Pennsylvania Bar Association to Honor Nine Law Students with Business Law Award

HARRISBURG (May 5, 2021) — The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Business Law Section will present its annual Professor Louis Del Duca Memorial Award in Business Law to nine Pennsylvania law students virtually at an awards ceremony during the PBA Virtual Annual Meeting, May 19-21.

Instituted in 2019, the award honors the memory of Louis Del Duca, an active member and officer of the section who was an attorney, teacher, mentor and colleague. He was a professor at Dickinson School of Law for nearly 60 years and the long-standing editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, a scholarly publication for PBA members. Del Duca was internationally recognized as a leading scholar in the fields of commercial and comparative law, served as president of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law and was the United States’ collaborator to the Rome International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).

The award honors law students from Pennsylvania’s ABA accredited law schools who demonstrate academic excellence, especially in courses related to business law, and intend to practice law in Pennsylvania. The award also recognizes students who have published in business law or have participated in business law- related seminars or conferences.

Award nominees are selected by the law school deans and those nominees are reviewed and confirmed by the PBA Business Law Section. The 2021 honorees are:

  • Jillian Brennan, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • Janel Clause, Widener University Commonwealth Law School
  • Arlia Duarte, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Henry Greco, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Andrew LeDonne, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Cody McGraw, Penn State Law
  • Jeffrey Popoviz, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Alexis Shovel, Penn State Dickinson Law
  • Jordan Williams, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

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Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access of legal services; and serve the lawyer members of the state’s largest organized bar association.