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Alumni to be Honored with Paul Dean Award

October 1, 2014 —

Michael N. Castle, L'64 Michael N. Castle, L'64
Lawrence J. Center, L'74 Lawrence J. Center, L'74
April McClain-Delaney, L'89 April McClain-Delaney, L'89
Kimberly A. Moore, L'94 Kimberly A. Moore, L'94
David C. Simmons, L'84 David C. Simmons, L'84

Georgetown University Law Center will honor five distinguished alumni with its annual Paul R. Dean Alumni Award. The award, named for former Law Center Dean Paul R. Dean, is given to outstanding alumni who have exhibited leadership to Georgetown Law and to the legal profession. It will be presented during the Law Center’s Reunion Weekend on October 18. 

Michael N. Castle, L’64

Castle is a former two-term governor, nine-term U.S. congressman, lieutenant governor, deputy attorney general and state senator from Delaware.  Before entering public service, Castle practiced law in Wilmington for more than ten years and was a partner in one of Delaware’s largest firms. During his nine years as Delaware’s sole member in the House of Representatives, he served on the House Financial Services Committee and was heavily involved in the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act. For six years, he also served on the House Intelligence Committee. In addition, he played a key role in enacting welfare reform, the Balanced Budget Act, child nutrition programs, the No Child Left Behind Act and campaign finance reform. As governor, Castle was responsible for putting forward and signing many important laws, including amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law, Delaware’s alternative business entity laws and laws governing insurance companies and financial institutions.  He is currently a partner at DLA Piper. 

Lawrence J. Center, L’74

Center is the assistant dean for Georgetown Law’s department of academic conferences and continuing legal education. In his nearly three decades at the Law Center, he has developed its continuing legal education (CLE) program into one of the most successful in the country. After earning a B.A. from Syracuse University and graduating from Georgetown Law, Center worked for the Lazar Institute, the National Council of Senior Citizens, the Center for Legal Studies and the Institute for Paralegal Training. He is a trained facilitator for the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and a leader of Lawyers in Balance, teaching mindfulness and stress reduction to Georgetown Law students. He has served as the president of the Association for Continuing Legal Education and as chair of the CLE Section for the Association of American Law Schools. Center has been active with many community organizations, including the Montgomery County (Maryland) Community Crisis Center and the Montgomery County Mental Health Association. 

April McClain-Delaney, L’89

McClain-Delaney is the Washington director for Common Sense Media, coordinating education outreach and regulatory and legislative efforts before the FCC and Congress. Previously, she was assistant general counsel and director of regulatory affairs at Orion (now Loral Space and Communications) and practiced communications law with the firm of Cohn and Marks. She is vice chair of the Georgetown Law board of visitors and a member of the board of the Northwestern University School of Communications, the Stanford Longevity Center and Campaign Council for Georgetown University. She serves as a member of the Healthy Media Commission and the Meridian Center Women’s Leadership Council, and as nominating chair of the International Center for Research on women. She has also served on numerous other boards and chaired multiple philanthropic events. McClain-Delaney was a recipient of the 2005 Georgetown Law Alumnae Award, the Northwestern University Distinguished Alumnae Award and the John Carroll Society medal. She is married to fellow Georgetown Law graduate, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), L’88. They endowed a professorship in public interest law at Georgetown, as well as the Hillary Clinton Fellowship for Georgetown Law graduates at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. 

Kimberly A. Moore, L’94

Moore was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 2006. Prior to her appointment, she was a professor of law from 2004 to 2006 and associate professor of law from 2000 to 2004 at the George Mason University School of Law. She was also an assistant professor of law at the University of Maryland Law School and the Chicago-Kent College of Law. While at Chicago-Kent, she served as associate director of the intellectual property law program. Moore received both her B.S.E.E. and M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was employed in electrical engineering with the Naval Surface Warfare Center. After graduating from Georgetown Law, she was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis and clerked for Chief Judge Glenn L. Archer, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Moore has written and presented widely on patent litigation. She co-authored a legal casebook, Patent Litigation and Strategy, and served as editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal from 1998 to 2006. 

David C. Simmons, L’84

Simmons is chief administrative law judge for the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights. He also teaches at Charles Hamilton Houston Preparatory School Institute, a nonprofit that prepares minority students for law school. He is an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown Law, where he received the 2014 Charles F. Fahy Award for most outstanding adjunct faculty member in the J.D. division. Previously, Simmons practiced litigation, particularly employment discrimination and civil trial work. He worked at the United Planning Organization and served as athletic director of Howard University. He was a special assistant to the executive director of Friendship House Association, Inc., deputy special assistant to Del. Water E. Fauntroy (D-D.C.) and legislative assistant to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.). He clerked for Judge Damon J. Keith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Simmons graduated cum laude from the Law Center, where he received the Jeffrey Crandall Award for Legal Services and the Thurgood Marshall Award. In 2011, Georgetown Law’s Black Law Student Association honored him with the first Jerome P. Patterson Award, recognizing outstanding community service by an alumnus.  

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