Commencement: Prize Day

Prize Day is a celebration of students who receive awards for academic excellence, pro bono service, service to the Law School and outstanding achievement in a field of law. All graduating students are considered for the awards. Prizes are awarded to the students who embody the intent of the donor and the spirit of the award.

Allstate Foundation Scholarship

This prize is awarded to a second-year student for outstanding scholarly achievement in first-year Contracts and Torts.

American Bankruptcy Institute Medal

This prize is awarded to the student with the highest academic achievement in Bankruptcy. 

American Bar Association Section of Urban, State and Local Government Law Prize

This award is presented annually to two graduating law students excelling in the study of the law of land use and local government.

American Law Institute (ALI) Continuing Legal Education Scholarship and Leadership Award

This award is presented to the graduating law student who best represents a combination of scholarship and leadership, the qualities embodied by the American Law Institute.

Aspen Law and Business Award

A book award is presented to the students receiving the highest grade in each section of Evidence and in each section of Trusts and Estates.

The Honorable Herbert Barall Family Law Award

This award was established by friends, family law practitioners, members of the Hartford County Bar, and the Hartford County Bar Association in honor of The Honorable Herbert Barall. It is given annually to a graduating law student who has excelled in the academic study of family law and has shown a commitment to family law by volunteer work in programs or projects that address domestic violence, the impact of divorce on families and children or structural problems of family courts.

The Honorable M. Joseph Blumenfeld Prize

Friends of United States District Court Judge M. Joseph Blumenfeld established a fund with The University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. in 1975 to make an annual award to students at the Law School who, in the opinion of the dean, have rendered outstanding service as advocates on behalf of clients while participating in one of the clinical programs of the School.

Elihu Burritt Prize

This prize is awarded to the student with the highest academic average achieved at a semester abroad program sponsored by the Law School.

CATIC Foundation Prize in Real Property

The Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company (CATIC) Foundation prize in real property is given to second- or third-year law students designated by the dean, upon recommendation of the Real Property Law faculty, for outstanding work in the area of real property law.

Clark-Janis

In 2006, the Clark-Janis International Scholar Prize was established by Professor Mark Janis and his wife, Janet Janis, in honor of their parents, Martha and Allan Clark, and June and Henry Janis. This prize is awarded to a foreign student enrolled at the Law School, with preference given to a student in the U.S. Legal Studies LL.M. program, for superior academic achievement.

Clinical Legal Education Association Certificate of Recognition

The Clinical Legal Education Association awards this certificate to a student, nominated by clinical faculty, for outstanding performance in a clinical program.

Ralph Colucci Award

This award was established in 1990 by the Hartford County Bar Association’s Family Law Committee to honor Robert Colucci for his dedication to his work as family relations director for the Hartford Judicial District and chief mediator in the Family Relations Session of the Hartford Superior Court. The award was named in memory of Mr. Ralph Colucci, Robert’s father, who passed away that same year. The fund provides an annual award to a student for outstanding achievement in a course related to the arts and the law or copyright law.

Connecticut Bar Association Labor and Employment Award

The Connecticut Bar Association gives this award to a student for outstanding achievement in the field of labor and employment law.

Connecticut Bar Association Real Property Section Memorial Prize

The Connecticut Bar Association gives an award annually to the students who, in the joint opinion of the faculty of the School and the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section of the CBA, have contributed substantially to the legal writing and/or other professional endeavors of the developments of a sound body of law in the field of Real Property.

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Prize

An award is given to the student who, in the judgment of the faculty, has written the best paper addressing a problem in municipal law or another aspect of municipal government or, having completed an internship or service project in municipal government in Connecticut, demonstrates the greatest contribution to excellence in local government.

Connecticut Judges’ Association Awards

The Connecticut Judges’ Association established an endowed fund to support a prize in memory of Connecticut judges who have passed away in the past twelve months. This prize recognizes a student who shows a commitment to academic excellence and the pursuit of justice in the spirit of the Connecticut judiciary.

Connecticut Law Review Award

The Connecticut Law Review gives an award to the student who has published the best case note or comment in the most recently completed volume of the Connecticut Law Review.

Aaron and Sandra Gersten Public Interest Internship

The Aaron and Sandra Gersten Public Interest Law Internship provides a summer stipend to a student working in a public interest law organization.

Muriel and David Hinkle ’76 Entrepreneur Prize

Muriel and David Hinkle ’76 endowed a fund in 2000 to assist J.D. students seeking to develop a business during their tenure in Law School, with preference for an evening division student. The Hinkles started their own successful company, Sonalysts, while David was enrolled in the evening division.

Milton W. Horwitz Memorial Prize

In 1983, the law firm of Hoberman, Pollack & Roseman established an endowment fund with The University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. in memory of its late counsel, Milton Horwitz. Income from the fund is awarded each year to the first year student who has excelled in Torts while demonstrating a dedication to the highest standards of morality and integrity of the profession.

The Insurance Law Center J.D. Prize

The Insurance Law Center J.D. Prize is awarded to a graduating student who has excelled in course work related to insurance law or has rendered outstanding service to the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal.

The Insurance Law Center LL.M. Prize

The Insurance Center LL.M. prize is awarded to the student receiving the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) in insurance law who, in the judgment of the faculty, best exemplifies the Law School’s commitment to the distinguished scholarship in the field of insurance law and to dedicated service to the community.

Olimpiad Ioffe Prize

In 2005, friends of Professor Olimpiad Ioffe established a fund to provide an annual award to the graduating student who has excelled in the study of Comparative Law or Eastern European Law.

