2014 Alumni Award Winners

The Law Alumni Association congratulates the following members of the Duke Law community for their career accomplishments, service, and dedication to Duke Law.

Charles S. Murphy Award

Valerie T. Broadie ’79Valerie T. Broadie ’79

Established in 1985, the Charles S. Murphy Award honors a graduate's commitment to the common good through his or her service to the community or dedication to education. The award is named for the late Charles S. Murphy T'31, L'34, who held positions in the administrations of Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson and served on the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School and as a Duke University Trustee.

Valerie Thompson Broadie came to Duke Law School in 1976 after working two years as a social worker in Pennsylvania. Helping people and making the world a better place have been her goals since she was a teenager. A child of the Sixties, she came to the Law School not necessarily intending to practice law but to learn ways to more effectively right the wrongs she saw impacting the young people and families with whom she had worked in the Norristown Area School District and as a part-time social worker at Planned Parenthood.

Since graduating from Duke, Broadie has served as economic development coordinator for the City of Winston-Salem, N.C. and – for the past 30 years – as a fundraising professional at the University of Pennsylvania (her undergraduate alma mater), the University of Maryland College Park, Howard University, Penn Medical Center, and Children’s National Medical Center. Putting her diverse fundraising experience and expertise to work, Broadie established her own fundraising consulting practice in 2005, “Valerie T. Broadie, Fundraising Counsel,”  which she operated for two years before joining the Washington, D.C. office of Campbell & Company, a national fundraising consulting firm based in Chicago, as a senior consultant. In January 2013, after nearly four years as director of development at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in New York, she joined the senior leadership team at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington (PPMW) as its chief development officer.

Broadie has been an enthusiastic volunteer at Duke Law School since first accepting Dean Paul Carrington’s invitation, in 1984, to join the Dean’s Advisory Council. She has served as president of the Law Alumni Association, on the Board of Visitors, and as co-chair of her Law Class Reunion Committee. In 2012 and 2013 Broadie  was a panelist at the Business Law Society’s Annual ESQ Career conference and conducted  mock interviews with 1Ls at the request of the Career Center. At the invitation of former Duke University President Nannerl Keohane, Broadie served, for a number of years, on the Women’s Studies Advisory Council.  She currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the Duke Women’s Forum in Washington, D.C.

Broadie also has served as a board member, speaker and volunteer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), National Capital Gift Planning Council, Washington Area Women’s Foundation and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She currently serves on the Board and chairs the Development Committee of the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Broadie lives with her children, Kristina T’10 and Sean, in Silver Spring, Maryland.


A. Kenneth Pye Award

David L. LangeDavid L. Lange

The A. Kenneth Pye Award honors a member of the Duke Law community whose work in education reflects former Dean A. Kenneth Pye’s life and ideals. Pye is remembered for his personal integrity and vigorous intellect as well as his sensitivity to the needs of individual students and the great compassion with which he assisted those who might have otherwise faltered.

David Lange is the Melvin G. Shimm Professor of Law at Duke University. He teaches courses in intellectual property, copyright, trademarks, and unfair competition, and entertainment law. He speaks, writes, and lectures frequently in these fields. He is the co-author of Intellectual Property: Cases and Materials, a casebook now in its 4th edition (West Publishing, 2012); and No Law: Intellectual Property in the Image of an Absolute First Amendment (Stanford University Press, 2009) (with H. Jefferson Powell). His recent observations on the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performance (delivered at the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law’s 2013 Symposium on the Treaty) are published as “From Berne to Beijing: A Critical Perspective,”16 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 1 (2013).

Prior to joining the Duke faculty in 1971, Lange worked in radio, television, and motion picture production, and as a practicing lawyer with an emphasis in media law. He acted subsequently for a number of years as counsel to a leading North Carolina law firm with an emphasis in copyright, trademarks, and unfair competition and related intellectual property matters.

Lange has testified by invitation before Congress. He gave the Twenty-Second Annual Donald Brace Memorial Lecture to the United States Copyright Society at Columbia Law School in 1992. An internationally recognized authority in his areas of specialty, he has also taught and lectured in Europe, Australia, and Asia. He has served as a pro bono consultant to the Vietnamese National Office of Industrial Property and to the National Copyright Office of Vietnam.

