Honorable Walter H. Rice Honorary Alumni Award

Recipients of the Honorable Walter H. Rice Honorary Alumni Award demonstrate extraordinary commitment to their community, profession and the School of Law. Honorary alumni are nominated by School of Law graduates.

Charles J. Faruki, 2014 Recipient

Charlie Faruki is a long-time advocate and adjunct of the University of Dayton School of Law. He has numerous achievements in the Dayton community and spent many hours teaching the intricacies of anti-trust to Law School students.

Faruki was selected as one of the Most Influential People in Greater Dayton, one of only three lawyers on the list.  He was named one of the Top Ten Lawyers in Ohio in 2013 and was on the “Dayton’s Most Powerful” list, based on a survey of Dayton-area CEO’s and other community leaders conducted by the Dayton Business Journal. 

A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Faruki also belongs to the Litigation Counsel of America, the American Bar Foundation, the Ohio Bar Foundation and the Dayton Bar Foundation.  He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, past president of the Dayton Bar Association and of the Dayton Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  

Faruki is a past president of the School of Law’s Advisory Council. He is also the author of numerous articles published in law reviews and professional journals, has spoken many times at continuing legal education programs and educational seminars for businesses. 

Faruki was named one of the Best Lawyers in America. Dean Paul McGreal said, “We are grateful to have such a wonderful representative of the legal profession to help our law students achieve their goals.”

Professor Emeritus Richard Saphire, 2013 Recipient

Professor Emeritus Richard Saphire and Dean Paul McGreal“It is my pleasure to announce the 2013 winner of this Award, who represents the ideals of the Law School through his exemplary achievement and significant contributions to the legal profession, the community and the School of Law, is Professor Emeritus, Richard Saphire,” said Dean Paul McGreal. Due to scheduling conflicts, Saphire was unable to attend the 2013 Alumni Weekend event.  He was presented the award at the 2014 dinner.

Professor Saphire joined the faculty in 1976, after receiving his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law and completing his LLM at Harvard Law School.  He taught Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction and courses in Civil Rights Law, and Religion and the Law.  He was always interested in student-related activities and served as faculty advisor for the Law Review and was active in Moot Court. 

Saphire’s dedication to civil rights resonates as he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.  For over 25 years, he has served as a cooperating attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and has been involved in an extensive variety of legal matters, all of which have been pro bono.  He has been trial and appellate counsel in a number of voting rights cases and is a member of the ACLU voting rights litigation team, participating in litigation at all levels of the federal court system, including amicus curiae in the United States Supreme Court.  He received the Service Award from the ACLU of Ohio.

In addition to his numerous contributions to the University of Dayton School of Law, he is active in the Miami Valley community.  For over 20 years, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Homefull, Inc., a full-service agency that addresses the problem of homelessness.  He is a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Dayton where he has been involved in public advocacy and educational efforts.

McGreal stated, “It is my honor tonight to present this Award to Richard Saphire for his many years of legal service to the poor and homeless and for his dedication to the civil rights of all of us.”

Richard L. Braun, 1980 Recipient

Richard Braun graduated from Stanford University around the time of Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and became a Marine Aviator as a double ace pilot flying off of aircraft carriers and shooting down numerous Japanese airplanes. After the war, Braun became a personal pilot to comodante of the Marine Corp in Washington, D.C., and in the evening attended Georgetown Law School. He graduated with honors and then led units consisting of Navy and Marine lawyers of the Pentagon until his discharge.

After his military service, Braun joined the Georgetown Law School faculty until he was appointed deputy assistant attorney general of the United States under President Lyndon B. Johnson. After Johnson left office he became an executive with the Automobile Manufacturing Association in Detroit until the academic bug bit him one more time. He taught at the University of Detroit Law School and at Southwestern Law School in California for one year before heading back to Detroit to serve as dean of the law school.

Two years later, Braun was chosen as the first dean of the reopened University of Dayton School of Law, where he served until 1980. Given his stellar military, academic, governmental and business background, his selection as the first dean proved to be most fortuitous. Braun's ability to overcome the skepticism, particularly by the members of the Dayton Bar, was swiftly overcome as the community became increasingly impressed by his administrative and social capabilities.

