»Academic Awards and Honors

Mat Susson, 2013 Distinguished Graduate Award RecipientFowler Law students have numerous opportunities to receive recognition for accomplishments achieved during law school. Awards are given for excellence in academics and scholarship, as well as professionalism, advocacy and other areas of note. Students may also choose to pursue one of Fowler's many emphasis programs, providing a prestigious certificate upon completion.

Graduation honors are typically awarded based on recommendations by the Fowler Law dean and faculty. Other awards are determined based on excellence in writing, advocacy, or first year competitions. Certificates are awarded based on completion of stringent program requirements.

+-Graduation Honors, Certificates and Awards

DEAN'S AWARD
Presented annually by the dean to the graduating student whose leadership and service to the law school and its students represent a significant contribution to the development of Chapman University Fowler School of Law.

HONOR SCHOLAR AWARD AND THE CARMELINA DOTI AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Presented annually by the dean and faculty to the graduating student who has achieved the highest grade point average in the graduating class.

DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AWARD
Presented annually by the dean and faculty to the graduating student whose scholarship, ethics and service exemplify the highest ideals of the legal profession.

PROFESSIONALISM AWARD
Presented annually by the dean and faculty to the graduating student who has represented the law school to the legal profession and to the larger community in a distinctively significant manner.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN LAWYERS AWARD
Selected annually by the dean and faculty and presented by the National Association of Women Lawyers to the graduating student who contributes to the advancement of women in society; promotes issues and concerns of women in the legal profession; exhibits motivation, tenacity and enthusiasm; demonstrates academic achievement; and has earned the respect of the dean and faculty of the law school.

NATIONAL ORDER OF SCRIBES AWARD
Presented annually by the American Society of Legal Writers to five (5) graduating student selected by the Faculty who demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism and who are outstanding legal writers.

ALI-ABA (AMERICAN LAW INSTITUTE –AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION) AWARD
Selected annually by the dean and faculty and presented to the graduate who best represents a combination of scholarship and leadership, the qualities embodied by the ALI-ABA parent organizations, the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association.

COMMITMENT TO SERVICE AWARD
Presented annually to graduating students who have completed 50 or more hours of pro bono legal service in non-profit organizations or governmental entities other than courts.

+-Emphasis Certificates

Graduates who successfully complete the prescribed requirements for a Fowler School of Law Emphasis Program will receive an emphasis certificate upon graduating. Certificates show that students have mastered a specific subject matter and may be earned in the following disciplines:

Advocacy and Dispute Resolution

Business Law

Entertainment Law

Environment, Land Use and Real Estate Law

International Law

Tax Law

+-Golden Quill and Golden Gavel Awards

The Golden Quill Award is presented annually to students whose briefs are selected as the "Top Briefs" for the plaintiff and the defendant in the first year students' Legal Research and Writing Competition. The Golden Gavel award is given annually to students who are selected the "Best Oralists" for the plaintiff and the defendant in the first year students' Oral Argument Competition.

RUTAN & TUCKER, LLP GOLDEN QUILL AWARD

  • 2012 Recipients - Top Plaintiff, Andrew Gahan; Top Defendant, Minhquan Nguyen
  • 2011 Recipients
 - Top Plaintiff, Briana Delong
; Top Defendant, Matthew Susson
  • 2010 Recipients
 - Top Plaintiff, Jon Hammond; 
Top Defendant, Scott Wooldrige
  • 2009 Recipients
 - Top Plaintiff, Ruben Escobedo; 
Top Defendant, Amy Schroder
  • 2008 Recipients - 
Top Plaintiff, Brian Wolensky; 
Top Defendant, Rachel Warren
  • 2007 Recipients
 - Top Plaintiff, Ruby Simjee
; Top Defendant, Shelley Doi
  • 2006 Recipients - 
Top Plaintiff, Ashley N. Pritchett; 
Top Defendant, Brandon Sylvia

FLETCHER JONES FOUNDATION GOLDEN QUILL AWARD

  • 2005 Recipients 
- Top Plaintiff, Hunter Taylor
; Top Defendant, Paul Stubb
  • 2004 Recipients 
- Top Plaintiff, Kristen Moran; 
Top Defendant, Erin Lentz
  • 2003 Recipients - 
Top Plaintiff, Kathleen Harrington; 
Top Defendant, Anthony Geraci
  • 2002 Recipients - 
Top Plaintiff, Steven Ruden
; Top Defendant, Heather Dickinson
  • 2001 Recipients - 
Top Plaintiff, Jeffrey Astarabadi
; Top Defendant, Kathryn M. Casey

RUTAN & TUCKER, LLP GOLDEN GAVEL AWARD

  • 2012 Recipients - Top Plaintiff, Dallis Pflueger-Cavallaro; Top Defendant, Jonathan Cayton
  • 2011 Recipients
 - Top Plaintiff, Spencer Wampole; 
Top Defendant, Harrison Brown
  • 2010 Recipients
 - Top Plaintiff, Kristen Briney
; Top Defendant, Jonathan Mason
  • 2009 Recipients
 - Top Plaintiff, Elya Zarra
; Top Defendant, John Bishop
  • 2008 Recipients 
- Top Plaintiff, Jered Ede
; Top Defendant, Kyndell Paine
  • 2007 Recipients - 
Top Plaintiff, William Nones; Top Defendant, Matthew Wechter
  • 2006 Recipient
 - Top Oralist, Luigi V. Monteleone

FLETCHER JONES FOUNDATION GOLDEN GAVEL AWARD

  • 2005 Recipient - Top Oralist, Katarina Benthale
  • 2004 Recipient - Top Oralist, Tiffany Noelle
  • 2003 Recipient - Top Oralist, Alexander Douvas
  • 2002 Recipient - Top Oralist, Kenny L. Saffles
  • 2001 Recipient - Top Oralist, Brian Williams
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