Alumni Awards

The Law Alumni Association presents four awards annually, recognizing the outstanding achievements of Texas Law graduates. The Executive Committee selects the award recipients at its spring meeting, choosing from nominations submitted by our alumni community. Award presentations are made each fall at a gala dinner in Austin.

The nomination form for the 2018 Alumni Association Awards is now available:

Submit a Nomination

2017 Alumni Association Award Honorees

  • Lifetime Achievement: Frank Denius ’49
  • Outstanding Alumna: JoAnn Lee ’83
  • Distinguished Alumna for Community Service: Janiece Longoria ’79
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus: Daniel Hodge ’04

In addition, Dean Ward Farnsworth honored two alumni:

  • The Honorary Order of the Coif: Ben Donnell ’61
  • The Dean’s Distinguished Service Award for Achievement in Trial Advocacy: Kenneth Tekell, Sr. ’63

Please read all about the 2017 honorees on the law school news site.

The awardees were honored at a gala dinner ceremony in Austin on October 6, 2017, and were treated to these tribute videos:

Lifetime Achievement: Frank Denius ’49

Recognizing a graduate who has had a distinguished career and has brought honor to The University Texas School of Law. See a full list of past recipients.


Outstanding Alumnus: JoAnn Lee ’83

Honoring a graduate who has made outstanding contributions to his or her chosen profession and to society as a whole. See a full list of past recipients.


Distinguished Alumnus for Community Service: Janiece Longoria ’79

Honoring an outstanding graduate who has made exemplary contributions in public, pro bono and/or community service. See a full list of past recipients.


Honorary Order of the Coif: Ben Donnell ’61

This award is chosen and presented by the Dean, acknowledging an alumnus of exceptional merit and extraordinary achievement in his or her career. See a full list of past recipients.


Outstanding Young Alumnus: Daniel Hodge ’04

This award recognizes a graduate who has made significant achievements professionally and in their service to the law school. See a full list of past recipients.