He is a founding member of the ABA Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and served on the Forum Committee's initial Governing Board. He served as a member of the Board of Advisors to the Reporter of the American Law Institute's Restatement (Third) of Unfair Competition. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Copyright Society of the United States.

Lange is married and has five children and seven grandchildren.


Charles S. Rhyne Award

Colin W. Brown ’74Colin W. Brown ’74

The Charles S. Rhyne award was established in 1994 to recognize graduates whose careers exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, personal integrity, and commitment to education or community service. It commemorates the life and career of the late Charles S. Rhyne, T’34, L’35, a professor of government and law at American University and George Washington University and a trustee of Duke University and George Washington University.

Colin Brown is president and chief executive officer of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a $12.5 billion diversified automotive corporation ranked No. 27 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Largest Private Companies” and No. 37 by Fortune as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” its 16th consecutive year on the list. Its principal businesses focus on vehicle distribution and processing, financial services, finance and insurance products, retail sales, marketing and consulting, and dealer technology products and services.

Often recognized for his corporate and community leadership, Brown has served on the boards of various organizations including United Way of Broward County, Automotive Hall of Fame, Youth Automotive Training Center, Florida TaxWatch, and Broward Workshop, a forum of top business leaders that addresses critical issues. Since 2005, Brown has served as a resident member of The Florida Council of 100 a nonprofit and non-partisan organization of Florida business leaders who advise the state's governor.  He was named the Broward County Business Leader of the Year by the Sun Sentinel for 2011, which honors individuals who contribute to the improvement of communities in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Northwood University also recognized Brown as part of its 2011 class of Outstanding Business Leaders for his professional and civic accomplishments.

Brown’s three children also have strong ties to Duke. His daughter Courtney graduated Law '07, his son Seth graduated Pratt '09, and his son Alec will be Nicholas '14.


International Alumni Award

Markus A. Nauheim ’96Markus A. Nauheim ’96

The International Alumni Award recognizes and honors an international graduate of the Duke University School of Law who has exemplified the highest standards of professional excellence, personal integrity, and concern for the common welfare in his or her own profession and home country.

Dr. Markus Nauheim L'96 of Munich, Germany
Partner - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Markus Nauheim is a corporate partner in the Munich office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is a member of Gibson Dunn's Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Groups.

Nauheim was born and raised in Limburg a.d. Lahn, Germany. He was a foreign exchange student at Hudson High School, Hudson, Ohio in 1986/87. He received his German law degree from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in 1995, attended the Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law at the University of Hong Kong School of Law in the summer of 1995, received his LL.M. degree from Duke University School of Law in 1996 and received his Dr.jur. degree magna cum laude from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in 2000. Nauheim has been admitted to the New York bar since 1997 and as a German attorney since 1999. After his Optional Practical Training as a foreign associate with Mayer, Brown & Platt in Washington, DC and Cologne and his mandatory legal clerkship in Germany, including positions at Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber in Frankfurt and CLT-UFA in Luxembourg, Nauheim started his career as an associate at BBLP Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener in Munich in 1999. He joined Gibson Dunn in 2002 as one of the founding members of the Munich office, was a member of the firm's Associate Committee, was seconded to the legal department of Infineon Technologies AG, worked in Gibson Dunn's New York office in 2004 and became a partner in 2008.

Among many other accolades, Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers have recognized Nauheim as one of Germany’s Best Lawyers 2013 in the category of M&A. He is a member, and the co-head of the M&A Section, of the German-American Lawyers Association. Nauheim is a founding member, and since 2010 has been the President, of the Duke Club of Germany, serves on the German Duke Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee and in July 2013 was elected to the Duke Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. 


Young Alumni Award

Nita A. Farahany ’04Nita A. Farahany ’04

The Law Alumni Association established the Young Alumni Award in 2000 to honor an individual who has graduated within the past 15 years and has made significant leadership and service contributions to Duke Law School and the legal profession.

