Southwestern Takes Top Honors at Delta Theta Phi Convention
Southwestern's Hon. Marshall Francis McComb Delta Theta Phi Senate made quite a splash at the international legal fraternity's 58th Biennial Convention and Leadership Conference, which was held during the first week in August in Bloomington, Minnesota. The small but mighty two-student delegation earned three of four major honors presented.
Fourth-year evening student John Huh won the William H. Thomas Award for Oral Advocacy, triumphing over competitors from 26 participating schools. His five-minute report about Southwestern's Delta Theta Phi Senate and its commitment to fulfilling core values of the fraternity in terms of activities to promote diversity and engage in public service impressed the judges. "I spoke about how our members have won academic awards and how the law school has been recognized for its diversity efforts," Huh said. "I also talked about how our members have been involved with diverse ethnic student organizations and have devoted numerous hours to public interest activities."
Huh was even more excited to win the Robert J. Cole, Jr. Scholarship, awarded to the student delegate that exhibits those professional qualities demanded by the fraternity. "This was not something I applied for," he explained. "Apparently, from the moment we arrived at the convention, judges observed how we presented ourselves in terms of our dress, speech, conduct and general professionalism."
Steven Lundberg, also in the fourth-year evening program at Southwestern, won the Biennial WestGroup Award for his achievements as a law student. This is the fraternity's most prestigious prize for academic achievement, based on class rank, GPA, special coursework taken and other activities. As the winner of this award, Lundberg will receive the 31-volume set of the newest edition of Willston on Contracts, which is valued at more than $2,000.
Larry Meyer, immediate past Chancellor of Delta Theta Phi, had encouraged Southwestern's chapter to participate in the convention. He was very impressed with their showing. "John and Steve did an excellent job of representing themselves and the school, and of impressing the attendees that were there," he said. "I think the great showing they had was obvious by the awards they won."
Huh, who now serves as Dean of Southwestern's Hon. Marshall Francis McComb Delta Theta Phi Senate, said, "Justice McComb and Mrs. McComb were very generous to our school over the years, and I'm really pleased that we can carry on this legacy. Going to the convention really made me understand the reach of Delta Theta Phi and the prominence of its alums."