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2015 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Awards

The office of Alumni Engagement, in partnership with the Alumni Association Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the recipients of our second annual Distinguished Alumni of the Year Awards—honoring outstanding service to the law school, community, and legal profession.

Please join us in congratulating our distinguished alumni:


Charles Grebing '70

Alumnus of the Year Award

Charles R. Grebing ‘70

Senior Partner, Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie, LLP

Presented to alumni who distinguish themselves in their professional life and who embody the high ethical standards and commitment to community service that California Western seeks to instill in its graduates. 

Karen Crawford '80

Outstanding Judicial Award

The Honorable Karen Shichman Crawford ‘80

United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District of California

Presented to alumni who demonstrate extraordinary devotion and dedication to the improvement of the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice. The recipient is a member in good standing, possesses and displays a high level of professionalism and leadership, is considered a role model in the legal community and has provided outstanding service to the bench by contributing to the legal profession at any level of the court.

Tammy Sumontha '00

Outstanding Community Service Award

Tammy Sumontha ‘00

Managing Attorney, Law Office of Tammy Sumontha

Presented to alumni who demonstrate notable community, public, or humanitarian service. 

Mike Semanchik '10

Rising Star Award

Michael A. Semanchik ‘10

Attorney, California Innocence Project

Presented to alumni of the past 10 years who make significant achievements and demonstrate a high level of community involvement.  

We will congratulate and recognize our 2015 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Awards honorees on September 26, 2015 at the annual Reunion Celebration in San Diego.