Recent graduates, Nicholas S. Beydler and Catherine Marie Wiehl, receive School of Law Awards

Catherine Wiehl receives award

Recent graduate, Catherine Wiehl, receives an award from Professor Leo Salinger during the law school’s annual awards ceremony May 17.

Nicholas S. Beydler and Catherine Marie Wiehl, both class of 2013 UMKC School of Law graduates, received prestigious awards during the law school’s annual student awards ceremony.  Beydler received the Law Alumni Association Charles E. Whittaker Award for Academic Excellence, named after the School’s Supreme Court Justice and recognizing the outstanding third-year student who has advanced the intellectual life of the Law School. Wiehl received the Law Alumni Association Harry S. Truman Leadership Award, which is given annually to a graduating third-year student who exemplifies commitment to the legal profession, service, and leadership, standards set by the Law School’s most famous alumnus, Harry S. Truman. Both students received a plaque and cash award.

In addition to these honors, Wiehl and Beydler also received several other awards Friday, May 17 at the awards ceremony.

Nick Beydler and Christian Nafziger

Nicholas Beydler celebrates with fellow graduate, Christian Nafziger, after the law school commencement ceremony May 18.

Beydler graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, reflecting the highest grade point average over three years of study. As recipient of this award, he had the opportunity to speak briefly to his classmates at the Awards Ceremony.  Beydler was the Julian K. Davidson Scholar, receiving a full-ride scholarship for his three years at the law school. At the Awards Ceremony, he received several awards recognizing his outstanding performance in our intra- and inter-school moot court competitions, his highest grades in many classes and his exemplary work as Managing Editor of the UMKC Law Review and his service as a staff member The Urban Lawyer.

Alexandra Nieves Gonzalez and Catherine Wiehl

Alexandra Nieves Gonzalez and Catherine Wiehl pose during the law school reception following the commencement ceremony.

Wiehl also graduated with Summa Cum Laude latin honors and was the Jack and Helyn Miller Scholar, receiving the law school’s other full ride merit scholarship. She also received awards for her excellent work as a member of the ABA National Client Counseling Competition team, her highest grades in several courses, and her exemplary service as Student Editor-in-Chief of The Urban Lawyer and as a Law Review staff member.

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