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Fellows of the Association Award

Lawrence H. White - 2001

Mr. White is a Venture Fund Officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, he spent eight years as Georgetown University’s first University Counsel, where he was responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the university’s legal affairs.

Mr. White has been an active member of NACUA and a contributor to the Association’s growth and its many successes over the past decade. He was first elected to the Board of Directors in 1991 for a three-year term as member-at-large and again in 1996 for a three-year term as Treasurer. He has served on numerous committees, most notably the Committee on Program for the Annual Conference, Publications (Vice Chair, 1991-1992), Committee on Finance (Chair, 1996-1999), Nominations and Elections, Information Services, and Board Operations. In 1995-1996, he was Vice Chair of the West Negotiating Team, whose work resulted in the current Private File Database on Westlaw, and in 1997-1998, was Chair of the West Task Force, whose work resulted in making the hard copy of The Education Law Reporter available in electronic form.

Mr. White is the author of one of the earliest NACUA pamphlets, Complying with Drug-Free Workplace Laws, published in 1989, and has served as a reviewer and/or contributor of numerous other pamphlets; he has also written for The Journal of College and University Law, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. As quoted from one of his nominators, “among his many special gifts is a remarkable facility to write clear, elegant, and witty prose whether it is articulating the meaning of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Bakke or in offering survival tips for attorneys new to the practice of our brand of law.” Mr. White is also revered and respected by colleagues for being so generous and giving of his time and expertise, be it on a legal issue or on a professional development issue.

He exemplifies the essence of the profession, and is regarded by his colleagues and peers as a leader in the truest sense of the word. For these reasons, NACUA takes pride in presenting him with the Distinguished Service Award.