Norman George, 1981 Recipient

Norman George was one of the key participants in the organization of the University of Dayton School of Law's modern era, beginning before its reopening in 1974. He was named acting dean prior to Richard Braun's arrival and served as dean during transitional stages, from 1973-74 and from 1980-81. His retirement from full-time teaching in 1993 culminated 32 years of service to the University, which included faculty and administrative positions at the School of Business prior to his work with the School of Law.

A native of Martins Ferry, Ohio, George pursued his career almost entirely in his home state. His graduate degrees included a Ph.D. in business and economics as well as the J.D. His law school areas of interest reflect his academic and professional background in the business and economic areas of the law. His orientation places emphasis on the practice and application facets of the profession. He believes strongly that professional skills practiced at the highest levels intertwine both the substance and the process of the law.

The Honorable Walter H. Rice, 1982 Recipient

Walter H. Rice graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in 1958. In 1962 he received both his M.B.A. and J.D. from Columbia University.

In 1969 he was elected judge of the Dayton Municipal Court. A year and a half later he was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas and was twice re-elected. His distinguished service there and his gifts of scholarly achievement and judicial temperament were recognized with his 1980 appointment by President Carter as judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Since 1976 Judge Rice has taught Trial Practice at the University of Dayton School of Law almost every semester, and taught it so effectively that our graduates are noted for their ability in this area. Additionally, the Walter H. Rice Moot Court Competition is a pivotal experience in the life of every student in the School of Law.

Judge Rice has served as a member of the School of Law's Advisory Council since its inception. His advice and counsel have supported every dean in the modern history of the School. Students hold him in the highest regard, not only for his teaching skills and scholarly eminence, but also more importantly for his genuine care and concern.

Dennis T. Turner, 1983 Recipient

Professor Dennis Turner received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1967 and his J.D. from the college's School of Law in 1970. After graduating, he served as an assistant county prosecutor for Montgomery County, Ohio, for two years and then as magistrate for the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas for two years. In the fall of 1974, when the University of Dayton School of Law reopened, Turner was one of five faculty members. Some of the courses he has taught include Civil Procedure, Evidence, Property, Landlord-Tenant, Professional Responsibility, Remedies, Trial Practice, Clinic and Conflicts of Law.

In addition to teaching, he has served as assistant dean, acting dean, director of the clinic, chair of the Admissions Committee and the first director of Legal Profession Program. For many years, he served as advisor for the School of Law Mock Trial and Moot Court Teams. He is a master of the bench for the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court and a Master Teaching Fellow for the University of Dayton. He was twice chosen by the University of Dayton law students as professor of the year and received the University of Dayton's Outstanding Teacher Award in 1990.

The Honorable Robert A. Steinberg, 1985 Recipient

Judge Robert Steinberg received his B.A. from The Ohio State University in 1964 and his J.D. from The Ohio State University School of Law in 1966. Prior to becoming a judge, he was the senior assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. From 1969 to 1972 Judge Steinberg was an adjunct professor at the Chase College of Law, teaching Criminal Procedure. He then came to the University of Dayton as an adjunct professor teaching Organized Crime. Judge Steinberg was also an instructor for the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute.

In addition to being named an Honorary Alumnus of the University of Dayton School of Law, Judge Steinberg has received the Attorney General's Special Achievement Award and the Department of Justice's Outstanding Performance Award. He was also one of only five U.S. attorneys selected to participate in drafting the new federal criminal code.

E. Dale Searcy, 1986 Recipient

Professor Dale Searcy received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1959 from the General Motors Institute, and his law degree from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 1963. After two years of private practice in Traverse City, Michigan, he earned his L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University in 1966. Thereafter, he taught at the University of Tulsa, the University of Detroit and then, as a visiting professor, at Wayne State University. He also resumed practicing law in Traverse City.

