Michelle Smith Pontell Award ($2,000)

Created in memory of family law attorney Michelle Smith Pontell, who held two advanced degrees (art history and law) and was actively involved with UCI, this fellowship is awarded annually to a doctoral student who has shown outstanding accompishments in graduate study. In 1980, Pontell received the American Jurisprudence Award in Community Property while attending the UCLA School of Law, and after graduation, she entered a family law practice with now-retired Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine, who was appointed to both the Superior and the Appellate Courts by Governor Jerry Brown. Subsequently, Pontell established herself as one of the leading family law attorneys in Orange County.

 

Year

Graduate

2018

Sofia Laguna

2017

Rylan Simpson

2016

Natalie Pifer

2015

Alyse Bertenthal

2014

Veronique Fortin        

2013

Adam Boessen, Marisa Omori

2012

Alyssa Chamberlain

2011

Tim Goddard, Randy Myers

2010

Lori Sexton

2009

James Binnall

2008

Andrew Peterson

2007

Lyndsay Boggess

2006

Michael Campbell

2005

Michael Smyth

2004

Erik Fritsvold

2003

Laurie Rodriguez

2002

Darcy Purvis

2001

none awarded

2000

Kim Richman