2022 Convocation Award Recipients

Academic Awards, Overall Achievement Awards, and Awards for Service to the Law School


Convocation awards are given to graduating JD and LLM students who have excelled in their overall scholarship or in community service while at the Law School.

You may view more details about each award below:

ACADEMIC AWARDS
Category Award Award Description Recipient:
Academic Awards Martin Lipton University Graduation Prize To the student with the highest academic average based on five semesters. Brian C. Cross
Academic Awards Law Review Alumni Association Award To the student with the second-highest academic average based on five semesters. Miranda D. Katz
Academic Awards Law Review Alumni Association Award To the student with the third-highest academic average based on five semesters. Trip Carpenter
Academic Awards David H. Moses Memorial Prize To the member of the LLM class with the highest academic average.

Robert Lee, 2021 Recipient

2022 Recipient To Be Announced Post-Convocation

SCHOLARSHIP & ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS (JD only)

Successful nominees for the overall achievement awards will typically have a GPA of 3.5 or above or demonstrate academic excellence by earning an A+ in one or more courses.

Category Award Award Description Recipients:
Overall Achievement Benjamin F. Butler Memorial Award For exemplary distinction in scholarship, character, and integrity. In addition to superior academic achievement, the recipient demonstrates exemplary character and integrity during their time at NYU School of Law.

Brian C. Cross
Daphne L. Fong

Overall Achievement George P. Foulk Memorial Award For distinguished academic performance and extracurricular activities.  In addition to excellence in academic endeavors, the recipient demonstrates exceptional leadership in their extracurricular professional endeavors at NYU School of Law and/or in the legal community Julia M. Bruce
Yonas Takele
Overall Achievement Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize For outstanding academic achievement and scholarship. This recipient demonstrates their passion for the law through intense study of a subject area resulting in publication in a scholarly journal. The recipient exhibits the promise to become a thought leader within the legal community. Joseph H. Krakoff
Arijeet Sensharma
Overall Achievement Frank H. Sommer Memorial Award For exceptional distinction in scholarship and professional excellence. This award is for a student who has achieved exceptional academic distinction and demonstrated professional excellence through participation in community or extracurricular activities. Madhu Narasimhan
Jamie Hin Hon Wong

VANDERBILT MEDALS AND DEAN JOHN SEXTON PRIZE (JD & LLM, Service to the Law School)

Vanderbilt Medals and the Dean John Sexton Prize are designed to recognize students who have made a significant contribution to our community. Specifically, Vanderbilt Medals are given to several students for "outstanding contributions to the School of Law" and the Dean John Sexton Prize to a "law student whose outstanding service to the Law School community exemplifies the values of Dean Sexton."

Category Award Award Description Recipients:
Community Service Vanderbilt Medals For outstanding contributions to the NYU School of Law. This award is for students especially active in the Law School or the greater legal community. These students distinguish themselves through leadership in student organizations, community organizations and/or public service initiatives. Like its namesake, former Dean Arthur Vanderbilt, these recipients demonstrate leadership and vision in their endeavors during their time at the Law School. Olivia J. Abrecht
Muriel M. Carpenter
Lauren E. Castillo
Garrett B. Donnelly
Johari Menelik Fraiser
Alison Ge
Andrea L. Green
Maya M. Halthore
Stephanie M. Kerr
Leonie C. Koch
Anima Shukla
Lucy J. Trieshmann
Carolyn R. Ye
 
Community Service Dean John Sexton Prize To a law student whose outstanding community service to the NYU School of Law exemplifies the values of Dean Sexton. This award is for the student who clearly demonstrates a love for the Law School. Like Dean Sexton, this student’s time at the Law School was spent building community and fostering relationships across varying groups of people. The recipient continues the tradition of warmth, collegiality and community within the Law School fostered by Dean Sexton.   Sara L. Greaves
Hadiya N. Williams

 

SUBJECT AREA & SPECIALIZATION AWARDS (JD & LLM)

Subject area awards are conferred for outstanding achievement in various fields of law. These awards are based on scholarly or other excellence of the type described and can include superior quality work on a paper or note.

Category Award Award Description Recipient(s):
Administrative Administrative Law Prize To a student who has demonstrated excellence in the field of administrative law. Samantha P. Yi
Antitrust Betty Bock Prize in Competition Policy To a graduating student who has produced an outstanding paper in the field of antitrust law and policy, with preference given to a paper of excellence not only in theory and concept but also in the tradition of taking facts seriously. Prerana De
Civil Procedure Weinfeld Prize for Scholarship in Procedure and Courts Designated by the dean for distinguished scholarship in the area of federal courts, civil procedure and practice, evidence and/or trial practice. Brian C. Cross
Joseph H. Krakoff
Clinic Christian Jarecki '98 Memorial Prize For outstanding work and commitment in a law clinic. Chiraayu P. Gosrani
Clinic Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize Designated by the dean in recognition of outstanding work in a clinical course requiring student practice.

