May 2024 — Penn State Dickinson Law recently held its annual employee appreciation luncheon. During the event, faculty and staff received awards and recognition for years of service milestones and dedication to the Law School. In addition, the 2023-2024 Patricia Amadure Memorial Award was presented.

This year, seven employees were recognized for years of service milestones recorded in 2024:

  • 40 years:
    • William Barker, Distinguished Professor of Law and Polisher Family Faculty Scholar
  • 30 years:
    • Pamela Knowlton, Registrar
  • 10 years:
    • Jonathan Hindman, Collections Services Manager for H. Laddie Montague Jr. Law Library
  • 5 years:
    • Ryan Cook, IT Generalist, System and Web Administration
    • Kristin Thomas, Admissions Officer
    • Diane Shelton, Acquisitions and Budget Specialist for H. Laddie Montague Jr. Law Library
    • Ellen O’Connell, Maintenance Worker, Utility

In addition, Jeri Fitzsimons was recognized on the occasion of her upcoming retirement from the H. Laddie Montague Jr. Law Library at Penn State Dickinson Law. Jeri joined the law school over 37 years ago.

Amadure AwardThe 2023-24 Patricia A. Amadure Memorial Award was presented to Trish Prosser for going above and beyond this past year to take on responsibilities outside of her job description. Those who know Trish can attest to her commitment to the students and her work, pushing the clinic's and Dickinson Law's mission forward. Few have had as much daily interaction with the student body as she does, and the clinic administrators wouldn’t last a day without her support. Suffice it to say that Trish is one of a kind.

One nominator stated that “our recipient supports everyone with kindness and a great sense of humor, showing genuine interest and care for their colleagues, students, and the law school community.”

A second nominator added, “This year’s recipient lives and breathes Dickinson Law. If there were a Penn State dictionary of terms, the definition of ‘Practice Greatness’ would be their photo.” In addition, nominators have “spoken verbosely of our recipient’s professionalism and commitment. Helping colleagues with tasks, keeping students on track, fielding calls from the public, coordinating with countless individuals and departments, and organizing donation drives for people in need, all as part of and in addition to their role. To say they are a lynchpin would be an understatement.”