2020 Alumni Award Winners

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Charles S. Murphy Award for Achievement in Civic Service

Satana Deberry

Satana T. Deberry '94

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.

Satana T. Deberry was sworn into office on January 1, 2019, as District Attorney for the 16th Prosecutorial District in Durham County, where she leads a team of forty prosecutors and support staff. Throughout her career, she has worked to dismantle systems that restrict the lives of poor people, families, communities of color, and other marginalized and underrepresented groups.

Deberry brings to the office of District Attorney an extensive professional background that includes serving as a criminal defense attorney in her hometown of Hamlet, North Carolina, General Counsel for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and executive director of the nonprofit North Carolina Housing Coalition. She received her AB in Sociology from Princeton University and earned a  Juris Doctor and a master’s in Business Administration from at Duke University. She is a mother who enjoys spending time with her active teenage daughters.


A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education

Guy-Uriel Charles

Guy-Uriel Charles

The A. Kenneth Pye award honors a graduate or other member of the Duke Law community whose work in education  reflects former Dean A. Kenneth Pye’s life and ideals.

Guy-Uriel Charles joined the Duke Law faculty in 2009. He is currently the Edward and Ellen Schwarzman Professor  of Law at Duke Law School. He is the co-director, with Mitu Gulati, of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics.  He teaches and writes about constitutional law, election law, campaign finance, redistricting, politics, and race.  In  2016, he received the Law School’s Distinguished Teaching Award.  He has published over 30 articles in journals  including the Harvard Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, The Cornell Law Review, The Michigan Law Review,  The Michigan Journal of Race and Law, The Georgetown Law Journal, The Journal of Politics, The California Law  Review, The North Carolina Law Review, and others.  He is the co-athor of two leading casebooks and two edited volumes.  He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Berkeley, Georgetown, Virginia, and Columbia law schools. 

Professor Charles received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School and clerked for The Honorable Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. While at the University of Michigan, he was among a group of students who founded the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and he served as the Journal’s first editor-in-chief. From 1995-2000, he was a graduate student in political science at the University of Michigan.  He is a past member of the National Research Commission on Elections and Voting and the Century Foundation Working Group on Election Reform. 

Prior to Duke, Professor Charles taught at the University of Minnesota Law School from 2000-2009 where he also held the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Professor of Law.  From 2006-2008, he served as the interim co-dean at the University of Minnesota Law School. At Minnesota, he was named the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year for 2002-2003.

Charles S. Rhyne Award for Professional Achievement

Jennifer Baltimore

Jennifer Baltimore '92

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.

Jennifer Baltimore is Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Universal Music Group (UMG), where she focuses on the company’s film and television initiatives, live events and direct-to-consumer offerings. She additionally supports UMG’s Executive Management Board on global projects that leverage the company’s diverse artist roster and catalogs. Baltimore joined UMG in 2016 after a decade of working in the digital arena with AOL/Verizon, Hearst and Fox Interactive Media. She is a member of Corporate Counsel Women of Color. Baltimore received her B.A. in Economics from University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. from Duke University School of Law.


Charles S. Rhyne Award for Professional Achievement

John C. Yates

John C. Yates '81

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.

Mr. Yates is chair of the Technology Group of the law firm, Morris, Manning & Martin LLP.  He has been practicing exclusively in this area for over 35 years and is internationally recognized in the technology, ecommerce and internet law fields. He co-founded several non-profit tech associations, including the Southeastern Software Association (SSA), the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the CEO Council, and the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA).  Mr. Yates is also co-chair of the Technology Council of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and has also served on the Chamber’s Board. 

In addition to being a frequent speaker at major technology organizations, Mr. Yates has authored hundreds of articles and was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kodak vs. Image Technical Services. Mr. Yates is frequently quoted in business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude, and his J.D. from Duke University and serves on the Board of Visitors at the Duke University School of Law and Board of Trustees of Furman University.  Mr. Yates chaired the 2013 NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament held in Atlanta and is on the boards of the Woodruff Arts Center, Metro YMCA of Atlanta and CURE Childhood Cancer.


International Alumni Award

Judge Maya

The Honorable Mandisa Muriel Maya '90

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.

Justice Mandisa Maya was born at St. Cuthbert’s in Tsolo, South Africa, on 20 March 1964. She obtained the degrees B.Proc from the University of Transkei (now Walter Sisulu University) in 1986, LLB from the University of Natal, Durban in 1988 and LLM, on a Fulbright scholarship, from the Duke University School of Law in North Carolina, U.S.A. in 1990.

