Alumni Short

Alumni Garner Diverse Awards in 2012

Ithaca, NEW YORK, December 14, 2012

Throughout the year, Law School alumni spanning more than sixty years were honored with a slew of awards for their service, scholarship, and acumen.

A member of the Law School’s newest class of graduates, Ann Eisenberg ’12, received the Washington Foreign Law Society’s Ibrahim Shihata Prize for Outstanding Student Writing on Islamic Law. Her predecessor at the Law School by sixty-one years, Gabriel Rosenfeld '51, was honored this year with the National Order of the Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France, for his service during WWII.

Also honored for his service this year was Stephen B. Reynolds '97, recipient of an Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service for his role in the investigation and prosecution of Faisal Shahzad for the attempted bombings in Times Square in 2010. Fellow nineties graduate Michael C. Heistand '91 received the Society of Professional Journalists' 2012 First Amendment Award, which honors individuals and groups for exceptional efforts to preserve and strengthen the first amendment.

Franci J. Blassberg '77 was honored by the New York Chapter of the American Jewish Committee with its Judge Learned Hand Award, which recognizes both a distinguished legal career and a record of religious tolerance. Her classmate, Ronald A. Brand '77, received the American Bar Association’s Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law. Another graduate from the seventies, Stephen A. Maloy '76 was named one of the "21 Most Influential Bankers' Counsel" for his groundbreaking work with General Electric's Asia-Pacific legal division.

Cyrus Mehri '88 received the Xemplar® Award for his continued efforts in the creation of equal opportunities for women and minorities, and Kim Katherine Azzarelli '97 was honored with the Ruth G. Schapiro Award by the Committee on Women in the Law for her contributions to addressing the concerns of women.

Several alumni were recognized for pro bono work. Rachel G. Skaistis '97 and Etienne Townsend '08 were honored at the Sanctuary for Families Above & Beyond Pro Bono & Achievement Awards & Benefit and Larissa Eustice ’07 received the Legal Aid Society’s (LAS) 2012 Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding pro bono service to LAS and its clients.

Every year, a group of alumni nominated by their peers are recognized by Cornell Law School with Exemplary Public Service Awards. The 2012 winners were recognized in a ceremony in New York City earlier this year. The 2013 award recipients were announced in December and will be feted this coming February.

For more news on the many achievements and activities of Law School alumni, visit Class Notes online. All alumni are encouraged to keep the Cornell Law community updated by submitting notes of their own. The next round of Class Notes will be updated in February 2013.