Albany Law School will delay opening until 11am due to the weather.
Albany Law School announced today that it will celebrate seven outstanding graduates at the
2018 Grand Honors Awards on Thursday, September 20, at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Albany Hotel.
Trustees Gold Medal • Daniel P. Nolan ’78, President and CEO, Hugh Johnson Advisors; Member and former Chairperson, Albany Law School Board of Trustees
Distinguished Alumni Award • Hon. Michael J. Garcia ’89,
Associate Judge, New York Court of Appeals
Donald D. DeAngelis ’60 Excellence in Alumni Service Award • Keiki-Michael Cabanos ’97,
Sr. Vice President and Corporate Counsel, Westwood Capital, LLC; Member, Albany Law School Board of Trustees • Amy J. Kellogg ’02,
Partner, Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP; former President, National Alumni Association
Outstanding Young Alumni Award • Javid Afzali ’12,
Associate, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP • Matthew J. Laroche ’10, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York • Adam W. Silverman ’08, Assistant Counsel for Public Safety, New York State Governor's Office
For the first time, the awards will be conferred during a ceremony to kick off
Reunion weekend. All alumni and friends of Albany Law School are invited to attend this inaugural event, the Grand Honors Awards Dinner and Ceremony, presented by the National Alumni Association. To register, visit
Other Reunion events include: the State of the School Address, delivered by President and Dean Alicia Ouellette '94, on Friday, Sept. 21; Senior Partners Brunch on Saturday, Sept. 22; and the traditional TGIF Reception, men's and women's rugby games, Reunion Picnic, Dinner Gala, and more. View the full schedule of events at
About the Albany Law School Grand Honors Awards:
The Trustees Gold Medal is the highest accolade bestowed by Albany Law School and is given to an individual who has demonstrated a record of exemplary support and dedication to the advancement of Albany Law School. This award was created in 1966 and includes a distinguished list of honorees, including Warren M. Anderson ’40, Domenick L. Gabrielli ’36, Hon. Robert J. Sise ’49, Prof. David D. Siegel, Donald R. DeAngelis ’60, Hon. Harry J. D'Agostino ’55, Peter M. Pryor ’54, James N. Benedict ’74, E. Stewart Jones Jr. ’66, and Edward P. Swyer, to name a few.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest award that the Albany Law School National Alumni Association bestows. First awarded in 1998, this award is presented to the graduate or graduates who have demonstrated one or more of the following: outstanding professional accomplishment, community service, and support for Albany Law School. Past recipients include Donna E. Wardlaw ’77, Hon. Randolph F. Treece ’76, Hon. Joseph C. Teresi ’71, Hon. Mary O. Ricci ’83, Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo ’77, VADM Barry M. Costello ’81, Peter C. Kopff ’75, Frank L. Fernandez ’80, Hon. Katherine M. Sheehan ’94, Hon. Thomas J. Vilsack ’75, Lisa A. Whitney ’71, Stephen P. Younger ’82, and Hon. Bernard J. Malone Jr. ’72.
The Donald D. DeAngelis ’60 Excellence in Alumni Service Award recognizes long and distinguished service to Albany Law School. Recipients join a notable list of past honorees, including: Richard D. Parsons ’71, Prof. Francis H. Anderson ’47, Dean Martin H. Belsky, Daniel P. Nolan ’78, Dianne R. Phillips ’88, John J. Yanas ’53, Hon. Erik E. Joh ’70, Prof. Michael J. Hutter Jr., Berta Hernandez-Truyol ’78, Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo ’82, Hon. Bernard J. Malone Jr. ’72, Donna E. Wardlaw ’77, Richard A. Reed ’81, Robert G. Lyman ’69, William E. Redmond ’55, Mary Ann A. Cody ’83, Barbara D. Cottrell ’84, John M. Bagyi ’96, Harold C. Hanson ’66, Larry P. Schiffer ’79, and Ruth E. Leistensnider ’88.
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award was first awarded in 1990. This award is given to the graduate or graduates who have shown extraordinary professional and/or humanitarian accomplishments and contributions since graduation from Albany Law School. The nominee must have graduated within the past 10 years. Previous honorees include Louis Cristo ’84, Stephen P. Younger ’82, Richard J. Miller Jr. ’89, Lee H. Wasserman ’83, Barbara D. Cottrell ’84, Gregory V. Serio ’86, Patricia E. Salkin ’88, Christopher R. Lyons ’88, Hon. Glen T. Bruening ’89, Cynthia A. Platt ’89, Gina M. Stevens ’90, Monica L. Kreshik ’94, Hon. Richard M. Platkin ’93, Patricia D. DeAngelis ’94, Molly A. Wilkinson ’96, Hon. Christine M. Clark ’96, Keiki-Michael Cabanos ’97, Hon. Ryan T. Donovan ’01, Laura M. Jordan ’03, and David A. Rozen ’10.