Law School Honors 2014 Distinguished Law Alumni Award Recipients


Washington University School of Law recently conferred 2014 Distinguished Law Alumni Awards (DAA) during a celebration at the Ritz Carlton. The annual ceremony, going on its 41st year, honors alumni who have obtained distinction in their professional or academic careers. Those being honored share the same characteristics of leadership, progressive thinking, high standards, uncompromising integrity, commitment, courage, and confidence. Their careers serve as models for Washington University law students and alumni.

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Six individuals received awards this year, coming from all over the country and each showing exemplary accomplishments in their individual legal fields. The first four honorees were:

C. Donald Ainsworth, JD ’48, previously served as executive vice president, chief operating officer, and vice president of government affairs at the Safety Casualty Corporation before his retirement in 1999. Afterwards he continued to serve as the member of the board and a consultant to the corporation until 2011. See the rest of his bio. here [more].

Hon. Sharon Johnson Coleman, JD ’84, was nominated to the federal judiciary by President Obama and joined the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 2010. During her career, she has received numerous awards and honors, including the Esther Rothstein Award, the C.F. Stradford Award, and the Trinity Trailblazer Award. See here for her full bio. [more].

Mark Davis, JD ’74, is a partner in the law firm Davis Levin Livingston in Honolulu. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and was selected by Honolulu Magazine as “Lawyer of the Year” in 2009, 2010, and 2011. For more about his life and work, see the full bio. [more].

Bradley Winters, JD ’81, is a founding member of Sher Corwin Winters LLC and has been a litigator in St. Louis for almost 33 years. A much sought after speaker on trial practice and legal ethics, he has given speeches across the country to the American Bar Association, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, and others. For more about his life and career, see the full bio. [more].

The other two alumni received 2014 Distinguished Young Law Alumni Awards, which are given to alumni who have graduated from the school of law within the past 25 years. The recipients exemplify achievement and commitment to the ideals embodied in a law school education. The recipients were:

Christopher Clinton Conway, JD ’96, is the founder and principal of the Philanthropic Counsel in Los Angeles. As part of his responsibilities, he provides valuable legal counsel as well as helpd to direct meaningful change for iconic nonprofit organizations, high-net-worth individuals, and family foundations. For more about his life and work, see his full bio. [more].

Jennifer Marler, JD ’96, is the managing partner of the St. Louis office of Dentons. As a part of her practice, she represents lenders on loan transactions involving significant projects across the country. She was also recently honored by the Commercial Real Estate Women Network as the first recipient of its Achievement of Excellence Award for her efforts to advance the success of women in real estate. See the rest of her bio. here [more].  

Brent Mueller, Spring 2014