Nineteen 2011 law graduates were honored with awards recognizing their scholastic achievements and professional and personal leadership during their tenure at Vanderbilt Law School, and recognized at Vanderbilt's 2011 Commencement.
David Barnes was awarded the Founder’s Medal, signifying first honors in Vanderbilt Law School’s Class of 2011, at the university’s commencement ceremony. Barnes was also winner of the Robert F. Jackson Memorial Prize, awarded to the member of the second-year class who maintains the highest scholastic average during the first two years of law school, in 2009-10, and the Morgan Prize for submitting the most outstanding piece of student writing to the Vanderbilt Law Review during his second year. He is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee, and will clerk for Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2011-12, after which he plans to join King & Spalding in Atlanta.
Anne Gooch received the Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Prize, awarded to “the student of the senior law class who is not only well-versed in the law, but who shows the highest conception of the ethics of the profession.” Gooch is from Nashville.
Sarah Duncan received the Weldon B. White Prize, awarded to the graduate who submitted the best paper in fulfillment of the law school’s advanced writing requirement. Duncan is from Falls Church, Virginia.
Kevin Lumpkin received the Chris Lantz Memorial Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law Outstanding Service Award, which goes to the student, other than the editor-in-chief, who has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of the Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, and the K. Harlan Dodson Moot Court Staff Award, which goes to the senior member of the Moot Court staff, other than the chief justice, who has rendered the most outstanding service throughout the previous year in all aspects of the Moot Court program. Lumpkin is from Silver Spring, Maryland.
Kelly Padgett Lineberger received the Richard Nagareda Award, awarded by the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program to recognize extraordinary achievement in the study of litigation and dispute resolution, and the Grace Wilson Sims Medal in Transnational Law, awarded to the editorial board member, other than the editor-in-chief, selected as having done the most outstanding work on the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law during the academic year. Lineberger is from Ash, North Carolina. Lineberger i Lin
Jacob Neu received the Myron Penn Laughlin Note Award, which goes to the student, other than the winner of the Morgan Prize, who contributed the best student Note published in the Vanderbilt Law Review, and the Law Review Candidates Award, which is awarded by the second-year Law Review staff to the third-year student, other than the editor-in-chief, who has made the most significant contribution to the development of Law Review staff members. Neu is from Fredericksburg, Texas.
Lindsey Langholz received the Stanley D. Rose Memorial Book Award, which goes to the law student who submits the best legal writing in the field of jurisprudence or legal history in fulfillment of the law school’s advanced writing requirement. Langholz is a native of Colleyville, Texas.
Ryan Mark Davis of Highland, Utah, and Michael Anthony Johnson of Nashville shared the Law Review Editor’s Award, which goes to the third-year editorial board member who makes the most significant contribution to the Law Review.
Thomas Barr received the Carl J. Ruskowski Clinical Legal Education Award, which goes to the student who, in his or her representation of clients in the law school’s clinical program, demonstrated excellence in practice of law and best exemplified the highest standards of the legal profession. Barr is a native of Newark, Delaware.
Steven Haymore received the Jordan A. Quick Memorial Award, awarded to the student judged to have made the greatest contribution to the quality of life at the law school through leadership with the Vanderbilt Bar Association. Haymore is a native of Provo, Utah.
Elizabeth Dellner received the Damali A. Booker Award, which is presented each year to the third-year law student who has a keen dedication to legal activism and a demonstrated commitment to confronting social issues facing both Vanderbilt Law School and the greater Nashville community. Dellner is from Orlando, Florida.
Barbara Barreno received the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Outstanding Law Student Award, which goes to the student whose law school involvement best fulfills the goals of contributing to the advancement of women in society and promoting women’s issues in the legal profession, and “who has exhibited tenacity, enthusiasm, and academic achievement while earning the respect of others.” Barreno is a native of Covina, California.
Jared Gardner received the Junius L. Allison Legal Aid Award, which goes to the graduate judged to have made the most significant contribution to the work of the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society during his tenure at Vanderbilt. Gardner is a native of Anchorage, Alaska.
Aubry Menish received the G. Scott Briggs Transnational Legal Studies Award, awarded to the third-year student who has exhibited a high degree of scholastic achievement in transnational legal studies and who has made the most significant contribution to the development of international legal inquiries while a student at Vanderbilt. Menish is from Louisville, Kentucky.
Daniel Raccuia received the Grace Wilson Sims Prize for Excellence in Student Writing in Transnational Law, awarded to the member of the graduating class who contributed the best Note for publication in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. Raccuia is from Woodbridge, Connecticut.
Stephanie Roth received the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law Outstanding Editor Award, which goes to the member of the third-year staff selecting as having done the most outstanding work on the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law during the academic year. Roth is from Nashville.
Joanna Barry received the Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law Student Writing Award, which goes to the graduate who submitted the most outstanding piece of student writing for publication in the journal. Barry is a native of Riva, Maryland.
Tatiana Boza received the Thomas C. Banks Award for the Outstanding Jessup Moot Court Team Member, awarded by the competition team to the members who have made the greatest contribution to the overall success of the team during the previous year. Boza is from Fort Myers, Florida.
Chris Lantz is the posthumous recipient of the Philip G. Davidson Award, which is presented each year to the student who has demonstrated dedication to the law and its problem-solving role in society, and who has provided exemplary leadership in service to the law school and the greater community. Lantz, who was from Oakdale, Maryland, was the president of the Vanderbilt Bar Association until his death in December as a result of a snowmobiling accident. Latz La Lantz was honored during the commencement ceremony with a certificate presented to his family.