AUWCL Student, Alumni Honored During Virtual 2020 Peter M. Cicchino Awards Ceremony

Oct. 7, 2020


Three members of the American University Washington College of Law community have been named recipients of the 21st annual Peter M. Cicchino Awards for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest.

Award winners include:

  • Caitlyn Petti McDaniel '20, Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Fellow, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services
    Winner in Category of Current Washington College of Law Student
  • Amy Malia Gellatly '14, Supervising Attorney, Bread for the City's Community Lawyering Project
    Winner in Category of Alumna or Alumnus Whose Career has Spanned 5-15 Years
  • Ignacio J. Alvarez Martinez '99, Founder, Alvarez Martinez Law Firm LLC
    Winner in Category of Alumna or Alumnus Whose Career has Spanned 15 years or more

McDaniel, Gellatly, and Martzinez were honored on Thursday, Oct. 1 during a virtual ceremony, featuring a keynote address by Justin Brooks ’90, director and co-founder of the California Innocence Project.

Cicchino was an AUWCL professor, scholar, and public interest lawyer. In January 2000, the AUWCL faculty voted unanimously – with Cicchino abstaining – to create an award in his name. The Peter M. Cicchino Awards are given annually to honor students and alumni whose devotion to, and creative service in, the public interest exemplify the highest ideals of AUWCL.

Watch The Awards Ceremony