Nita A. Farahany is a leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience and behavioral genetics. She also holds appointments in Duke University’s Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and the Department of Philosophy.

In 2010, Farahany was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and continues to serve as a member. Her recent scholarship includes “Searching Secrets,” 160 U. Penn. L. Rev. 1239 (2012) which explores the descriptive potential of intellectual property law as a metaphor to describe current Fourth Amendment search and seizure law and predict how the Fourth Amendment will apply to emerging technology. A related article, “Incriminating Thoughts,” 64 Stanford Law Review 351 (2012) demonstrates through modern neuroscience applications the need to redefine the taxonomy of evidence subject to the privilege against self-incrimination. She also is the editor of The Impact of Behavioral Sciences on Criminal Law (Oxford University Press), a book of essays from experts in science, law, philosophy, and policy.

Farahany presents her work widely including to audiences at the Judicial Conferences for the Second and Ninth Circuits, the National Judicial College, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, National Academies of Science Workshops, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers, the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, and by testifying before Congress. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Association of Law Schools, on the Board of the International Neuroethics Society, and the recipient of the 2013 Paul M. Bator award given annually to an outstanding legal academic under 40.

She received her AB in genetics, cell, and developmental biology at Dartmouth College, a JD and MA from Duke University, as well as a PhD in philosophy; her dissertation was entitled “Rediscovering Criminal Responsibility through Behavioral Genetics.” Farahany also holds an ALM in biology from Harvard University. In 2004-2005, Farahany clerked for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, after which she joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University. In 2011, Farahany was the Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Stanford Law School.


Dean’s Achievement Award

David W. Ichel ’78David W. Ichel ’78

The Dean's Alumni Achievement Award honors a Duke Law graduate who has demonstrated extraordinary service, commitment, and dedication to Duke Law School.

David W. Ichel is a partner in the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He has spent more than 35 years at that law firm litigating complex commercial disputes and advising companies, boards of directors, industry associations and institutions on litigation-related issues. He has been particularly active in claims involving commercial fraud and contract, securities, product liability and mass tort, insurance company insolvency , insurance coverage, distributor termination, antitrust and unfair trade practice, libel/slander and advertising/labeling. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., the United States Supreme Court, and numerous other federal Circuit and district courts throughout the United States.

Ichel joined Simpson Thacher in 1978 and was elected a partner in 1985. He received his BA in 1975, summa cum laude, from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his JD from Duke University School of Law in 1978, where he was a member of the Duke Law Journal. He currently chairs the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School.

For the last four years, Ichel has taught the Complex Civil Litigation course at Duke Law School. In addition, he has endowed an Ichel Professorship, an Ichel scholarship, and an Ichel classroom. He also provided a co-lead foundation gift to endow the Simpson Thacher & Bartlett professorship. His other service and support of Duke Law School includes:

  • Law Board of Visitors 2002 - present
  • Law Alumni Association 2001 - 2002
  • Law Campaign Committee
  • Law Reunion Committee
  • Law Barrister Society
  • Duke Law Building Fund Co-Chair 2004 - 2008
  • Founders’ Society
  • James B. Duke Society
  • Duke Law Metro NY Area Alumni Association - Former President
  • Private Adjudication Center
  • Law Mordecai Advisory Committee

He is listed as a leading commercial litigator in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Legal 500 United States; Euromoney Benchmark Litigation Survey, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Who’s Who (World and America).

Ichel is a member of the American Law Institute, the Board of MFY Legal Services, Inc. in New York, one of the country’s oldest legal services providers for the poor, and has previously served as chair of that Board.

