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By DePaul University College of Law /
July 15, 2017 /
Posted in: Alumni News /
This May, DePaul University honored three of its most notable graduates at the 2017 Law Alumni Awards Lunch. During the annual ceremony, Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea acknowledged the achievements of these DePaul Law Champions, whose contributions to the legal profession exemplify the mission of the school. This year's winners were: Shawn Kasserman ('90) – Distinguished Alumnus Award; Damon Ritenhouse ('11) - Outstanding Service to the DePaul Community Award, and Sufyan Sohel ('11) - Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.
Shawn Kasserman ('90) – DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD
Kasserman felt genuinely honored by winning this award. “When I saw the list of past recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna award I was overwhelmed with pride,” he said. “To be recognized by my beloved DePaul - alongside of some of the greatest names in the legal community is perhaps the highest professional honor of my career. The truth is that I share this award with my professors, fellow students and my family - all of whom have given me unending support.”
Damon Ritenhouse ('11) - OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE DEPAUL COMMUNITY AWARD
Ritenhouse considers the receipt of this award to be “one of the high points in my legal career.” He continues, “one of the best aspects of winning the award was that I got to speak about the work we have done at NLAP over the last five years and recognize many of the people who have contributed to its success during that time.”
Sufyan Sohel ('11) – OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNUS AWARD
Sobel is “deeply humbled to receive the DePaul College of Law Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. … DePaul fueled the flame that drives me to provide aid to those most disenfranchised and to better serve all my communities. DePaul sent me to Egypt and the United Nations to advocate for women’s rights issues, empowered me to lead fellow classmates in teaching the US Constitution to CPS students, and introduced me to CAIR-Chicago where I started as a law clerk and now serve as Deputy Director & Counsel. … This award more than anything, pushes me to work harder to combat hate and injustice in our communities. ”
While these three are singled out, the entire DePaul alumni network is responsible for some other remarkable achievements over the past year. More than 200 alumni participated in the school's Prepare-to-Practice (P2P) program, with more participating as mentors and employers. Alumni have raised over $175,000 in Alumni Achievement Scholarship Awards for students starting in September 2017. Dean Rosato Perea also recognized other “DePaul Law Champions” for their generosity and commitment to the law school, especially its students and recent alumni.