Graduation Awards


Graduation information for students and guests.

2024 Graduation Awards

Recognition for service to our Journals.
Alexis Pinzon, Law Review
Chirstine Hoy, Journal of Legislation and Public Policy

For excellence in oral advocacy on the Interscholastic Moot Court Board.
Gozde Celik and Madison Diaz

For their amazing work and dedication in conceiving and writing the Gressman Competition legal problem and in planning and organizing the intra-scholastic Gressmen Moot Court Competition.
Alexandrea Franchino, Director and Katherine Considine, Assistant Director

For serving as a peer leader of the Appellate Advocacy Moot Court board and for their amazing substantive and administrative work running the Appellate Advocacy program.
Hannah Nagy

Excellence in Oral Advocacy on the Mock Trial Board.
Alysia Machlovitz and Nicholas Owens

Mary Franzese Humanitarian Achievement, given to the student who has demonstrated Public Leadership, Community Service, Integrity and Vision throughout his or her law school career.
Melissa "Missy" Rosol and Jahmir Sterling

Outstanding Advocate, the Center for Social Justice faculty recognize the following student who made the Most Significant Contribution to the clinical programs overall.
Crystal Paulino

Recognition for their outstanding performance with individual clinics within the Center for Social Justice.
Gineen Abuali and Michael Alderman, Civil Litigation & Practice
Jooeun Fiona Kim, Family Law
Steven Fasciale and Patrick Maley, Impact Litigation
Dara Brody and Madison Diaz, Immigrants' Rights & International Human Rights
Jesse Leon, Equal Justice
Genesis Canale and Raul Valcarcel, Criminal Defense and Community Advocacy
Elizabeth Dennis, Health
Raymond Georges, Elizabeth Kuiken and Mara Pohl, Housing Justice and Legal Design

Clinical Legal Education Association recognizes a student team for their work as outstanding legal practitioners.
Robert Aronson and Elissa Johnson

West Academic Prize for Excellence in the Commercial Law Survey Course, presented each year by West Academic Publishing to the graduating student who received the highest grade in the Commercial Law Survey course.
Laurence Sulner

Awards of Excellence honor superior academic performance in the following fields:
Elizabeth Dennis, Morgan McDonald, Jacob Rigoglioso and Lauren Rutkowski, Health Law
Caroline Coulter, Madeleine Kardek, Dylan Lembo
and Joanna Sowa, Labor & Employment Law
Peter Abrahamsen, Michael Alderman,  Vadim "Victor" Barkalov and Haley Giramita, Law and Technology

Advanced Legal Writing Award, was established by the Faculty to recognize the graduating student who submitted the best paper for Advanced Legal Writing.
Harrison Kusnierz with his paper, Exploring Medical Aid in Dying (MAID): Insights from the Swiss Model and Their Implications for U.S. Policy and supervised by Professor Kathleen Boozang

Faculty established an additional award to further recognize student scholarship with the Best Published Law Journal Comment by a Graduating Student.
Bailey McNamara with her comment Revisiting ‘Refugee’ in a Changing Climate: How Migrants Impacted by Climate Change and the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste Fit into Existing Refugee Policy and supervised by Professor Lori Nessel

Msgr. Thomas M. Reardon for Most Improved Over Law School Career, Established in honor of Monsignor Thomas Reardon, who was the first Regent of Seton Hall University School of Law. The award is given to the student who has shown the most improvement over his or her law school career.
Christian Moreira

Adeline Lillian Carmella Memorial Award, Honors a life filled with compassion, welcome, and peace-making. The student chosen would have exhibited these personal qualities toward his or her colleagues within the Seton Hall community, making the experience of law school more life-affirming.
Theodore Kelly and Hannah Nagy

Marc R. Poirier Trailblazer Award, named to honor the extraordinary legacy and leadership of esteemed SHLS Professor Marc Poirier. The award is presented to a graduating student whose pioneering spirt and courageous example has blazed a trail for others.
Lori Meek

The Seton Hall Law School Dean’s Award, Given to the student who epitomizes the Seton Hall Law values of Integrity, Loyalty and Engagement during their tenure at Seton Hall Law School.
Labiba Salim

Women's Leadership Award, Presented to the outstanding law student in the graduating class who demonstrated academic achievement, exhibited motivation, tenacity and enthusiasm; contributed to the advancement of women in society; promoted issues and concerns of women in the legal profession; and earned the respect of the Dean and Law Faculty.
Elizabeth Dennis

Master of Legal Studies Award, Established by the Center for Health and Pharmaceutical Law and the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology to recognize outstanding academic performance by a graduating student in the Master of Legal Studies program.
Stephen Dyson

Seton Hall Law School has the distinction of being a member of the Order of the Coif. Coif is a prestigious honorary society that encourages excellence in legal education by fostering a spirit of careful study. It recognizes those who, as law students, attained the highest grade of scholarship. All graduates who are ranked in the top ten percent of the entire graduating class will be inducted into the Order of the Coif.
Gineen Abuali, Sonia Badyal, Vadim "Victor" Barkalov, Sydney Binkley, Nicholas Cohen, Katherine Considine, Colin Dennis, Elizabeth Dennis, Daniel Dodaro, Steven Fasciale, James Finnegan, Jr., Andrew Foltiny, Gabrielle Grillo, Reilly Hobson, Natalie Kenny, Dylan Lembo, Joshua Lesser, Patrick Maley, Mackenzie Mendolla, Claire Midili, Joshua Murphy, Naomi Philhower, Robert Picciano, Alexandra Pilla, Steven Pisano, Jordan Portner, Marisa Sanders Levene, Faith Scrivo, Santo Tiralosi, Elizabeth Vignuolo and Amber Joy Wiens

The Deans and Faculty of Seton Hall Law School would like to recognize the outstanding scholastic achievement of the Top Five graduates.
Sydney Binkley
Joshua Murphy
Robert Picciano
Andrew Foltiny (S)
Santo Tiralosi (V)