2019 Alumni Award Winners

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Charles S. Murphy Award for Achievement in Civic Service

The Honorable Todd Hughes, A.M.’92, J.D.’92, Washington, DCThe Honorable Todd M. Hughes '92

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.

Todd M. Hughes was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack H. Obama in 2013, confirmed by the Senate on September 24, 2013, and assumed the duties of his office on September 30, 2013.

Judge Hughes served as Deputy Director of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice from 2007 to 2013. He was the Assistant Director in that office from 1999 to 2007 and a Trial Attorney from 1994 to 1999. From 1992 to 1994, Judge Hughes served as a Law Clerk to Circuit Judge Robert Krupansky of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was an Adjunct Lecturer in Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law during the Spring, 1994 semester. Judge Hughes received a JD from Duke Law School in 1992, an MA from Duke University in 1992, and an AB from Harvard College in 1989.


A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education

Katharine T. BartlettKatharine T. Bartlett

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.

Katharine T. Bartlett, A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law, served as Dean of Duke Law School from 2000-2007. She teaches family law, employment discrimination law, gender and law, and contracts, and publishes widely in the fields of family law, gender theory, employment law, theories of social change, and legal education. She has the leading casebook (with Deborah Rhode, Deborah Grossman and Deborah Brake) in the area of gender law.

Professor Bartlett served as a reporter for the American Law Institute's Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution (2002), for which she was responsible for the provisions relating to child custody. For her work on this project, she was named R. Ammi Cutter Chair in 1998.

Professor Bartlett earned her degrees at Wheaton College, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to Duke, she was a law clerk on the California Supreme Court and a legal services attorney in Oakland, California. She has been a visiting professor at UCLA and at Boston University, a scholar in residence at New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School, and a fellow at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Professor Bartlett has received numerous honors over the years. In 1994, she won the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award at Duke University. She was awarded Equal Justice Works' Dean John R. Kramer Award (“Dean of the Year”) for “leadership in public service in legal education” in 2006 and received an honorary doctorate from Wheaton College in 2008.

Charles S. Rhyne Award for Professional Achievement

Ms. Cheryl Scarboro J.D.89, Washington, DC Cheryl Williams Scarboro '89

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.

Cheryl Scarboro, formerly an Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and the first Chief of the SEC’s FCPA Unit, is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a member of the Firm’s Government and Internal Investigations Practice. She represents corporations, financial institutions and individuals in government investigations and other regulatory enforcement proceedings. Cheryl handles sensitive internal investigations on behalf of management, boards, and special committees, and routinely counsels clients on compliance programs, SEC reporting, disclosure and corporate governance requirements. 

Selected representations include:

  • Representation of a former employee of a mining company in an action brought by the SEC alleging accounting violations relating to the value of a project in Africa. 
  • Special Litigation Committee of a Fortune 50 company in an internal investigation related to the Company’s handling of allegations of sexual harassment;
  • Global telecommunications company in an SEC/DOJ inquiry regarding alleged payments to government officials in various countries;
  • Various senior executives in connection with SEC/DOJ investigations into potential FCPA violations;
  • Large Asian company in connection with SEC investigation of potential FCPA violations;
  • Special committee of a large Chinese company in an independent review of allegations of fraud; and
  • Major mining consortium in South America in connection with the design and implementation of an enhanced anti-corruption program.

Cheryl joined the Firm following a 19-year tenure at the SEC, where she led significant investigations involving a broad variety of subjects, including alleged violations of the FCPA, the Investment Advisers Act, issuer accounting fraud and other disclosure violations, market manipulation, broker-dealer misconduct and insider trading.  

