Every spring, as part of the Law School's Spring Honors and Awards program, the Remington Center presents two awards to outstanding clinical students.
The first award was established by the family of the late attorney Melvin Friedman. At the request of his family, the Melvin Friedman Memorial Scholarship honors a student who has done outstanding work in the Wisconsin Innocence Project. John Pray, Keith Findley, and Byron Lichstein have agreed that the 2008 Melvin Friedman Memorial Scholarship should go to Andy Becher (2L). Andy has shown extraordinary dedication to the Innocence Project. He has worked incredibly long hours mastering large and complicated cases, mastering the factual and legal complexities of each. He has submitted high-quality drafts of postconviction motions, demonstrating excellent clarity and attention to detail. Finally, Andy has provided extensive and insightful feedback on written drafts submitted by his colleagues. He is a worthy recipient of the Friedman Award.
The second award is the Catherine Manning Memorial Award. Catherine Manning was a clinical instructor in LAIP during 1988-89, who was tragically killed in a car crash. In her memory, the program established the Catherine Manning Award, which honors one or two students each year who have done outstanding work in a prison project, other than the Wisconsin Innocence Project. A plaque listing the names of Catherine Manning Award winners since 1989 is on the wall outside of Byron Lichstein's office.
This year's recipient of the Catherine Manning Award is Katie Holtz (3L). The Remington Center's supervising attorneys unanimously agreed that Katie exemplifies the hard work, empathy, and dedication to clients that we’ve come to associate with the Manning Award. Katie was enrolled in the Criminal Appeals Project in 2006-07, and has worked as a Project Assistant "screening interviewer" for all the prison projects during 2007-08. For the past two years, Katie has demonstrated great skill in legal analysis, writing, oral advocacy, and professionalism. More significantly, she has demonstrated tremendous energy, creativity, and commitment in assisting Remington Center clients. Katie is a natural advocate who exemplifies the best qualities that we associate with the Manning Award.
For the Remington Center's clinical faculty, both of these awards carry a great deal of meaning. We hope that you will join us in congratulating Andy and Katie on these honors, and in expressing appreciation for their devotion to the program and to their clients.