UA’s Kelley Receives International Law Fraternity’s Highest Award

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Christopher Robin Kelley of Auburn, a 2000 graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law, recently received the J. Will Pless International Graduate of the Year Award, presented by Phi Delta Phi, international legal fraternity.

This prestigious award, named in honor of Phi Delta Phi’s late president and a former Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, is presented to one graduate from a Phi Delta Phi chapter each year. It is given to recognize academic excellence and involvement in the student’s law school, local community and Phi Delta Phi fraternity.

At UA, Kelley served as Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society president, Phi Delta Phi president, Student Farrah Law Society treasurer and Student Bar Association senator. He was recently awarded the first Phi Delta Phi Howell T. Heflin Award for excellence. This summer, he is a law clerk for Circuit Court Judge Charles Price.

The award will be presented at a luncheon during the next Phi Delta Phi convention to be held during summer 2001 in Washington, D.C.; it includes a monetary reward as well as a trip to the convention.

Each individual chapter nominates one or two candidates for the award. The province president then selects a province representative and submits that name to the national office where a committee of three past presidents of the fraternity determines the winner. Kelley was chosen to represent Province 15, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He was then selected for the final award over nominees from the fraternity’s more than 30 provinces located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.


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