Charles S. Murphy Award

  • 2013 Christian Broadbent ’99
  • 2012 Robert E. Harrington '87 
  • 2011 Barbara Arnwine '76
  • 2010 Janet Ward Black '85
  • 2009 Charles L. Becton '69
  • 2008 Letty M. Tanchum '73
  • 2007 Durwood J. Zaelke '72
  • 2006 Curtis L. Collier '74
  • 2005 Allyson K. Duncan '75
  • 2004 Robert S. Warwick '69
  • 2003 Robert E. Stipe '53
  • 2002 Lee H. Henkel Jr. '52 & Haley J. Fromholz '67
  • 2001 John D. Johnston Jr. '56
  • 2000 Peter S. Gilchrist III '65
  • 1999 Rhonda R. Winston '79
  • 1998 Daniel T. Blue Jr. '73
  • 1997 William C. Campbell '77
  • 1996 Christine M. Durham '71
  • 1995 Douglas P. Wheeler '66
  • 1994 Kenneth W. Starr '73
  • 1993 Robinson O. Everett '59
  • 1992 John H. Adams '62
  • 1991 Paul Hardin III '54
  • 1990 Charles S. Rhyne '35
  • 1989 Charles H. Miller '34
  • 1988 Gerald T. Wetherington '63
  • 1987 Gerald Bard Tjoflat '57
  • 1986 H. Hale McCown '37
  • 1985 Carlyle C. Ring Jr. '56

A. Kenneth Pye Award

  • 2013 Pam Gann ’73
  • 2012 Michael J. Sorrell '94
  • 2011 James Cox
  • 2010 William Reppy Jr.
  • 2009 E. Carol Spruill
  • 2008 The Honorable Robinson O. Everett '59
  • 2007 Paul D. Carrington
  • 2006 George C. Christie
  • 2005 Clark C. Havighurst
  • 2004 William W. Van Alstyne
  • 2003 Frank T. (Tom) Read '63
  • 2002 Herbert L. Bernstein (posthumous)
  • 2001 Paul Hardin III '54
  • 1999 Melvin G. Shimm

Charles S. Rhyne Award

  • 2013 James Smith ’86
  • 2012 Bruce L. Rogers '87
  • 2011 David Noble '66
  • 2010 Jeffrey Hughes '65
  • 2009 Candace M. Carroll '74
  • 2008 Glenn E. Ketner Jr. '63
  • 2007 Charles O. Verrill Jr. '62
  • 2006 James B. Maxwell '66
  • 2005 Frank Hunger '65
  • 2004 John Canning '69
  • 2002 William Louis-Dreyfus '57
  • 2001 Arnold B. McKinnon '51
  • 2000 William R. "Pat" Patterson '50
  • 1999 David Klaber '69
  • 1998 Robert L. Burrus Jr. '58
  • 1997 E. Norwood Robinson '52
  • 1996 L. Neil Williams '61
  • 1995 William F. Womble '39
  • 1994 Russell M. Robinson II '56

International Alumni Award

  • 2013 Manuel Sager ’85
  • 2012 Susanne I. Haas '85 & '87
  • 2011 Young Gak “Ken” Yun '88
  • 2010 Xiaoming Li '90
  • 2007 Sibylle Gierschmann '99
  • 2006 Marianne Philip '83 & Per Haakon Schmidt '83
  • 2005 Xi-Qing Gao '86
  • 2003 Jaime E. Aleman '78
  • 2002 Hideyuki Sakai '82
  • 2001 Javier Francisco Firpo '91
  • 2000 Abdul Rahman Al-Nafisah '80

Young Alumni Award

  • 2013 Sarah Hawkins Warren ’08
  • 2012 Amy Y. Yeung '06
  • 2011 Linda Martin '96
  • 2010 Adrian Dollard '95
  • 2009 Christopher Dean Dusseault '94
  • 2008 Jennifer L. Franklin '98
  • 2007 Jay Bilas '92
  • 2006 Christopher B. McLaughlin '96
  • 2005 Caroline B. Gottschalk '90
  • 2004 John Reed Stark '89
  • 2003 Theresa A. Newman '88
  • 2002 A. Daniel Scheinman '87
  • 2001 Elizabeth J. Gustafson '86
  • 2000 Sonja Steptoe '85

Dean's Alumni Achievement Award

  • 2013 Rick Horvitz ’78
  • 2011 Stanley Star ’61
  • 2007 Peter J. Kahn '76
  • 2001 George R. Krouse Jr. '70
  • 1999 Lanty L. Smith '67
  • 1994 Robert K. Montgomery '64
  • 1992 John F. Lowndes '58