Julia M. Bruce
Trip Carpenter
Jessica Coffrin-St. Julien
Brian C. Cross
Elizabeth Helen Strathern Donger
Gabriella R. Johnston
Stephanie M. Kerr
Taylor S. Leighton
Christina E. Nevarez
Rachael Margaret O'Byrne
Catherine Marie O'Neill
Emani M. Pollard
Brittany E. Shaar
Jamie Hin Hon Wong

Comparative Howard Greenberger Award For outstanding achievement in the area of comparative law. Paulina Araiza Lozano
Katarina M. Sydow
Competition, Innovation, and Information Frank T. Diersen Prize For distinction in the LLM Competition, Innovation and Information Law program. Zachary Shufro, 2021 Recipient
2022 Recipient To Be Announced Post-Convocation
Constitutional Leonard M. Henkin Prize For an article or note on the equal rights portion of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Kevin P. Muench
Constitutional Robert B. McKay Prize in Constitutional Law** To a student who has demonstrated excellence in constitutional law throughout their years at the NYU School of Law. To Be Announced Post-Convocation
Contracts Daniel G. Collins Prize To a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated excellence in the area of contract law. Lorenzo A. Villegas
Corporate Compliance and Enforcement Corporate Compliance and Enforcement Prize To a student who has demonstrated excellence in the areas of corporate compliance, corporate enforcement, or individual liability for corporate crime or regulatory violations. Sabrina Solow
Jeremiah K. Evans
Corporation George Colin Award
 
For distinction in the LLM Corporation Law program. Jaskiran Kaur, 2021 Recipient
Tanaya Sanyal, 2022 Recipient
Criminal Jim Goldfarb '72 Criminal Defense Award To the JD student who best embodies the spirit and values of Jim Goldfarb '72 through their commitment and work towards social justice through Criminal Defense. David F. Jacobs
Bridget A. McCarthy
Criminal Judge Abraham Lieberman Award For outstanding scholarship in the area of criminal law. Jonathan Spratley, 2021 Recipient
Rebecca L. Orleans, 2022 Recipient
Economics Law and Economics Prize To a student who has demonstrated excellence in the area of law and economics. Shefain J. Islam
Employment Schulte Roth and Zabel Prize For excellence in employment and employee benefits law. To Be Announced Post-Convocation
Entertainment Jack J. Katz Memorial Award To a student who has demonstrated excellence in the field of entertainment law. To Be Announced Post-Convocation
Environmental Environmental Law Prize To a student who has demonstrated excellence in the field of environmental law. Brittany E. Shaar
 
Environmental Environmental Law Prize For distinction in the LLM Environmental Law program.

To Be Announced Post-Convocation

Ethics Leonard J. Schreier Memorial Prize To a law student who has exhibited academic excellence in the area of ethics. Christopher J. Ioannou

Evidence
David Friedman Memorial Award For outstanding achievement in evidence. To Be Announced Post-Convocation
Human Rights International Human Rights Award To a student with an outstanding academic record in the field of international human rights law. Ashley Otilia Nemeth, 2021 Recipient
2022 Recipient To Be Announced Post-Convocation

 
IBRLA International Business Regulation, Litigation, and Arbitration Award For distinction in the IBRLA program. Daniel Wai Ming Gaw, 2021 Recipient
Jonathan Frederick Schaffer-Goddard, 2022 Recipient
Intellectual Property Walter J. Derenberg Prize For outstanding achievement in the area of intellectual property law. Lance M. Peterzell
Chad Williams
International Jerome Lipper Award For distinction in the LLM International Legal Studies program. To Be Announced Post-Convocation
International Jerome Lipper Prize For outstanding work in the field of international law. Connor J. Cardoso
Kaitlyn E. Holland
Jewish/Israeli Relations Chuna David and Rose Estreicher Memorial Prize To a law student who has shown the greatest promise in the study of issues confronting the Jewish/Israeli peoples. To Be Announced Post-Convocation
LACA Clinical Service Convocation Award Awarded to a graduating member of APALSA, BALSA, LaLSA, MELSA, or SALSA who is an outstanding member of a clinic, has proven their dedication to public service, and plans to pursue a career in public interest law. Stephanie M. Kerr
LACA Kim Barry '98 Memorial Convocation Prize Awarded to a graduating member of APALSA, BALSA, LaLSA, MELSA, or SALSA who has demonstrated a commitment to international and human rights work and exhibits academic excellence in the best tradition of Kim Barry. Alexandra T. Gray
LACA Public Service Convocation Prize Awarded to a graduating member of APALSA, BALSA, LaLSA, MELSA, or SALSA who has proven their dedication to public service and who plans to pursue a career in public interest law. Christina E. Nevarez
LACA Calisha Myers '15 Memorial Convocation Award

