Alumni Service Awards

Father Peter Donohue and Dean John Gotanda Presenting VLAA Alumni Service Awards

    The Villanova Law Alumni Association seeks nominations each year from all members of the Villanova Law community for its prestigious service awards. The Villanova Law Alumni Association Gerald Abraham Award for Service to Villanova University School of Law and the Villanova Law Alumni Association Award for Public Service are presented each year at the Association's Annual Awards Dinner, and on occasion, the St. Thomas of Villanova Award for Pro Bono Service. The Law Alumni Award for Pro Bono Service is presented each year at the Association's Third Year Brunch, honoring the graduating class.

    Learn more about the awards and past recipients below. The Nomination deadline for the 2014 Gerald Abraham, VLAA Public Service and St. Thomas of Villanova Awards is November 30, 2013. For nomination guidelines and submission form, click here.

2013 VILLANOVA LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARDS RECIPIENTS

VLAA Gerald Abraham Award for Service to
Villanova University School of Law

Kathleen D. Wilkinson '81 and Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr. '81

Kathleen D. Wilkinson '81
Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association &
Parnter, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Thomas G. Wilkinson '81
President, Pennsylvania Bar Association &
Partner, Cozen O'Connor

VLAA Award for Public Service

Honorable Joseph T. Doyle '58

Honorable Joseph T. Doyle '58, posthumously
For his exemplary service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Suzanne Noble '73

Suzanne Noble '73
For her 37 years of service with Legal Aid of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Awards

The Villanova Law Alumni Association Gerald Abraham Award for Service to Villanova University School of Law 
This award recognizes outstanding service by alumni to their alma mater. It is presented to alumni who have exhibited outstanding leadership qualities and made significant contributions in time or otherwise to assist the Law School in fulfilling its mission and goals.

2010-2011     Paul A. Tufano '86
2009-2010     Joseph A. Tate '66
2008-2009     Stuart H. Savett '63
2007-2008     James L. McHugh '63
2006-2007     Doris Del Tosto Brogan '81
2005-2006     Kathleen M. Shay '77 
2004-2005     J. Clayton Undercofler '66
2003-2004     Amb. David F. Girard-diCarlo '73
2002-2003     Norman J. Shachoy '61 & Patrick J. O'Connor '67
2001-2002     Arthur M. Goldberg '66, posthumously 
2000-2001     Arthur J. Kania '56
1999-2000     Edward R. Murphy '67

The Villanova Law Alumni Association Award for Public Service
This award recognizes outstanding service by alumni to society, exemplifying the University's roots in the Catholic and Augustinian traditions. It is presented to alumni who have dedicated time and energy to the public welfare to ameliorate the lives of the less fortunate and society at large.

2010-2011     Ann S. Torregrossa '70
2009-2010     Sara L. Woods '00
2008-2009     Michael T. McDonnell, Jr. '61 & John P. Moses '71
2007-2008     Mark Schwartz '74
2006-2007     John P. Delaney, Jr. '81
2005-2006     Lt. Col. Keith A. Forkin, USMC '96
2004-2005     Frank P. Devine, III '73
2003-2004     Hon. Kathryn S. Lewis '76
2002-2003     Karen C. Buck '87
2001-2002     Frank P. Cervone '82
2000-2001     Louis W. Fryman '62
1999-2000     J. Michael Nolan, Jr. '75

St. Thomas of Villanova Award for Pro Bono Service 
This award is presented to alumni of Villanova University School of Law who have performed exceptional pro bono work since graduation, exemplifying the ideals of this law school.

2007-2008     J. Gordon Cooney '84
2003-2004     Danielle E. Beckwith Lehman '01 & Jennifer J. Kramer '01

Law Award for Pro Bono Service 
This award is given to the third-year student who has contributed the most meaningful pro bono service to those in need.

