The Honors and Awards Ceremony, the first of several events to celebrate the Class of 2014 at the University of New Mexico School of Law, was held on Friday, May 16. Honors and Awards recognizes outstanding academic achievement and significant contributions to the Law School community through awards generously sponsored by faculty, alumni and donors.
Dean David J. Herring welcomed the audience. "I know that the families and friends of the honorees are well aware of how much hard work these students have done in the past three years and I'm sure you all will join me in saluting them," he said. "These awards are possible because a generous group of donors have chosen to honor our students' achievements and we especially want to acknowledge their support."
Professor Carol Suzuki (center) with Jessica Candelaria, who received the ABA/BNA Award Recognizing Excellence in Health Law, and Kylie D. Cook, who received the Health Law Scholar Award.
Dozens of family and friends joined the Law School faculty and staff to celebrate the achievements of the graduates. Faculty shared memories of the distinguished current and former faculty, judges, alumni and members of the law school community for which the awards are named as well as words of praise for the students who received the awards.
The Student Bar Association provided levity for the occasion, with Thomas (Ty) Woods serving as emcee and bestowing several humorous awards to faculty and students.
Surprise entertainment was provided by Law faculty George Bach, Kevin Tu, and Alex Ritchie, followed by Woods, who each lip-synched and danced to pop songs.