Professor Searcy came to the University of Dayton School of Law in 1976. He has taught Individual Income Taxation, Estate and Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, Corporate Taxation, Wills & Trusts, Business Planning, and Taxation of Partnerships and Sub-chapter S Corporations. He also served as advisor to the Law Review, many Tax Moot Court teams, and VITA program. He has been chosen professor of the year by the student body 10 times.

The Honorable Walter S. Porter, 1987 Recipient

The Honorable Walter Porter is a Court of Common Pleas judge for Montgomery County. Before becoming a judge, he was a partner with the Dayton law firm of Smith & Schnacke. In 1970, Judge Porter served on a 12-lawyer advisory committee to the Ohio Supreme Court that drafted a series of reforms for the state's criminal justice system. The reforms were adopted three years later in 1973, when he was appointed state bar president by Governor Richard Celeste.

Judge Porter graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1949 with degrees in law and engineering. He has been involved with the School of Law Advisory Council and an ad hoc committee of the the school to study enrollment.

The Honorable William H. Wolff Jr., 1988 Recipient

William H. Wolff Jr. graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1967. He entered into private practice before becoming a judge for the Dayton Municipal Court, and one year later, for the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. Since 1985 Judge Wolff has served on the Montgomery County Court of Appeals. He has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton School of Law since 1981.

John O. Henry, 1989 Recipient

John O. Henry was a fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Probate Lawyers. He taught Litigation and Estate Planning as an adjunct professor for the University of Dayton School of Law. Henry was Initial Trustee of the Estabrook Charitable Trust and a member of the law school's Program in Law and Technology.

Henry received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law. He was a member of the firm Estabrook, Finn & McKee and saw through the firm's merger with the Columbus law firm Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur.

Francis J. Conte, 1990 Recipient

Francis J. Conte served as dean of the University of Dayton School of Law from 1987 to 2001. After stepping down as dean, he returned to the classroom and taught full-time at UDSL. He died in 2011.

Professor Conte came to the School of Law from the Detroit College of Law, where he taught for seven years. He also developed and served as director of the Center for Canadian-U.S. Law and implemented the Canadian Summer Law Internship Program. The latter provides American law students the opportunity to earn academic credit through study and placement with public lawyers, appellate judges, major law firms, legislatures, and corporations in Ottawa and Montreal. He was the recipient of two faculty enrichment awards from the Canadian Embassy for his development of course materials in Comparative Constitutional Law and U.S.-Canadian Immigration Law. Additionally, Professor Conte served as a mediator for the Wayne County Mediation Tribunal, for the Wayne County Circuit Courts and Federal District Courts in Michigan from 1985 to 1987.

A native of Massachusetts, Professor Conte received his undergraduate degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University in 1964. He was awarded his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1969.

Professor Conte began his professional career as a trade specialist for the Bureau of International Commerce in the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. From 1968 to 1970, he served as a staff attorney for the Office of Council, Naval Ships System Command, Department of the Navy. In 1971, he joined the central Massachusetts Legal Services as a staff attorney. He was appointed executive director of legal services for Northwestern Pennsylvania in 1973. In 1977, he joined the faculty of the University of Montana School of Law, where he taught and developed the Civil Clinical program. He then accepted the faculty position at Detroit College of Law in 1980 before coming to UDSL in 1987.

The Honorable Michael R. Merz, 1991 Recipient

Michael R. Merz is a U.S. magistrate in the Montgomery County Federal building in Dayton. He received his Associates of Business Administration degree in 1967 and his Juris Doctor degree in 1970, both from Harvard University. Judge Merz worked as an associate attorney with Smith & Schnacke law firm for five years before becoming partner in 1976. He was appointed judge in the Dayton Municipal Courts a year later, and in 1984, he became federal magistrate in Dayton. Judge Merz has had several of his decisions published and has received several judicial awards. He has been an adjunct professor for the School of Law since 1979.

His professional and civic memberships include the American Bar Association, the American Judicature Conference, the Ohio Municipal Judges Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association, and the Miami Valley Council on Aging. He is also a trustee and a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Dayton.

