Two Northwestern Law alumni were among the 19 outstanding individuals honored for their professional and personal achievements and dedication to Northwestern University at the 79th annual Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) Alumni Awards ceremony on March 3, 2012. Thomas Hayward Jr. JD ’65 received the Alumni Medal, the top award bestowed by the association, and Michael Pope JD ’69 received an Alumni Merit Award.
Hayward, a Northwestern University Life Trustee and member of the executive committee, was honored with the Alumni Medal, the top award bestowed by the association. The Alumni Medal is granted annually to a Northwestern alumnus or alumna for attaining superior professional distinction and/or volunteer service to society.
Hayward graduated from the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in 1962 and the School of Law in 1965. A prominent real estate and corporate law expert, his early involvement with the NAA as president of the NU Club of Chicago earned him an Alumni Service Award in 1974. He then served as NAA president from 1976 to 1980 and an Alumni Trustee from 1980 to 1984. He also chaired the Alumni Regents, the John Evans Club and the Trustees’ Alumni Relations and Development Committee and he has chaired or co-chaired every reunion for the Class of 1962. From 1997 to 2010, he served as a member and vice chairman of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees. During his time on the Board, he co-chaired Campaign Northwestern -- an initiative that raised $1.5 billion and laid much of the groundwork for the University’s current upward trajectory.
Pope was one of 12 Northwestern alumni who received the Alumni Merit Award, which recognizes high achievement in their respective profession. A 1969 graduate of the School of Law, Pope is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he heads the International Product Liability Practice Group, representing such clients as Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. In 1991, Pope established the annual Pope & John Lecture on Professionalism at the Law School. Each year the lecture series focuses on the many dimensions of a lawyer's professional responsibility, including legal ethics, public service, professional civility, pro bono representation, and standards of conduct.
Since 1932, the NAA has honored alumni who have distinguished themselves as outstanding professional and personal achievers in their fields and who have loyally dedicated their time and service to their alma mater. The NAA award ceremony is an annual celebration that brings together more than 450 alumni, faculty, administrators, family, and friends.