College of Law

UToledo Awards & Honors

Toledo Law alumni are recognized annually by the Law Alumni Affiliate and UToledo Alumni Association for specific awards based on outstanding accomplishments. In recent years, the Alumni Association has produced biographical videos honoring distinguished alumni. Click on linked names under each award to watch available recordings.


Law Alumni Affiliate Awards

Nominations are accepted throughout the year for most Law Alumni Affiliate Awards. The Distinguished Alumni Award is selected by the dean of the College of Law; other awards are selected by committee. If you know of a deserving graduate, send the graduate's name and the award for which you are submitting the nomination to Ansley Abrams-Frederick, director of alumni programming at the UToledo Alumni Association.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Presented to a Toledo Law graduate who demonstrates distinction in one's professional life. Selected by the dean of the law school, these alumni are recognized at the University's annual Homecoming Gala.

  • Olatunji Abayomi
  • George Wilson
  • John M. Starcher Jr.
  • The Hon. Roderick T. Kennedy
  • Sharon Speyer
  • James D. Thomas
  • Paul Hancock
  • Julia Bates and Randall Samborn
  • Justice Judith Lanzinger and Ronald Brown
  • Peter Casey III and Michael Walker
  • Christopher Bussert and Kenneth I. White Sr.
  • Bruce Bailey and Stephen Dane
  • Stewart Greenleaf and Reginald Routson
  • Mike Jilek
  • The Hon. Norm Zemmelman
  • John Czarnecki
  • The Hon. Jim Jensen
  • The Hon. Ron Bowman
  • Alan Lance
  • Matt Kolb
  • The Hon. George Glasser
  • Dick Antonini
  • Frank Cubbon
  • Tony Pizza
  • The Hon. Charles Doneghy
  • Dale Fallat
  • The Hon. Ginny Morgan
  • The Hon. Francis Restivo
  • The Hon. Andy Douglas
  • John Stoepler
  • The Hon. Nick Walinski
  • Tom Manahan
  • Tom Lenga
  • Dick Heuerman

Distinguished Toledo Lawyer Award

Presented to a lawyer with 15 years of practice in the Toledo area. The individual must be a role model and involved in the community, with a distinguished reputation and professional achievement. The awardee does not need to be a Toledo Law graduate to be eligible.

  • Joe Dawson
  • Stuart F. Cubbon

Emerging Leader Award

Presented to a Toledo Law graduate who received a law degree within the last 10 years, remains connected with the College of Law, shows leadership in the community, and consistently demonstrates professional integrity. Formally known as the Outstanding New Exemplar (O.N.E) Award.

  • Joe Cole
  • Nicholas D. Wittenberg
  • Shawn Nelson
  • Karl Strauss
  • Major Michael Renz
  • Said Orra
  • Gerald Trepkowski
  • Mohammed Abdrabboh
  • Sarah Skow

Henry Herschel Community Commitment Award

Presented to a Toledo Law graduate who demonstrates commitment to the community above and beyond his/her position or job and consistently demonstrates professional integrity.

  • Catherine Martineau
  • William J. Bingle
  • Patricia Kurt
  • Richard R. Malone
  • William Meyer
  • The Hon. Nancy Miller and Michael Mikkonen
  • Michael DiLauro
  • Rabbi Alan Sokobin
  • The Kirbys (Michael Kirby, Scott Schwab & Neil Light—posthumously)
  • Patricia Intagliata
  • Henry Herschel
  • Robert Sterling
  • Patricia Wise

Outstanding Faculty Award

Presented to a Toledo Law faculty member in honor of excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship as well as service to the college, University, and legal profession.

  • Geoffrey Rapp
  • Rebecca Zietlow
  • William Richman
  • Robin Kennedy
  • Benjamin Davis
  • Douglas Chapman
  • Phillip Closius
  • Daniel Steinbock
  • Lee Pizzimenti
  • Beth Eisler
  • Robert Hopperton
  • Ronald Raitt
  • David Harris
  • James Klein
  • Steve Ripps
  • Henry Bourguignon
  • Susan Martyn
  • Roger Anderson
  • Howard Friedman

Alumni Association Awards

The UToledo Alumni Association has selected Toledo Law alumni for University alumni awards. Alumni are honored at the University's annual Homecoming Gala.

Gold T Award

Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to his or her field of endeavor and has been of service to the University, community or nation

Blue T Award

Presented to a University of Toledo graduate in recognition of the individual's outstanding service to the UToledo Alumni Association and the University through committee and community involvement.

James K. Larson Distinguished Achievement Award

Presented to a Jesup Scott Honors College graduate in recognition of outstanding achievement.

Last Updated: 10/7/21