Photograph: Alumna meeting with student.

Distinguished Service Award Recipients

(D indicates Deceased)
  • 2018 — No award given
  • 2017 — Stephen Cavanaugh '80
  • 2016 — Lynette Petty '87
  • 2015 — The Honorable Nancy L. Moritz '85
  • 2014 — No award given
  • 2013 — The Honorable C. William "Bill" Ossmann '77
  • 2012 — Carol Gilliam Green '81 and David E. Pierce '77
  • 2011 — Paul Hoferer '75
  • 2010 — The Honorable Marla J. Luckert '80
  • 2009 — William D. "Bill" Bunten '56
  • 2008 — D. Duke Dupre '73
  • 2007 — Bernard Bianchino '74
  • 2006 — H. Allan Caldwell '73
  • 2005 — James R. Roth '66
  • 2004 — David L. Ryan '65
  • 2003 — Delano E. Lewis '63
  • 2002 — The Honorable Christel Marquardt '74
  • 2001 — Lynn R. Johnson '70
  • 2000 — The Honorable Sam A. Crow '52
  • 1999 — William Kurtis '66
  • 1998 — W. Terrence Kilroy '77
  • 1997 — The Honorable E. Newton Vickers (D) '50; Gerald L. Michaud (D) '51
  • 1996 — Wayne T. Stratton '58
  • 1995 — Harold Herd (D) '42
  • 1994 — Richard Hite '53
  • 1993 — Glenn Archer (D) '46
  • 1992 — Ronald K. Richey '51 (D)
  • 1991 — Herbert A. Marshall (D) '43; Patrick F. Kelly (D) '53
  • 1990 — No award given
  • 1989 — Richard Hrdlicka '55
  • 1988 — Bob Abbott (D) '60
  • 1987 — Raymond L. Spring (D) '59; Dale E. Saffels (D) '49
  • 1986 — Linda Elrod '71
  • 1985 — Jim Barnett '59
  • 1984 — Mike Barbara '53
  • 1983 — Joe Morris '47
  • 1982 — Gerald L. Goodell '58
  • 1981 — Robert Dole '52
  • 1980 — Warren Shaw (D) '31
  • 1979 — Perry Owsley (D) '38
  • 1978 — Howard Harper (D) '40
  • 1977 — Jerome Harman (D) '35
  • 1976 — Meyer Ueoka '49
  • 1975 — Alex Fromme (D) '39
  • 1974 — J.C. Tillotson (D) '32
  • 1973 — Jack Wertz (D) '47
  • 1972 — Jay Kyle (D) '38
  • 1971 — Roy Bartlett (D) '49
  • 1970 — D.A. Hindman (D) '27; John Shamberg (D) '49
  • 1969 — Donald Moyers (D) '34; Stanley Garrity (D) '27
  • 1968 — Earl Hatcher (D) '23
  • 1967 — Alex Hotchkiss (D) '27; George Templar (D) '27; Harold Fatzer (D) '33
  • 1966 — Phil Lewis (D) '35
  • 1965 — Lester Goodell (D) '25
  • 1964 — Delmas Hill (D) '29; Howard Jones (D) '28
  • 1963 — Marie Russell (D) '25
2017 Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Photograph: Stephen Cavanaugh.

Steve Cavanaugh, 1980, graduated with honors from Washburn Law and joined the firm of Fisher, Ochs & Heck, P.A. The firm is now known as Cavanaugh, Biggs & Lemon, P.A., and he is Of-Counsel. He was president of the Topeka Bar Association and chaired the Bench and Bar Committee for 18 years, and he currently serves both on the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys and as president of the Sam A. Crow Inn of Court. Cavanaugh has a long history as a supporter of Washburn Law and served as an adjunct professor for 11 years. He was also a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors from 1998 to 2012, serving as president from 2010 to 2012. In addition, Cavanaugh was the president of the Washburn Law School Foundation Board of Directors for three years and served on the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of the Washburn University Foundation from 2012 to 2015.