The Richard Perna Young Alumni Award Of Excellence

The Richard Perna Young Alumni Award of Excellence recognizes a UDSL graduate who has made a significant leadership, career and/or service contribution to their community, the School Of Law or the legal profession within 10 years of graduation.  Members of the Alumni Association Board of Trustees nominate candidates for this award.

Jane Novick '12, 2017 Recipient

Jane NovickJane Novick’s life's passion was solidified when her second child Elana, was determined to be developmentally delayed.  In her quest to advocate for Elana’s best interests, Jane learned enough to become an advocate for people with special needs.  In Ohio, she created the South Dayton Parent’s group and was appointed by Governor Taft to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, in which she chaired the Employment and Health committee.  Jane strongly believes that individuals with special needs should have the ability to move out of segregated settings and be integrated into the community through work, school, housing and recreation. 

Her advocacy led her to the University of Dayton School of Law where she earned her JD in January 2012 at the age of 57.  Her practice focuses on disability issues, elder law, in particular elder abuse, estate planning, and juvenile issues.  Jane is a member of the Montgomery County Collaboration Against Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of the Elderly; Lifecycles, a committee that focuses on issues affecting people at different stages of their life, the Wright State University Community Advisory Board for the Person-Centered Medical Home for People Living with Dementia, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She has given lectures at the Montgomery County Regional Center for Children with Special Needs, the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disability Services, the Access Center for Independent Living and at several senior centers and community centers.

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