Outstanding Service Award


The Outstanding Service Award recognizes an alumna/us or friend of the College who provides exceptional service to the College of Law.


  • Distinguished by demonstrating loyalty, leadership and service to the College of Law.
  • Needs not be an alumna/us.

Medal awarded at the Dean's Advisory Board Awards banquet.

Most Recent Winner

Ronald W. Schaefer

Ronald W. Schaefer served as the director of planning and construction for the University of Nebraska Medical Center from 2000 until his retirement in 2017. Ron and his late wife Barbara W. Schaefer, ’78, have long been supporters of the College of Law, including providing funding for the College's Law and Democracy Series. In 2024, Ron provided funding for a new professorship to honor Barb.

Ron Schaefer Headshot.

William C. Schwartzkopf, ’76

Bill Schwartzkopf is president and principal of Sage Consulting Group, a construction consulting firm based in Denver, for whom he has worked since 1989. He testifies as an expert witness in various courts and alternative dispute forms throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Iceland. During his career, he has been vice president and general counsel for a large electrical contractor, vice president of a large building contractor working in the western United States and vice president for a regional commercial development company. 

Bill Schwartzkopf Headshot.
Previous Winners
  • 2023: Patricia S. Peterson
  • 2022: Phyllis A. Acklie
  • 2020/21: Marty Davis & the Marvin and Virginia Schmid Foundation
  • 2019: John C. Anderson
  • 2018: Janice M. Gradwohl
  • 2017: Earl Scudder
  • 2016: Glenda Pierce
  • 2015: Dennis Weibling
  • 2014: Esther Beynon
  • 2013: Harvey S. Perlman
  • 2012: James R. Nearhood
  • 2011:  Deryl Hamann
  • 2010: Robert & Joanne Berkshire
  • 2009: Earl & Patricia Scudder
  • 2008: Suzy & Charlie Wright
  • 2007: Barb & Ron Schaefer
  • 2006: Claire & Charlene Johnson
  • 2005: Alan H. Frank
  • 2004: The Children of Harold W. Kauffman
  • 2003: Marvin & Virginia Schmid
  • 2002: Richard C. & Catherine Stuart Schmoker
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Katie Pfannenstiel
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