The Law Alumni Association congratulates the following members of the Duke Law community for their career accomplishments, service, and dedication to Duke Law. Email your nominations for 2017 to the Duke Law Alumni Office by December 1, 2016.
Charles S. Murphy Award/Service
Anthony S. Harrington '66
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.
Anthony Harrington is Chair of the Managing Board and heads the Latin America practice at Albright Stonebridge Group, a leading commercial diplomacy and global strategy firm, co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez.
Harrington served as U.S. Ambassador to Brazil under Presidents Clinton and Cardoso. During his time as Ambassador, he oversaw unprecedented bilateral political and economic engagement between the U.S. and Brazil. In recognition of his accomplishments, he received the Order of Rio Branco, Grand Cross from the Government of Brazil. Previously, he served as Chairman of the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board, Vice Chairman of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and a member of the congressionally created Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Prior to his government service, Harrington was a senior corporate partner at Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP, a leading international law firm, and an entrepreneur in the communications sector. He is Chair of the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Chair Emeritus of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council and trustee of the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise.
Harrington is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as a Morehead Scholar, and the Duke University School of Law.
A. Kenneth Pye Award/Education
Paul H. Haagen
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.
Professor Paul H. Haagen was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and raised in Connecticut. After graduating from college, he studied history first at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and later at Princeton. He was an editor of Yale Studies in World Public Order and editor-in-chief of the Yale Law and Policy Review. Since law school, he has clerked on the United States Court of Appeals and then practiced law in Philadelphia for two years before coming to Duke in 1985. Professor Haagen has been a visiting faculty member on the law faculties of the Georg August University in Goettingen, Germany (2005), the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria (2002) and the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, Mexico (1998). He was Chair of the Academic Council of Duke University from 2005-2007, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Law School (1991-93, 2009-2012). He is Co-Director of the Center for Sports Law and Policy. His principal academic interests are contracts, the social history of law and law and sports.
Charles S. Rhyne Award/Professional Achievement
Robert C. Weber '76
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.
After almost thirty years of practice as a trial lawyer, Robert C. Weber was recruited to IBM in 2006 to become IBM’s first-ever Senior Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Affairs. During his nine years at IBM he had global responsibility for all of IBM’s legal, regulatory, security, privacy and environmental matters, as well as global responsibility for IBM’s government relations.
Prior to joining IBM, Weber was a partner in a major international law firm where he established a national trial practice and counseled many substantial domestic and international businesses and their boards on a wide variety of highly visible and complex controversies. While in private practice, Weber was listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in The Chambers Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He also served as President of the Cleveland Bar Association, and established the Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Initiative, a project for which he and the Cleveland Bar received the Ohio State Bar Association’s highest award for public service.
Weber is a fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and is a member of the American Law Institute. He was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce, The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution and the Council on the United States and Italy. At the request of the Chief Justice of Singapore, he also served as a member of the Singapore government’s committee to evaluate and establish the world’s first international commercial court.
Weber currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and as the General Counsel of the United States Golf Association.
International Alumni Award
Marcella Harshbarger Sampic '02
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.
Marcella Harshbarger Sampic is Senior Legal Counsel at Orange SA in Paris, France. Marcella specializes in international corporate law and technology issues, and international corporate governance with a focus on Asia and the Americas. Before joining Orange’s headquarters in Paris, Marcella supported Orange’s North American affiliates in technology innovation, intellectual property protection, corporate governance, privacy law, compliance and human resources. Prior to that, Marcella worked with global law firms in New York and Washington DC. Marcella is a 2002 graduate of Duke Law where she earned a JD and an LLM in International and Comparative Law.
Marcella serves as France Country Rep for the Association of Corporate Counsel-Europe, and was selected for an Executive Leadership Training Program sponsored by the United States Hispanic National Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Marcella teaches law classes at various French universities and speaks regularly on international corporate law.
Marcella has been an active Duke Law alumna, serving on the Law Alumni Association, serving on her class Reunion Committee, and speaking to current students in Durham and in Geneva about careers in international law, and is a leader in the Duke Law France chapter. She lives in Paris with her husband and twin boys
Young Alumni Award
Rodney D. Bullard '01
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.
Rodney D. Bullard is currently Vice President of Community Affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation where he leads the company’s corporate community and philanthropic strategy. Before joining Chick-fil-A, Bullard served as an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting complex criminal cases. For his service, the United States Attorney General presented him with the Department of Justice Director’s Award. Prior to this role, Bullard was selected as a White House Fellow, the nation’s most prestigious public service Fellowship. As a White House Fellow, Bullard was placed at NASA working directly for the NASA Administrator. A decorated veteran, Bullard also served in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps eventually working at the Pentagon as a Congressional Legislative Liaison in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.
Bullard is an alumnus of the United States Air Force Academy, Duke University School of Law, the University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business and the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He currently serves on several national and local boards of directors to include: the Salvation Army National Advisory Board of Directors, the University Of Georgia Terry School Of Business Board of Directors, the Junior Achievement USA National Board of Directors, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation Board of Directors, and the Leadership Atlanta Board of Directors.
Dean’s Alumni Achievement Award
The Honorable Allyson Kay Duncan '75
The Dean's Alumni Achievement Award honors a Duke Law graduate who has demonstrated extraordinary service, commitment, and dedication to Duke Law School.
Following unanimous Senate confirmation, Judge Allyson Kay Duncan was sworn into office as a Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on August 15, 2003, becoming the first African American woman to sit on that Court. Her professional career has been marked by a number of similar such "firsts." Among others, she was also the first African American woman to sit on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and the first African American to serve as the President of the North Carolina Bar Association.
The bulk of Judge Duncan's career has been in public service. After graduating from Hampton University and Duke University School of Law, she served as a law clerk to Judge Julia Cooper Mack of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. From there she joined the Appellate Division of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, arguing employment discrimination cases in federal courts of appeals around the country, ultimately rising through the ranks to serve as the agency's Legal Counsel.
Since joining the bench, Judge Duncan has become active in the international arena as well. After serving on its Board of Directors and International Committees, she became President of the Federal Judges Association in May of 2015. In October of 2015, United States Chief Justice John Roberts appointed her to chair the International Judicial Relations Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference.
She is married to former U.S. Magistrate Judge William A. Webb, and they have a son, Charles. In 2014, the Royal Horticultural Society in London named an orchid for her: Rhyncholaliocattleya the Hon. Allyson Duncan.