Elon Law Alumni Awards
The School of Law honors alumni each year who have made significant contributions to their profession and brought honor to the School and to Elon, and who have demonstrated outstanding service and leadership. Recipients are selected by the faculty and invited to campus for a ceremony in their honor. The awards are:
- The George R. Johnson, Jr. Professional Achievement Award: Named in honor of the law school’s second dean and member of the founding faculty, the award recognizes Elon Law alumni who have made significant professional contributions while bringing honor and recognition to Elon University School of Law.
- The Leary F. Davis Service and Leadership in the Community Award: Named in honor of the law school’s founding dean and professor of law emeritus, this award is presented to an alumnus of the law school who has demonstrated outstanding service and leadership to the community, state or nation.
- The Distinguished Service to Elon Law School Award: Presented to an alumnus who has demonstrate continued exemplary service to the law school.
- The Young Alumni Award: Recognizes an alumnus with outstanding professional and service achievements who has graduated within the last five years.
The inaugural School of Law Alumni Awards were given in spring 2014.
Jeb Brooks L’10, recipient of the George R. Johnson, Jr. Professional Achievement Award
Brooks is President and CEO of The Brooks Group, a global sales training firm based in North Carolina. Presenting the award, Jennifer Reutter L’10 noted that The Brooks Group has been ranked a top 20 sales training company for five consecutive years by Training Industry, that Brooks was named to the 2011 Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under 40 and that he is a fellow in the Institute of Political Leadership.
Steven Luther “Luke” Spencer, II L’09, recipient of the F. Leary Davis Service and Leadership in the Community Award
Presenting the award, Andrea Davis L’12 noted that Spencer is a member of the Air Force JAG Corps, the Company Grade Officer of the Year for the Holloman Air Force Base Wing Staff Agencies and recipient of both the Accelerate Award, an annual award given to a young ACC JAG officer who displays outstanding leadership, and the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service. Based on his performance at Holloman and Eglin Air Force base, Spencer was selected to serve as part of the Special Victims Counsel program, providing advice and representation to sexual assault victims at installations located across the United States.
Sarah Robinson Lucente L’09, recipient of the Distinguished Service to Elon Law School Award
An associate attorney at Wishart Norris Henninger and Pittman in Charlotte, N.C., Lucente is the Campaign Chair of the Elon Law Alumni Association “Drive to 25” campaign and an active member of the Alumni Council. Lucente hosts annual Elon Law alumni events in Charlotte and works tirelessly as Campaign Chair for the “Drive to 25” which supports student scholarships. Lucente supports and participates in many nonprofit organizations, including Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte, Girls on the Run-Dilworth Elementary, and Carolina Foster Kids Foundation.
Mital Patel L’09, recipient of the Young Alumni Award
Patel operates his own law firm in Raleigh, N.C., Triangle Business Law. He has been instrumental in cultivating the entrepreneurial ecosystem in North Carolina. In 2013, Patel presented on entrepreneurial cultivation in North Carolina to senior federal officials at the White House, participated in an entrepreneurship conference in Rio de Janeiro and was given the opportunity to ring the NASDAQ bell.