MSU College of Law

George N. Bashara Jr. ’60 Distinguished Alumni Award

This prestigious and longstanding award was established to recognize outstanding alumni of DCL and MSU Law who meet rigorous criteria, including:

  • Participation in and contribution to the alumni affairs of the College
  • Outstanding personal service to the College
  • Personal accomplishments that enhance the reputation of the College
  • Distinguished service in any field of human endeavor, be it family, community, business, industry, science, or a profession.

Up to four awards may be given annually to any of our 10,000 living alumni, chosen by the Distinguished Alumni Award Committee. 

Previous recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award include:

  • 2016: Prof. Emeritus Edward J. Littlejohn, ‘70
  • 2015: Judith K. Cunningham, '83
  • 2014: Michael Morris, '81
  • 2013: Prof. Robert M. Filiatrault, ’70
  • 2012: John F. Schaefer, ’69
  • 2011: Hon. Alton Davis, '74
  • 2010: Hon. Diane M. Hathaway, '87, Justice, Michigan Supreme Court
  • 2009: Linda Orlans, ’87, founding shareholder of Orlans Associates, P.C.; Orlans Mornal, PLLC; and eTitle Agency, Inc.
  • 2008: Hon. Julie Nicholson, '87
  • 2007: Richard N. Wiener, '76
  • 2006: Hon. William J. Caprathe, '62
  • 2005: Melinda J. Loftin, '81
  • 2004: Victor Marrocco, '70
  • 2003: Francine Cullari, '82
  • 2002: Hon. Bernard Friedman, '68
  • 2001: David Christensen, '67
  • 2000: Richard Victor, '75
  • 1999: Hon. Richard F. Suhrheinrich, '63
  • 1998: Michael Berry, '50
  • 1997: Donald L. Castle, '36
             Carole L. Chiamp, '72
             John D. O'Hair, '54
  • 1988: Dennis Archer, '70
             Harold Oehmke, '72
             Ellsworth Reynolds, '42
             Robert J. Traxler, '60
  • 1986: Daniel M. Clark, '63
             Alan W. Joslyn, '24
             Leroy B. McInally, '31
  • 1985: Robert Dunwoodie, '39
             Andrew Transue, '26
  • 1984: Leo Farhat, '52
  • 1983: Frances R. Avadenka, '66
  • 1982: G. Cameron Buchanan, '30