Judge Donald Alsop (’52), John Gould (’53) Named Distinguished Alumni
MARCH 18, 2013—The Minnesota Law Review has named Judge Donald D. Alsop (’52) and John Gould (’53) to receive its Distinguished Alumni Award for 2013, given for exceptional contributions to the profession and to the greater good of society. The awards will be presented at the Law Review's annual banquet on April 11, 2013, at Windows on Minnesota (IDS Center) in Minneapolis.
Alsop clerked for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Thomas Gallagher in 1951-52, then worked briefly in private practice in St. Paul before moving to New Ulm, Minn. He practiced in New Ulm from 1954 until his nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota by President Richard Nixon in 1974. He has served as a federal judge for the District of Minnesota for 38 years, including a term as chief judge for the District of Minnesota from 1985-92, when he assumed senior status.
Gould joined a small patent firm run by two Merchant brothers in 1954 and stayed more than 50 years, practicing intellectual property litigation and watching what is now known as Merchant & Gould grow to one of the country's largest firms in its field. He served as its managing partner, president, and board chair from 1973-88 and is known nationwide for his contributions to the field. In 2000 the Hennepin County Bar Association honored him with its Professionalism Award.
Recipients of the Minnesota Law Review Distinguished Alumni Award, given since 2005, are nominated by their fellow alumni and selected by the journal's Board of Editors. Honorees' accomplishments are recognized at an annual spring banquet by Law School alumni, faculty, administration, and members of the legal community.