At the annual Law Alumni Celebration of Achievement, Santa Clara Law honors alumni and members of the law school community with the Alumni Special Achievement Award, the Owens Lawyer of the Year Award, the Amicus Award, the Diversity Award and the Young Alumnus Rising Star Award.

About the Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Special Achievement Award was established by Santa Clara University  School of Law’s Alumni Association to publicly recognize outstanding  achievements of their alumni. Recipients have distinguished themselves in their  profession, community, and in service to humanity. The award is based on a variety of factors, including community service, youth activities, career achievement, community educational involvement, professional and community  honors, business and professional leadership, and education honors and SCU involvement.

Alumni Special Achievement Award Winners

2001 – The Honorable Brien Collins ’70U ‘73 J.D.
2001 – The Honorable Zoe Lofgren ‘75 J.D. ‘99H
2001 – The Honorable Edward Panelli ‘53U ‘55 J.D. ‘86H
2001 – Mr. Arturo Jaramillo ‘75 J.D.
2002 – Mr. Ronald Malone ‘71 J.D. 
2002 – Mr. Leon Panetta ‘60U ‘63 J.D. ’88H
2002 – Mr. Charles Paul ‘75 J.D.
2002 – Ms. Rolanda Pierre-Dixon ‘80 J.D. 
2003 – Ms. Mary Alexander ’82 J.D. ‘03H
2003 – The Honorable Robert Durham ‘72 J.D.
2003 – Mr. Tom Dunlap ‘79 J.D.
2003 – Mr. Albert Ruffo ‘31U ‘36 J.D. 
2004 – The Honorable Phyllis Hamilton ‘76 J.D. ‘08H
2004 – The Honorable Eugene Hyman ‘77 J.D.
2004 – Major General Thomas J. Romig, US Army, retired ‘80 J.D.
2005 – Professor Kyong-Whan “Kenny” Ahn ‘85 J.D.
2005 – The Honorable Eileen Kato ‘80 J.D.
2005 – The Honorable Eugene Premo ‘57U ‘62 J.D.
2005 – Mr. Richard Watters ‘73 J.D.
2006 – Mr. John C. Cruden ‘74 J.D.
2006 – Ms. Naomi Young ‘74 J.D.
2006 – The Honorable James Wright ‘43U ‘49 J.D.
2007 – Mr. Ted Biagini ‘62U ‘64 J.D.
2007 – Mr. William T. Loris ‘68U ‘72 J.D.
2008 – Mr. Salvador Liccardo ‘56U ‘61 J.D.
2008 – Mr. Rodney Moore ‘85 J.D.
2008 – Ms. Catherine Sprinkles ‘73 J.D.
2009 – Mr. W. David P. Carey III ‘81 J.D.
2009 – The Honorable Jean High Wetenkamp ‘76 J.D.
2010 – Ms. Marjorie Cohn ‘75 J.D.
2010 – Mr. Phil Sims ‘71 J.D. 
2013 – Ms. Dorian E. Daley ‘86 J.D.
2014 – Mr. Howard Charney ‘73 MBA, ‘77 J.D.
2015 – Mr. Paul L. ‘Chip’ Lion III J.D. ’82
2016 – J. Casey McGlynn B.S. ’75, J.D. ’78

About the Owens Lawyer of the Year

The Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year, an award given to a distinguished member of the law school community who is devoted to the highest ideals of the profession and has made significant contributions to the University, the community, and the law. First awarded in 1966, the Owens award is named for Edwin J. Owens, a longtime dean of the law school who was later a superior court judge.

