Law school awards signify academic and leadership achievement, three years of hard work and dedication to the profession of law. And it is an added honor to be chosen for an award by a vote of Tulane Law’s faculty.
Two of the law school’s highest honors, the John Minor Wisdom Award, focused on academics and writing, and the General Maurice Hirsch Award, which honors a student who has contributed to Tulane and the community, were awarded this year by the faculty to two student leaders, Antonio Milton and Megan Holt, respectively.
The two were honored at the annual Graduation Awards Night among their peers, family and friends.
The Hirsch Award, endowed by Mrs. Elise Newman Solomon to honor the life and achievement of General Maurice Hirsch, is presented each year to the graduating student who, by vote of the faculty, has contributed most distinctively and constructively to university or community needs.
Holt, this year’s recipient, has been a tireless leader for her fellow law students, the institution and Tulane as a whole. She served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Sexuality for the past year, shepherding extraordinary growth in membership on the journal. She also is a leader among our veteran students. When she learned that campus veterans were having difficulties accessing their GI Bill benefits, Holt rallied university officials and helped remedy the problems.
Holt will continue her service to the country by re-entering the U.S. Army as a Captain in the JAG Corps.
Milton received the John Minor Wisdom Award, endowed in 1987 by the former law clerks of the Hon. John Minor Wisdom (L’29). The recipient must be an outstanding JD candidate who has demonstrated excellence in academic work and in writing ability, has contributed selflessly to the law school community, and who has accepted a federal or state judicial clerkship after graduation.
Milton is the epitome of selfless contribution to the law school. He has served as a Harris Peer Mentor, advising first-year law students, as an Academic Support Program tutor, a clerk for the Tulane Legal Assistance Program, and a member of the Jeffrey G. Miller Environmental Law Appellate Moot Court Team. And if that was not enough, he was elected in his third year to serve as the first Black editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review.
After graduation, Milton will clerk for Tulane alumna Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana and then will clerk for Judge Carl Stewart on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Milton also recently was awarded the Tulane’s 34 Award honoring top student leaders by the university.
Tulane Law Dean David Meyer and faculty conferred these and other awards Friday, May 20. The full list of award winners is:
Student Bar Association President Award
The Tulane 34 Award
Meredith Clement, Sergio Ingato and Antonio Milton.
Michelle Domingue II, Noor Mozaffar and Sara Wood.
Order of the Coif
Rebecca Alba, Hannah Aronoff, Talha Chaudhry, Gianluca Cocito-Monoc, Kevin M. Cole, Eleanor T. Gardner, Parker Hufft,, Madeline Inzenga, Winifred W. Johnson, Elise K. McCanless, Sarah S. McLoughlin, Antonio Milton, Robert M. Morris, Tom Mostellar, Kristen E. Shaw, Ellen E. Short and Abigail J. Weiland.
Order of the Barristers
Meredith R. Clement, Michelle T. Domingue II, Patrick Henkels Flanigan, Erica K. Powell, Tracey W. Gant, Christian Dylan Farrow, Bailey M. Boesch, Catherine J. Grimm, Rebecca Elizabeth Alba and Schuyler Alexander Corbin.
Moot Court Chief Justice
The Joseph A. Ettinger Award
Civil Law: Kevin Cole and Ingrid von Kleydorff (L’23)
Criminal Law: Jeremy Schrady and Reagan Roy (L’23)
The Association for Women Attorneys Award
The Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award
The Louisiana State Bar Association Law Student Pro Bono Award
The Brian McSherry Community Service Award
The General Maurice Hirsch Award
Megan C. Holt
The James Wysocki Trial Advocacy Awards
Kevin Cole (Fall 2021) and Jack Foster (Spring 2022)
Federal Bar Association Award
The Louisiana State Bar Association Corporate and Business Law Section Award
The Tulane Tax Institute Award in Taxation
The Haber Joseph McCarthy Environmental Law Award
The Charles Kolhmeyer Jr. Award in Maritime Law
Madeline Inzenga and Nikki Caspers
The Edward A. Dodd Jr. Award in Admiralty
LLM Academic Excellence Award
The George Dewey Nelson Memorial Award
The Civil Law Studies Award
The John Minor Wisdom Award
Antonio X. Milton
The Dean’s Medal
Rebecca E. Alba, Gianluca S. Cocito-Monoc, Kevin M. Cole, Sharon N. DiPrinzio, Winifred W. Johnson, Elise K. McCanless, Angelique J. Rael and Kristen E. Shaw.
The Faculty Medal
Jackson-Ryan Pro Bono Advocate Award
Leland Bertrand, Mikayla Mangle, Eden Moalem, Bryn Sarner and Sara Wood
For a gallery of photos of this event, go here.