2010-2011     Leila C. Ayachi '11
2009-2010     Amy M. Yacorzynski '10
2008-2009     Sherry L. Coronas '09
2007-2008     Jordan M. Hyatt '08
2006-2007     Eileen F. Carroll '07
2005-2006     Sonia Lee '06
2004-2005     Kelli Babinecz Fiore '05 & Alex G. Isbell '05
2003-2004     Sarah E. Lavoie (Cox) '04
2002-2003     Lauren J. Amjed (Vidal) '03
2001-2002     Jodi L. Cordeiro '02
2000-2001     Matthew S. Heilman '01 & Kelly S. Sullivan (Urban) '01
1999-2000     Sara L. Woods '00
1998-1999     Alissa E. Halperin '99

Nominate a Villanovan

All members of the Law School community (alumni, faculty, students and friends) are welcome to submit nominations to be considered each year for the following awards:

 

The Villanova Law Alumni Association Gerald Abraham Award for Service to Villanova University School of Law

This award recognizes outstanding service by alumni to their alma mater. It is presented to alumni who have exhibited outstanding leadership qualities and made significant contributions in time or otherwise to assist the Law School in fulfilling its mission and goals.

Nominees must be alumni of Villanova University School of Law. Alumni currently serving as officers or appointed members (excluding ex-officio) of the Alumni Association Board of Advisors are not eligible to receive this award.

All nominations must be submitted to the Office of the Alumni Relations by November 30. The more information you provide about your nominee, the more serious consideration the committee can give to him or her. All nominations are reviewed and recipients selected by the Alumni Association’s Awards Committee, subject to the final approval of the Dean. All nominations are confidential and will be acknowledged to the nominator.

To nominate a Villanovan for this award, please click here. For instructions on how to nominate someone by mail, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

 

The Villanova Law Alumni Association Award for Public Service

This award recognizes outstanding service by alumni to society, exemplifying the University's roots in the Catholic and Augustinian traditions. It is presented to alumni who have dedicated time and energy to the public welfare to ameliorate the lives of the less fortunate and society at large.

Nominees must be alumni of Villanova University School of Law. Alumni currently serving as officers or appointed members (excluding ex-officio) of the Alumni Association Board of Advisors are not eligible to receive this award.

All nominations must be submitted to the Office of Alumni Relations by November 30. The more information you provide about your nominee, the more serious consideration the committee can give him or her. All nominations are reviewed and recipients selected by the Alumni Association’s Awards Committee, subject to the final approval of the Dean. All nominations are confidential and will be acknowledged to the nominator.

To nominate a Villanovan for this award, please click here. For instructions on how to nominate someone by mail, please scroll to bottom of this page.

 

St. Thomas of Villanova Award for Pro Bono Service

This award is presented to alumni of Villanova University School of Law who have performed exceptional pro bono work since graduation, exemplifying the ideals of the Law School.

Nominees must have graduated from Villanova University School of Law within the past five years and performed exceptional pro bono work since graduation.

All nominations must be submitted to the Office of Alumni Relations by November 30. The more information you provide about your nominee, the more serious consideration the committee can give to him or her. All nominations are reviewed and recipients selected by the Dean. All nominations are confidential and will be acknowledged to the nominator. Please note: this award is not an annual award.

To nominate a Villanovan for this award, please click here. For instructions on how to nominate someone by mail, please scroll to bottom of this page.

 

Law Alumni Award for Pro Bono Service

Villanova faculty and staff are welcome to submit nominations each year for the Law Alumni Award for Pro Bono Service, to acknowledge and reward a Third Year Student who has rendered pro bono service or has contributed to make pro bono services available, perhaps through the public Interest Fellowship Program and Pro Bono Society.

Nominees must be Third Year Law Students of Villanova University School of Law.

All nominations must be submitted to the Office of Alumni Relations by March 1. The more information you provide about your nominee, the more serious consideration the committee can give to him or her. All nominations are confidential and will be acknowledged to the nominator.

To nominate a Third Year Law Student for this award, please click here.


If you prefer to nominate an individual in writing, you must submit the following:

  • Nominee name, class year, address, telephone number, nominator name, class year (if applicable), address, telephone number, email address
  • Nomination statement, one page, summarizing why the nominee deserves the award. Optional: supporting documents such as press clippings.


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