The weekend of commencement began with an LL.M. graduation reception and graduation banquet for JD students on Thursday, May 22, 2014. The LL.M. reception was a gathering of those receiving their LL.M. degree, with a special early preview of a walking commencement ceremony for their family and friends. During the reception, graduating LL.M. students Rizwan Sheik and Rachel Poleshuk Leon thanked their classmates, family and friends for their help in reaching this impressive academic benchmark.
View the recording of the LL.M. reception
The Fowler School of Law graduation banquet for JD students took place at the
Lyon Air Museum
overlooking the runway at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California. The evening included award presentations for students who received certificates for their involvement in special programs or for academic achievement at the law school.
The Honor Scholar (Valedictorian) Award and the Carmelina Doti Excellence Award are presented annually by the dean and faculty of the Fowler School of Law to the graduating senior who has achieved the highest grade point average in the graduating class. The 2014 Valedictorian was Blake Corry.
The Distinguished Graduate Award is presented annually by the dean and faculty of the Fowler School of Law to the graduating senior whose scholarship, ethics and service exemplify the highest ideals of the legal profession. This year there were two award recipients. The 2014 Distinguished Graduate Awards winners were Heidi Post and Nancy Sandoval.
The Dean’s Award is presented annually by the dean to the graduating senior whose leadership and service to the law school and its students represent a significant contribution to the development of the Fowler School of Law. The 2014 Dean’s Award winner was Raymond Gennawey III.
The Professionalism Award is presented annually by the dean and faculty of the Fowler School of Law to the graduating senior who has represented the law school to the legal profession and to the larger community in a distinctively significant manner. The 2014 Professionalism Award winner was Minhquan Nguyen.
The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Award is selected by the faculty and presented annually by the NAWL to the graduating senior who contributes to the advancement of women in society; promotes issues and concerns of women in the legal profession; exhibits motivation, tenacity and enthusiasm; demonstrates academic achievement; and has earned the respect of the dean and faculty of the Fowler School of Law. The 2014 NAWL Award winner was Jaryn Saritzky.
The American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education (ALI-CLE) Awards are selected by the faculty and presented annually in recognition for being the five graduates in this law school class who best represent a combination of scholarship and leadership, the qualities embodied by the ALI-CLI parent organization. The 2014 ALI-CLE Award winners were:
- Alison Bollbach
- Jonathan Cayton
- Stephanie Lincoln
- Clay-Michael O’Neal
- Candace Burr Queathem
The National Order of Scribes Awards are selected by the faculty and presented annually by the American Society of Legal Writers to the five graduating seniors who have demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and who are outstanding legal writers. The 2014 National Order of Scribes Award winners were:
- Stephan Brown
- Jennifer Crampton
- Andrew Gahan
- Nicole Naleway
- Lauren Vanga
The LL.M. reception and JD graduation banquet were followed by the 2014 Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 23, 2014.