Woods Aitken Outstanding Student Award


The Woods Aitken Outstanding Student Award recognizes a third-year student who has committed to building the Nebraska Law community. The student demonstrates excellence in the classroom and exemplifies qualities consistent with the College’s mission and values.


  • Currently enrolled at the College of Law.
  • Good academic standing.
  • Brings benefit to Nebraska Law through their actions and commitment to community and service

Self-nominations are accepted, as are nominations from faculty, staff, students, or alumni. All nominations will be submitted by Dean Moberly to the Dean’s Advisory Board Executive Committee for selection. Questions should be directed to Molly Brummond.


Cash prize and medal awarded at the Dean's Advisory Board Awards banquet.

Most Recent Winner

Murphy G. Cavanaugh, 2024

Murphy Cavanaugh headshot

Previous Winners
  • 2023: Karsen E. Sims
  • 2022: Rachel Tomlinson Dick
  • 2021: Curtis Fuller
  • 2020: Madison Huber
  • 2019: Joy M. Kathurima
  • 2018: Jared Koch
  • 2017: Michael Blackburn
  • 2016: Christopher Schmidt
  • 2015: Katie Joseph
  • 2014: Paige Amundson
  • 2013: Allyson G. Peetz
  • 2012: Audrey Johnson & Christine Baughman
  • 2011: Joshua Wunderlich
  • 2010: Coady H. Pruett
  • 2009: Michelle M. Weber
  • 2008: Laura E. Antonuccio
  • 2007: Ryan J. Sevcik
  • 2006: Christopher J. Riffle
  • 2005: Alisa M. Rosales
  • 2004: David J. A. Bargen
  • 2003: Anthony B. Schutz
  • 2002: Paula S. Lyon
Katie Pfannenstiel portrait
Contact Katie with Questions

Katie Pfannenstiel
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Event Planning