Make a Nomination

The criteria for each award is listed below, along with a link to each nomination form. Please note that you may nominate an individual for more than one of the awards. Once a nomination is submitted it cannot be edited or retrieved.

  • Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship Award

    Faculty nominations only. The Law School's highest honor for outstanding seniors, taking into account scholarship in legal studies, personality, character, extracurricular interests, and promise of a distinguished career.

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  • Jane L. Mixer Memorial Award

    Faculty, staff, and student nominations accepted. For outstanding contributions to activities designed to advance social justice.

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  • Irving J. Stenn, Jr. Award

    Faculty, staff, and student nominations accepted. For demonstrating leadership and contributing through extracurricular activities to the wellbeing and strength of the Law School or University.

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  • National Association of Women Lawyers Award

    Faculty, staff, and student nominations accepted. For a senior student who has demonstrated achievement and motivation in academic and community work, and has exhibited the potential for future contributions to the advancement of women in society and in the legal community.

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  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Julia D. Darlow Award

    Faculty, staff, and student nominations accepted. For demonstrating through Law School and community activities the substantial likelihood that, as a lawyer, he or she will advance the interests of women members of the legal profession; promote improvements in the administration of justice; promote equity and social justice for all people; and improve relations between the legal profession and the public.

    Nominate

  • Scholarly Writing Awards

    The Scholarly Writing Awards were established in 1981 as a way for faculty members to honor students for outstanding written work in seminars or independent research projects. You may honor any student paper which meets the following criteria:

    • Is of publishable quality
    • Makes an important contribution to an academic field
    • Was not prepared for one of the Law School's journals

    Nominate

Recent Award Winners

  • Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship Award
    • Ruby Emberling
    • Lily Sawyer-Kaplan
  • Jane L. Mixer Memorial Award
    • Charlotte Boghossian
    • Olivia Vigiletti
    • Lexi Wung
  • Irving Stenn Jr. Award
    • Victoria Clark
    • James Kirwan
    • Lissie Ng
  • APALSA 1L Public Interest Fellowship

    Presented by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association to students who have evidenced an intent to contribute to the Asian Pacific Islander American community and the public interest.

    • Zainab Bhindarwala
    • Rabeya Mallick
  • Clara Belfield & Henry M. Bates Overseas Fellowship

    Enables students who have completed two or more years of law study to pursue academic or professional projects abroad. These fellowships are made possible through the generosity of Helen Bates Van Tyne.

    • Emilia Truluck
  • Anthony Benton Memorial Award

    Recognizing scholastic excellence in the fields of international and/or constitutional law, as well as participation and leadership in activities related to the Law School’s educational program. The fund for this award was established by friends and associates of the late S. Anthony Benton, ’63, an excellent student and a participant and leader in extracurricular activities at the Law School.

    • Amanda Swenson
  • William W. Bishop Jr. Award

    Recognizing distinction in the field of international law and in related Law School activities. The award was established by friends, colleagues, and students of the late Professor William W. Bishop in appreciation for his long and distinguished service as teacher, scholar, and editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law.

    • Evan Mulbry
  • Lee C. Bollinger Prize

    Recognizing excellence in the study of the First Amendment. This award was established by graduates of the Law School in honor of Lee Bollinger, dean of the Law School from 1987 to 1994 and president of the University of Michigan from 1996 to 2001.

    • Hannah Shilling
  • Henry M. Campbell Memorial Prize & Campbell Competition

    The oldest of the various competitions at the Law School, the Campbell Competition involves many hours of intense preparation by both its participants and the student board, which plans and implements the event. The competition is sponsored by Dickinson Wright PLLC.

    • Ruby Emberling (First Place)
    • Justin Hill (Second Place)
  • Alden J. “Butch” Carpenter Memorial Scholarship Award

    Presented to students who have evidenced an intent to apply their legal training in a manner that will assist the development of an economically depressed and traditionally disadvantaged community. The fund for this award was established by the Black Law Students Association in cooperation with the Black Alumni Association to motivate law students toward the social commitment demonstrated by Michigan Law student Butch Carpenter before his death in 1978.

