Cornell Law School Office of Public Service Short
2017 Alumni Exemplary Public Service Awards

Call for Nominations - Deadline is November 11, 2016

Nominate a Cornell Law graduate whom you feel deserves special recognition for outstanding public service work.

To submit a nomination, click here.

Awards Ceremony: Friday, February 17, 2017

Mark your calendars to join us the evening of Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for the awards ceremony.  Along with honoring our alumni award winners, we will recognize graduates from the class of 2017 who have been selected to receive public interest graduation prizes:  the Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights, the Stanley E. Gould Prize for Public-Interest Law, and the Seymour Herzog Memorial Prize. 

Previous Awardees:


Meredyth Andrus '85
Attorney, Health Care Division, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC

Christopher Clark '05
Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Boston, MA

Ed Cross '76
Staff Attorney, New Hampshire Public Defender, Manchester, NH

Sharice Davids '10 (rising star)
Deputy Director, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, Porcupine, SD

Tanya Douglas '92
Director, Disability Advocacy Project, Manhattan Legal Services, New York, NY

Edwin Lopez-Soto '81
Chief Counsel, Rochester City School District, Rochester, NY

Angela Rea '02
Chief, Adult Trial Division, Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender, Louisville, KY


Ronald Chillemi '96
Assistant Attorney General, State of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ

Nav Dayanand LL.M. '04
Director of Federal Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy, Portland, OR

Lisa Graves '94
Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy, Madison, WI

William Kolen '82 (posthumous)
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago, IL

Jessica Lazarin '06 (rising star)
Immigration Staff Attorney, Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Buffalo, NY

Laura Miranda '98
Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member, Tribal Legal Development Clinic, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Emily Paavola '05 (rising star)
Executive Director, South Carolina Death Penalty Resource and Defense Center, Columbia, SC

David Pels '87
Supervising Attorney, Legal Assistance of Western New York, Bath NY

Jerome "Sam" Tarver '90
Associate General Counsel and Ethics Officer, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Washington, DC


George Cohen '57
Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Washington, DC

Joseph Krakora '83
Public Defender, State of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ

Cyrus Mehri '88
Partner, Mehri & Skalet LLP, Washington, DC

Alicia Plotkin '80
Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Assistance of Western New York, Ithaca, NY

Judith Whiting '86
General Counsel, Community Service Society, New York, NY

James Yoon '03
Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions, Washington, DC


David Baron '77
Earthjustice, Washington, DC

Hon. Robert Boochever '41 (posthumous)
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, Pasadena, CA

Eve Hill '89
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington, DC

Keisha Hudson '03
Federal Community Defender, Capital Habeas Unit, Philadelphia, PA

Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell '08 (rising star)
Hiscock Legal Aid, Syracuse, NY

Cristina Velez '02
HIV Law Project, New York, NY

Dennis Walsh '83
Federal Labor Relations Authority, Washington, DC

Wendy Weinberg '84
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, DC


Elizabeth Barker '89
Contra Costa Public Defender, Martinez, CA

Andrew Cowan '08 (rising star)
Committee for Public Counsel Services, Public Defender Division, Dedham, MA

Gabriela Solis de Ibarrola LL.M. '02
Bufete Juridico Gratuito Social, A.C., Mexico City

Matthew Faiella '05 (rising star)
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, New York, NY

Neil Getnick '78
Getnick & Getnick, LLP, New York, NY

Len Kennedy '77
U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, DC

Peggy Lee '96
Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, Athens, OH

Michael Levine '80
Local Initiatives Support Organization, New York, NY

Robin Lunge '95
State of Vermont Director of Health Care Reform, Burlington, VT

Jason Patlis '92
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Washington, DC


Shane Cooper '03,
Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy

Lawrence F. Gardella '75,
Legal Services of Alabama, Montgomery, AL

Mary Griffin '88,
Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game,  Boston, MA

Matthew D. Glasser '77,
World Bank, Washington, DC

Nancy Koppe '92,
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Charlotte Lanvers '07 (Rising Star Award),
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc., Berkeley, CA

June Lorenzo '84,
Pueblo of Laguna, Laguna, NM

Marie Pierre Py '05 (rising star),
Public Defender Service of D.C., Washington, DC


Barber Conable AB '42 LL.B.(posthumous),
President, World Bank, Washington, DC 

David E. Fritchey '72,
U.S. Attorney's Office, Philadelphia, PA 

Nicola Goren '92,
Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, DC 

Allison Jordan '05 (rising star),
Legal Aid Society of New York, New York, NY 

James Murphy '76,
Legal Services of Central New York, Cortland, NY 

Jessica Polansky '05 (rising star),
Childrens' Rights, New York, NY 

Jay Waks BS '68 JD '71,
Kaye Scholer LLP, New York, NY


Daniel Boglioli '00 (rising star),
Kaye Scholer LLP, New York, NY 

Carl J. Boykin '88,
NYS Attorney General's Office, Albany, NY 

Arthur Eisenberg '68,
New York Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY 

Bryan D. Hetherington '75,
Empire Justice Center, Rochester, NY 

Douglas Meiklejohn '71,
New Mexico Environmental Law Center, Santa Fe, NM 

Martha L. Raimon '85,
Center for the Study of Social Policy, New York, NY


Jamie Andree '79,
Indiana Legal Services, Bloomington, IN 

Joe Iarocci '84,
CARE, Atlanta, GA

Shannon Minter '93,
National Center for Lesbian Rights, Washington, DC

Rosemary Pye '74,
National Labor Relations Board, Boston, MA

John Tobin '74,
New Hampshire Legal Assistance, Manchester, NH

Lisa Wolford '02 (rising star),
New Hampshire Public Defender, Concord, NH

Saman Zia Zarifi '93,
Human Rights Watch, Washington, DC


David S. Buckel '87,
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, New York, NY

Gitanjali Gutierrez '01,
Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, NY

Douglas Lasdon '81,
Urban Justice Center, New York, NY

Albert H. Meyerhoff '72,
Lerach, Coughlin, Stoia, Geller, Rudman & Robbins, LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Stephen Myers '71,
The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn, NY

Patricia Warth '96,
Prisoners' Legal Services, Buffalo, NY


Helaine Knickerbocker '51,
Gay Men's Health Crisis, New York, NY

Paul W. Lee '76,
Goodwin Procter, Boston, MA

Angelica Matos '99,
Junta for Progressive Action, New Haven, CT

Elizabeth Padilla '02 (posthumous),
Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers' Project, Brooklyn, NY

Martha Roberts '84,
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Geneva, NY

Michael Wright '94,
U.S. Attorney's Office, Houston, TX