 2007-08 – Sally Ward Bloomfield ’69
  • 2006 – Frank A. Ray ’73
  • 2005 – W. Ray Persons ’78
  • 2004 – Dan D. Sandman ’73
  • 2003 – John W. Creighton ’57
  • 2002 – Thomas J. Fiscus ’75
  • 2001 – John W. Garland ’74
  • 2000 – Michael E. Flowers ’79
  • 1999 – Jack Grant Day ’38, William B. Saxbe ’48
  • 1998 – Carter C. Kissell ’27
  • 1997 – Joanne Wharton Murphy ’58
  • 1996 – Ronald K. Bennington ’61

Outstanding Recent Alumna/us Award

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. Previous winners include…

  • 2020 – Cat Packer ’15
  • 2019 – Jaiza Page ’10 
  • 2018 – Jessica Clarke ’08
  • 2017 – Laura E. Heim ’08
  • 2016 – Katherine S. Chappelear ’07
  • 2015 – Asim Haque ’06
  • 2014 – Erika Schoenberger ’04
  • 2013 – Kathleen Clyde ’08
  • 2012 – Andrew Weaver ’02, Jessica Weaver ’03
  • 2011 – Hope and Anthony Sharett ’02
  • 2010 – Brandon Lester ’05
  • 2008 – Mónica Ramirez ’03
  • 2007 – Todd Fried ’97
  • 2006 – RonNell Andersen Jones ’00
  • 2005 – Mark D. Wagoner Jr. ’97
  • 2004 – Mark Godsey ’93
  • 2003 – Brian E. Burns ’97
  • 2002 – Bill R. Hedrick ’96
  • 2001 – Kimberly Shumate ’92
  • 2000 – Theodore L. Adams ’91
  • 1999 – Thomas E. Geyer ’90
  • 1998 – Julia Dorrian ’96
  • 1997 – Jeffrey S. Sutton ’90
  • 1996 – Kurtis A. Tunnell ’87

William K. Thomas Distinguished Jurist Award

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. Previous winners include… (established in 2000)

  • 2020 – Sara Lioi ’87
  • 2019 – Judge Ann Donnelly ’84
  • 2018 – Judith French ’88
  • 2017 – Jeffrey S. Sutton ’90
  • 2016 – Peggy L. Bryant ’76
  • 2015 – John E. Hoffman, Jr. ’83
  • 2014 – Evelyn Stratton ’79
  • 2013 – Richard A. Frye ’73
  • 2012 – Herman J. Weber ’52
  • 2011 – Paul Pfeifer ’66
  • 2010 – Jeffery P. Hopkins ’85
  • 2008-09 – Norah McCann King ’75 and Mark R. Abel ’69
  • 2007 – Robert M. Duncan ’52
  • 2006 – Carla D. Moore ’77
  • 2005 – George C. Smith ’59
  • 2004 – Thomas J. Moyer ’64
  • 2003 – James L. Graham ’62
  • 2002 – William T. Bodoh ’64
  • 2001 – David A. Katz ’57
  • 2000 – William K. Thomas ’35

Community Service Award

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. Previous winners include… (established in 2000)

  • 2020 -Doug Mancino ’74
  • 2019 – Terrence P. Kessler ’75
  • 2018 – Marchelle Moore ’98
  • 2017 – Peter G. Eikenberry ’64
  • 2016 – Robert W. Briggs ’66
  • 2015 – Steve Jemison ’75
  • 2014 – Steve Chappelear ’77
  • 2013 – Mimi Dane ’89
  • 2012 – Gregory J. Vincent ’87 Ph.D.
  • 2011 – Daniel P. McQuade ’67
  • 2010 – Suzanne K. Richards ’74
  • 2007-08 – Duane Isham ’53
  • 2006 – David Braff ’84, Robert Reeder ’84
  • 2005 – Michael M. Briley ’69
  • 2004 – Linda L. Ammons ’87
  • 2003 – Susan E. Brown ’71
  • 2002 – Frederick L. Ransier, III ’74, Kathleen H.Ransier ’74
  • 2001 – R. Kent Wellington, II ’91
  • 2000 – J. Gilbert Reese ’52

George V. Voinovich Public Service Award

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. Previous winners include… (established in 2000)

  • 2020 – Larry Langdon ’61
  • 2019 – Brian E. Sandoval ’89
  • 2018 – Michael Finn ’67
  • 2017 – Sherri B. Lazear ’85
  • 2016 – Robert Solomon II ’88
  • 2015 – Carolyn Phillips ’81
  • 2014 – Leslie Varnado ’74
  • 2013 – Dianna Parker ’05
  • 2012 – Thomas Mlakar ’92
  • 2011 – Kelly Schneider ’96
  • 2009-10 – Susan G. Tobin ’81
  • 2007 – Yvette McGee Brown ’85
  • 2006 – James M. Daniels ’78, Frank C. Woodside III ’69
  • 2005 – Gene King ’83
  • 2004 – Ilene Cohn ’85
  • 2003 – Kimberly Skaggs ’93
  • 2002 – Evelyn L. Stratton ’78
  • 2001 – Patricia Y. Hernandez ’92
  • 2000 – Karen Jones Sarjeant ’75