Graduating Students Receive Top Awards and Recognition

The following students received awards and recognition during the Senior Dinner on May 9, 2012 and the commencement ceremony on May 12, 2012.

Melanie Bruchet, president of Project Equality, received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding public service to the community and the Law School.

Craig Cooper received the State Bar of Georgia Tax Award for being the most outstanding graduating student in the area of Tax Law.

Ronald Daniels received the Workers’ Compensation Award for best performance in workers’ compensation.

Andrea Flandry received the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers Award for being the outstanding female law student who has demonstrated concern for helping others and has provided great service to the community while studying law.

Maggie Hinchey received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award in recognition of her outstanding work in the trial practice course and her overall ability in trial advocacy.

Beth Howard, president of Legal Aid Volunteer Assocation, received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding public service to the community and the Law School.

Ronald Hulsey received the Guerry R. Moore Insurance Award for exceling in the study of Insurance Law. The Atlanta law firm of Swift, Currie, McGhee and Hiers, in honor of Mr. Moore, a 1969 Mercer Law School graduate, gives this award.

Brettanie Layson received the James C. Rehberg Award for exemplifying professionalism and expertise in the area of Real Estate Law. This award was established by the Attorney’s Title Guaranty Fund in honor of James C. Rehberg, who served with great distinction on our faculty.

Andrea Moss received the Custer-Tuggle Award of Excellence in Family Law, given by the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. This award recognizes the student who displays outstanding skills in domestic relations law.

Joseph Orenstein received the Outstanding Senior Faculty Award in recognition of displaying significant academic and leadership qualities.

Rachael Pas received the American Bar Association-Bureau of National Affairs Labor Law Award for excellence in the study of Labor Law.

Billie Pritchard received the Nadler Award in recognition of her leadership and service to Mercer Law Review.

Ashley Pruitt received the Ruth T. West Award for Advocacy and Leadership in recognition of her great contributions to the Law School as president of BLSA and her many hours devoted to service of the Law School.

Justin Purvis received the Walker P. Johnson, Jr., Memorial Award for his excellence in litigation skills and keen sense of professionalism and ethics as a student.

William Richardson received the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence for superior proficiency in the study of Bankruptcy Law and dedication to improving the Bankruptcy laws and the Bankruptcy Bar.

Matthew Shoemaker received the James C. Estes Moot Court Award for his excellent performance in Moot Court Competitions. He and his teammate won the Wechsler National Criminal Law Competition in Buffalo, New York. He also participated in the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition where his team brought home one of the best brief awards.

Dodson Strawbridge, president of the Federalist Society, received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding public service to the community and the Law School.

Jennifer Terry received the National Association of Women Lawyers Award for her academic achievement, motivation, tenacity, drive, and for showing promise to contribute in the future to the advancement of women in society.

Lara Todd received the American Law Institute American Bar Association Scholarship and Leadership Award for best representing a combination of scholarship and leadership, the qualities embodied by the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association.

LaToya Williams, chair of the Student Bar Association Community Service Committee, received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding public service to the community and the Law School.