As part of a long-standing tradition, the Faculty of Law of the University of the University of the University presented more than 20 graduate awards to the class of 2021 in a virtual ceremony on June 8 . The recipients of Latin honors were also recognized.
Each award was created to honor members of the law school community who have excelled in a particular field of endeavor. The prizes are endowed or financed by benefactors with important ties to the Faculty of Law.
The awards include the three students with the best scores in the class as well as internal and external recognitions for academic excellence, pro bono hours provided while studying law and serving the school and the community.
âWe are incredibly proud of these students who have worked so hard and remained dedicated to educational excellence during an unprecedented and difficult year,â said Margaret Sova McCabe, Dean of the Faculty of Law. “We are also grateful to our alumni and friends whose generous contributions made this celebration a possibility.”
2021 AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
The most prestigious awards of each year are those which reward the general classification of the class. Hannah Smith received the Academic Excellence Award for graduating first class. Hannah Hines finished second in her class and received the Academic Excellence Award. Nick Bell received the Academic Achievement Award for achieving the third highest grade point average in the class of 2021.
Bell also received the Joe C. Barrett Award in Commercial Law and the Erron and Libby Smith Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School Publications Award.
Additional 2021 Graduate Winners:
- Alexis Bibbs, American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence; Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Clinical Student
- Alexis “Lexi” Acello, exceptional contribution to the Community Law School Prize; Pro bono gold medal recipient
- Courtney Baltz, American Law Institute and Continuing Legal Education Fellowship and Leadership Award; Craig Sterne Memorial Award for Estate Planning and Taxation
- Kara Butler, Robert F. Fussell Pro Bono Award; Pro bono gold medal recipient
- Julian Sharp, Bogle-Sharp Award; TC and Rosemary Carlson Memorial Award in Constitutional Law
- Jonathan Jenkins, Arkansas Legal Aid Pro Bono Student of the Year Award
- Marissa Fennell, Bard Rogan Natural Resources Award
- David Lee, James H. McKenzie Award for Professional Responsibility and Ethics
- Hayden Wyatt, WJ Arnold Memorial Award for Most Promising Trial Lawyer
- Britannie Gragg, The Medico-Legal Prize
- Dawson Floyd Award, Mr. Jeff Starling for Labor and Employment Law
- Laura Edmonson, pro bono gold medal recipient
- Mara Hayn, pro bono gold medal recipient
- Sarah Koch, pro bono gold medal recipient
- Anna Tanselli, recipient of the pro bono gold medal
- Rebekah Verhoek, recipient of the pro bono gold medallion
- Alicia Canfield, pro bono silver medal recipient
- Derick Dillard, recipient of the pro bono silver medal
- Badria Mryyan, pro bono silver medal recipient
- Jordan Sharp, Pro Bono Silver Medal Recipient
- Chafer Stanley, pro bono silver medal recipient
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