Pepperdine Caruso Law Honors Community Members at 7th Annual Parris Institute for Professional Excellence Awards
Each year, Pepperdine Caruso Law invites the entire community of students, faculty, and staff to nominate their colleagues and peers who represent outstanding integrity, character, and leadership for the Annual Parris Institute for Professional Excellence Awards. On April 8, 2021, Caruso Law continued the annual tradition, hosting the ceremony in a remote format. Special guests this year were Rex and Carol Parris, who founded the institute in 2014.
In his opening remarks, Dean Paul Caron commented, "This is always a time to celebrate our students, but this year is even more special because we are recognizing our faculty and staff as well. ... I am so happy that we have the opportunity to celebrate our faculty and staff, as well as our students, at this year's Parris awards."
The 2021 Parris Award recipients are:
Evan T. Carthen 1L Inspirational Leadership Award:
Excellence in Service:
Excellence in Professionalism:
Excellence in Peacemaking:
Excellence in Courage:
Excellence in Leadership:
Excellence in Character:
Kelly Shea Delvac
Awards are also presented to alumni preceptors, who are paired with first-year students as mentors during their first year of law school.
Preceptors of the Year:
Emily Allen (JD '05), Partner at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Robert Weinberg (JD' 83), Owner at the Law Offices of Robert A. Weinberg
Faculty/Staff Impact Awards
The Faculty/Staff Impact Awards were introduced this year to recognize full-time faculty and staff members who have made an exceptional impact in the lives of the law school's students.
Selina Farrell, Associate Professor of Legal Research Writing, and Director of Academic Excellence
Randi Redman, Assistant Director, Admissions and Student Services, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
Fedelma Zahlit, Executive Assistant to the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Life, and Deans' Suite Manager
Normally presented during the annual School of Law dinner, these awards were originally presented at an online faculty meeting in March.
1L Professor of the Year:
Upper-year Professor of the Year:
Skip McDermott Award:
Gregory L. Ogden
Dean's Excellence in Scholarship Award:
Shelley Ross Saxer
Congratulations to all award winners!