Widener Law professor honored with humanitarian award
Public Relations - Published: April 21, 2010
Widener Law Associate Professor Nicholas A. Mirkay III was recently honored with the Red Ribbon Humanitarian Award, given by the Delaware HIV Consortium. The award was presented at the consortium’s sixth-annual WOW Awards Celebration held Saturday, April 17 at The Clarion Hotel in New Castle.

The awards event recognizes corporate and individual excellence for philanthropy, volunteerism, fundraising and community leadership in the field of HIV/AIDS. The humanitarian award in particular recognizes an individual who is dedicated to improving the consortium and the community by volunteering his or her services and talents.

The Delaware HIV Consortium is dedicated to eliminating the spread of HIV/AIDS and to creating a seamless continuum of care for all people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Delaware. Mirkay served as a member of its board of trustees from 2005 to 2007 and he recently provided the organization with pro bono legal services to ensure its continued eligibility for federal funding.

A Widener contingent attended the award event in support of Mirkay. Those friends included Associate Professors Alicia B. Kelly, Kenneth T. Kristl, Leslie A. Johnson, and Dana Harrington Conner and students Damiano Del Pino and Katie O’Connell.

Mirkay, a Wilmington, Del. resident, joined the Widener Law Delaware campus faculty in 2003. Before that, he worked 11 years as a tax and business lawyer. He teaches in the areas of federal income tax, nonprofit organizations, business organizations and wills and trusts, and he writes predominantly about legal and governance issues regarding tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. Mirkay regularly advises and assists nonprofit organizations in Delaware and Pennsylvania on federal and state formation and tax-exemption issues. He currently serves as chair of the Food Bank of Delaware board of directors and is a member of the Delaware Tax Institute planning committee. He holds a law degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law in 1992 and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.