Owens Lawyer of the Year Honorees

1966 – The Honorable Edwin J. Owens
1967 – Mr. Harold R. McKinnon ’15 J.D.
1968 – Mr. Albert J. Ruffo ’31U ’36 J.D.
1969 – The Honorable John D. Foley
1970 – Mr. Leon Panetta ’60U ’63 J.D. ’88H
1971 – Mr. Austen D. Warburton ’41 J.D.
1972 – Mr. Michael di Leonardo ’50 J.D.
1972 – The Honorable Wayne M. Kanemoto ’42 J.D.
1973 – Mr. Richard A. McCormick ’36U ’38 J.D.
1974 – Mr. Louis P. Bergna ’44U ’48 J.D.
1975 – Mr. George A. Strong ’55 J.D. ’93H Associate Dean
1976 – Mr. Anthony T. Oliver Jr. ’51U ’53 J.D.
1977 – The Honorable James A. Wright ’43U ’49 J.D.
1978 – The Honorable Noel E. Manoukian ’64L
1979 – The Honorable Peter L. Anello ’40U ’48 J.D.
1980 – The Honorable Jerome A. Smith ’65 J.D.
1981 – The Honorable Marcel B. Poche
1982 – Mr. Edward Panelli ’53U ’55 J.D. ’86H
1983 – Mr. Alan A. Parker ’64 J.D.
1984 – Mr. William E. Glennon ’66 J.D.
1985 – Mr. George J. Alexander Dean Law School 1970-1985
1986 – Mr. Theodore J. Biagini ’62U ’64 J.D.
1987 – The Honorable Brien Collins ’70U ’73 J.D.
1988 – The Honorable Philip H. Pennypacker ’72L
1989 – Ms. Mary B. Emery ’63 Associate Dean
1990 – Dr. Richard L. Rykoff Acting Dean ’85 – ’86
1991 – The Honorable Eugene Premo ’57U ’62 J.D.
1992 – Ms. Catherine Sprinkles ’73 J.D.
1993 – Mr. Michael A. Espy ’78 J.D.
1994 – The Honorable Risë R. Pichon ’73U ’76 J.D.
1995 – The Honorable Zoe Lofgren ’75 J.D. ’99H
1996 – Mr. Frederick M. Gonzalez ’71U ’73B ’77 J.D.
1997 – Professor Gerald F. Uelmen Dean Law School 1986-1994
1998 – Ms. Georgia E. Bacil ’79 J.D.
1999 – Ms. Joan R. Gallo ’75 J.D. 
2000 – The Honorable Jesus Valencia ’82 J.D.
2001 – Mr. Daniel J. Kelly ’69 J.D.
2002 – The Honorable Mary J. Levinger ’73 J.D.
2003 – The Honorable John S. McInerny ’49U ’54 J.D.
2004 – Mr. John R. Williams ’65 J.D.
2005 – Professor Mack A. Player Dean Law School 1994-2003
2006 – Mr. William B. Clayton Jr. ’71 U ’74 J.D.
2007 – The Honorable Raymond J. Davilla, Jr. ’62U ’72 J.D.
2008 – Fr. Paul J. Goda, S.J.
2009 – Mr. Ronald J. Malone ’71 J.D.
2010 – Mr. Gordon Yamate ’80 J.D.
2013 – Professor Robert W. Peterson
2014 – The Honorable James C. Emerson ’73 J.D.
2015 – Professor Cynthia A. Mertens
2016 – The Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton J.D. ’76

About the Santa Clara Law Amicus Award

The Santa Clara Law Amicus Award was presented for the first time in 2009. The award is given to a true friend of the law school. The recipient is someone who has demonstrated the highest level of leadership in the legal profession and the community, and who has significantly advanced the mission and reputation of Santa Clara Law.

Amicus Award Honorees

2009 – Mr. Larry W. Sonsini ’04H
2010 – The Honorable Ronald Whyte
2013 – Mr. Edwin H. Taylor (1939-2012)
2014 – Mr. Joseph W. Cotchett
2015 – The Honorable Socrates P. Manoukian
2016 – Katharine Alexander

About the Diversity Award

The Santa Clara Law Diversity Award honors an outstanding alumnus or law community member for his or her work in the area of diversity and inclusion. The honor recognizes an individual with a demonstrated long-term commitment to promoting diversity in the profession as well as outstanding personal leadership or groundbreaking achievements in the diversity space.

Diversity Award Honoree

2016 – Allonn E. Levy J.D. ’96

About the Young Alumnus Rising Star Award

The Young Alumni Rising Star Award began in 2013 to recognize a Santa Clara Law graduate who has distinguished him/herself after less than ten years in practice and has demonstrated impact in the community through their service and commitment to the law.

Young Alumnus Rising Star Honoree

2013 – Mr. David J. Tsai ’06 J.D.
2014 – Ms. Karin Frenza Cogbill ’06 J.D.
2015 – Kevin J. Albanese BS ’96, J.D. ’08
2016 – Christopher Boscia J.D. ’08

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