2020 Alumni Awardees
Justice Teri L. Jackson (L’80)
Justice Teri L. Jackson was appointed to the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, in November 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom. The Commission on Judicial Appointments confirmed her appointment in January 2020.
She is the first female African-American justice on the state’s First District Court of Appeal. Justice Jackson serves as an associate justice in Division Three.
Before joining the First District, Justice Jackson served as a trial court judge of the San Francisco Superior Court. She is the first African-American female, appointed in 2002 by Governor Gray Davis, to serve on the San Francisco bench.
Denise Cade (L’90)
Denise R. Cade is presently Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX), an S&P 500 global manufacturer specializing in fluid and metering technologies, health and science technologies, and fire, safety and other diversified products, including the Jaws of Life® rescue tools.
In this role, she leads all legal, regulatory, compliance, information security/cybersecurity and corporate governance matters.
Edward Cohen (L’70)
Edward L. Cohen is a Principal of Lerner Enterprises, a private real estate development and investment company in the greater Washington, DC area, and Executive Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of Lerner Corporation, the leasing and management affiliate of Lerner Enterprises.
Ed is also a Principal Owner and Vice Chairman of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he earned a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Judge Virginia Covington (L’80)
Virginia M. Hernandez Covington is a United States District Court judge for the Middle District of Florida and a 1980 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center where she served as an Editor of The Tax Lawyer law review. When Judge Covington received her commission in September 2004, she became the first Hispanic named as a district court judge in the Middle District of Florida.
Previously, Judge Covington served on Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, having been appointed to that court in September 2001, the first Cuban American woman to serve on any of Florida’s appellate courts. A 1976 honors graduate of the University of Tampa, where she received the Outstanding Graduate Award, as well as an MBA in 1977, Judge Covington spent much of her career as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.