Lee C. Falke, 1992 Recipient

Lee Charles Falke attended the University of Dayton from 1948 to 1951 majoring in business administration. Falke received his Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Laws and Letters, and Juris Doctor degrees from The Ohio State University.

In 1955, Falke was employed as an associate for the Estabrook, Finn and McKee law firm. From 1957 to 1960, he was the assistant prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County. Falke was also a partner at Young, Pryor, Lynn, Strickland and Falke from 1958 to 1965. He left private practice to become the prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County.

Involved in many professional organizations and associations, Falke has been president of the Law Enforcement Officers Association (1966-1968), president of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association (1971), member of the National District Attorneys Association (1979-1981) and a member of the U.S. Justice Department, Criminal Division Executive Working Group (1981-1982).

Falke received the University of Dayton's Outstanding Professional Achievement Award in 1968, was the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association in 1970, and won the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year Award in 1971. He also received a Supreme Court Award for Excellent Service, Advancement of Criminal Justice in 1971, and was nominated for University of Dayton's Alumni Award several times before being named an Honorary Alumnus of the School of Law in 1992.

Roger J. Makley, 1993 Recipient

Roger J. Makley devoted his life to public service. Roger graduated from Chaminade High School in Dayton and Georgetown University, where he received Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degree. Beginning in 1961 he served as a staff attorney with several federal government agencies in Washington, D.C., including the Securities and Exchange Commission. In 1964 he returned to Dayton, where he served as assistant U.S. attorney, U.S. attorney, and U.S. magistrate for 14 years. He has been President of the Dayton and Federal Bar Associations, the Legal Aid Society of Dayton, the University of Dayton Advisory Council, and has served as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Law.

He has been an exceptionally helpful source of friendship, advice and support to the dean and the School of Law over his years of service. An extraordinary trial lawyer, this colorful man of wit and wisdom ably served his clients and earned the respect of his peers. He had much to share and gave generously. His legacy lives on in all those touched by his gifts and kindness.

Hugh E. Wall Jr., 1994 Recipient

Hugh E. Wall Jr., a Dayton native, began his legal career as a tax associate with Albus & Greaney in Washington, D.C. He returned to Dayton in 1940 and a year later joined the law firm now known as Coolidge, Wall, Womsley & Lombard Co LPA, where he was a senior partner from 1965 until his retirement in 1977. As Dayton's first tax specialist, Wall's advice was sought by many a lawyer and judge. He distinguished himself in his dedication to family, church, clients, his profession, the University of Dayton and the community.

He passed away in 2001.

Brother Raymond L. Fitz, SM, 1995 Recipient

Raymond Fitz was born in Akron. He entered the Society of Mary, a religious order, and began his studies at the University of Dayton in 1960. He graduated with honors, receiving a B.S. in electrical engineering and then moved on to the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, to receive an M.S. in 1967 and a Ph. D. in 1969 in the same field. The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn has honored Brother Fitz as a Distinguished Alumnus.

Prior to becoming the University of Dayton's 17th president, Brother Fitz spent a decade in a variety of university-related positions, ranging from a faculty member in the School of Engineering to the executive director of the Center for Christian Renewal. During that time, he co-authored Shaping the Coming Age of Religious Life, designed a program management system for Catholic Relief Services, and helped design a rural development project in the Republic of Niger. As a Kettering Foundation Fellow during 1973-1974, he researched the social problems of world hunger and urban decay.

His twin abilities to think boldly and empower people have led to remarkable growth during his tenure, including quadrupling of the annual operating budget from $51 million to almost $225 million. Sponsored research has jumped from $17 million to approximately $45 million, making UD one of the top research universities in the state and a leader among Catholic universities.

As president, Brother Fitz focused the University community on the challenge to "Learn. Lead. Serve." The University worked to develop a distinctive general education curriculum, to strengthen its targeted graduate programs, to lead in advanced technology education and research, to enhance its residential character and service tradition as integral components of the learning environment, and to build its partnerships with regional communities and institutions. Brother Fitz was awarded the Honorary Alumnus Award from the School of Law in 1995 and served as president of the University of Dayton until 2002. He currently serves as director of UD's Center for Leadership in the Community.

