Kloppenberg Student Leadership Award

Lisa A. Kloppenberg served as the dean of University of Dayton School of Law from 2001 to 2011. During her tenure, Kloppenberg helped create the “Lawyer as Problem Solver” curriculum, which garnered the School of Law national recognition for its innovative approach toward educating law students. In addition, Kloppenberg successfully published dozens of publications during her tenure as dean. Kloppenberg also challenged students, faculty, staff and alumni to pursue excellence through public service and community engagement. During Kloppenberg’s time as dean, students dedicated an average of over 8,000 hours of community service to the Greater Dayton community each year.

The Student Bar Association honors Kloppenberg’s service through the Lisa A. Kloppenberg Outstanding Student Leadership Award. This award recognizes a graduating law student who exhibits leadership traits similar to those exemplified by Kloppenberg. Nominated students must demonstrate a record of significant contributions to, and involvement with, the School of Law; academic contributions to the profession; and commitment to public service and community engagement. Eligible students must be graduating third-year law students with good academic standing.

Nomination Information

Any member of the University of Dayton School of Law community (students, faculty, administration or staff) may nominate a graduating 3L for the Lisa A. Kloppenberg Outstanding Student Leadership Award. Nominators must complete the Nomination Form and submit the form to the 2L class president. The 2L class president will disseminate all nomination forms to the Selection Committee. Nominated students may be asked to furnish a resume. 

The Selection Committee consists of the assistant dean of student affairs, associate dean for academic affairs, 2L class president, 1L class president, recently selected 1L Professor of the Year recipient (if available), recently selected upper-class Professor of the Year recipient (if available), School of Law dean (if available) and Lisa Kloppenberg (if available).

Timeline for Nomination and Selection

One week before the spring intrasession begins: Distribution of nomination forms. 

One week after the spring intrasession began: Nomination forms are due. 

Two weeks after the spring intrasession began: Committee chairperson disseminates the submitted nomination forms to the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee meets to evaluate the nominated students and select three finalists. The finalists participate in interviews with the Selection Committee. 

Four weeks after the spring intrasession began: Selection Committee selects the award recipient.

One Week Prior to Commencement: Committee chairperson notifies the award recipient.

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