    • Cyerra Haywood

    Runners-up

    • James “Tre” Fitts
    • Casey Cousineau
  • Class of 1908 Memorial Scholarship Award

    Presented to the student who has attained the highest scholastic average at the beginning of his or her senior year. The award is presented through the generosity of The Hon. Guy B. Findley, 1908.

    • Erin Montera
  • Howard B. Coblentz Prize

    Presented to a member of the Michigan Law Review editorial staff for outstanding contributions to the Law Review. The award was established in memory of Howard Coblentz, 1918, who enlisted while a student and lost his life during WWI.

    • Ruby Emberling
  • Emmett E. Eagan Award

    Recognizing excellence in courses in the field of corporate law. The award was established by the Detroit firm Miller Canfield to honor its senior partner, Emmett E. Eagan, ’34.

    • Andrew Angel
  • Robert S. Feldman Labor Law Award

    Presented to the senior student who has done the most outstanding work in the field of labor law, with account taken of performance in courses, seminars, independent research, and on journals. The award was established through the generosity of the late Robert S. Feldman, ’38, a leading labor-relations attorney in Michigan.

    • Raymond Levine
  • Fiske Fellowship

    Awarded to exceptional graduates serving as government employees at the federal, state, or (in exceptional cases) local level. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to public service values. These fellowships were established through the generosity of Robert B. Fiske Jr., ’55.

    • Luke Berdahl, ’22
    • Julia Hayer, ’20
    • James Kirwan, ’22
    • Nina Mozeihem, ’19
  • Ralph M. Freeman Foundation Scholarship

    Awarded to the second- or third-year student who has demonstrated true excellence in the fields of criminal law and procedure.

    • Charlotte Boghossian
  • Daniel H. Grady Prize

    Presented to the student who has graduated with the highest standing in their Law School class after completing the full course of study.

    • Alexandros Ehrlich
  • Carl Gussin Memorial Prize

    Presented to one or more students who have excelled in trial work. The prize was established by friends of Carl Gussin, ’31, a well-known Detroit trial lawyer and co-founder of the Negligence Committee of the State Bar of Michigan.

    • Brett Bonfanti
    • Alexandra van Doren
  • Rockwell T. Gust Advocacy Award

    Recognizing the student who has demonstrated the greatest potential as a trial lawyer and advocate. The award was established by the Detroit law firm Butzel Long to honor its senior partner, Rockwell T. Gust, 1914, for more than 60 years of distinguished practice as a trial advocate and counselor.

    • Erica Arensman
    • Katherine Tierney
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award

    Presented to a senior student who has demonstrated outstanding ability in courtroom advocacy.

    • Hannah Friedman
  • Richard Katcher Senior Tax Prize

    Recognizing excellence in courses and seminars in taxation and related areas. The prize is made possible by the generosity of the late Richard Katcher, ’43.

    • Alan Tilley
  • Allan Lewis Kaufmann Memorial Award

    Recognizing the student author or authors of the best student contribution(s) to each volume of the Michigan Law Review. The award is funded through the generosity of the late William Allan Lewis Kaufmann, ’43, in memory of his father, Allan Lewis Kaufmann.

    • Bailey Tulloch
  • Jon Henry Kouba Prize

    Recognizes the best student papers on (1) the European Union and (2) international peace and security. The prize is made possible by the generosity of Jon Henry Kouba, ’65. These prizes were awarded for the 2021 academic year.

