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Friday, October 19, 2018
6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Dinner & Awards Ceremony
UNM Student Union Ballrooms

2018 Honorees

Chavez

Justice Edward L. Chavez (Ret.)
UNM School of Law Class of 1981

Marron

Jill L. Marron
UNM School of Law Class of 1984

Scholl

Steve Scholl
UNM School of Law Class of 1989


Alumni Promise Award

The Alumni Promise Award was established in 2017 and honors a recent UNM Law School graduate who has contributed innovative or substantial service to the Law School, its students, or its community.

Brooks

Aja N. Brooks
UNM School of Law Class of 2008


Proceeds from the Distinguished Achievement Awards Dinner help fund the Law Alumni Association's programming and full-tuition merit scholarships at the Law School.

The Law Alumni/ae Association has been counseled to not honor judges currently presiding on the bench due to the awards ceremony being a fundraiser.

Watch the 2017 honorees' tribute video


Distinguished Achievement Award Criteria

NEW! Alumni Promise Award Criteria

Your Impact

Taylor Watrous Lueras, Class of 2012

The Alumni Merit Scholarship was extremely important to me. It was a factor in my decision to stay in New Mexico, attend law school here, and become a New Mexico lawyer. As a recipient of the scholarship, I realized that I had the support of the entire legal community of New Mexico, and it motivated me to work even harder in law school. The Scholarship afforded me so many important opportunities, and I am thrilled to be able to give back to New Mexico and the UNM School of Law as an alumna.

Taylor Watrous Lueras Class of 2012
Noell Sauer, 3rd Year Student

The Law Alumni/ae Association full-tuition scholarship is life changing in so many ways. For me I think it is particularly humbling and motivating to know that there are people out there who support my goals, so much so that they are willing to finance my legal education. This scholarship removes a significant burden off of me as a student and allows me to focus my time and energy on becoming the best lawyer I can be. The confidence this scholarship inspires is truly incredible and I could not be more grateful for the support.

Noell Sauer 3rd Year Student
Emma O'Sullivan, 3rd Year Law Student

When I applied to law school, I never thought that I would get in, let alone receive a scholarship. Besides giving me and my family the financial support I needed to be able to attend law school, the Scholarship gave me the important message that I was "law school material," and really deserved to be here. Attending UNM School of Law has changed my life and given me amazing opportunities, and I'm really excited about the directions my career path is already taking. Words are inadequate to describe the feeling of gratitude I have that the Alumni Board decided to take a chance on me, and gave me the opportunity to become a part of this community.

Emma O'Sullivan Class of 2016

History

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, 72 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.

Past Awardees

1993
Paul Robinson (`50)
Honorable Santiago Campos (`53)
Ruth C. Streeter (`53)

1994
Franklin Jones (`56)
Professor Henry Weihofen
Honorable Mary C. Walters (`62)
Haskell Rosebrough (`51)

1995
Honorable Dan Sosa, Jr. (`51)
John D. Robb, Jr.
William E. Bondurant, Jr.
Raymond W. Schowers (`73) (posthumously)

1996
Professor Albert Utton
Felix Briones (`57)

1997
Honorable E. L. Mechem
Honorable Joe Wood (`50)
D. Russell Moore (`57)

1998
Gene Gallegos (`60)
Honorable Richard Ransom
U.S. Representative Steve Schiff (`72) (posthumously)

1999
Honorable Howard Bratton
Kevin Gover (`81)
Professor Fred Hart

2000
Sarah Bradley (`72)
Arturo Jaramillo
William Snead (`61)

2001
John R. Cooney (`65)
Raymond G. Sanchez (`67)
Anne B. Thomas (`83)

2003
Professor Robert J. Desiderio
Nancy Hollander (`78)
Luis G. Stelzner

2004
Ranne D. Miller (`67)
Maureen A. Sanders (`79)
Associate Dean Peter A. Winograd

2005
Richard L. Gerding (`64)
Honorable Tommy E. Jewell (`79)
Professor Ruth L. Kovnat

2006
Arthur O. Beach (`70)
Pat R. Bryan, III (`74)
John E. Echohawk (`70)
Toby Grossman (`68) (posthumously)

2007
Professor Michael B. Browde
Randi M. McGinn (`80)
Andrew G. Schultz (`84)
Walter K. Martinez (`55) (posthumously)

2008
William H. Carpenter (`66)
Honorable Pamela B. Minzner (posthumously)
Gary O. O`Dowd (`65)

2009
Professor William T. McPherson, Jr. (`66)
Paula Tackett (`77)
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (`77)

2011
Catherine Goldberg ('75)
Peter Mallery ('68)
Professor Emeritus and former Dean Leo M. Romero

2012
Professor Anne Bingaman
Richard Civerolo (`50)
Professor and former Dean Ted Parnall (`67, January)
Wendy York (`82)

2013
Peter Johnstone ('74) (posthumous award)
Ted Occhialino, Professor Emeritus
Patricia Madrid ('73)
Norman Thayer, ('60)

2014
William Marchiondo ('52)
Edward Ricco ('80)
Jacquelyn Robins ('74)
Joan Hart, Lifetime Service Award

2015
The Hon. Elizabeth Whitefield ('77)
Prof. Emeritus Richard Gonzales
Briggs Cheney ('73)

2016
The Hon. Lorenzo F. Garcia ('73)
Joseph Goldberg
Tim Sheehan

2017
Shammara H. Henderson (Alumni Promise Award)
Professor Barbara E. Bergman
The Hon. Michael D. Bustamante ('74)
Professor James W. Ellis

DAAD Committee Members

Robert Lucero, Chair
Samantha Adams
Morris Chavez

Agnes Fuentevilla Padilla
Justin Goodman
Bradford Zeikus

Taylor Lueras
David Martinez
Sheryl Saavedra

Andy Schultz
David Stout

Nominations for the 2018 awards have closed. If you would like to nominate someone for the 2019 awards, please complete the form below.