The following awards are presented annually to members of the graduating class. Nominations and voting are conducted by Arizona Summit Law School (Summit) faculty and staff.

Donald E. Lively Mission Pillar Award

Named for the Founding Dean of Summit, the Donald E. Lively Mission Pillar Award is presented annually to the student who best exemplifies the three-pronged ideals of Summit: Student-Centeredness, Practice-Readiness and Serving the Underserved. This student has exhibited a unique ability to promote an atmosphere of camaraderie and growth through acts of respect and professionalism toward faculty, staff and students. This student strives constantly to strengthen Summit’s reputation through competency and conduct in the classroom, shows outstanding activism in the community, and is committed to continually promoting human rights and social justice. This award honors creative, inspiring and effective leadership in working to make the world a better place.

Serving the Underserved Award

Serving the Underserved is an award presented annually to a student who embodies the mission of Summit in serving individuals and entities that have historically been underserved by the legal profession. This student recognizes the value of service as an increasingly significant factor in institutional and career success, and has used time at Summit to focus on fulfilling the needs of others. This student has also shown a unique understanding that the ability to interact effectively with persons of diverse backgrounds and experiences is a critical skill for the 21st century.

Practice-Readiness Award

The Practice-Readiness Award is presented annually to a student who displays the qualities and development of a prepared and competent attorney ready to succeed in modern legal practice. This student has excelled in the skill-based curriculum opportunities at Summit and will use those developed skills to be a force for good as a leader in the legal community for years to come. This student exemplifies outstanding ability in the following areas: written and oral communication; an understanding and utilization of technological advancements in the legal profession; problem solving; teamwork; professional ethics; social responsibility; and a commitment to lifelong learning and improvement.