    • Christopher Chorzepa (European Union Winner)
      “The Promise of Buy Irish: EU Enforcement Against Government Discrimination to Protect Independent Media in Poland”
    • Leon Freyermuth (European Union Runner-up)
      “Systematizing the Rule of Law in Europe”
    • Alessandro Storchi (International Peace and Security)
      “Sexual Slavery as a War Crime: A Reform Proposal”
    • Sean Brennan (International Peace and Security Runner-up)
      “Rethinking the Moral Division of Labor between IHL & IHRL in the Context of Remotely Launched Attacks”
  • La Comunidad Fellowship

    Presented by the Latino Law Students Association to a student who has demonstrated a sincere commitment to pro bono work and a career in public interest, as well as dedication to the Latinx community.

    • Alana Rodriguez
  • Jeffrey S. Lehman Legal Practice Award

    Presented to a student deemed the best in Legal Practice from the previous year. This award is in honor of Jeffrey S. Lehman, ’81, dean of the Law School from 1994 to 2003, and is made possible through the generosity of The Homeland Foundation.

    • Elizabeth Mansour
  • Dores McCree Award

    Presented to a student who has consistently demonstrated the personal qualities that Dores McCree exemplified during her work at the Law School from 1988 to 1996: extraordinary devotion to the well-being of students, commitment to a widely inclusive and unified vision of the Law School community, grace, wisdom, compassion, and modesty.

    • Hattie McKinney
  • Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Law Student Prize

    Recognizing outstanding work in courses relating to legal history. The award is sponsored by the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society.

    • James Kirwan
  • Saul L. Nadler Memorial Award

    Recognizing outstanding work in courses and written projects relating to commercial law, corporate law, creditors’ rights, and securities regulation. The award is funded by a gift from the Nadler Foundation in memory of Saul L. Nadler, ’36.

    • Daniel Gessner
    • Catherine Matuska
    • Thomas Mulholland
    • Elisabeth Ng
  • National Association of Women Lawyers Award

    Presented to a senior student who has demonstrated achievement and motivation in academic and community work and has exhibited the potential for future contributions to the advancement of women in society and in the legal community.

    • Rachel Kreager
  • Outlaws Public Service Fellowship

    Awarded to a student who demonstrates a commitment to the LGBTQ+ community at Michigan Law and to LGBTQ+ legal issues as shown through academics, stated career interests, volunteer work, and extracurricular involvement.

    • Marisa London
  • Jack C. Radcliffe Jr. Award

    Presented to second- or third-year students who have served as senior judges in the Legal Practice Program and demonstrated excellence in mentoring first-year law students. The award was established by colleagues, clients, friends, and family of Jack C. Radcliffe Jr., ’70, in remembrance of his commitment to supporting and mentoring young lawyers.

    • Nikki Williams
  • Jenny Runkles Memorial Award

    Presented to second-year students who have exhibited a selfless commitment to improving the Law School community and society as a whole through devotion to public interest and diversity. Students, faculty, and staff provide nominations for the award.

    • Hannah Shilling
    • Nia Vogel
  • Craig Spangenberg Oral Advocacy Award

    Recognizes exceptional ability in courtroom oral advocacy. The International Society of Barristers established the award in 1999 in memory of Craig Spangenberg, ’37, a founder of the Society, its first president, an exemplary trial lawyer, and a superb oral advocate.

    • Jessica Paduganan
    • Katharine Flexter
  • Eric and Virginia Stein Award

    Recognizing the best student contribution to the Michigan Journal of International Law. The award is made possible by the generosity of the late Eric Stein, the Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law Emeritus, and his wife, Ginny.

    • Grace Brody
  • Juan Luis Tienda Memorial Scholarship

    Presented to students from Spanish-speaking backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to working for the advancement of Spanish-speaking people in the United States. The fund for this award was established in memory of Juan Luis Tienda, who died following his second year in law school.

    • Pavel Bermudez
    • Javier Pineiro
    • Alana Rodriguez
  • Women Law Students Association Leadership Award

    Recognizing extracurricular leadership that has substantially contributed to the advancement of women at the Law School.

