Lifetime Achievement Award for David J. Sargent


The Suffolk University Law School Alumni Association honored Suffolk University President David J. Sargent with a special Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 16, 2006, at its annual award dinner at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

Suffolk University is celebrating its Centennial Year, and Sargent has been involved with the University for 55 of those first 100 years.

Richard Scheff, president of the Law School Alumni Board of Directors, presented the award.

Sargent's history with Suffolk began during his student days at the Law School, and he holds the rare distinction of serving his alma mater as a professor, scholar, law school dean, and president.

Under Sargent’s tenure as president, Suffolk University has grown from a commuter-based institution to a major global university. Suffolk now has campuses in Madrid, Spain, and Dakar, Senegal, as well as three satellite campuses in Massachusetts. The University also merged with the New England School of Art and Design under his leadership, and the addition of residence halls has broadened the campus experience for Suffolk students.

As a lawyer, Sargent was a nationally recognized voice in the debate on tort reform in the 1960s and 1970s. He has served as a consultant with many law firms, primarily in the litigation field, and he has consulted on behalf of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

He served three terms as chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association Committee on Trial Practice and served as chair of the Massachusetts Chief Justice Commission on Court Reform. 

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