Fleming James, Jr. Award

In 1981, friends and colleagues of the late Professor Fleming James, Jr. at the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations established an endowment fund with The University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. The Award is given annually to an upper-level student who has excelled in the study of labor law.

Lexis Nexis Publishing Award

An award of a selected publication is given annually to three students: one award for achievement and improvement in their second or third year and two awards for evening division students in the first and second year with the highest GPA.

Aaron Nassau Award

In 1984, on the occasion of Professor Aaron Nassau’s 80th birthday, a fund was established by Flora D. Nassau with the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. to provide an annual award to a student who demonstrates exemplary achievement/proficiency in the first year of Property course.

National Association of Women Lawyers Award

Each year the National Association of Women Lawyers makes an award to an outstanding law graduate who best fits the following criteria: has shown academic achievement, motivation, tenacity and drive and shows promise to contribute to the future to the advancement of women in society.

The David H. Neiditz Professional Writing Award

An award given annually to the law student or students with the best written appellate brief entered into intra-scholastic or interscholastic Moot Court competition. Winners are selected by Professor Tim Everett and Attorney Steven D. Ecker of Cowdery, Ecker, & Murphy, LLC.

New Haven County Bar Foundation Book Award

In 2005, The New Haven County Bar Foundation established an annual book and cash award for a third year law student who has made outstanding contributions to the legal community by participation in the wider community through public service.

Joseph F. Noonan Memorial Award

Family and friends of Joseph F. Noonan ’48 established a fund with The University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. in his memory. An annual award is given to the student, selected by the Dean, who combines outstanding legal scholarship with a commitment to public service.

Nina E. Olson and Janet Spragens LITC Award

This award is given to recognize Tax Clinic students who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and excellence in representing Connecticut low-income taxpayers.

Helen Z. Pearl ’78 Internship in Feminist Law

The Helen Z. Pearl ’78 Internship in Feminist Law was established in 1995 for the purpose of providing a stipend for a student working at an organization providing support of the legal status of women.

Morris Pomp Tax Prize

The Morris Pomp Tax Prize was established by Professor Richard Pomp to honor his father, Morris Pomp. This prize is awarded to a student enrolled in the tax certificate program who has the highest grade point average in tax coursework.

Alvin Pudlin Memorial First Amendment Award

This award was established in 1996 by friends of Alvin Pudlin, a leading First Amendment lawyer and resident of New Britain, to advance the understanding and appreciation of the rights secured by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

Judge Robert Satter Prize

The Judge Robert Satter Prize is awarded to a student(s) for an article, brief, draft statute or other piece of legal prose which is notably clear, cogent and free of jargon in the field of Legislative Process, a course taught for many years by Judge Satter.

Cornelius J. Scanlon Loan Repayment Assistance Program

This award goes to an outstanding alum who in the most recent graduating class reported public interest employment.

George and Lorraine Schatzki Award

In 1990, on the occasion of George Schatzki’s retirement as dean, Aaron and Sandra Gersten established through The University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. an annual award in honor of George and Lorraine Schatzki’s many years of service to the School. The award is made, regardless of need, to a second or third year student, selected by the Dean, who has rendered outstanding services to the School.

Thomas J. Staley ’60 Prize

The Thomas J. Staley prize, established in 2014, annually gives an award to the student who has distinguished himself or herself in the study of labor law.

William F. Starr Fellowship Award

The William F. Starr Fellowship Fund, established in 1961 by the Honorable Evangeline Starr, graduates, and friends of the late Professor William F. Starr, annually gives an award to the student in last year’s graduating class with the highest grade point average.

William F. Starr First Year Award

The William F. Starr Fellowship Fund, established in 1961 by the honorable Evangeline Starr, graduates, and friends of the late Professor William F. Starr, annually gives an award to the students who achieved the highest grade point average at the end of their first year in the day and evening divisions.

Thomson Reuters Awards

This award is presented to two students who, during their second year, excelled in the study of Administrative Law and Health Law, respectively.

Professor Terry J. Tondro Student Prize

The purpose of the Fund is to grant the Professor Terry J. Tondro Student Prize to a student at the University of Connecticut School of Law chosen each year by the faculty for excellence in the study of land use, historic preservation, affordable housing or urban revitalization. The winning student will be chosen on the basis of an excellent paper and/or signification practical work in one or more of these fields.

UConn Law Pro Bono Award

This award is given to a third year student who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to pro bono work that benefits persons of limited means.

The University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association, Inc. Awards

Thomas F. Gallivan, Jr. Memorial Prize: An award, established in honor of Attorney Thomas F. Gallivan, Jr., lecturer in law at the School from 1946 to 1982, is presented annually to a student for outstanding scholastic achievement in Property.

Edward L. Stephenson Memorial Prize: An award, established in honor of Edward L. Stephenson, Professor of Law at the School from 1946 to 1971, is presented annually to a student for outstanding scholastic achievement in Civil Procedure.

The University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. Awards

The University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. annually gives two awards to graduating seniors; one for exceptional achievement in scholarship and one for outstanding service to the School.

The University of Connecticut School of Law International Award

This award is given to international students receiving the degree of Master of Laws in United States Legal Studies who best exemplify the Law School’s commitment to distinguished scholarship in international studies and dedicated service to the community.

Cornelius W. Wickersham, Jr. Award

An engraved silver letter opener is awarded by the Federal Bar Council to the student who demonstrates exemplary achievement/proficiency in Constitutional Law.

Women Law Students’ Association Award

An award, created by the Women Law Students’ Association, to honor and support a University of Connecticut law student who is using legal skills to serve the community by promoting the interest of women.