Mary E. Keller, 1996 Recipient

Mary E. Keller was the sister of Joseph E. Keller, a University of Dayton graduate and School of Law graduate for whom the law school is named. The two established the Joseph E. and Mary E. Keller Scholarship Fund at the University of Dayton in 1994, and Ms. Keller remained a trustee of the foundation until her death in 2002. She was a lifelong friend of both the law school and the university, where she was a member of the John Stuart Society and President's Club.

The Honorable George J. Gounaris, 1997 Recipient

George Gounaris is a judge for the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division. A graduate of Nothern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law, he was admitted to the bar in 1960.

Judge Gounaris is a member of the Ohio Common Pleas Court Judges Association, the Dayton and Ohio Bar Association, the Exploring Committee of the Boy Scouts, and the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

Joseph F. Connelly, 1998 Recipient

Joseph F. Connelly worked for 30 years at Third National Bank. He retired in 1992 as executive vice president and head of the trust department. He also served on the Board of Directors for 25 years. Connelly also served as board chairman for Central Pharmaceuticals from 1969 to June 1995. He became involved with Central Pharmaceuticals while a trust officer at Third National Bank. He died in 1999.

After attending the University of Dayton for his undergraduate education, Connelly received his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1949. His professional organizations and associations included president of Krammer Foundation, chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Commission, board of trustees of St. Elizabeth Hospital, president of the Ohio Bankers Association Trust Division and Dayton & Ohio State Bankers Association, and president of the Dayton Boys & Girls Club.

Jane Scharrer, 1999 Recipient

Jane Scharrer is a longtime friend of the University of Dayton School of Law. She received the Honorary Alumna Award in appreciation for her consistent support of the school's vision and a commitment to the school in memory of her father, the late Montgomery County prosecutor Albert H. Scharrer, and her mother, Helen. Today, the Keller Hall atrium bears her parents' names.

The School of Law is only one of many organizations and causes the lifetime Republican and wildlife enthusiast supports, including her own alma mater, Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. An equestrienne, tennis player, dog lover, bicyclist and collector of hundreds of distinctive crystal figurines, Scharrer grew up in the company of many well-known Daytonians, including John Siebenthaler, Horace M. Huffman Jr. and John Berry, to name a few. She beams at the memory of her father, a prominent Dayton attorney who practiced from the time he passed the bar exam in 1909 until his death in 1979 and the youngest prosecutor ever elected up to that time. "He represented some pretty bad characters," Scharrer said of her father, who became a criminal lawyer after he left the prosecutor's office in 1927.

Francis Conte, who was dean at the time Scharrer was presented with the Honorary Alumna Award, said she is a great friend of the law school. "She comes to our events, supports the directions we're taking and does all this because she chooses," he said. "There couldn't have been a more fitting award for Jane Scharrer."

The Honorable James A. Brogan, 2000 Recipient

James A. Brogan has served as a judge on the Ohio Second District Court of Appeals since 1980 and has authored more than 2,000 decisions.

A graduate of Notre Dame University, where he received his undergraduate degree, and Georgetown University, where he received his law degree in 1964, Judge Brogan is a Vietnam veteran and retired as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. He entered private practice before serving as an assistant county prosecuting attorney in Montgomery County for 11 years. Named Ohio outstanding assistant prosecuting attorney by his colleagues in 1980, Judge Brogan was elected judge of the Ohio Second District Court of Appeals later that year. He was elected chief justice of the Ohio Courts of Appeals Association in 1996 and chaired the Ohio Judicial College in 1998 and 1999.

In addition, Judge Brogan has been an instructor at Sinclair Community College for more than 30 years, teaches at the Dayton Police Academy, and currently serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Dayton School of Law. 

Nicholas Hollenkamp, 2001 Recipient

A partner at Dinsmore & Shohl in Dayton, Nicholas Hollenkamp specializes in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. A lawyer for 40 years, he is also a master emeritus at the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court, on the Air Force Museum Foundation Board of Managers and on the St. Joseph's Residential Treatment Center Board of Trustees.

