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UPDATED: Local judge receives lifetime achievement award

Andrew Zeiser, Contributing writer

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Prominent alumni of Salmon P. Chase College of Law gathered to receive awards at the annual Chase Alumni Luncheon in The Bank of Kentucky Center at Northern Kentucky University Oct. 5.

Roughly 280 members of staff, alumni and their families came out for the luncheon and award ceremony.

NKU President Geoffrey Mearns in a short recognition speech said, “I understand as the president of the university how important the law school is to the whole future of the university.”

“As the law school community you have my support and engagement,” Mearns said.

During the awards Kentucky’s 54th Circuit Court Judge Anthony Frohlich, graduate of Chase in 1980, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Frohlich in his acceptance, thanked all of his family and associates for their support.

Frohlich recalled his first day of law school, and how the dean walked in and told the class only one out of three of you are going to graduate. He said “The law is a jealous mistress,” and the dean told us we will barely see our spouses if we are married while in school and it’s not going to get any better after you graduate.

Frohlich closed by saying the Chase Law community has been a significant part of his and his wife’s life.

Receiving the Lifetime Achievement award makes you feel very humble, it feels like you don’t deserve it when you think of all the other great people that have been working with you, Frohlich said in an interview after the ceremony.

Frohlich said Chase students who want to succeed should “listen to what your professors have to say and when you get out stay in contact with Chase because these people want to see you succeed.” He is for Chase Law School because they are always supporting you even when you are out.

“Stay in contact, get involved with the activities after graduation, get involved in the alumni, make those contacts that are going to help you in your career,” Frohlich said.

David Spaulding, a Chase graduate of 2006, won the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award.

Spaulding said that Frohlich has been his mentor since he was about 10 years old. He said that Frohlich is part of the reason that he attended the Chase College of Law.

Students should get involved with the alumni and be active while they are at Chase, said Spaulding. It is something he wished he did more of while at Chase.

Other awards given were Exceptional Service Award which went to Mary Lepper, a 1999 graduate. The Professional Achievement Award given to Sterling Colvin, a 1995 Chase graduate.

The outstanding Northern Kentucky University Outstanding Alumnus Award Chase College of Law was given to Michael Lyon 1975 graduate of Chase. This award is given by the university.

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