Society of Benchers 2016
2016 Society of Benchers Officers and Inductees - From left to right: Case Western Reserve University School of Law Co-Dean Michael Scharf; Hewitt B. Shaw ‘80, Treasurer; M. Patricia “Pat” Oliver ‘80, Chair; M. Catherine Vernon ’93, Inductee; Michele L. Connell ’03, Inductee; John P. Slagter ’91, Inductee; Associate Dean and Professor B. Jessie Hill, Inductee; Frederick A. Watkins ’68, Inductee; Stephen M. O’Bryan ’69, Inductee; Professor Lewis Katz, Secretary; and Co-Dean Jessica Berg. Not pictured are Geri Presti ‘88, Vice-Chair, and Inductees David S. Kurtz ‘79, Milton A. Marquis ‘84 and Rosemary Ann McCarney.
The Society of Benchers was established in 1962 to give recognition to graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professions and their communities and have brought honor to the law school. The 54th annual dinner was held on June 23, 2016 at Tucker Ellis LLP.
David E. Gilbert, President & CEO of the 2016 Republican National Convention Host Committee, Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, gave the keynote address.
Pat Oliver ‘80, Chair, and Steve Ellis ‘72 co-hosted the event.
Professor Emeritus Leon Gabinet (left) and Professor Lewis Katz served as emcees for the event.
Ellen Kirtner ‘16 (middle), Society of Benchers Student Award Winner, and guest Zachary LaFleur ‘16 (left) with Bencher and Professor Emeritus Bill Leatherberry.
Benchers Gerald Jackson ‘71 and David Schaefer ‘74.
Benchers Luke Dauchot ‘86 and David Dvorak ‘91 reminisce with Professor Lewis Katz.