UMass Law Graduation Awards 2014
May 22, 2014
The law school’s graduation awards were presented at the commencement ceremony on May 19, 2014, by Dean Mary Lu Bilek.
The Academic Achievement Awards, given to the graduates with the highest cumulative grade point average in each division, were presented to Katherine Butler and Janna Saad.
Kurt Hagstrom received the Adam Pauley Memorial Prize for academic excellence, which was established by Matthew Pauley, a former member of the faculty, in memory of his late father.
Aaron Porras received the St. Thomas More Award.
The Alumni Association Award, given to a graduating student who embodies the spirit of the law school, was given this year to Louis D’Amarino. Mr. D’Amarino, the outgoing president of the Student Bar Association, also received the Student Bar Association Hon. Francis J. Larkin Amicus Award, which is given annually to recognize the recipient’s uncommon dedication and service to his fellow students. Mr. D’Amarino was the student speaker at commencement.
The Thurgood Marshall Social Justice Award, which is given to a graduate who demonstrated a strong commitment to social and economic justice, was awarded to Aramide Akinyele and Tania Curley.
Sarah Long received the Rikki J. Klieman Advocacy in Scholarship Award, given annually to the person selected by the law school faculty as the most extraordinary advocate of the graduating class.
The Delta Theta Phi Fraternity Award was given to Fredi Lam. This award is given annually by the fraternity to the member deemed to have been among its most active and positive contributors.
The Immigration Law Clinic Outstanding Student Award went to Tabitha Kirkwood for her exemplary work in helping immigrants facing deportation.
The Outstanding Community Service Through the Immigration Law Clinic Award was given to Justin Kadich for his work with immigrants in our South Coast community.
The awards for Outstanding Commitment to the Community Development Clinic were given to Emily Karaska and Jason Roberge.
The faculty awards the “Pro Bono Commitment Award” to a graduating student who demonstrates exceptional commitment to pro bono work throughout his or her law school career. The recipient of this year’s award was Patrick Pilette.
Certificates of recognition were also presented to the graduating members of the Law Review Editorial Board and to the Dean’s Fellows, as well as to the recipients of the Servants of Justice and Leaders for Justice awards for their pro bono work.