2015 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. Email your nominations for 2016 to the Duke Law Alumni Office by December 1, 2015.

Charles S. Murphy Award/Service

Susan M. Prosnitz '89Susan M. Prosnitz '89

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.

Susan M. Prosnitz serves as Deputy Chief Counsel for Regulations and Security Standards with the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel. She advises the Chief Counsel on all matters relating to TSA’s broad regulatory program including federal rulemaking actions and development of security-related policies and programs. At the TSA, Prosnitz also held the positions of Assistant Chief Counsel for Legal Policy and Education and Senior Counsel for the Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement. She became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2014. In recognition of her service, Prosnitz received a TSA team award for her contributions to the agency’s response to the shooting of a Transportation Security Officer at Los Angeles International Airport.

Prosnitz is actively engaged in community service and has served as a member of several nonprofit boards including the Anti-Defamation League of New England, Citizen Schools Council of Champions, the Municipal Police Institute, LitWorld’s Advisory Council, and the Duke Law and Duke Alumni Associations.

She is a graduate of Amherst College and Duke University School of Law and received executive leadership certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School, Georgetown University and American University.


A. Kenneth Pye Award/Education

Sara Sun BealeSara Sun Beale

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.

Sara Sun Beale teaches first year criminal law and upper-class courses in criminal justice policy and federal criminal law. Her principal academic interests include the federal government's role in the criminal justice system, the laws defining federal crimes, and various issues of criminal procedure, including prosecutorial discretion. She is also interested in studying the factors that shape public attitudes regarding crime and how those attitudes ultimately translate into legislative changes in criminal laws and procedures.

Beale has been active in law reform efforts related to the federal government's role in criminal justice matters. Since her appointment by Chief Justice Rehnquist in 2004, she has served as the Reporter for the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules, which drafts the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

A member of the board of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, Beale has lectured or taught in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Scotland, Spain, and Switzerland. Beale received her B.A. degree in English and her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan. She clerked for Judge Wade H. McCree Jr. on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and served in the Office of Legal Counsel and the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice before coming to Duke in 1979.


Charles S. Rhyne Award/Professional Achievement

Gary G. Lynch '75Gary G. Lynch '75

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.

Gary G. Lynch is global general counsel for Bank of America, responsible for overseeing the company’s legal functions and its relationships with regulatory and law enforcement authorities around the world. Based in New York, Lynch is also a member of the bank’s executive management team. Lynch joined Bank of America from Morgan Stanley, where he was vice chairman of the firm based in London. Joining Morgan Stanley in 2005, he also served as their chief legal officer. Lynch also held senior leadership positions at Credit Suisse First Boston including global general counsel and executive vice chairman. Prior to that, he was a partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell from 1989 until 2011 where he represented and advised financial institutions and other clients. Most notably, Lynch served as the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission’s chief of the enforcement division from 1985 to 1989.

Lynch received the Presidential Rank Award from President Reagan in 1988. He also received the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Financial Law Review in 2012 and, in 2013, he received the Diversity Leadership Award from the Asian American Bar Association of New York. Lynch is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Academy of Music; the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society and The Bingham Development Board of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.


International Alumni Award

Yan Xuan '87Yan Xuan '87

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.

Yan Xuan is President of Nielsen Greater Chi­na. Appointed to this position in May 2011, Yan Xuan leads Nielsen’s business in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau.

Before joining Nielsen, Yan Xuan spent two decades in China in executive positions with leading global companies such as AT&T/Lucent, Microsoft, Oracle, and Qualcomm. Trained as a U.S. lawyer, Yan Xuan has had an accomplished ca­reer in leading sales, business development, M&A, government affairs, and general management.

Yan Xuan has extensive board experience. He was vice chairman of the Board of Governors of American Chamber of Commerce in China as well as a member of the Board of Directors of USITO, an association of the leading U.S. information technology compa­nies. Yan Xuan also served as a director or vice chairman on the Board of Directors of several U.S. and China telecom equipment and software joint ventures, as well as the privately held high-tech manufacturer Cambridge Industries, and is currently the chair­man of the Compensation Committee of publicly listed Alibaba Health Technology.

Born, raised, and university educated in China, Yan Xuan went to the U.S. in the early 1980s as a Richard M. Nixon Scholar and received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1987. He attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 2000.


Young Alumni Award

Yi Lin Chua '00Yi Lin Chua '00

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.

Y. Lin Chua is Managing Director (Legal) of GE Capital, the financial services unit of General Electric Company, where she has held various senior legal leadership roles in the last eight years and has received multiple Growth Value Awards. On behalf of GE Capital, Chua has led the negotiation of numerous key transactions including asset sales, lending and syndications, and securitizations. While at GE Capital, Chua has provided instrumental legal leadership in growing a start-up financial services and capital markets business, expanding new products and businesses into the emerging markets, setting up risk controls and governance processes, and most recently in strategically growing and realigning global operations. Prior to GE Capital, Chua was a transactional lawyer at De Brauw (Netherlands), Simpson Thacher (New York) and Freehills (Australia), covering M&A, leveraged and corporate finance and capital markets.

Chua is the founding member of the Duke Law International Advisory Board and was appointed to the Duke Law Alumni Association Board in 2010. She has participated as a panelist at multiple Duke Law events including the 2015 Business Law Society’s Annual ESQ Conference. She has served for several years as GE Capital’s Champion for Asian Women and continues to mentor many young lawyers.

Chua has lived in four countries, worked in three continents, and speaks five languages. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.


Charles S. Murphy Award

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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