Hollenkamp earned his B.A. from Xavier University and his MBA from Indiana University before graduating with a law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1964. He became an associate at Turner, Wells, Granzow & Spayd, which later became Turner, Granzow & Hollenkamp, where he was managing partner, before the firm became part of Dinsmore & Shohl.

Always active in the community, Hollenkamp mentors young lawyers inside and outside his firm and is one of the original masters of the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court. He has volunteered extensively at St. Joseph's Residential Treatment Center, which provides services to severely troubled children, and has been president of the center's Board of Trustees. His service to the community extends to the University of Dayton School of Law. Mr. Hollenkamp started the Baldy Turner Scholarship, the school's largest scholarship at the time, and continues to provide stewardship to it and the rest of the law school.

Judge James Brogan calls Mr. Hollenkamp "one of the top five lawyers in the Dayton legal community," and the School of Law honored Hollenkamp with its Honorary Alumnus Award in 2001.

Ira Mickenberg, 2002 Recipient

Twenty years ago Ira Mickenberg began a close relationship with the University of Dayton School of Law, a community that he still finds rare. With 17 faculty members, 180 students in the incoming class and an office in Albert Emanuel Hall, Mickenberg, a professor of criminal law, joined a faculty that he found to be seriously and genuinely devoted to the teaching of law. Additionally, he found it a pleasure to work with students of exceptional caliber. "I loved working with the students," he said. "I found them smart and really motivated to learn. I've been a visiting professor at other schools, but I really prefer UD students."

In 1987, Mickenberg concluded his term at UDSL and returned to his law practice. He now lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he represents people who cannot afford legal services and develops training programs for public defenders.

In addition to traveling far and frequently, Mickenberg directs an annual program at UDSL sponsored by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. "I try to make the conference and my teaching as interactive as possible," he said. Mickenberg still finds time to offer career counseling to UDSL students and maintain close friendships with faculty and staff. He received the Honorary Alumnus Award in 2002.

The Honorable Jeff Froelich, 2003 Recipient

A native Daytonian, Jeff Froelich is administrative judge of the Montgomery County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton School of Law since 1995. With 500 pending cases at a time and papers to slide from one side of the desk to the other, it's easy for a judge's job to become routine, said Judge Froelich. "Teaching forces you to keep current and rethink the issues," he said.

Judge Froelich, who taught criminal law and family law as an assistant professor at UDSL from 1976 to 1980, also served as the first director of the school's Legal Clinic. He later became an assistant Montgomery County prosecutor and a partner in the law firm of Louis & Froelich. He presided in the County District Court for 16 years before elected to his current position in the Court of Common Pleas. Active in the community, Judge Froelich is a member and former president of the Dayton Bar Association, serves on the Montgomery County Judicial Corrections Board, Criminal Justice Council, Montgomery County Juvenile Court Review Board, and has also been involved with the Legal Aid Society of Dayton, Comprehensive Offender Program Effort (COPE), Salvation Army Advisory Board, Alzheimer's Association, and the Temple Israel Board.

Mathias H. Heck Jr., 2004 Recipient

Mathias H. Heck Jr. has served as the Montgomery County, Ohio, prosecuting attorney since 1992. After receiving his B.S. from Marquette University and his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1972, Mr. Heck engaged in private practice at Heck & Heck while serving as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County. He held both positions for 20 years before being named prosecuting attorney.

A member of the National District Attorneys Association, Heck is on the Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee. He is also an Executive Committee member and past president of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, serves as secretary to and is a member on the Board of Regents for the National College of District Attorneys, and is on the National Children's Alliance Board of Directors.

Heck, who was born and raised in Dayton and attended Chaminade High School, continues to be involved in the community. He is on the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Intelligence Committee, on the Advisory Council on Drug Abuse Education and Prevention for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, a member of the LexisNexis Criminal Justice Advisory Board and a member of both the Montgomery County Police Chiefs Association and Miami Valley Crimestoppers.