    • Audrey Hertzberg
    • Hattie McKinney
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Awards

    Recognizing women law students who have demonstrated leadership capabilities, served the community in areas such as family law, child advocacy, or domestic violence, or displayed potential for advancing the position of women in society. The awards are made possible through the generosity of the WLAM Foundation.

    • Allison Zweng (Florence King Patent Law Scholarship)
    • Liza Davis (Kimberly M. Cahill Scholar)
    • Dashaya Foreman (Masco Corporation Scholarship)
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Julia D. Darlow Award

    Presented to a student who has demonstrated through Law School and community activities the substantial likelihood that, as a lawyer, he or she will advance the interests of the women members of the legal profession; promote improvements in the administration of justice; promote equity and social justice for all people; and improve relations between the legal profession and the public. The award is made possible through the generosity of the WLAM Foundation.

    • Audrey Hertzberg
  • Myint Zan LLM Prize

    Presented to an exemplary student who has demonstrated interdisciplinary interests, a commitment to social justice, and an understanding of the role law can play in easing the plight of disadvantaged members of society. The prize is made possible by the generosity of Myint Zan, LLM ’82.

    • Altamush Saeed
  • Award for Exceptional Journal Service

    Presented to a student from each journal for outstanding all-around contributions to that journal.

    • Michigan Law Review: Jess Davis & Jessica Paduganan
    • University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform: Elizabeth Powers
    • Michigan Journal of International Law: Grace Brody
    • Michigan Journal of Gender & Law: Rachel Kreager & Natalie Treacy
    • Michigan Journal of Race & Law: Raymond Levine & Maiya Moncino
    • Michigan Technology Law Review: Kimberly Parry
    • Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law: Sydney Hofferth
    • Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review: Andrew Dziedzic
  • Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution to a Journal

    Presented to the author who wrote the best note published by each journal.

    Michigan Law Review

    • Kacyn Fujii
      “The Impact of Amex and Its Progeny on Technology Platforms”
    • Brooke Simone
      “Municipal Reparations: Considerations and Constitutionality”

    University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

    • Richard Zhao
      "Second Chances: Why Michigan Should Categorically Prohibit the Sentence of Juvenile Life Without Parole"

    Michigan Journal of International Law

    • Grace Brody
      “Implications of the Selection of Islamic Law in European Private International Law"

    Michigan Journal of Race & Law

    • Natasha Phillips
      "Keeping Counsel: Challenging Immigration Detention Transfers as a Violation of the Right to Retained Counsel"

    Michigan Technology Law Review

    • James Wang
      "The Best Data Plan is to Have a Game Plan: Obstacles and Solutions to Reaching International Data Privacy Agreements"

    Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law

    • Andrew Rockett
      “Protecting Climate Change Law from a Revived Nondelegation Doctrine"

    Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review

    • Robert Eisentrout
      “Individuals as ‘Employees’ or ‘Contractors’: Why it Matters What You Are Called When it Comes to Federal Taxes”
  • 1L Oral Advocacy Competition

    An internal competition that serves as an introduction to moot court.

    • Victoria Wystepek (Winner)
    • Meg Beyer (Runner-up)
  • Pro Bono Recognition

    The following senior students have completed the Pro Bono Pledge of at least 25 hours (LLM) or 50 hours (JD) of pro bono service while attending law school.

