NDLS Alum Honored by Law Firm

Nicole Tlachac, a 2008 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, received the 2008 Arthur A. May Award from the law firm of May Oberfell Lorber.

Named for the firm’s longtime partner and a 1947 Notre Dame Law School graduate, the May award is presented each year to an outstanding member of the law school’s competing trial practice team, the Notre Dame Barristers.

The award includes a $1,000 grant and the recipient’s name is engraved on a large plaque located near the courtroom at the Notre Dame Law School. In conjunction with the University, May Oberfell Lorber created the award in 1994 upon Arthur May’s retirement from the firm. May passed away in 2002.

Selecting the Arthur A. May Award recipient is a three-person panel consisting of a representative from May Oberfell Lorber, a law school faculty member and Katherine D. Singer, the Barristers’ coach and the 1997 recipient of the award. They choose a student who demonstrates a commitment to professional ethical standards and exhibits excellence in trial advocacy.

A resident of Grand Haven, Mich., Tlachac was a member of the University’s Moot Court Trial Team, the American Association for Justice Moot Court Trial Team, and co-president of the Public Interest Law Forum.

Tlachac, who graduated this May, was a legal intern in the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic. She was also a law clerk for the Oregon Law Center, a legal extern for the St. Joseph County Public Defender and a law clerk for Legal Aid of Western Michigan.

She graduated cum laude from Grand Valley State University, where she was president and co-founder of the Grand Valley Law Society. Tlachac was also a Grand Valley Faculty Scholar, Michigan State Merit Scholar and member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society.