Annual Alumni Awards

BU Law is proud to honor our outstanding graduates in many ways throughout the year. If you would like to nominate an alumnus/na for an alumni award, please fill out the form.

Please note that only one award per submission is permitted. To nominate for multiple awards, please resubmit the form.

Silver Shingle Awards

Every year, Boston University School of Law presents three outstanding alumni with The Silver Shingle Awards. The three Silver Shingle Awards are the Silver Shingle for Service to the Profession, the Silver Shingle for Service to the School, and the Silver Shingle for Service to the Community.

Young Lawyer’s Chair

This Young Lawyer’s Alumni Chair is presented each year to the alumna/us whose performance and commitment, in ten years or less since graduation, reflects great credit upon the School of Law.

Gerard H. Cohen Award

Gerard H. Cohen, Class of 1962, has been a friend, benefactor, counselor, and leading member of the Executive Committee of the Law School Alumni Association for many years. Gerry’s generosity has been immeasurable, both in terms of the personal time and effort he has devoted to the School and in the financial support he has provided. His ready counsel and support for new endeavors has reflected his genuine commitment to the School and its advancement through the years.

Knowing of Gerry’s lifelong devotion to his School, his wife Sherryl Cohen, his brother Bruce A. Cohen, and their families established the Gerard H. Cohen Award in his honor in 1994, the same year Gerry was awarded the Silver Shingle Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the School. The Cohen Award is given annually to recognize a member of the School of Law administrative staff who has shown unselfish and distinguished service to the School. In an institution characterized by a staff of dedicated professionals who are among the best in their fields, this award is a special recognition for those who have consistently gone beyond the bounds of good and faithful service, whose contributions to the School have made an unusually strong impact.

The School of Law community is greatly honored by the decision of the Cohen family to establish this award. It is most fitting that a member of the School of Law administrative staff should receive an award in Gerry’s name, for so many of them have benefited from his help, counsel, generous spirit, and good humor. He, too, is one who consistently has gone beyond the bounds of good and faithful service.


The Silver Shingle Awards, the young Lawyer’s Chair, and the Cohen Award are presented at the annual Reunion and Silver Shingle Awards Dinner. Guests at the reception include award recipients and their guests, members of the faculty and staff, select students, and alumni, including those celebrating a reunion.


SAVE THE DATE for the 2023 Reunion and Silver Shingle Awards Dinner: September 23, 2023.