Law Alumni Association Honors Accomplished Alumni

The Western New England University School of Law honored four accomplished alumni for their leadership, contributions to law, and commitment to service at the annual Law Alumni Awards Dinner on November 4, at The Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA. 

Hosted by the Law Alumni Association, the event celebrated recipients of the Dean’s Alumni Excellence Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Ascending Alumni Award. President Robert E. Johnson and Interim Dean of the School of Law Beth Cohen shared remarks at the event, and Stefan Sjoberg L’18/G’18 served as Emcee of the event. 

Learn more about 2022 award recipients and awards history at

Dean's Alumni Excellence Award

At the discretion of the Dean of the WNE School of Law, the Dean’s Alumni Excellence Award recognizes the professional accomplishments of alumni who have a record of service to the school, community, state, nation, or world that demonstrates the core values of the Western New England University School of Law. 

Hon. Mary Beth Ogulewicz L’89
Associate Justice of the District Court
Learn more about Hon. Mary Beth Ogulewicz L’89.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Recognizing alumni who have made significant contributions, not only to the legal profession, but also to society as a whole, the Distinguished Alumni Award honors those who exemplify leadership, ethics, and integrity while appreciating the impact the WNE School of Law has made on their accomplishments and successes. 

Dr. Jodie Roure L’97
Associate Professor, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice; CEO, Hurricane Maria Assistance & Relief Institutional Alliance
Learn more about Dr. Jodie Roure L’97.

Ascending Alumni Award

Spotlighting the achievements of alumni who graduated from the School of Law within the past 10 years, the Ascending Alumni Award honors graduates who have shown leadership, drive, and potential in their chosen fields and/or in the community.

Erica Bruno L’15
Associate, Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard
Learn more about Erica Bruno L’15.

Ryan McLane L’16
Managing Partner, McLane & McLane
Learn more about Ryan McLane L’16.