Alumni Service Awards

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2019 Award Recipients
2019 Award Recipients with Dean Mark Alexander: James Schwartzman '72, Kristine Calalang '04, Elizabeth Fordyce '07 and Dennis McAndrews '75 CLAS, '78 CWSL

Nominations are Now Open!

The Villanova Law Alumni Association has a long tradition of honoring alumni and students who have distinguished themselves with outstanding professional and personal achievements and those who have loyally dedicated their time and service to Villanova Law and their communities.

Click here to nominate yourself, or a fellow Villanovan. To nominate by mail, please email alumni@law.villanova.edu for instructions.


For more information, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 610-519-7054 or Alumni@law.villanova.edu.

 

2020 Alumni Service Awards

VLAA Gerald Abraham Award for Service to Villanova University Charles Widger 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.

Eligibility: must have graduated from the Law School. Alumni currently serving as officers or appointed members (excluding ex-officio) of the Association's Board of Advisors are not eligible to receive this award.

VLAA Award for Public Service
This award recognizes outstanding service by alumni to society, exemplifying the University's Augustinian Catholic values. 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.

Eligibility: Nominees must have graduated from the Law School. Alumni currently serving as officers or appointed members (excluding ex-officio) of the Association's Board of Advisors are not eligible to receive this award.

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

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

Student Award: VLAA Anne Bowen Poulin Award for Pro Bono Service
The Law School Faculty's Public Interest Committee welcomes nominations each year for the third-year student who has rendered pro bono service or has contributed to make pro bono services available, perhaps through the Walter A. Lucas '88 Public Interest Fellowship Program and Pro Bono Society.

Eligibility: This award is given to the third-year student who has contributed the most meaningful pro bono service to those in need.

All nominations are reviewed by the Villanova Law Alumni Association’s Awards Committee, and recipients selected are subject to the final approval of the Dean. All nominations are confidential and will be acknowledged to the nominator. The more information you provide, the more serious consideration the Committee can give to the nominee.

Past Award Recipients

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.

The award is named in honor of Professor of Law Emeritus Gerald Abraham who joined the Villanova Law faculty in 1962 and served as associate dean of academic affairs from 1977 to 1992, and twice as acting dean.

2018-2019     Kristine L. Calalang '04
2017-2018     Marc J. Zucker '84
2016-2017     Israel J. Floyd ’73 and Stephen D. Ford ’73
2015-2016     C. Dale McClain '59 VSB, '64 CWSL
2014-2015     Joseph V. Del Raso ’74 VSB, ’83 CWSL and James P. Garland '56 
2013-2014     Sol H. Weiss '72
2012-2013     Kathleen D. Wilkinson '81 and Thomas G. Wilkinson '81
2010-2011     Paul A. Tufano '83 VSB, '86 CWSL
2009-2010     Joseph A. Tate '63 CLAS, '66 CWSL
2008-2009     Stuart H. Savett '63
2007-2008     James L. McHugh '62
2006-2007     Doris Del Tosto Brogan '81
2005-2006     Kathleen M. Shay '74 CLAS, '77 CWSL
2004-2005     J. Clayton Undercofler '66
2003-2004     Amb. David F. Girard-diCarlo '73
2002-2003     Patrick J. O'Connor '67 and Norman J. Shachoy '58 COE, '61 CWSL
2001-2002     Arthur M. Goldberg '66 (posthumously)
2000-2001     Arthur J. Kania '56
1999-2000     Edward R. Murphy '67

This award recognizes outstanding service by alumni to society, exemplifying the University's Augustinian Catholic values. 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.

2018-2019     Elizabeth Fordyce '07 and James Schwartzman '72
2017-2018     David G. Gates '75 and Jeffrey S. Nast '99
2016-2017     Lawrence R. Kulig ’84 and Matthew I. Whitehorn ’84
2015-2016     Joel D. Feldman '81 CWSL, '13 MS
2014-2015     Ellen T. Greenlee '73 and Hon. Edward G. Rendell ’68
2013-2014     Stephen G. Harvey '89
2012-2013     Hon. Joseph T. Doyle '58 and Suzanne Noble ’73
2010-2011     Ann S. Torregrossa '70
2009-2010     Sara L. Woods '00
2008-2009     Michael T. McDonnell, Jr. '58 VSB, '61 CWSL and John P. Moses '71
2007-2008     Mark Schwartz '74
2006-2007     John P. Delaney, Jr. '81
2005-2006     Lt. Col. Keith A. Forkin, USMC '93 VSB, '96 CWSL
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

This award is given to the third-year student who has contributed the most meaningful pro bono service to those in need.

The award is named in honor of Professor of Law Anne Bowen Poulin who joined the Villanova Law faculty in 1981 and taught and mentored countless students, and helped to advance the Law School through her unwavering service and dedication.

2018-2019     Lydia Ellsworth '19
2017-2018     Pamela Putnam '18
2016-2017     Elizabeth Flanagan '17
2015-2016     Ian W. Forster '16
2014-2015     Christine M. Marcozzi '15
2013-2014     Vanessa L. Stine '14
2012-2013     Gabrielle M. Gomez '13 and Christopher S. Marques '13
2011-2012     John V. Rafferty '12
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 and 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
                        and Kelly S. Sullivan (Urban) '97 CPS, '01 CWSL
1999-2000     Sara L. Woods '00
1998-1999     Alissa E. Halperin '99

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

2017-2018     Larry W. Miller Jr. '00
2007-2008     J. Gordon Cooney '84
2003-2004     Danielle E. Beckwith Lehman '01 and Jennifer J. Kramer '01   

This award was created in honor of the Association's 50th Anniversary, to be presented to an alumnus/a who through significant contributions to justice, the law and the legal profession, has achieved recognized prominence in his or her chosen career by consistently demonstrating the values of critical thinking, mutual respect and a responsibility to those in need, and in doing so, has brought distinction and honor to the Law School.

2018-2019     Dennis C. McAndrews '75 CLAS, '78 CWSL
2013-2014     Martin G. McGuinn '64 CLAS, '67 CWSL
2006-2007     Marjorie O. Rendell '73

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