Accomplished Law Alumni Recognized at Annual Law Alumni Awards Dinner

Western New England University School of Law held the 9th Annual Law Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, November 3, at the Delaney House in Holyoke, MA, where four accomplished alumni were honored for their leadership, contributions to law, and commitment to service.

Hosted by the WNE Law Alumni Association, the event recognizes and celebrates recipients of the Dean’s Alumni Excellence Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Ascending Alumni Award. President of the WNE Law Alumni Association Navid Ansari L’05 emceed the event, while President Robert E. Johnson and Dean of the School of Law Zelda Harris shared remarks.

Learn more about 2023 award recipients and awards history at

(L to R): Byrnes Guillaume L’06, The Honorable Mary-Lou Rup L’78

Dean's Alumni Excellence Award

At the discretion of the dean of the WNE School of Law, the Dean’s Alumni Excellence Award is given in recognition of alumni who have a record of service to the school, community, state, nation, or world that demonstrates the core values of the School of Law.

Byrnes Guillaume L’06, Attorney & Owner of Byrnes Guillaume, Attorney at Law, PLLC

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to alumni who have made significant contributions, not only to the legal profession but to society as a whole while exemplifying leadership, ethics, and integrity.

The Honorable Mary-Lou Rup L’78, Senior Council at Bulkley Richardson LLP, Retired Massachusetts Superior Court Judge

(L to R): Gustavo Mayen L’13, Ashley Randle L’14

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.

Gustavo Mayen L’13, Attorney & Sole Proprietor of the Law Offices of Gustavo Mayen

Ashley Randle L’14, Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture