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Hofstra Law Celebrates Student Achievements at 2016 Graduation Awards Ceremony

Photo of student award winners, Teacher of the Year Miriam R. Albert and Dean Eric Lane seated onstage at the 2016 Graduates Celebration and Awards Ceremony as Student Bar Association President Justin Worth delivers remarks

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law held its annual Graduates Celebration and Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 16, 2016. Administrators, faculty members, friends and families joined Hofstra Law graduates at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University to honor their outstanding achievements as law school students.

Teacher of the Year Miriam R. Albert, professor of skills and faculty advisor for the J.D./M.B.A. Program, delivered remarks, telling the graduates, “You came in as nervous 1Ls and you leave us as capable new lawyers.” Student Bar Association President Justin Worth shared in his remarks, “All that I’ve done for this school, this school has done so much more for me.” And Class Speaker Declan McPherson concluded with an inspirational exhortation: “Remember that the road that led you here was built on faith, fear and family. And it’s that same road that will lead you past every challenge after today.”

The following select 2016 graduation awards were presented at the Graduates Celebration and Awards Ceremony:

Maurice A. Deane Award — Michael Senders

Outstanding Law Student Award — Michael Senders

Distinguished Service to the School Award — Peter Guinnane, Chibogu Nneka Nzekwu and Justin Worth

Third-Year Scholastic Achievement Award — Peter Guinnane, Brianne Richards and Michael Senders

Gina Maria Escarce Memorial Scholarship — John Konz, Royce Liu and Leron Solomon

The William Eric Goldberg Endowed Memorial Scholarship — Emmanuel Bello, Tyler Margolis and Amanda Ward

The Honorable David A. Paterson Graduation Award in Public Service — Declan McPherson, Laisa Pertet and Ivy Waisbord

Pro Bono Service Award of Excellence — Dana Dohn, Devin Millbower and Felicia Winder

Pro Bono Leadership Award — Thomas Manzi and Jamie Reeves

Hofstra Law Review Alumni Writing Award — Jeremy Schara

Marvin Gutter ’76 Graduate Award in Tax Law — Amanda Ward

Leon Stern Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County Award — Laisa Pertet

Deborah Sloyer Memorial Scholarship in Trial Advocacy — Craig Marinaro and Jeremy Schara

Ruskin Moscou Faltischek Endowed Award for Outstanding Appellate Advocacy — Nicole Della Ragione

New York City Trial Lawyers Alliance Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy — Lauren Reilly, Kyle Schiedo and Helene Weiss

Judge Edward Hart Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Trial Advocacy — Carissa Danesi, Brianne Richards and Felicia Winder

Stephanie E. Kupferman Juvenile Justice Endowed Scholarship — Felicia Winder

Benjamin Weintraub and Alan N. Resnick Bankruptcy Law Award — Andrew Alfano and Caroline Gange

Herman Hillman Real Estate Award — Michael Senders and Thomas Wolinetz

View the full list of award recipients (PDF).