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2017 Commencement: Fond Memories & Future Plans

6/5/2017  - 

Capital University Law School’s class of 2017 graduated on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The commencement for the 118 students awarded degrees began at 2:00 p.m. at Mees Hall on Capital University’s main campus in Bexley. This year’s commencement speaker was the Honorable Paul Herbert of the Franklin County Municipal Court, who received an honorary degree. Judge Herbert is the founder of CATCH Court, a non-traditional and rehabilitative court program for women who are human trafficking victims. 

The following awards were given to members of the class of 2017:

American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education Scholarship and Leadership Award
Recognizes the graduate who best represents a combination of scholarship and leadership, the qualities embodied by the American Law Institute

  • Zachary S. O’Driscoll 

Dean’s Award
Given to one or more graduating students to honor outstanding scholarship and leadership and contributions to Capital University Law School
  • Carley R. Kranstuber 

Public Interest Award
Given to one or more graduating students to honor outstanding public service to Capital University Law School and the surrounding community
  • Lauren Hammersmith 
  • Jennifer Knisley 

Order of the Barristers
An honorary society that recognizes student excellence in moot court, mock trial, and brief writing
  • Phillip Sarnowski 
  • Erica Crawley 
  • James Schoenewald 

Ron I. Friedman Memorial Service Award
Recognizes a graduating student who has actively contributed to the life of the Law School through extracurricular activities
  • Holly Kimberly Torres 

Roberta Mitchell Award
Recognizes a graduating student who has excelled in the Legal Clinic
  • Lauren M. Larrick 

Ambassador Award
Recognizes one or more graduating students who promote Capital’s mission, values and spirit
  • Erica Crawley 
  • Theodore Kelly 
  • Phillip Sarnowski 

Pro Bono Spirit Award
Recognizes a graduating student whose service embodies the true spirit of pro bono by devoting the majority of their volunteer hours to programs that provide direct legal assistance to indigent clients
  • Kathy Lynn Hoover 

Pro Bono Honorees
Encourages and recognizes public service by law students who have completed at least 50 hours of pro bono legal service. The students’ names are listed with the number of pro bono hours they have completed.

Kathy Lynn Hoover 

808 

Brandi L. Staley 

444 

Steven C. Kramer 

389 

Marie Christina Ragias 

324 

Holly Kimberly Torres 

281 

Launica Elizabeth Jones 

233 

Zachary Edward Woltz 

152 

Jennifer Knisley 

87 

Monica D. Gibson 

67 

Lezley Ragan Neal  

  67  

Delmas M. Miller 

65 

Theodore Kelly 

62 

Chelsea Joy Lund 

60 

Steven Mark Katz 

59 

Justin M. Frey 

59 

Jarod D. Arnold  

53 

Brian A. Brown 

53 

Ambrosia Elaine Walker-Logsdon 

53 

Jazmyn Amber Frye 

52 

Rachael Stewart Ingram 

52 

Sara Catherine Schiavone 

52 

Amanda L. Touvell 

52 

Meka D. Rafiyq Gaines 

50 

Adam Z. Morris 

50