Three Recent Alumni Honored by Elon School of Law
Three recent alumni were honored by Elon School of Law, located in downtown Greensboro.
Ben Snyder ’07 received the David Gergen Award for Leadership and Professionalism—the law school’s highest honor for a graduating student. The award was presented at commencement May 20.
In nominating Ben for the honor, students, faculty, and staff noted his kindness, generosity, and dedication to his fellow students and the law school community as well as his demonstrated commitment to serving the public interest as a lawyer.
He served as president and secretary/treasurer of the ACLU, co-director of the Pro Bono Board and a case manager for the Innocence Project. As a Moot Court board member, he wrote the problem for the 2012 Billings, Exum and Frye National Moot Court Competition. He worked with the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic.
The award is named for David Gergen, who is a political commentator, former Presidential advisor and Chair of Elon’s Law School Advisory Board.
Brennan Aberle ’08 delivered the student address at commencement, telling fellow gradutes, “You all have a positive view of what a lawyer does and all of you were willing to take a risk to do something great.”
He added, “The evils of our times are the result of the failure to do the very things that make us human, and that is the ability to listen, to reason, to cooperate, to love and to forgive.”
Michael Costolo ’11 received the Dean’s Scholarship from the law school based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, significant community service involvement and potential for success in law school and the legal profession.