Awarded to a graduating JD member of the AnBryce Scholarship Program, Law Review, APALSA, BALSA, LaLSA, MELSA, SALSA, or Women of Color Collective (WoCC) who exemplifies the values and ideals by which Calisha lived her life at NYU Schoo Law School—leadership, humility, mentorship, and community service.

Yonas Takele
Law and Business Charles D. Klein '63 Law and Business Award For demonstrated excellence in combining the analysis of legal issues and business issues. Eran Hingaly, LLM
Corey M. Vacca, JD
Law and Business NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business SEED Award for Original Research For excellence in self-directed research utilizing the NYU Securities Enforcement Empirical Database. Risa Das, 2021 Recipient
Simran Kaur, 2022 Recipient
Law and Social Enterprise White & Case Award in Law & Social Entrepreneurship
 

For academic excellence and demonstration of a strong commitment to the field of law and social entrepreneurship.

Madhu Narasimhan, JD
LLM To Be Announced Post-Convocation
Law Education Aleta Estreicher Graduation Prize To the JD student who best displays the potential for effective, dedicated, humane law teaching in the spirit of Professor Aleta G. Estreicher (Bryn Mawr '70, Columbia Law School '81).  David G. Blitzer
Law Women/ WoCC Jeannie Forrest Women in Leadership Award To a graduating student member of Law Women or the Women of Color Collective who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and initiative during their time at NYU School of Law.

Julia M. Bruce

LLM George Colin Award For distinction in the Traditional LLM program.
 
Chinelo Blessing Ojike
Philosophy John Bruce Moore Award To a third-year JD student who has demonstrated excellence in the area of law and philosophy. Joshua Dennis Forgy
Public Service Eric Dean Bender Prize For a third-year student who has demonstrated a working commitment to a public service-oriented cause or project outside of and separate from NYU School of Law commitments. Olivia J. Abrecht
Elena R. Hodges
Satti Vishal Reddy
Public Service Public Interest Prize for LLMs For an LLM student who has demonstrated a clear commitment to a public service-oriented cause or project outside of and separate from any NYU School of Law or admission requirement.

Lautaro Furfaro
Maria Monica Obezo
Maiko Takeuchi

Race Relations Gary E. Moncrieffe Award To the most outstanding student in the area of racism and the law. To Be Announced Post-Convocation
Real Estate Morris R. Henkin Prize To a student who has demonstrated excellence in the area of real estate. Chad S. Hughes, 2021 Recipient
Michael Shavolian, 2022 Recipient
 
Rights of People with Disabilities Jessica Klurfeld Prize Awarded annually for an excellent student paper or clinical work concerning the rights of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Lucy J. Trieshmann

Taxation
 
David F. Bradford Memorial Prize
 
To a student who has written the best paper in the field of taxation. Alexander Pettingell, 2021 Recipient
2022 Recipient To Be Announced Post-Convocation
Taxation Flora S. and Jacob L. Newman Award For distinction in the LLM International Tax program. Callum James Lee Burnett
Timothy Robin Higgins
 