    • Tina Al-khersan
    • Meghan Andales Patero
    • Lorena Balić
    • Nora Baty
    • Victoria Bell
    • Richa Bijlani
    • Christopher Blythe
    • Charlotte Boghossian
    • Emily Boyk
    • Clara Butler
    • Tiffany Chung-Arzeno
    • Angela Coco
    • Thomas Cribbins
    • Aliya Crochetiere
    • Liza Davis
    • Ashton Dubey
    • Matthew Ender-Silberman
    • Caroline Farrington
    • Allison Fleming
    • Susan M Fleurant
    • Hannah Friedman
    • Kacyn Fujii
    • Héctor González Medina
    • Samantha Gowing
    • Aaron Gurley
    • Raji Gururaj
    • Chandler Hart-McGonigle
    • Eve Hastings
    • Audrey Hertzberg
    • Justin Hill
    • Emma Himes
    • Haris Huremagic
    • Kathryn Hurley
    • Christiana Johnson
    • Caitlin Kierum
    • Hye-Jin Kim
    • Emeline Kong
    • Rachel Kreager
    • Stephan Llerena
    • Rob Lothman
    • Sarah Marble
    • Maddie McFee
    • Camelia Metwally
    • Katie Moe
    • Maiya Moncino
    • James S. Moser, Jr.
    • Patrick Murphy
    • Jessica Paduganan
    • Thomas Palumbo
    • Erin Pannek
    • Cosmo Pappas
    • Aiden Park
    • Courtney Petersen
    • Natasha Phillips
    • Carter Powers Beggs
    • Kelly Recker
    • Alaina Mary Richert
    • Deborah Rookey
    • Philip Ross
    • Altamush Saeed
    • Daniela Sanchez
    • Lily Sawyer-Kaplan
    • Sarah I Siegel
    • Brooke K. Simone
    • Siiri Sinnemaki
    • Briana Sooy
    • Julianna St. Onge
    • Lauren Taiclet
    • Katherine Tierney
    • Shana Toor
    • Emilia Truluck
    • Olivia Vigiletti
    • Max Vogel
    • Tyler Washington
    • Kurt Wohlers
    • Lexi Wung
    • Danna Zeina Elmasry
    • Joseph Zimmerman

    Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award, Outstanding 1L Student

    • Olivia Daniels

    Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award, Outstanding 2L Students

    • Annie Schuver
    • Sophia Weaver

    Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award, Outstanding 3L Students

    • Clara Butler
    • Hye-Jin Kim

    Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award, Outstanding LLM Student

    • Altamush Saeed
  • L. Hart Wright Outstanding Teaching Award

    Recognizing excellence in teaching at the University of Michigan Law School. The recipient is selected by vote of the student body.

    • Maureen Carroll

Certificate of Merit Recipients

Certificates of Merit are awarded to the students who were recognized for outstanding performance in Law School courses during the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters. 

