2017 John Sherman Myers Society Dinner
On October 13, 2017, the AUWCL Office of Development & Alumni Relations will host the 33rd Annual John Sherman Myers Society Celebration and Dinner. The event will bring together Myers Society and Gold Society ;members that have generously given to the law school and its students.
The John Sherman Myers Society was established to honor former Dean John Sherman Myers and his wife, Alvina Reckman Myers. Since its inceptions three decades ago, the Myers Society has had a visible impact on AUWCL students – providing critical funding for scholarships, technological developments, facilities, academic initiatives, and student services.
Introducing the 2017 Founders Awardees
Dean Nelson will honor Ambassador Connie Morella CAS/MA ’67 and Professor Emeritus Anthony C. Morella ’58 with The Founders Award for their dedication and service to the law school. The award commemorates the law school’s pioneering founders Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma Gillett.
Connie Morella CAS/MA ’67 served as US Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2003-2007. From 1987 until 2003 Ambassador Morella represented Maryland’s 8th Congressional district in the US House of Representatives where she developed a national reputation as a leading advocate for women, children, and families as well as a promoter of economic growth through science and technology. Before her election to the US Congress, Ambassador Morella was elected and served in the Maryland General Assembly for eight years. Prior to elective office, Morella was a Professor of English at Montgomery College, Rockville, MD.
Since 2009 she has been Ambassador in Residence at the Women and Politics Institute at American University School of Public Affairs. In 2010 she was appointed by President Obama to the American Battle Monuments Commission which is the guardian of our American Cemeteries overseas.
Ambassador Morella holds a BA from Boston University, an MA from American University, and 12 honorary degrees, including one from AU. Along with her husband Anthony, she raised nine children, including her late sister’s six children.
Anthony C. Morella ’58 is a Professor of Law Emeritus at AUWCL where he taught for 44 years and served as University Vice President and General Counsel.
During his legal career he was senior partner in the law firm of Hewes, Morella, Gelband, and Lamberton, PC. Among his noteworthy cases, Morella represented Judge John Sirica when the “Watergate” tapes case, Nixon v. Sirica (1973), went to the Court of Appeals. He was legislative assistant to Congressman John V. Lindsey (R-NY) from 1960-1962, and served as a political advisor to the late Senator Charles “Mac” Mathias and Congressman Gilbert Gude. He also managed the Nelson Rockefeller for President Maryland campaign. Prior to his teaching career, Morella’s experience in the law included work as an attorney on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights conducting investigations of voting purges of black voters in Louisiana.
After earning his BA from Boston University in 1952, Morella served on active duty in the USAF from 1952-1954. He then served in the 9999th Air Force Reserve Squadron under the command of General Barry Goldwater. He remained in the Reserve and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in 1967.
Morella received his JD from AUWCL in 1958. He and his wife Connie live in Bethesda, MD.
Make a gift in honor of the Founders Awardees today!
The Myers Scholarship
Each year, the Myers Scholarship is awarded to two remarkable students in the amount of 125% of tuition. The scholarship is available to students who show promise and demonstrate need for financial assistance to complete a full-time program of law study.