Distinguished Alum Award
This award recognizes a Florida State University law school graduate who is distinguished professionally and who has rendered outstanding service to the community as well as to our College of Law. Factors considered in selecting the winner include: professional distinction; good citizenship; and significant contributions benefiting the community, state and nation.
Bob Kerrigan is a named partner at Kerrigan, Estess, Rankin, McLeod & Thompson, LLP. His practice focuses on civil litigation. His experience also includes criminal defense trial work. He was one of nine trial lawyers selected by the governor of Florida to prosecute the state’s claim for Medicaid recovery against the tobacco industry. In 2011, Kerrigan was awarded the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, which is the highest statewide pro bono award. In recent years, he has dedicated a major portion of his time to the prosecution of international human rights cases. Kerrigan has contributed to the law school in many ways. He served as an adjunct professor at the law school, teaching Trial Practice. He endowed Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, which attracts many law students to FSU each year and which works closely with our law students. Kerrigan also helped fund the Goldstein Memorial Fund, an endowed scholarship for law students and has made multiple gifts to advance the legacy of the law school faculty.
Alumni Association Service Award
This award recognizes a Florida State University law school graduate who has rendered distinguished service to our College of Law over an extended period of time.
Before Carol Gregg's retirement in 2015, she was assistant general counsel for the Florida Department of Health. Gregg began her legal career with Legal Services of North Florida and was a pioneer at the organization, which provides legal services to the less fortunate. She has helped the law school in many ways, including co-founding the Children’s Advocacy Clinic in the Public Interest Law Center. Gregg began volunteering with students at the clinic in 2003 and is the longest-running volunteer, guiding and mentoring students with Medicaid, adoption and immigration cases. She and her husband, Ken Hart (’75), established the Carol Gregg and Ken Hart Endowment for Excellence for the Public Interest Law Center. She is also a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors.
Class of '66 Award
This award recognizes a non-Florida State University College of Law graduate who has rendered distinguished service to our law school and to the community. Each recipient is inducted into the Class of 1966 to commemorate the year that the Florida State University College of Law opened its doors.
Elwin Griffith graduated from Brooklyn Law School and received an LL.M. from New York University. He joined the FSU College of Law faculty in 1986 and taught Commercial Paper, Consumer Law, Immigration Law, and Law and Psychiatry. Griffith was a member of the editorial board of Caribbean Law and Business. He served as executive director of the Caribbean Law Institute, a federally funded law reform project. In that role, he engaged numerous Florida State faculty and students in law reform efforts throughout the Caribbean, primarily focused in business and commercial law, in addition to environmental law. Griffith also oversaw a summer program for Florida State law students at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. Even after his retirement from the full-time faculty in spring 2015, he continued as a productive scholar. Griffith passed away in 2016 and is being honored posthumously.
Exemplary Public Service Career Award
This award recognizes a Florida State University College of Law graduate who has dedicated their career to public service and who has demonstrated exceptional character, integrity, humility and professionalism, as well as the highest regard for ethics.
Kris Knab served 22 years as the executive director at Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. (LSNF), before retiring in 2016. She was selected for the award out of 49 nominees. Her nominators called Knab a “champion for the underprivileged,” and submitted evidence of her skillful leadership of LSNF, especially during times of limited resources. Knab passed away in 2018 and will be posthumously honored. An oil portrait of Knab will also be displayed prominently at the law school.