Two Students Win Top GPA Awards

Samuel Strongin, Benjamin Wood, Paul Mahoney

From left: Samuel Strongin, recipient of the Carl M. Franklin Prize; Benjamin Wood, recipient of the Jackson Walker LLP Award; Dean Paul G. Mahoney.

October 28, 2013

Two University of Virginia law students received awards today for their academic performance.

Benjamin Wood '14 won the Jackson Walker LLP Award, given to the student with the highest grade-point average in his or her class after four semesters.

Second-year law student Samuel Strongin won the Carl M. Franklin Prize, having earned for the highest grade-point average in his class at the end of their first year.

Recipients of the awards receive a cash prize and have their names engraved on plaques in Hunton & Williams Hall.

Jackson Walker LLP Award
Past Recipients

1989-90 Matthew H. Lembke
1990-91 Ola Nagy Rech
1991-92 Darius C. Ogloza
1992-93 Gregory R. Kirsch
1993-94 M. Elizabeth Magill
1994-95 J. Scott Ballenger
1995-96 Eric J. Kadel, Jr.
1996-97 Stephen M. Nickelsburg
1997-98 Traci Grieshaber Zeller
1998-99 Toby J. Heytens
1999-00 Seth A. Goldstrom
2000-01 Daniel N. Lovejoy
2001-02 Melissa B. Arbus
2002-03 Michael S. Passaportis
2003-04 Sarang Damle
2004-05 David Farley Reid
2005-06 Ajeet Pai
2006-07 Kenneth Winn Allen
2007-08 Matthew B. Nicholson
2008-09 Katherine D. DeMamiel
2009-10 E. Rebecca Gantt
2010-11 Katherine Mims Crocker
2011-12 Galen Bascom
2012-13 Benjamin Wood
Carl M. Franklin Prize
Past Recipients

1997-98 Toby J. Heytens
1998-99 Amy E. Potter
1999-00 Daniel N. Lovejoy
2000-01 Melissa B. Arbus
2001-02 Michael S. Passaportis
2002-03 Katie Sue Bagley
2003-04 David F. Reid
2004-05 Paul Crane
2005-06 Katherine Ireland Twomey
2006-07 Matthew B. Nicholson
2007-08 Joelle S. Perry
2008-09 Adam A. Milasincic
2009-10 Harold W. Bloom III
Eric D. Martin
2010-11 Joseph Benjamin Tyson
2011-12 Ben Aiken
Ben Wood
2012-13 Samuel Strongin




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