Pryzbylski Wins Junior Peck Medal
by Jim Amidon
March 24, 2005
Senior David Pryzbylski took home top honors at Wednesday's Peck Awards
Banquet sponsored by the Pre-Law Society when he was awarded the Junior
Peck Medal as the outstanding pre-law senior.
Pryzbylski maintains a 3.99 grade point average with concentrations in
speech, psychology, and French. (Click on the photo album link at
the bottom of this story.)
"Every year we say what a difficult decision it was to select the Junior
Peck Medal winner, and this year it really was," said presenter Scott
Himsel ’85. Himsel noted that Pryzbylski emerged because of his
excellent scholarship, work as philanthropy chair of his fraternity, Phi
Kappa Psi, and because of the term he served as president of the house.
The Peck Medal honors the late David W. Peck ’22, a Harvard law graduate
and New York power lawyer who was chief justice of the New York
Appellate Court and a long-time member of the Wabash Board of Trustees.
Senior Matt Tanney was awarded the Bingham Award, which honors the late
James Bingham ’11, who founded the Indianapolis law firm Bingham and
Senior Zach Sundstrum received the William Nelson White Scholarship for
scholarship, personal integrity, and knowledge of law. He plans to teach
for a year in Japan before enrolling in law school.
Steve Terry, a Rhodes Scholar and retired Baker and Daniels lawyer whose
four sons attended Wabash (Dave, Tom, and Ed Broecker, and John Terry),
attended the Peck Banquet to present the Joseph J. Daniels Award in
Constitutional Law, which was awarded to Tim Flowers ’06.
Terry paid tribute to Daniels, Wabash Class of 1911, calling him "the
most influential lawyer of his era." Daniels later worked on the
Presidential campaign of Dwight Eisenhower, and served that
administration as Solicitor General of the United States.
Indiana Supreme Court Justice Theodore Boehm delivered the keynote
speech and accepted the Senior Peck Award for excellence in the law.
Earlier in the day, Boehm met with students and faculty to discuss his
time spent working as a law clerk for former Chief Justice Earl Warren.
He noted the importance of a liberal arts education in the legal
"I really think that having as broad an educational base you can is
useful in practicing the law," Boehm said. "There are three things
critical to success in law: you must be able to write clearly,
communicate effectively, and have a presence that persuades others. A
liberal arts education is exactly the way to gain that experience.
"This has been sort of an ‘old home week’ for me because of the close
ties I have to several Wabash alumni."
Justice Boehm mentioned Barney Hollett ’36 and Joe Daniels as his
mentors throughout his legal career that began at Harvard Law School and
later on to the Indianapolis firm Baker and Daniels, co-founded by Joe
Daniels. Hollett, who was Eli Lilly’s personal attorney, took Boehm
under his wing early in the young justice’s career. "Barney’s wisdom,
strength, and patience were unlimited for a young lawyer like me," Boehm
Justice Boehm said a career in the law can be a truly rewarding
experience, in and out of the courtroom. "David Shane (’70) and Clay
Robbins (’79) are two examples of men who are not currently practicing
law, but who are making enormous contributions to our community — Dave
as Governor Mitch Daniels’ education czar and Clay as president of Lilly
"This was the best banquet I have attended in four years," Pre-Law
Society President Matthew Bredefeld said. "I think Justice Boehm is an
incredible speaker and did a wonderful job shedding light on the
changing nature of law. It’s hard to pass up an opportunity to hear from
someone who worked for Chief Justice Earl Warren."
Jacob Straub attended the banquet to hear Justice Boehm and connect with
several prominent Wabash alums.
"I think Justice Boehm was articulate," Straub said. "He helped give an
eye-witness perspective of the Warren Court during the tumultuous time.
It was a great talk."
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