Awards and Prizes

Student Awards

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

ABA/BNA Award-Employment & Labor Law

Recognizes excellence in the study of Employment & Labor Law
Sponsored by the American Bar Association and Bloomberg BNA

Award for Excellence in International Law and Comparative Law

Recognizes excellence in International Law
Sponsored by Professor Jenny Moore

ALI-CLE Award

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

ABA/BNA Award in Intellectual Property

Recognizes excellence in the study of Intellectual Property Law
Sponsored by the American Bar Association and Bloomberg BNA

Judge Oliver Seth Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

Albert E. Utton Natural Resources Law Award

Recognizes a student who has shown excellence and interest in Natural Resources Law
Sponsored by Mary Utton & others

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

Recognizes excellence in Environmental Law
Sponsored by Paul Bohannon

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.

Atkinson & Kelsey Award for Excellence in Family Law

Recognizes excellence in Family Law
Sponsored by Atkinson & Kelsey, 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

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

National Association of Women Lawyers' Award

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

Irwin Stern Moise Award in Legal and Judicial Ethics

Recognizes a student who has demonstrated excellence in scholarship, interest, and activity in the fields of legal and judicial ethics
Sponsored by Steven K. Moise

Judge Oliver Seth Award in Ethics

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

Peter M. Romero Creative Spirit Award

Recognizes a student who has demonstrated capacity in the creative arts (as an artist, actor, filmmaker, musician or similar activity) before coming to law school and has shown a commitment to service activities while in law school
Sponsored by Professor Sherri Burr

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

Faculty Award

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

West Book Award

Recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement
Sponsored by Thomson Reuters

Dawinder S. Sidhu Award

Recognizes a student who demonstrates a commitment to enhancing civics education in traditionally underserved communities
Sponsored by Professor Dawinder S. Sidhu

Lewis R. Sutin Award

Presented to an outstanding student in either Trial or Appellate Advocacy
Sponsored by The Honorable Jonathan B. Sutin

A. H. McLeod Prize

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

Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award

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

Honors in Clinical Law

Recognizes outstanding performance in the clinical program

Jackie Rashleger Award

Recognizes outstanding performance in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic

Margaret Keiper Dailey Award

Recognizes a student who demonstrates awareness of social problems, concern for people in trouble and professional dedication to equal justice for all
Sponsored by The Honorable Marybelle Dailey Mueller

Michael Browde Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law

Recognizes a student who has displayed excellence in the area of Constitutional Law
Sponsored by Emeritus Professor Ted Occhialino

American Bankruptcy Institute Medal

Recognizes a student for excellence in Bankruptcy Law
Sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute

Frederick M. Hart Award

Honors a student who has shown excellence in Commercial Law
Sponsored by Emeritus Professor Robert Desiderio

Felix Briones Award in Ethical Integrity in Business Law

Recognizes a 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

Corporate & Business Law Award

Recognizes a student for excellence in Corporation and Business Law
Sponsored by the UNM School of Law Business Law Faculty

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

ABA/BNA Award- Health Law

Recognizes excellence in the study of Health Law
Sponsored by American Bar Association and Bloomberg BNA

Health Law Scholar Award

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

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

Recognizes a Native American student who has shown excellence in and commitment to the area of Indian law
Sponsored by Mary Beth and W. Richard West, Jr.

Henry Kent Anderson Human Services Award

Recognizes a student who is an enrolled member of an American Indian tribe who has demonstrated, through exemplary work and deed, a concern for the victims of societies' inequities
Sponsored by the Anderson Fund

Tort Scholar Award

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

Sheehan & Sheehan Pursuit of Excellence Award

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

LexisNexis Awards

Acknowledges outstanding academic achievement by the three top ranked members of the graduating class
Sponsored by LexisNexis

Dean's Awards

Honors students for outstanding contributions to the law school community

Salazar Prize

Awarded annually to the UNM Law student with the highest cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the second year of law school.
Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. John P. Salazar, Esq., in memory of the Honorable Tibo J. Chavez.

Justice Pamela B. Minzner Award for Professionalism and Ethics

Awarded annually to a UNM Law student entering the final year of law school who demonstrates need and an interest in professionalism and legal ethics.
Established to honor the memory of Justice Pamela B. Minzner

Daniels Diploma

Awarded to the student who, by scholarship, conduct and character, has demonstrated evidence of the greatest promise upon graduation. Will generally be awarded to the student who graduates as the top ranking student in his or her class over their three consecutive years of legal studies at the UNM School of Law

Helen Carter Writing Prize

Don G. McCormick Endowed Writing Prize

Raymond W. Schowers Writing Prize