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In 1993, University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni/ae board members began a tradition of honoring people who have served the legal community in a significant way at an annual dinner and awards ceremony. The purpose of the Distinguished Achievement Awards Dinner is to celebrate notable accomplishments and dedicated service by lawyers and others in the legal community to the UNM School of Law, the New Mexico legal community and the greater community inside and outside of New Mexico.
Since the dinner started, 62 honorees, more than 7,000 attendees and hundreds of sponsors have participated in the event. The dinner has raised over $500,000 for law school programming, including the Alumni Association scholarships, the Law School's only merit-based full-tuition scholarships presented to incoming law students.
Thank you for helping us honor members of the law school and legal community, and for helping us support our alma mater.
Since 1993, the School of Law Alumni/ae Association has sponsored 19 dinners with the following awardees:
1993 - Paul Robinson (`50)
1994 - Franklin Jones (`56)
1995 - Honorable Dan Sosa, Jr. (`51)
1996 - Professor Albert Utton
1997 - Honorable E. L. Mechem
1998 - Gene Gallegos (`60)
1999 - Honorable Howard Bratton
2000 – Sarah Bradley (`72)
2001 – John R. Cooney (`65)
2003 - Professor Robert J. Desiderio
2004 – Ranne D. Miller (`67)
2005 – Richard L. Gerding (`64)
2006 – Arthur O. Beach (`70)
2007 – Professor Michael B. Browde
2008 - William H. Carpenter (`66)
2009 – Professor William T. McPherson, Jr. (`66)
2011 - Catherine Goldberg ('75)
2012 - Professor Anne Bingaman
2013 - Peter Johnstone ('74) (posthumous award)