2024 Award Winners

Each year Northwestern Pritzker Law awards a variety of student awards and prizes including writing prizes, academic grade-based prizes, and community awards. Congratulations to this year's recipients.

Student Graduation Awards

It is a beloved graduation tradition for the graduating class to nominate and vote on the winners of the annual Student Awards, which recognize students for a range of accomplishments.

Courage Award

Awarded to the student who has shown the greatest courage in surmounting obstacles to completing his or her education

Yasmeen Elagha

Global Legal Profession Award

Awarded to the LLM student who has most exemplified standards of professionalism and has made the greatest contribution to the global legal profession

Ricardo Martinez Gonzalez

Leadership Award

Awarded to the student who has made the greatest contribution to leadership in the student community

Ariel Dickerman Whitmore

Legal Profession Award

Awarded to the student who has made the greatest contribution to professional responsibility and to the practice of law

Anne Serine Gottschalk

MSL Residential Student Award

Awarded to the graduating residential student who, through their impact on the program and the world, best exemplifies the innovative spirit of the MSL Program.

Jincheng Song

MSL Online Student Award

Awarded to the to the graduating online student who, through their impact on the program and the world, best exemplifies the innovative spirit of the MSL Program.

Christine Marie Mayer

Service Award

Awarded to the student who has shown the greatest dedication and commitment to public service and the practice of law

Zeinab Bakhiet

Victor Rosenblum Award

Awarded to the LLM student who has done the most to uphold the traditions of the Law School

Catalina Saravia

Wigmore Key

Awarded to the student who has done the most to uphold the traditions of the Law School

Katelyn Elizabeth Richerson

(on behalf of all the members of the Class of 2024 Graduation Committee)

Academic Prizes

Northwestern Pritzker Entrepreneurship Prize

Awarded to a second- or third-year law student who most exemplifies Northwestern Pritzker Law’s spirit of innovation, entrepreneurial drive, and integrity

TBA

Fall 2023

TBA

Spring 2024

John Paul Stevens Prize for Academic Excellence

Awarded annually to the law student who graduates with the highest GPA in their class

TBA

Rivers Casino Criminal Justice Award

Awarded to a law student who has demonstrated exemplary work in the Bluhm Legal Clinic through the representation of underserved individuals

TBA

The David S. Ruder Prize

Awarded to a student who intends to work in the public interest post-graduation, or after a judicial clerkship, and has logged the highest number of public service hours at the finish of their 2L year

TBA

Raoul Berger Prize

Awarded annually to the law student who submits the best paper in the Senior Research Program

TBA

for their paper "TBA"

Barnet & Scott Hodes Prize

Awarded to a law student who writes the best paper on an aspect of the law of local government

TBA

for their paper "TBA"

Leigh B. Bienen Prize

Awarded to the student who has written the best note or comment that has been selected for publication in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

Annaliese Brellis

for their paper "Rethinking the 'No-Duty' Rule: How DeShaney Can Be Reformed to Enable Objective, Coherent Analysis and Protection for More Victims of Crime"

Kirkland & Ellis Scholars

The Kirkland & Ellis Scholars program was established in 2012 through the generosity of alumni and friends at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. The annual awards recognize the excellence of the top student in each section of the first-year substantive required classes. The program also extends to the highest achieving 2Ls in certain upper-level courses, including M&A, Securities, Private Equity, and Non-ITA Evidence.

Fall 2023

James Suarez (JD ’26)

Civil Procedure

Isabel Weber (JD ’26)

Civil Procedure

Victoria Cabral (JD ’26)

Civil Procedure

Sam Kaplan (JD ’26)

Civil Procedure

Evan Anixter (JD-MBA ’26)

Contracts

Emily Chrisman (JD ’26)

Contracts

Kobe Mandell (JD ’26)

Contracts

Eisho Takatsuji (JD-PhD ’26)

Contracts

Arielle Haase (JD ’26)

Criminal Law

Mark Elinski (JD ’26)

Criminal Law

Adam Brody (JD ’26)

Criminal Law

Adam Brody (JD '26)

Property

Aryana Swanson (JD ’26)

Property

Samuel Lanzer (JD ’26)

Torts

Elizabeth James (JD ’26)

Torts

Jonathan Freeberg (JD ’26)

Torts

Dana Meskan (JD-LLM IHR ’26)

Evidence

Nina Holl (JD ’25)

Evidence

Samuel Pargament (JD ’25)

Mergers & Acquisitions

Michael Van Gorp (JD ’25)

Mergers & Acquisitions

Sophie Morrison (JD ’25)

Private Equity 

Michael Judah (JD ’25)

Securities Regulation

Spring 2024



Forthcoming


Lowden-Wigmore Prizes

The Lowden-Wigmore Prizes were established by the Frank O. Lowden (Class of 1887) in honor of his relationship with Dean John Henry Wigmore. The prizes are awarded annually to members of the student body for their ability to marshal authority, present arguments effectively in written form, and speak lucidly and convincingly in public. These awards go to students for the best written contributions to each of the Law School's legal journals as well as the final round Moot Court participants.

Journal Prizes

Chelsea Hannah Blake, (JD '24)

"Self-Evident: Why the Declaration of Independence is America’s True Constitution"
Northwestern Law Journal des Refusés

Joshua Bernard Concannon (JD '24)

"Disclosing Machine Inputs and Outputs: The Vulnerability of Legal Technology in Civil Discovery"
Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property

Elijah Nathan Gelman (JD '24)

"Hung Out to Try: A Rule 29 Revision to Stop Hung Jury Retrials"
Northwestern University Law Review

Yuree Nam (JD '24)

"One-Way Ticket to Mars: The Privatization of the Space Industry"
Journal of Law and Social Policy

Lisabelle Anahid Panossian, (JD '24)

"Protecting Humanity’s Cradle of Civilization:  Advancing the Right to Self-Determination for Indigenous Peoples in the Middle East & South Caucasus"
Journal of Human Rights

Christopher Reagen Rodenbaugh (JD '24)

"The Effect of the PRO Act on Secondary Activity and International Trade"
Journal of International Law and Business

Carl Salvatore  Stier (JD '24)

"A New Theory of Gun Control: A Federal Regulatory Blueprint to Hold the Firearms Industry Accountable for American Mass Shootings" (forthcoming)
(second place contribution to JCLC)
Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology  

Moot Court Prizes

Lowden-Wigmore Prize for Julius H. Miner Moot Court Finalists

Kana Turley (JD ’25)
Areeb Asif (JD ’25)
Dheven Unni (JD ’25)
Aidan Beals (JD ’25)

Best Oralist

Kana Turley (JD ’25)

William Jennings Bryan Award for Julius H. Miner Moot Court Winner

Kana Turley (JD ’25)
Areeb Asif (JD ’25)

International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Outstanding Speaker

Kana Turley (JD ’25)

Adlai E. Stevenson II Best Brief Award

Kana Turley (JD ’25)
Areeb Asif (JD ’25)


2023 Award Winners


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