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Class of 2010 Students Honored at Awards Ceremony and Reception

Students gather after awards ceremony

Some of the Class of 2010 award recipients gather on Stein Plaza following the ceremony.


MAY 17, 2010—The Law School welcomed graduates and their families for the 2010 Student Awards Ceremony, held at 3 p.m. May 14 in Lockhart Hall. The event acknowledged outstanding student achievement among those in the Class of 2010, prior to the May 15 Commencement.

The Law School Public Service Program

Among this year's graduation class, 104 students completed the 50-hour challenge in the Public Service Program, twice as many as last year's graduating class. The program, in collaboration with the Minnesota Justice Foundation, the Minnesota Bar Association, and more than 40 legal service providers, challenges law students to contribute at least 50 hours of law-related public service during their study years.

The Class of 2010 provided nearly 17,000 hours of service to 2,600 clients, noted Janine Laird, executive director of the Minnesota Justice Foundation. Thirteen students contributed more than 400 hours of their time, including George Norris (578), Ann Entwistle (577) and Sean Quealy (515). Two students exceeded 600 hours: Jason Korb (650) and Aaron McClintock (614).


Additional student awards and honors

American Bankruptcy Institute 2010 Medal of Excellence:

Awarded to the graduate with the highest demonstrated propensity and interest in bankruptcy law.
Nicole M. Murphy

American Bar Association and the Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in Health Law:

Honors a graduating student who has demonstrated superior academic performance and an interest in the field of health law.
Crystal Kuo Liu

American Bar Association and the Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law:

Honors a graduating student who has demonstrated superior academic performance and an interest in the field of labor and employment law.
Jack Sullivan

American Law Institute/American Bar Association Scholarship & Leadership Award:

Awarded to outstanding graduates who demonstrate the combined qualities of scholarship and leadership that are embodied by the American Law Institute and American Bar Association.
Timothy Franzen, Kristen K. Zinsmaster

Steven M. Block Prize:

Awarded to the graduating student author of the most outstanding paper or article in the area of civil rights and/or civil liberties. The prize honors the late University of Minnesota Law Professor Steven M. Block.
Maisa Jean Frank

University of Minnesota Human Rights Law Award:

Recognizes one or more law graduates who have made significant contributions to scholarship and/or service in the human rights field. The award includes a monetary prize made possible by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center at the Law School.
Tatuye Topa Najin Win Means, Brianna M. Mooty

Sidney J. Kaplan Legal Scholarship Fund:

Awarded to a graduate for outstanding performance as decided by the Dean or committee appointed by the Dean.
Nick Rose

Ralph M. McCareins Antitrust Prize:

Annual award given to a second-year law student with the highest examination grade in antitrust.
Jonathan E. Giroux

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association Scholarship Award:

Presented to 3L Competition Team participants in the Intellectual Property Moot Court program.
Jonathan Giroux, Eric Wingrove

Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology Outstanding Editor Award:

Recognizes the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology editor who exhibited outstanding dedication, fulfilled his/her duties with enthusiasm, and delivered consistent and superior work throughout his/her participation on the journal.
Claire B. Davies

Mondale Hall Engagement Award:

Recognizing graduating students who have met the challenge of the Law School Public Service Program and who have enriched the Law School community through student initiatives, activities, or mentorship.
Amy M. Bauer, Mary B. Cloutier, Maria de Lourdes Bejarano Dooner, Jeffrey Markowitz, George H. Norris, Michael T. Pangborn, Andrew J. Schmidt, Jason M. Stoffel, Adosh D. Unni, Sara C. Wilkinson

National Association of Women Lawyers Award:

Awarded to a third-year student who has established herself as a leader within the community, excelled academically, and been an important resource to others.
Ann F. Entwistle

Dr. Matthew Stark Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Student Award:

Honors a graduating student who has demonstrated leadership in the areas of social justice, civil liberties, civil rights, and public education.
Jen Cornell


Awards Bestowed At Commencement

Class of 2010 Excellence in Public Service Award:

Awarded to the graduating student who most distinguished his or her commitment to public service during the past three years through participation in formal and informal public service roles in the Law School and the legal and non-legal community.
Brianna M. Mooty

Class of 2010 Most Outstanding Contribution:

Honors the graduating student who distinguished him or herself by contributing the most to the 3L class during the past three years through (1) outstanding class participation; (2) outstanding involvement in academic programs; (3) outstanding participation and leadership in extracurricular activities; and (4) outstanding enhancement of the Law School experience for all members of the Class of 2010.
Eugene "Hard Knocks" Kim

Lockhart Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Leadership and Service:

Awarded to a third-year student who best exemplifies the combined qualities of excellent scholarship, leadership, and service.
Joseph C. Hansen


Awards Presented At An Earlier Date

Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award:

Presented by the Clinical Legal Education Association to a law student who has excelled in a clinical course through excellence in field work, excellence in the seminar component, and contribution to the clinical community.
Rebecca Stark

Harold Will Cox Award:

Awarded to the student(s) with the best oral arguments during the Maynard Pirsig Oral Honors Tournament.
Paul C. Dworak

Federal Bar Association Foundation’s Judge Edward J. Devitt Award:

Given to a third-year student who has excelled in the study of federal law and practice. Each award is named in honor of a person who has contributed significantly to the federal legal system in Minnesota.
Jessica L. Edwards

Journal of Law & Inequality Outstanding Editor Award:

For outstanding contributions by a Law & Inequality editor.
Timothy Franzen

Dorothy O. Lareau Writing Award:

Awarded to a second-year student with the best brief in the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court tournament. Also awarded to the best brief written in each first-year legal writing section.
David A. Couillard, Paul C. Dworak, Jessica L. Edwards, Theresa Nagy, Timothy M. Sullivan, Kristin K. Zinsmaster

Leonard, Street & Deinard Law Review Award:

Awarded to Minnesota Law Review board members who demonstrated an ability to write, analyze legal problems, and provide realistic legal solutions in a Note or Comment that is published in the Minnesota Law Review during the student’s third year.
Moira C. Heiges, Theresa Nagy, Nicholas Tymoczko

Albert and Anne Mansfield Fellows:

Summer 2009 Fellowships awarded to students who have completed their second year who are interested in pursuing a career in public interest law. Selection is based on a commitment to community work and an interest in a career in legal services.
Dana Kirsten Boraas, Abigail Cerra, Sara C. Wilkinson

Minnesota Law Review Volumes 35 & 36 Memorial Award: Excellence in Writing Award:

Awards for excellence in student writing among Minnesota Law Review staff or editors.
Joseph C. Hansen, Nina Liao, Nicholas Tymoczko

University of Minnesota’s President’s Student Leadership and Service Award and the Mary A. McEvoy Award:

The President’s Student Leadership and Service Award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions made by outstanding student leaders for exceptional service to the University of Minnesota and the broader community. The Mary A. McEvoy Award recognizes a President’s Student Leadership and Service Award recipient who displays leadership and public engagement which is clearly “above and beyond” one’s normal duties and responsibilities, and who demonstrate dedication and assistance that benefit an individual, group or community, or strengthens a democratic way of life.
Jen Cornell

Kent Wennerstrom Award:

For outstanding contributions by a student clinic director.
John P. Betzler


After the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a light reception in Dorsey Foyer, spilling onto Auerbach Commons and Stein Terrace.