Alumni Awards

To submit a nomination for the 2017 GW Alumni Awards, please fill out the application.

Nominations are due October 14, 2016.


The Jacob Burns Award for Extraordinary Service to The GW Law School

The George Washington Law Alumni Association established the Jacob Burns Awards for Extraordinary Service to The George Washington University Law School to honor Dr. Jacob Burns, a 1925 graduate of the Law School, noted scholar, leader of enterprise, artist, philanthropist, and humanitarian.  As a tribute to Dr. Burns’ legacy of personal commitment to legal education and loyalty to the Law School, the award honors that person who has actively assisted the Law School in its academic and civic mission. 


2016 - Jerome A. Barron, LLM ‘60
2015 - Matthew J. Brief, JD ’80
2014 - Weston D. Burnett, JD ’75, LLM ’83
2013 - Leslie L. Megyeri, JD ’68
2012 - Thomas A. Morrison, LLM ’84
2011 - C. Larry O’Rourke, JD ’71"
2010 - Douglas E. Davidson, JD ’71
2009 - Carol Elder Bruce, JD ’74
2008 - Steven A. Tasher, JD ’73
2007 - Eric S. Sirulnik, LLM ‘70
2006 - Robert V. Stanek, JD ’79
2002 - Dean John S. Jenkins, JD ’61
2000 - G. Franklin Rothwell, JD ’56
1998 - Gary Granoff, JD ’73
1997 - Robert B. Hirsch, LLB ’50
1996 - Jack C. Goldstein, JD ’68
1995 - Jeanette A. Michael, JD ’75
1994 - Clifford A. Dougherty, JD ’64
1993 - Joseph L. Brand, JD ’63
1992 - Anita K. Head
1991 - Teresa M. Schwartz, JD ’71



The J. William Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award

The George Washington Law Alumni Association created the J. William Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award to honor an alumnus/alumna who has performed outstanding public service throughout his/her career.  This award is named after Senator J. William Fulbright, a 1934 graduate of the Law School who exemplified the ideals of public service throughout his career as attorney, professor, university president, United States Representative, United States Senator, citizen, and statesman.


2016 - The Honorable Thomas F. Smegal Jr., JD ‘61
2015 - The Honorable James C. Cacheris, JD ’60
2014 - Senator Harry Reid, JD ‘64
2013 - The Honorable Margaret M. Richardson, JD ’68
2013 - Ike Sorkin, JD ’68
2012 - The Honorable Catherine C. Eagles, JD ’82
2011 - James M. Shannon, JD ’75
2010 - Carmen Milagros Ortiz, JD ’81
2009 - Bill Shore, JD’81
2007 - Isiah “Ike” Leggett, LLM ‘76
2006 - John W. Snow, JD ’67
2002 - Harry Reid, JD ’64
2000 - Ruth Burg, JD ’50
2000 - Randall Rader, JD ’78
1998 - Jim Ramstad, JD ’73
1997 - F. Thomas Schornhorst, JD ’63
1996 - Daniel R. Glickman, JD ’69
1996 - Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, JD ’62
1995 - Hank Brown, LLM ’86
1994 - Joseph F. Baca, JD ’64
1993 - Harry L. Carrico, JD ’42, LLD ’87
1992 - Daniel K. Inouye, JD ’52
1992 - Anatoly A. Sobchak, Mayor of St. Petersburg, Russia
1991 - A. Sherman Christensen, JD ’31 



The GW Law School Distinguished Alumni Award

The George Washington Law Alumni Association created the GW Law School Distinguished Alumni Award to honor a young alumnus/alumna who has graduated within the past 40 years. This alumnus/alumna has led an extraordinary career and showed dedication and commitment to the betterment of the Law School.


2016 - Anastasia Donovan Kelly, JD ‘81
2015 - John Lewis, JD ’90
2014 - Jeffrey Kohn, JD ’84
2013 - Steven Kobre, JD ’93
2012 - Jacob DeLeon, JD ’02 



The GW Law School Stockton Guard Alumni Award

The GW Law School Stockton Guard Alumni Award was established by The George Washington Law Alumni Association to honor an alumnus/alumna who has graduated 40 years ago or more and who has led an extraordinary career since their law school graduation and showed dedication and commitment to the betterment of the Law School.


2016 - The Honorable Steven M. Goldman, JD ‘76
2015 - David Falk, JD ’75
2014 - Heather Foley, JD ’69
2013 - Don Martens, JD ’63



The GW Law School Dean’s Medallion

The GW Law School Dean’s Medallion is the highest honor to be given by the Dean to the Law School’s most distinguished alumni and friends. These honorees have achieved outstanding success in their field and shown the greatest commitment to the improvement of the Law School.

2013 - Thomas Buergenthal, Honorary LLD ’04


The GW Law School Recent Alumni Award

The George Washington Law Alumni Association created The George Washington Law School Recent Alumni Award to honor an alumnus/alumna who graduated within the past 15 years and has made substantial leadership and service contribution to The George Washington Law School and the legal profession.

2016 - Jonathan M. Willingham, JD '06