Professor Allen Sultan, 2005 Recipient

Professor Allen Sultan was the 2005 award recipient.

David Greer, 2006 Recipient

David Greer was the 2006 award recipient.

The Honorable John Kessler, 2007 Recipient

The Honorable John Kessler was the 2007 award recipient.

Lisa Kloppenberg, 2008 Recipient

Lisa Kloppenberg came to the School of Law as dean in 2001. Previously a professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, she is a widely published expert in constitutional law and an advocate of Appropriate Dispute Resolution. As dean she constantly looked toward the future of the School of Law. "We need to continue to build and foster an already strong community," she says.

A First Amendment class at the University of Southern California, where she was an undergraduate journalism major, first attracted Dean Kloppenberg to study law. She saw the important role lawyers have in protecting freedom. She also found law to be intellectually challenging and was drawn to its wide variety of career paths.

After graduating from the University of Southern California Law Center, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Southern California Law Review, Dean Kloppenberg clerked for Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A mentor to Dean Kloppenberg, Judge Nelson was one of the first females on the U.S. Court of Appeals, one of the first female deans in legal education, and a trailblazer in the ADR field. "We have similar values," Dean Kloppenberg says. "She found decanal work fulfilling and saw the qualities of a successful law dean in me." Dean Kloppenberg is currently working on a biography of Judge Nelson.

Before teaching, Dean Kloppenberg was an attorney with Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler in Washington, D.C., for four years. She was involved with litigation, arbitration, and mediation of a variety of domestic and international disputes. She served as a pro bono mediator for a federal court and performed pro bono work for a number of public interest organizations including the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, USA.

Dean Kloppenberg then returned to the West Coast to teach at the University of Oregon School of Law. Her interest in constitutional law, which began in her undergraduate years, evolved as a teacher. As she taught classes on civil procedures and federal courts, "constitutional issues kept coming up." She is particularly interested in how courts decide which constitutional issues to address and how they handle those issues.

As a faculty member at the University of Oregon for nearly 10 years, Dean Kloppenberg also founded and directed the school's Appropriate Dispute Resolution Program. In 1994 she was awarded the Orlando J. Hollis Distinguished Teaching Award. She has been a visiting professor at the University of San Diego, Magdalen College in Oxford, England, and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

While in Oregon, Dean Kloppenberg was heavily involved in service organizations. She served on the board of directors of the Relief Nursery, which coordinates services for abused and neglected children. She provided pro bono legal assistance to an organization that aids torture victims, and to a foundation that awards fellowships to needy students. Dean Kloppenberg has continued her involvement in children's issues since coming to Dayton, and she is on the Hospice of Dayton board.

At Dayton Law Dean Kloppenberg focused on plans for the school's future. She created the position of dean of students and emphasized student services. The school also placed more emphasis on bar passage, and new faculty member were hired for the Program in Law and Technology. Dean Kloppenberg encouraged greater visibility for faculty through scholarship, presentations and in the media.

Additionally, Dean Kloppenberg teaches regularly, engages in scholarly work, develops and maintains relations with alumni and raises funds for the school. Many would be overwhelmed by her responsibilities, but Dean Kloppenberg said was a team effort, and she felt she has a talent for energizing people. "It's more of an attitude. I focus on our priorities and encourage everyone to work together for the betterment of the school."

Becky Cochran, 2009 Recipient

Professor Becky Cochran did not begin her career in law. She directed a Chicago shelter and 24-hour hotline for battered women and children, and because many of the women needed attorneys and went to court against their abusers, started accompanying them to court. She saw what happened in the courtroom and thought, "I could do this!" After graduating second in her class from John Marshall Law School, where she was selected best oralist in the Wagner Labor Law National Moot Court Competition, Professor Cochran clerked for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She later became an associate with a Chicago law firm, Sachnoff & Weaver, where she specialized in commercial and FDIC litigation.

After moving to Dayton with her family, Professor Cochran served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County, Ohio, where she worked with criminal appeals cases. Her husband, an English professor, convinced her to try teaching.

