For Immediate Release:  May 26, 2010
2010, 05, 26

Hofstra Law Recognizes Student Achievements at 2010 Graduation Awards Ceremony

Hofstra Law Recognizes Student Achievements at 2010 Graduation Awards Ceremony

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Kristen McMahon
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Hofstra Law
Phone: 516.463.4252

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law School held its annual Graduation Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 16, 2010. Administrators, faculty members, friends and families joined Hofstra Law graduates at the University Club to honor their outstanding achievements as law school students.

The following 2010 graduation awards were presented before the Hofstra Law commencement:

Herman Hillman Memorial Scholarship - Dana Vassallo

Property Law Award - Shawn Hough and Rachel Sampers

Estate Planning Law Award - Steven Guerra, Tracie Knapp, Todd Schwartz and Joseph Shanahan

The Benjamin Weintraub and Alan Resnick Bankruptcy Law Award - Brenda Giuliano and Rachael Ringer

Bankruptcy Law Award - Brenda Giuliano, Rachael Ringer and Nicole Wright

Corporate and Securities Law Award - Robert Bucella and Jennifer Riley

Commercial Law Award - Michael Maher

Family Law Award - Mary Harvey and Ashley Lane

The Stephanie E. Kupferman Juvenile Justice Endowed Scholarship - Sasha Minton and Randi O'Donnell

Environmental and Natural Resources Law Award - Brian Bradley

Judge Hubert L. Will Social Justice Award - Michael Blumer, Arturo Castro and Matthew Gorden

Procedural Law Award - Heidi Gootnick

Clinical Program Award - Janine Campanaro (Child Advocacy), Sarah Lauterbach (Community & Economic Development), Rebecca Abensur (Criminal Justice), David Shumate (Law Reform Advocacy), Christopher Rogers (Mediation), Lisa Fortin (Political Asylum) and Moshe Singer (Securities Arbitration)

Leon Stern Award of the Criminal Courts Bar of Nassau County - Rebecca Abensur

Monroe H. Freedman Excellence in Criminal Justice Award - Leah Saxtein

Criminal Law Award - Timothy Burroughs

The Judge Edward Hart Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Trial Advocacy - Constantine Coritsidis, Catherine Fiorentino and Michael Park

Deborah Sloyer Memorial Scholarship in Trial Advocacy - Timothy Burroughs, Constantine Coritsidis and Brian Klein

Advocacy and Litigation Award - Timothy Burroughs and Sara Krieger

D. Carl Lustig III Award for Outstanding Performance in Tort Law - Rachael Ringer

Torts Law Award - Joseph Ciaccio and Matthew Hereth

Health Law Award - Maggie Emma

Constitutional Law Award - Timothy Burroughs

Intellectual Property Law Award - Jillian Markowitz and Robert Ribis

Labor and Employment Law Award - John Leschak

Tax Law Award - Tracie Knapp

International Law Award -Adrian Button and Meggan Johnson

Government Law Award - Patrick Paschall

Hofstra Law Review Alumni Writing Award -Timothy Burroughs

Pro Bono Program Certificates:
Gold - Court Cousins, Nicholas Gaus, Yolanda Guerra, Evan Michael Hess, Marina Kritikos, Kate Ladyzhensky, Ashley Lane, Amy Latuga, Michael Park, Aneeba Rehman and Steven Smith

Silver - Allison Dersch, Kevin Kay, Jade Preshia, Debra Sapir, Sue-Ann Stevens, John Tsiforas and Roya Vasseghi

Bronze - Paul Edelson, Christina Gaudio, Tracie Knapp, Ashley Lorance, Allison Madwatkins, Kera Murphy, Julie Schaul and Moshe Singer

Pro Bono Leadership Award - Tracie Knapp, Ashley Lorance, Julie Schaul and Roya Vasseghi

Pro Bono Service Award of Excellence - Evan Michael Hess

Third-Year Scholastic Achievement Award - Adrian Button

The William Eric Goldberg Scholarship - Sarah Crabtree and Ashley Wyzan

Gina Maria Escarce Memorial Award - Jonathan Messina

Distinguished Service to the School Award - James Lewis

Outstanding Law Student Award - Tracie Knapp

Maurice A. Deane Award - Lisa Fortin

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The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is located 40 minutes from New York City in suburban Long Island. Hofstra Law is home to nearly 850 students, an alumni base of more than 10,600 members and a distinguished faculty of more than 50 professors, including many scholars recognized as national and international experts in their field. The law school is part of Hofstra University and is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.

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