Cory Dean Kandestin of Montreal, Canada, was the 2007 Founders Award winner at Vanderbilt Law School.
A total of 22 graduates, including Kandestin, were honored with awards recognizing scholastic achievement and professional leadership. 2007 award winners include:
Maria Glover of Maryville, Tennessee, and Cory Dean Kandestin, winners of the Robert F. Jackson Memorial Prize, which goes to the member(s) of the second-year class who maintain the highest scholastic average during their first two years, awarded for their achievement during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic years.
Maria Glover also received the Morgan Prize, for submitting the most outstanding piece of student writing to the Vanderbilt Law Review the previous year, and the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program Award, for extraordinary achievement in the study of litigation and dispute resolution.
Catherine Phillips Tennant of Nashville, Tennessee, winner of the Archie B. Martin Memorial Prize for Scholarship, awarded to the first-year student who maintains the highest general average for her achievement during the 2004-05 academic year.
David McAvoy Chooljian of Camarillo, California, who also earned an M.D. from Vanderbilt Medical School, winner of the Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Prize, which goes to the graduate who "is not only well versed in the law, but who shows the highest conception of the ethics of the profession."
Caryn Eleanor Cramer of Washington, D.C., winner of the Damali A. Booker Award, presented each year to a graduate who has shown a keen dedication to legal activism and a demonstrated commitment to confronting social issues facing the law school and the greater community.
Lauren Michelle Loew of Lafayette, Indiana, winner of 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, and the Jordan Quick Memorial Award, for her contribution to the life of the law school through leadership with the Vanderbilt Bar Association.
Taylor Flanagan Ford of Bradenton, Florida, winner of the Weldon B. White Prize, for submitting the best paper in the fulfillment of the law school’s advanced writing requirement.
Joseph Patrick Chase of Deerfield Beach, Florida, winner of the Stanley D. Rose Memorial Book Award, for submitting the best legal writing in the field of jurisprudence or legal history in fulfillment of the law school’s advanced writing requirement.
Masamichi Yamamoto of Tokyo, Japan, winner of the G. Scott Briggs Transnational Legal Studies Award, for scholastic achievement in transnational legal studies and for making the most significant contribution to the development of international legal inquiry while a student at Vanderbilt Law School, and the Grace Wilson Sims Prize for Excellence in Student Writing in Transnational Law, for contributing the best "Note" submitted for publication to the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.
Mayumi Tani of Tokyo, Japan, winner of the LL.M. Research Prize, which honors the LL.M. graduate who submitted the best research and writing project.
Devon McKechan Largio of Gillespie, Illinois, and Mary Helen Wimberly of Atlanta, Georgia, winners of the Law Review Editor’s Award, for making the most significant contribution to the Vanderbilt Law Review.
Elizabeth O’Neill Gonser, winner of the Thomas C. Banks Award, selected and awarded by the Jessup Moot Court competition team to the member who has made the greatest contribution to the team’s success during the prior year, and of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Oustanding Law Student Award, which goes to the graduate 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 professional, and who has exhibited tenacity, enthusiasm and academic achievement while earning the respect of others. The latter award includes an honorary year’s membership in the National Association of Women Lawyers.
Jessica Bevin Lyons, winner of the Myron Penn Laughlin Note Award, to the student other than the recipient of the Morgan Prize, who contributed the best student "Note" published in the Vanderbilt Law Review.
Jamie Elizabeth Muscar of Louisville, Kentucky, winner of the Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law Student Writing Award for submitting the most outstanding piece of student writing to the publication.
Heather Emily Huggins of Snellville, Georgia, winner of the K. Harlan Dodson Moot Court Staff Award, to the senior member of the Moot Court staff, other than the chief justice, who has rendered the most outstanding service to the Moot Court program.
Melody Rachel Barron of Ridgefield, Connecticut, winner of the Carl J. Ruskowski Clinical Legal Education Award, for demonstrating excellence in the practice of law in her representation of clients through the law school’s clinical program.
Gauruv Sud of Allentown, Pennsylvania, winner of the Grace Wilson Sims Medal in Transnational Law, awarded to the editorial board member other than the editor-in-chief who has done the most outstanding work on the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law during the previous year.
Stephen David Voit of Pittsburgh, Penssylvania, winner of the Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law Outstanding Service Award, awarded to the editorial staff member who has made the most significant contribution to the journal’s advancement.
Scott Edward Atkinson of Ojai, California, winner of the Law Review Candidates Award, awarded by second-year Law Review staff to the graduating staff member, other than the editor-in-chief, who has made the most significant contribution to their development as Law Review staff members.
Craig Andrew Max IV of Monticello, Illinois, winner of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law Outstanding Editor Award, to the member of the third-year staff who has done the most outstanding work on the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law during the previous year.