Distinguished Alumni Award


The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a graduate who has made outstanding contributions to the legal profession by supporting the community through hard work and diligence, selflessly paving the way for future leaders.


  • Properly nominated.
  • Graduate of the Nebraska College of Law.
  • Brings credit to the Law College by virtue of their recognized professional success.

Medal awarded at the Dean's Advisory Board Awards banquet and permanent recognition through a publicly-displayed plaque at the college.

Most Recent Winner

Damon O. Barry

Damon O. Barry is the Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's Denver office and a member of the firm's Expanded Board. As an experienced M&A and government affairs attorney, Damon solves problems for his clients and assists companies with complex business and legal transactions.

He advises and represents both buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, and sophisticated commercial transactions. Damon’s clients include directors and executives of public companies, owners of closely held companies, executives and directors of government agencies and others in a wide range of industries including software and technology, retail, hospitality, food and beverage, real estate, cannabis, financial services, government and manufacturing. He also advises professional athletes and coaches on sports law matters.

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Previous Winners
  • 2020/21: Sen. Matt Hansen
  • 2019: Gail S. Perry
  • 2018: Hon. Michael G. Heavican
  • 2017: Connie Collingsworth
  • 2016: Hon. William Jay Riley
  • 2015: Deborah Gilg
  • 2014: Hon. Vernon Daniels
  • 2013: Kim M. Robak
  • 2012: John M. & Janice M. Gradwohl
  • 2011:  Senator E. Benjamin Nelson
  • 2010: Robert W. Korba
  • 2009: Hon. Arlen Beam
  • 2008: Clayton K. Yeutter
  • 2007: Charles Thone
  • 2006: Hon. Laurie Smith Camp
  • 2005: Donald C. Farber
  • 2004: D. Nick Caporale
  • 2003: Theodore C. Sorensen
  • 2002: Duane W. Acklie
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Contact Katie with Questions

Katie Pfannenstiel
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Event Planning