2012 Paul R. Dean Alumni Awardees

Georgetown University Law Center will honor five distinguished alumni with the Paul R. Dean Alumni Award on Saturday, October 20 during Reunion Weekend. The award, which is 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.  

This year's recipients of the Paul R. Dean Award:

John "Sean" Coffey, L'87

John "Sean" Coffey, L'87

Sean Coffey is a retired naval officer and former federal prosecutor who built a track record as one of the most successful trial attorneys in the United States, leading teams that recovered almost $10 billion for his investor clients.  Mr. Coffey recently co-founded BlackRobe Capital Partners LLC, a private equity fund that invests in large-scale commercial litigation and arbitration claims.  He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, litigation partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, and co-managing partner of the plaintiffs' litigation firm Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP.  Mr. Coffey is a member of the Georgetown Law Board of Visitors and teaches Trial Practice as an adjunct professor.

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, C'93, L'97, MA'98, PhD'03

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin served as a Democratic U.S. Representative for South Dakota's At-large congressional district from 2004 until 2011.  She will join Raven Industries as General Counsel and Vice President for Corporate Development in September.

Ms. Herseth Sandlin has dedicated her professional career to advancing public policy important to agriculture, renewable energy, rural economic development, food safety and nutrition. When serving in the United States House of Representatives, she served on the Agriculture Committee, Natural Resources Committee and Veterans' Affairs Committee as well as the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. She was also Co-Chair for the Blue Dog Coalition and a Senior Whip and Co-Chair of the Rural Working Group for the Democratic Caucus. 

Anita Josey-Herring

Anita M. Josey-Herring, L'87

Anita Josey-Herring was appointed as an Associate Judge to the District of Columbia Superior Court in 1997. She has served in the Civil, Criminal, and Family Divisions of the court, and is a former Presiding Judge of the Family Court Division. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Josey-Herring served as a trial attorney and the Deputy Director of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service. Judge Josey-Herring is a member of several organizations including the United States Supreme Court Bar and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Judge Josey-Herring has been involved in numerous efforts to improve the community and has received many awards and recognitions including two Resolutions from the District of Columbia City Council for distinguished service.


David "Duke" Reyes, L'82

Duke Reyes is Chief Executive Officer of Reyes Beverage Group and an owner and active partner in all Reyes Holdings, L.L.C. operations. Reyes Holdings L.L.C., the 16th largest private company in the United States with sales in excess of twenty billion dollars, is an international leader in the distribution of high quality beverage and food products. He currently serves on the Georgetown University Board of Directors, and formerly served on the Georgetown University Board of Regents and the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Board of Advisors.

R. Seth Williams

R. Seth Williams, L'92

Seth Williams has served as the District Attorney of the City of Philadelphia since 2010, after an historic election in 2009 where he received more than 75% of the vote. He is the first African-American District Attorney in both the city of Philadelphia and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming district attorney, Mr. Williams served as an Assistant District Attorney for 10 years. In 2005, he was appointed Inspector General of the City of Philadelphia and served the city until 2008 when he left the office to join the law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young. Mr. Williams an alumni interviewer for Georgetown Law, an adjunct professor at Villanova and Temple law schools, and a major in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Army Reserve.

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