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Awards and Prizes

Student Awards

The faculty recognizes outstanding academic achievement and significant contributions to the Law School community through these awards.

A. H. McLeod Prize

Presented to a third-year student who has demonstrated interest and skill in Advocacy
Sponsored by Doug McLeod

Albert E. Utton Natural Resources Law Award

Award presented to a third-year law student who has shown excellence and interest in Natural Resources Law
Sponsored by Mary Utton & others

ALI-CLE Award (formerly ALI/ABA)

Recognizes a student who best represents a combination of scholarship and leadership
Sponsored by the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute Medal

Reconizes a student for excellence in Bankruptcy Studies
Sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute

Ann C. Scales Jurisprudence Award

Awarded to the student who has demonstrated a commitment to moving the law forward in the service of humanity. Further, it goes to a student who has shown an interest and commitment to promoting change of public policy and legal rights through innovative or creative legal work.
Sponsored by the Hon. Linda Vanzi

Atkinson & Kelsey Award for Excellence in Family Law

Recognizes excellence in Family Law
Sponsored by Atkinson & Kelsey, P.A.

Award for Excellence in International Law and Comparative Law

Recognizes excellence in International Law
Sponsored by Professor Jenny Moore

Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award

Recognizes a third-year student who excelled in Clinical Legal Education
Sponsored by the Clinical Legal Education Association

Corporate & Business Law Award

Recognizes a third-year student for excellence in Corporation and Business Law (formerly Wall Street Journal Award)
Sponsored by the UNM School of Law Business Law Faculty

Dean's Awards

Honors students for outstanding contributions to the law school community; committee makes nominations to Dean

Faculty Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions to the law school community
Sponsored by the UNM School of Law Faculty

Felix Briones Award in Ethical Integrity in Business Law

Recognizes a third-year student who best represents a combination of scholarship, leadership and ethics in the area of business.
Sponsored by Viola Briones & Felix Briones; B.Paul & Theresa Briones; Thomas & Stephanie Briones and Four Corners Community Bank

Frederick M. Hart Prize

Honors students who have shown excellence in Commercial Law
Sponsored by Emeritus Professor Robert Desiderio

Freedman, Boyd, Hollander, Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A. Award for Excellence in Criminal Law

Recognizes excellence in Criminal Law
Sponsored by Freedman, Boyd, Hollander, Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A.

Health Law Scholar Award

Presented to a third-year student who has demonstrated interest and proficiency in Health Law
Sponsored by an Anonymous Donor

Henry Kent Anderson Human Services Award

Student is an enrolled member of an Indian Tribe, recipient must have demonstrated through exemplary work in deed concern for the victims of societies' inequities. A member of the law school Indian faculty must be included in the student selection process. Award is for a 3L if no qualified candidate, see Asst. Dean for Advancement.
Sponsored by the Anderson Fund

Honorable Pete Domenici Award for Environmental Excellence, endowed by Paul Bohannon

Recognizes excellence in Environmental Law
Sponsored by Paul Bohannon

Hugh B. Muir Award

Recognizes excellence in Tax Law
Sponsored in part by Stephen Richard Nelson, NM Tax Research Institute, Emeritus Professor Ted Occhialino, Emeritus Professor Robert Schwartz and the State Bar of New Mexico

Immigration Advocacy Award

Recognizes a student who, through law school courses and/ or activities, has demonstrated a passion and commitment to serve the immigrant population

Irwin Stern Moise Award in Legal and Judicial Ethics

Recognizes a third-year student deemed most deserving on the basis of demonstrated scholarship, interest, and activity in the fields of legal and judicial ethics
Sponsored by Steven K. Moise

Jerrold L. Walden Memorial Award

Recognizes a student who has evidenced the qualities of heart that distinguished Professor Walden
Sponsored by Thomas and Evonne Olson

Judge Oliver Seth Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Recognizes a student for excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Sponsored by Jean Seth

Judge Oliver Seth Award in Ethics

Recognizes a student for excellence in the area of legal ethics
Sponsored by Jean Seth

Law Offices of Lynda Latta Award for Excellence in Family Law Advocacy

Recognizes excellence in Family Law Advocacy
Sponsored by Law Offices of Lynda Latta, LLC

Lewis R. Sutin Award

This award is presented to an outstanding student in either Trial or Appellate Advocacy.
Sponsored by The Honorable Jonathan B. Sutin

LexisNexis Awards

Acknowledge outstanding contributions to scholarship by the top three ranked members of the third-year class
Sponsored by LexisNexis

Margaret Keiper Dailey Award

Given in recognition of awareness of social problems, concern for people in trouble and professional dedication to equal justice for all
Sponsored by The Honorable Marybelle Dailey Mueller

Mary Beth & W. Richard West, Jr. Award for Excellence in Indian Law

Graduating 3L who is an American Indian. Must be a Native and demonstrated excellence in Indian Law. Award goes to one student per year. If there is not a single American Indian 3L who meets the criteria, it may be split between two 3L American Indian students. If there are no American Indian 3L’s award may go to a non American Indian 3L with donor approval. No Criteria requiring Indian Law Faculty approval, award selected by committee.
Sponsored by Mary Beth and W. Richard West, Jr.

Michael Browde Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law

Nominees must have displayed excellence in the area of Constitutional Law during law school.
Sponsored by Emeritus Professor Ted Occhialino

National Association of Women Lawyers' Award

Presented to a third-year student for academic achievement, interest, and contribution to the advancement of women in society
Sponsored by the National Association of Women Lawyers

Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program Award

Presented to a student for outstanding service and commitment to the natural resources and environmental law program

Sheehan & Sheehan Pursuit of Excellence Award

Recognizes a student for pursuit of excellence
Sponsored by Sheehan & Sheehan, P.A.

Thomson West Group Award for Domestic Relations Law

Recognizes a student for demonstrated excellence and interest in Domestic Relations Law
Sponsored by the Thomson West Group

Tom & Ruth Montoya Award

Recognizes the third year student whose hard work and dedication resulted in the highest 3 year academic improvement.
Tom & Ruth Montoya

Tort Scholar Award

Recognizes a student who has demonstrated interest and proficiency in Tort Law
Sponsored by an Anonymous Donor

West Academic Award

Outstanding contribution to scholarship by a member of the third-year class
Sponsored by West Academic