In a chequered career in the legal profession, she has worked as an attorney’s assistant, a court interpreter, a court prosecutor and an assistant State Law Adviser (Mthatha); policy counsel and lobbyist (Women’s Legal Defense Fund in Washington D.C.); law lecturer (University of Transkei); an Independent Electoral Commission investigator in the first democratic South African elections, Transkei Region in 1994, and practised as an advocate (having been so admitted in 1992) from January 1994 until her elevation to the bench in July 1999. 

Justice Maya was permanently appointed as the first black woman Judge of Appeal, in the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2006. In 2015 she was appointed as the first woman Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal. And in 2017, she became the first woman President of the court. She has acted as a judge in the Constitutional Court of South Africa and as a judge of Appeal in the Supreme Courts of Namibia and Lesotho.  She is held in high esteem by the South African legal fraternity and has a reputation for integrity and independence along with a sensitivity to the implications of gender-based violence and socio-economic inequalities in South African society.

Throughout her career, Justice Maya has demonstrated a clear commitment to the promotion of gender equality. Her extra-curricular activities and particularly her community activism, reflect a deep commitment the values of the Constitution. Through her appointment as President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, she became a symbol of gender transformation and is an important role-player in the promotion of cultural and gender rights in South Africa.

Justice Maya is married to Dabulamanzi Mlokoti and they have three children, a daughter, Wela (also a Duke Law LLM graduate) and two sons, Zizi and Jama.


Young Alumni Award

Lauren Fine

Lauren Fine '11

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.

Lauren Fine, Esq., is the co-founder and Co-Director of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP), a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that works to keep children out of adult jails and prisons, and to bring home people who were sentenced as children to life in prison without the possibility of parole (“Juvenile Lifers“). At YSRP, she leads the mitigation/sentencing advocacy team for youth and juvenile lifer client-partners, does policy advocacy work, and works with her Co-Director and Director of Operations on fundraising, communications and other aspects of the organization’s management. Before YSRP, Lauren was a Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law at Juvenile Law Center, a federal law clerk, and a research assistant/project manager at the Brookings Institution. At Juvenile Law Center, among other projects, she advanced efforts to end the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without parole, including co-authoring Amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme courts. She also aided in successfully challenging the adjudication of homicide for an 11 year old; provided legal intake services at a homeless shelter for youth, and co-authored a Model Act and reports on juvenile record expungement and on trauma and resilience. 

Lauren has received several fellowships and awards for her work with YSRP; she is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2015 American Express-Ashoka Emerging Innovator, a 2016 Claneil Emerging Leader Fellow, a 2016 American Bar Association Lawyer on the Rise, the 2017 recipient of Duke Alumni Association’s Young Alumna award, and the 2018 recipient of the American Constitution Society David Carliner Public Interest Award. Lauren is the Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, a member of the Duke Philadelphia regional alumni board and a the Duke Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Yale University and Duke University School of Law.


Outstanding Volunteer Service Award

To be awarded for the first time in 2021. This award honors individuals for their excellent volunteer service to Duke Law School. In their roles as volunteers, these individuals have distinguished themselves through their exceptional dedication and sustained commitment to the Duke Law community.


Charles S. Murphy Award

  • 2019 The Honorable Todd M. Hughes '92
  • 2018 Michael R. Dreeben ’81
  • 2017 The Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams ’77
  • 2016 Anthony S. Harrington '66
  • 2015 Susan M. Prosnitz '89 
  • 2014 Valerie T. Broadie '79
  • 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

  • 2019 Katharine T. Bartlett 
  • 2018 Theresa A. Newman ’88
  • 2018 James E. Coleman, Jr.
  • 2017 Richard A. Danner
  • 2016 Paul H. Haagen
  • 2015 Sara Sun Beale 
  • 2014 David L. Lange
  • 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

  • 2019 Cheryl Williams Scarboro '89
  • 2018 Mark Alan Fishman ’78
  • 2018 Kathleen M. Hamm ’88
  • 2017 John R. Wester ‘72
  • 2016 Robert C. Weber '76
  • 2015 Gary G. Lynch '75 
  • 2014 Colin W. Brown '74
  • 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

  • 2019 James J. Bergin '93
  • 2018 Yibing Mao ’89
  • 2017 Paul W. Hespel ‘95
  • 2016 Marcella Harshbarger Sampic '02
  • 2015 Yan Xuan '87 
  • 2014 Markus A. Nauheim '96
  • 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

  • 2019 Celia A. Glass '14
  • 2018 Libby Magee Coles ’08
  • 2017 Linton Mann III ‘07
  • 2016 Rodney D. Bullard '01
  • 2015 Yi Lin Chua '00 
  • 2014 Nita A. Farahany '04
  • 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

  • 2016 The Honorable Allyson Kay Duncan ‘75
  • 2014 David W. Ichel '78
  • 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