Taxation Harry J. Rudick Memorial Award To a JD student who has demonstrated excellence in taxation throughout their years at NYU School of Law. Krishan R. Kania
Hayley A. Rassuchine
Taxation Harry J. Rudick Memorial Award For distinction in the LLM Tax Program. Robert Lee, 2021 Recipient
Robert James Levin, 2022 Recipient
José Faina Rodriguez-Vila, 2022 Recipient
JOURNAL/MOOT COURT AWARDS
Journal Award Award Description Recipient(s):
Annual Survey of American Law Philip F. Cohen Award For the greatest contribution by a third-year editor to the Annual Survey of American Law during the past year. Daniel R. Ishak
Annual Survey of American Law Seymour A. Levy Memorial Award To a graduating student who has written the most outstanding note for the Annual Survey of American Law. Martin W. Sigalow
Annual Survey of American Law Norma Z. Paige Prize For the greatest contribution by an articles editor to the Annual Survey of American Law during the past year. Anne L. Wattenmaker
Environmental Law Journal Sive, Paget and Riesel Environmental Law Journal Award For outstanding contribution to the Environmental Law Journal by a third-year editor. William Christopher Rose
Journal of International Law and Politics Journal of International Law and Politics Prize For the greatest contribution by a third-year editor to the Journal of International Law and Politics. Maylin Meisenheimer
Journal of International Law and Politics Journal of International Law and Politics Prize To a graduating student who has written the most outstanding note for the Journal of International Law and Politics. Maxwell R. Votey
Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Prize For the greatest contribution by a third-year editor to the Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law. Haley M. Sanders
Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Prize To a graduating student who has written the most outstanding note for the Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law. No 2022 Recipient
Journal of Law and Business Flora S. and Jacob L. Newman Prize For the greatest contribution by a third-year editor to the Journal of Law & Business during the past year. Paulena B. Prager
Journal of Law and Business Flora S. and Jacob L. Newman Prize To a graduating student who has written the most outstanding note for the Journal of Law & Business. No 2022 Recipient
Journal of Law and Business NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business Award for Journal Achievement To a graduating editor and member of the Board of Editors, who has contributed to the Journal of Law & Business in an outstanding manner during the third year. Jason Choe
Journal of Law and Business NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business Award for Journal Distinction To a graduating editor, other than a senior editor, who has contributed to the Journal of Law & Business in an outstanding manner during the third year. Julianna Lee
Journal of Law and Liberty Flora S. and Jacob L. Newman Prize For the greatest contribution by a third-year editor to the Journal of Law & Liberty. Mitchell K. Pallaki
Journal of Law and Liberty Flora S. and Jacob L. Newman Prize To the graduating student who has written the most outstanding note for the Journal of Law & Liberty. Gary M. Dreyer
Journal of Legislation and Public Policy Thomas Stoddard Award For the greatest contribution by a third-year editor to the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Daniel B. Martin
Journal of Legislation and Public Policy Flora S. and Jacob L. Newman Prize To a graduating student who has written the most outstanding note for the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Gabriella R. Johnston
Samantha P. Yi
Law Review Edmond Cahn Law Review Award To a third-year editor other than a senior editor who has contributed to the Law Review in an outstanding fashion during the third year. David G. Blitzer
Erin M. Kim
Elise X. Zhou
Law Review Morton Geller Award To a third-year editor other than a senior editor who has contributed to the Law Review in an outstanding fashion during the third year. Aaditya P. Tolappa
Law Review Paul D. Kaufman Memorial Award To a graduating student who has written the most outstanding note for the Law Review. Michael J. Kowiak
Law Review Judge Rose L. and Herbert Rubin Law Review Prize To a graduating student who has written the most outstanding note for the Law Review in international, commercial, or public law. Joseph H. Krakoff
Evan A. Ringel
Moot Court Board Order of Barristers

The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization devoted to the development of oral advocacy and brief-writing skills through law school appellate moot court programs.

Samar Amidi
Miriam Bial
Benjamin S. Brindis
Julia M. Bruce
Graham T. Ellis
Jeremiah K. Evans
Leonie C. Koch
Julia K. Leff
Elaina Michelle Marx
Andrew Wells
Moot Court Board Jessup Team Award* For participation as the representatives of NYU School of Law in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

To Be Announced Post-Convocation

Moot Court Board National Moot Court Competition Award For participation as the representatives of NYU School of Law in a National Moot Court Competition.

To Be Announced Post-Convocation

Moot Court Board Lawrence Green '77 Prize To a graduating student who has written the most outstanding moot court problem for the NYU Moot Court Casebook, and to the principal editor of that problem. Christopher G. Gallucci
Catherine E. Larrabee
Moot Court Board Mark Brisman '92 Moot Court Prize For a member of the graduating class who has made the most significant contribution to the Moot Court Board. Samar Amidi
Review of Law and Social Change Flora S. and Jacob L. Newman Prize For the greatest contribution by a third-year editor to the Review of Law & Social Change. Andrea L. Green
Review of Law and Social Change Flora S. and Jacob L. Newman Prize To the graduating student who has written the most outstanding note for the Review of Law & Social Change. Rebecca L. Orleans
Review of Law and Social Change Review of Law and Social Change Innovation and Creativity Award To a graduating student who broadens the horizons of the Review of Law & Social Change and advances the mission of the journal. Amelie Daigle
Review of Law and Social Change Review of Law and Social Change Stewardship Award To a graduating student who has exhibited exemplary leadership with peers and colleagues on the Review of Law & Social Change in the service of producing the highest quality legal scholarship. Emily R. True
**Winner of the Robert B. McKay Prize will also be awarded the Wickersham Prize

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