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. To be considered, graduates are encouraged to submit their resume to Claudia Norsworthy. Prizes are awarded to the students who embody the intent of the donor and the spirit of the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.