  • Winter 2021
    • Accounting for Lawyers: Jack Swanson
    • Art Law: Amulya Vadapalli
    • Business Economics for Lawyers: Sean McCroskey
    • Civil Procedure (Hurley): Sabrina Schulman
    • Contracts (Crane): Sabrina Schulman
    • Corporate and White Collar Crime: Lorena Balic
    • Criminal Law (Mendlow): Julia Sutherland
    • Criminal Law (Prescott): Rebecca Fisher
    • Criminal Procedure: Bail to Post-Conviction Review: Patrick Murphy
    • Critical Race Theory: Martese Johnson
    • Data Privacy Law: Joseph Lindblad
    • Employment Law: Sian Last
    • Enterprise Organization: Joshua Krivan
    • Environmental Crimes: Joseph Rockwell
    • Evidence: Colleen Anderson
    • Federal Courts: Emily Kempa
    • Financial Regulation: Aaron Gurley
    • First Amendment: Evan Neustater
    • Formation of the Common Law: Jacob Weaver
    • Gender Law and Policy: Bella Book
    • Habeas Corpus: Rebecca Moonitz
    • Immigration and Nationality: Gordon Lazar
    • Impact of Human Rights on International Law: Joseph Lordi
    • International Arbitration: Daniel Toubman
    • International Environment Law and Policy: Erin Montera
    • International IP: Scott MacGuidwin
    • International Refugee Law: Hannah Cumming
    • Introduction to Constitutional Law (Litman, L): Zhen (Jen) Xue
    • Introduction to Constitutional Law (Mortenson): Gabriel Chess
    • Introduction to Constitutional Law (Primus, R): Gavin Scott
    • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility: Benjamin Pyle
    • Legislation and Regulation (Deacon): Charles Wathieu
    • Legislation and Regulation (Mendelson): Kacyn Fujii
    • Mass Incarceration: Brenna Gibbs
    • Mergers and Acquisitions: Chaila Fraundorfer
    • Modern American Legal History: James Kirwan
    • Natural Resources Law: Keith Ketola and Amanda Wheelock (non-JD graduate student)
    • Partnership Tax: Joseph Schiller
    • Policy Workshop: Advancing Economic Justice Through Michigan Court Reform: Hanna Rutkowski
    • Property: Samantha Gowing
    • Public Control of Land Use: Ziv Ben-Shahar
    • Regulating Contagion: Pandemics in U.S. Legal History: Nathan Bannett
    • Secured Transactions: Alexandra Theodosakis
    • Securities Regulation: Sophie Skinner
    • Taxation of Individual Income: Timothy Leake
    • Torts (Sommers): Seth Mayer
    • Trademarks and Unfair Competition: William Scarfone
    • Transnational Law: Evan Mulbry
    • Tribal Law: Raul Noguera-McElroy
    • Unjustified Enrichment: Benjamin Hunter
  • Fall 2021
    • 21st Century Infrastructure: A Lawyer’s Role: Emma Himes
    • Accounting for Lawyers: Josh Krivan
    • Administrative Law: Scott MacGuidwin
    • Bankruptcy: Iza Marie Graham
    • Capital Markets Regulation: Alex Kornfeld
    • Civil Procedure: Graham Heise, Benjamin Lehman, Elizabeth Munoz-Smith
    • Contracts: John Grosboll, Ethan James Haughie, Daniel Horwitz
    • Corporate Finance: Matthew Capelli
    • Corporate Taxation: Alan Tilley
    • Corporate and White Collar Crime: Tiffany Zi Ching Chung-Arzeno
    • Comparative Human Rights Law: Laura Mebert
    • Constitutional Law: Aaron Cox, Brigid Fitzpatrick, Allison Goldman
    • Crimes Against Vulnerable Communities: Sabrina Schulman
    • Criminal Justice: Investigations and Police Practices: Josiah Himmelman
    • Criminal Law: Abraham Eichner, Amar Nour Shabeeb
    • Economic Analysis of Law: Chris Rogers
    • Enterprise Organization: Jacob Pearlman
    • Evidence: Brooke Simone
    • Environmental Law and Policy: Brendon Anderson
    • Federal Antitrust: Iza Graham
    • Federal Courts: Lily Sawyer-Kaplan
    • Federal Indian Law: Alaina Richert
    • First Amendment: Hannah Shilling
    • Health Law: Sarah Bender
    • Immigration and Nationality: Olivia Vigiletti
    • International Law: Joseph Fiorile
    • International Tax: Amanda Swenson
    • Income Tax of Business: Adam Girts
    • Jurisdiction and Choice of Law: Adam Girts
    • Jurisprudence: Caroline Hoskins
    • Labor Law: James Stehlin Jr.
    • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility: Gabriel Rosen
    • Legislation and Regulation: Jonah Hudson-Erdman
    • Natural Resources Law: Shay Collins, Joseph Pitti
    • Patent Law: Alexander Williams
    • Property: Aiden Park
    • Race and the Law: Dashaya Foreman
    • Rules of Play: Sports Legal Systems: Jacob Shapiro
    • Sales and Secured Financing: Daniel Gessner
    • Securities Regulation: Andrew Angel
    • Taxation of Individual Income: Amanda Swenson
    • Torts: Andrew Del Vecchio, Hannah Lefton, Benjamin Lehman, Trajan Shomin
    • Trademarks and Unfair Competition: Paige Kelley
    • Voting Rights and Election Law: Ruby Emberling
    • Water Wars/Great Lakes: Erica Paul
    • Women’s Human Rights: Nadia Jeiroudi