University of Virginia School of Law students Isabel Tuz and Adam Sorensen were recently honored for having the highest grade-point averages at the Law School.

Second-year law student Tuz was awarded the Carl M. Franklin Prize for earning the highest GPA in her class after two semesters. Tuz is pursuing a J.D.-MBA and will graduate in 2019.

Third-year law student Sorensen was awarded the Jackson Walker LLP Award for earning the highest GPA average in his class after four semesters.

Tuz has a B.A. in economics from Stanford University, and Sorensen has a B.S. from Northwestern University.

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


  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
  2013-14 Samuel Strongin
  2014-15 Jared Kelson
  2015-16 Adam Sorensen

  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
  2013-14 Jared Kelson
  2014-15 Michael Sanders
  2015-16 Isabel Tuz




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