She has taught at the School of Law since 1991 and is currently the faculty coordinator for the Road to Bar Passage Program, which raises awareness of the bar exam and emphasizes the importance of practice tests. In 2008, 100 percent of the students who completed the Program passed the July Ohio bar. Professor Cochran is the 1999 recipient of the University of Dayton's Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. She served as the director of the Legal Profession Program from 1995 to 2004. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors for three years and has been a member of the American Bar Association Communication Skills Committee. She was appointed to the Ohio State Bar Association Appellate Law Specialty Board in 2006.

Neil Freund, 2009 Recipient

In 1984, Neil Freund cofounded the Dayton firm Freund, Freeze & Arnold, which today includes more than 60 attorneys. He has tried and won hundreds of jury trials in a variety of practice areas in both state and federal courts. Neil has been selected as one of the Top 10 of Ohio Super Lawyers for the years 2004 through 2009, and has also been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for the past 11 years.

Neil received his B.A. from UD in 1967 and went on to earn his J.D. from Ohio Northern. Neil provides support and insight as a member of the University of Dayton Advisory Council. He also established the Walter Rice Jurist in Residence Program, which brings esteemed practitioners to the School of Law for special seminars. Neil is most recently serving the school through his participation on the current campaign committee.

Sr. Mary Louise Foley, 2010 Recipient

Sr. Mary Louise Foley, F.M.I., has been around the University for many years. After graduating from UD, she went to San Antonio, Texas, to join the Marianist sisters. After novitiate she taught sixth graders for several years, then returned to Dayton and worked at Marycrest Hall. Another trip to San Antonio brought new ministry opportunities: work at the Marianist Sisters renewal center was followed by pastoral ministry at a Marianist parish, then administrative work for the Sisters.

In 1991, Sr. Mary Louise joined the School of Law as campus minister, serving as counselor and friend to the students, faculty and staff. She also helps organize the School's annual Interfaith Prayer Service and Red Mass, and serves as an advisor for the St. Thomas More Society, a student organization. In addition, Sr. Mary Louise is involved in the Hand in Hand program, which helps students who are pregnant.

Judge Rice, who serves on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, presented the award to Sr. Mary Louise, calling her the "heart and soul of our law school community." He said she was responsible for making Dayton Law a special place, a place where you know "everyone cares about you and your success in law school and beyond."

Helenka Marculewicz, 2011 Recipient

Helenka Marculewicz has served as executive director of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project since it was founded in 1988. The Volunteer Lawyers Project provides service to more than 1,600 cases a year, thanks to the work of a staff of three and more than 900 volunteering attorneys. Marculewicz considers what she does as volunteer administration. She received a B.S. in sociology and education from Boston University in 1967.

In his remarks, Judge Rice said that Marculewicz has "set the gold standard" for mobilizing attorneys to provide access to justice for those who otherwise would not have legal representation. Marculewicz and the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Rice said, remind lawyers and judges "why we went to law school in the first place."

Bruce Snyder, 2012 Recipient

Bruce Snyder is a member of the law school’s Advisory Council, trustee of the Hubert A. and Gladys C. Estabrook Charitable Trust and former managing partner of Porter Wright. He provided instrumental support during the Keller Hall building campaign, and the student lounge in Keller Hall is named in honor of Porter Wright.  

In addition, under Snyder’s leadership, Porter Wright and the Estabrook Trust have supported the school’s Program in Law and Technology and its Scholarly Symposia Series on Current Issues in Intellectual Property Law, which brings prominent speakers to campus several times a year. In 2011, Porter Wright, through the Estabrook Trust, established a scholarship to support students in the School of Law’s Program in Law and Technology.  

As an attorney, Snyder represents management in the field of labor and employment law and state fund and self-insured employers in workers’ compensation matters, including violation of specific safety requirement claims and workplace intentional tort claims. He also has experience in the defense of civil rights claims.  

His volunteer contributions include serving on the boards of the Miami Valley Hospital Health Foundation, the Oakwood High School Athletic Boosters Association and the City of Oakwood Personnel Appeals Board.  

Snyder received his J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and his B.A. from Yale University. 

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