October 01, 2018

Awards & Scholarships

Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships & Awards

Writing Competition Rules: 2019 Submission Deadline - September 30, 2019

Congratulations to the 2018 Writing Competition Winners!

Division I Winners — Law Students

Victoria Angle – 1st Place
The George Washington University Law School
Lauren Olmsted – 2nd Place
The George Washington University Law School
Nicolette Cregan– 3rd Place
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Division II Winners — LLM and Young Lawyers

Christopher DelGiorno – 1st Place (tie)
Daniel Ramish – 1st Place (tie)
Erica Bakies – 3rd Place

Overview & Scholarship Applications


Section of Public Contract Law Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Section of Public Contract Law Scholarship Program is to address barriers to active participation in the Section by investing in attorneys who will participate actively in, and contribute to, the substantive work of the Section; will grow into future leadership positions within the Section; and will promote the balance of ideas which is the foundation of the Section's value to its members and the overall procurement community. The Section will actively seek participation of lawyers who are underrepresented in the Section, with a particular focus on lawyers of color, young lawyers, and federal, state, and local government lawyers.

  • Full Section Scholarship
  • Marilyn Neforas Scholarship for Young Lawyer Women in Public Contract Law
    The Marilyn Neforas Scholarship, in honor of Marilyn Neforas, the Public Contract Law Section Director for over 35 years, serves to facilitate the participation and development of future leaders of young lawyer women members of the Section in Section programs and events. Scholarships will be awarded to young lawyer women who exhibit promise in developing the same traits that Marilyn has exercised so effectively on behalf of our Section — commitment, selflessness, integrity, perseverance, and heart.

See PCL scholarship overview.


What Did Receiving the ABA Section of Public Contract Law Diversity Scholarship Mean To You?

“As a local government lawyer and Public Contract Law Section scholarship recipient, I received the gift of immersion in my practice area without a heavy financial burden. However, the scholarship provided much more than an education. As a PCL Section member, subject matter experts on all aspects of public contracts are always willing to assist me in analyzing an issue. Trailblazers in this practice have become mentors and friends who encourage me to pursue leadership opportunities and fully participate in spirited discussions about public contract law and policy. My scholarship and Section involvement led to my service as a consulted expert for the World Bank Group on the “Benchmarking Public Procurement” project. Now, I enjoy ‘paying it forward’ as new practitioners join what I call ‘The Best Practice Section Few Know About’.”

Angela M. Hinton
Chief Counsel
City of Atlanta, Law Department
(2009 – 2011 Scholarship Recipient)


“My time as a diversity scholarship recipient in the Public Contract Law Section (PCLS) was invaluable, both professionally and personally. As a scholarship recipient, I was given responsibilities from day one, assigned an experienced mentor, and introduced to various senior practitioners in the Section. Couple that inclusion, mentoring and training with the financial assistance the Section provided me to attend various Section meetings, and I can unequivocally state that being a scholarship recipient provided me with the resources and connections to become an involved member of the Section. My involvement in the Section has also provided me with many new friendships, and has been integral to the advancement of my career. As a scholarship alumnus I look forward to giving back to the Section that has given so much to me.”

Robert T. Wu
Senior Attorney
U.S. Government Accountability Office, Procurement Law Division
(2010 – 2012 Scholarship Recipient)


“Being a scholarship recipient of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law means that I get the opportunity to be exposed to a Section that performs a vital function by providing a platform for other attorneys who practice in the field of public contract law to associate and disseminate important information in this field. As a current scholarship recipient, I have been enthusiastically encouraged to attend section events and get involved within the section; I have met and established relationships with leading attorneys in private practice and within the Government who practice in this field of law; received phenomenal mentoring opportunities; and attended conferences and forums that have contributed to enhancing my knowledge of public contract law. I am excited to be a Section member and scholarship recipient, and look forward to continuously contributing to the Section.”

Frank Windham
Assistant Counsel
U.S. Department of the Navy, F-35 Lightning II / Joint Strike Fighter Program
(2015 – 2017 Scholarship Recipient)


Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded Alan E. Peterson in recognition of over three decades of exceptional service to the legal profession, accounting community, the American Bar Association and the Section of Public Contract Law.

Public Contract Law Section Fellows' Spirit of Leadership Award

Public Contract Law Section Fellows’ Spirit of Leadership Award is to be given periodically by the Fellows to recognize a Public Contract Law Section member who has demonstrated significant leadership, the highest degree of professionalism, and a substantial, consistent and long‑term record of encouragement and support to others to become and remain active in the Section. It may also be given to an individual who has contributed exceptional service to the support, development, and implementation of programs to enhance participation and leadership development within the Section and the public contract community. This award is intended to support and encourage individual efforts to grow participation in the Section and develop leadership qualities in Section members and assure it is recognized that such efforts are core values of the Section.

The Section Fellows consists of past Section Chairs and Section members who have been elected to membership because of their distinguished service and significant contributions to public contract law and the American Bar Association.

Donald McL. Davidson Award

The Donald McL. Davidson Award is presented periodically to a member of the Section of Public Contract Law whose participation has been outstanding in the promotion of state and local procurement activities in the Section.

Mr. Davidson was a long-time member of the Section, holding offices as a Council Member, State and Local Division Chair, Chair of Region VIII, and Co-Chair of the Region Division. His tireless efforts on behalf of the Section resulted in increased membership and activities. Also, in spite of a severe physical disability as a result of polio, he led a vigorous professional life as a construction trial lawyer and was active in legal and civic affairs.

Allan J. Joseph Excellence in Leadership Award

The Allan J. Joseph Excellence in Leadership Award was established in 2012 to recognize a Section member or associate for exceptional individual effort and accomplishments and extraordinary contributions to the Section of Public Contract Law. Allan Joseph’s legal career, spanning over five decades, was devoted to the work of the Section of Public Contract Law and to the American Bar Association. This award is presented at the discretion of the Section officers and is presented on occasion and not on an annual basis.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Alan E. Peterson

Diversity Scholarship Award Recipients

2008 – 2010
Felicia Collins Ocumarez
Elizabeth M. Grant
2009 – 2011
Angela M. Hinton
2010 – 2012
Keith M. McCook
Robert T. Wu
2012 – 2014
Rhina Cardenal
C.S. Maravilla
2013 – 2015
Samuel Mark Borowski
2014 – 2017
Kristine Kassekert
Linda Santiago
2015 – 2017
Malaka Watson
Frank Windham, Jr.
2018 – 2020
Debra Berg
2019 – 2020
David White
Neil Riley

Marilyn Neforas Scholarship for Young Lawyer Women in Public Contract Law

2019 – 2020
Seannalyn Brandmeir
Jessalyn Lord

Fellows Spirit of Leadership Award Recipients

Judge Ruth C. Burg
Alan E. Peterson
Allan J. Joseph
Marshall J. Doke, Jr.
Marilyn Neforas

Donald McL. Davidson Award Recipients

Thomas B. Treacy
Larry C. Ethridge
James M. Marsh
Paul F. Dauer
Margaret E. McConnell
Craig Othmer
Donald G. Featherstun
Dr. John B. Miller
Melissa J. Copeland
Gerard E. Wimberly, Jr.

Allan J. Joseph Excellence in Leadership Award

John S. Pachter
Marshall J. Doke, Jr.
Marilyn Neforas