As head of the SEC’s FCPA practice, Cheryl played a role in all of the SEC’s recent major FCPA cases and acted as the SEC liaison with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and regulators around the world. Cheryl led the SEC’s investigation of Siemens, A.G., which resulted in an unprecedented $1.6 billion settlement with the SEC, DOJ and German regulators, the largest settlement to date under the FCPA. She also led investigations that resulted in actions against 15 companies and three individuals charged with making illicit payments to the Iraqi government in order to win contracts under the United Nation’s Oil-for-Food Program. In the FCPA investigation of a Luxembourg-based global steel pipe supplier and manufacturer, Cheryl pioneered the SEC’s first use of a deferred prosecution agreement as a means of resolving the investigation in a manner that recognized the entity’s cooperation.  

Cheryl held numerous other roles while at the SEC, including serving as an Associate Director in the Division of Enforcement and as counsel to former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt.

She is recognized as one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law” by Law360, and is consistently listed in the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation where market commentators describe her “huge place in the FCPA world”; “She was the leader of the SEC in the FCPA field and brings a wealth of experience to the table.” Cheryl was also recently named to Savoy Magazine’s “2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers” list. In addition, Cheryl was named to the “Enforcement 40” by the Securities Enforcement Forum, she is consistently recommended by The Legal 500 in white collar, and was named a National and Washington, D.C. “Litigation Star” by Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation in white collar.

Cheryl regularly speaks at conferences on subjects relating to FCPA and anti-corruption, compliance and enforcement.

She earned her JD from Duke University School of Law in 1989 and her B.A. from University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1986.


International Alumni Award

Mr. James Bergin LL.M.’93, Chatham, NJJames J. Bergin LLM ’93

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.

James is a passionate advocate for innovation and its important role in addressing unmet medical need and contributing to business success. Currently James sits on the leadership team of Johnson & Johnson Innovation and leads the global legal team dedicated to supporting J&J Innovation including JLABS which have supported the incubation of over 465 early stage life sciences company globally; Innovation Centers in Boston, London, San Francisco and Shanghai that transact with early stage life science companies; JJDC the corporate venture capital unit of Johnson & Johnson; and World Without Disease Accelerator and Lung Cancer Initiative, each focused on prevention, interception and cure of disease generally and lung cancer in particular.  In addition, James is the leadership sponsor for diversity and inclusion at Johnson & Johnson Innovation.  At the Johnson & Johnson enterprise level, James is the lead lawyer for Johnson & Johnson Treasury including all of its bond and debt offerings and the lead lawyer for the enterprise initiative known as Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design initiative (WiSTEM2D). Prior to his current role, James was Regional Counsel for Janssen Asia Pacific and a member of the Asia Pacific leadership team. James has served on 11 other business leadership teams at Johnson & Johnson across consumer, otc, medical device, and pharma businesses, in a career spanning over 20 years in life sciences. He has worked as a lawyer in law firms in Sydney and New York City and, after going in-house, led legal teams in the United States, Asia and South-East Asia. James was also the lead lawyer for Johnson & Johnson on two of its largest acquisitions worth a combined $40Bn and numerous other acquisitions, divestments, strategic alliances and joint ventures.  He also oversaw a large arbitration for J&J's largest product Remicade against Schering Plough (now Merck). James was a founding member of the Duke Law International Advisory Board and has supported fundraising events for LLM students in NYC for over a decade.  Also, as a member of the Duke Alumni in New Jersey, James has interviewed between 10-15 Duke University applicants a year since 1998.


Young Alumni Award

Libby Magee Coles ’08Celia A. Glass ’14

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.

Celia Glass is a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she has practiced since October 2015. She has worked on a variety of matters including international commercial arbitrations, corporate governance disputes, and mergers and acquisition related litigation. Glass has also done pro bono work with Her Justice, an organization that provides free legal services to low-income, underserved women in New York City. Glass received her JD summa cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 2014, where she served as Managing Editor of the Duke Law Journal and was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Order of the Coif. Following graduation, Glass served as a law clerk to the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is currently completing her service as chair of the New Lawyers Division of Duke Law School’s Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Glass received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in 2009. She received a Master of Education from Marquette University in 2011 while serving as a Teach for America corps member. She lives in New York with her dog Buddy, also a two time (honorary) Duke graduate.


Charles S. Murphy Award

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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