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Graduating Law Students Recognized for Outstanding Achievement

The Duquesne University School of Law recently recognized the following outstanding graduating students with various awards and honors.

These students will graduate this Sunday, June 7, at the law school's 101st Commencement Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the A.J. Palumbo Center. 

Russell Bopp received the Distinguished Student Award, which is presented to seniors who have demonstrated general scholastic excellence and performed a meritorious service to the law school. He also received the John J. Sciullo Peer Excellency Award, which is given to a graduating student for outstanding contributions to the school or for overcoming challenges in obtaining a law degree. Among other accomplishments and awards, Bopp was the executive articles editor for the Duquesne University Law Review, and he earned the Pro Bono Program Honors Certificate of Recognition for logging 61-120 pro bono hours (60 hours are required). Bopp resides in McKnight, Pa.  

Benjamin Kendall received the Distinguished Student Award. In addition, he was presented with the American Bar Association and the Bureau of National Affairs Award (ABA-BNA) for Excellence in the Study of Employment Discrimination. His other accomplishments and awards include the James P. and Mary S. McArdle Charitable Fund Memorial Scholarship and serving as a senior staff editor for the Duquesne University Law Review. Kendall resides in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Italian native Emilia Rinaldi received the Distinguished Student Award. She and a teammate also placed second in the country at the 30th Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition at Brooklyn Law School. Among other awards, Rinaldi was a senior staff editor for the Duquesne University Law Review. She also earned the Pro Bono Program Honors Certificate of Recognition for logging between 61-120 pro bono hours. Rinaldi resides Rome, Italy.  

Laura Veith received the Distinguished Student Award. She was editor and chief of the Duquesne University Law Review and a member of the Louis L. Manderino Honor Society. Veith also earned the Pro Bono Program Honors Certificate of Recognition for logging between 61-120 pro bono hours. Veith resides in Erie, Pa.

Emily Bittle received the Lynette Norton Memorial Award, which is presented to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence; skills in oral advocacy through moot court programs; and a keen sense of ethics and professionalism. Bittle was a senior staff editor for the Duquesne Law Review and a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, where she placed first in the brief category, among other accomplishments. She resides in Chambersburg, Pa.

Aubrey Smith received the Lynette Norton Memorial Award, the Katie Elisabeth Westbrook Award as well as a Pro Bono Program Honors Certificate of Recognition for logging between 61-120 pro bono hours. She also was a national semi-finalist in the Fall 2014 National Civil Trial Competition. Smith resides in Gibsonia, Pa.

Katrina Lawrence received the National Association of Woman Lawyers Award, which is given to a graduate who has demonstrated academic achievement, exhibits motivation, contributed to the advancement of women in society, and promotes issues and concerns of women in the legal profession. In addition, she was a recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association's Environmental and Energy Section Scholarship and the Susan H. Wilkie Award for Professional Responsibility. Lawrence resides in Carmichaels, Pa.

Lindsay Fouse was presented with the Raymond F. Sekula Award, which is given by a group of law school alumni to a graduate who most exemplifies the qualities of former Dean Sekula: a passion for the study of law, diligence and a desire to serve others through excellence in the practice of law. She was also a senior staff editor for the Duquesne University Law Review, among other accomplishments. Fouse resides in Aliquippa, Pa.

Stephan Miros received the Raymond F. Sekula Award and also was a member of the 2014-2015 Criminal Prosecution Program. He resides in Glenshaw, Pa. 

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