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2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

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

Please join us in congratulating:

Alumna of the Year Award

Marcella O. McLaughlin ‘98

Deputy District Attorney, Office of the San Diego County District Attorney, Ethics Coordinator / Appellate and Training Division

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.

Outstanding Judicial Award

The Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia ‘74

United States District 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, is a member in good standing, possess and displays a high level of professionalism and leadership, is considered a role model in the legal community, has provided outstanding service to the bench and contributed to the legal profession at any level of the court.

Outstanding Community Service Award

Christopher M. Lawson ‘05

Deputy District Attorney, Gang Prosecution Unit, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office 

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

Rising Star Award

Michael Manley ‘10

Attorney, The Opus Law Firm

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