The Widener University School of Law has announced winners of its 2010 alumni awards, given annually to recognize outstanding leadership, service, and achievement of its graduates. The school has honored its distinguished alumni since 1976. This year’s recipients were recognized at a ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia.
The Alumnus of the Year Award
was given to Superior Court Judge Raymond Batten of Cape May, N.J. The award is presented to an alumna or alumnus who, through service to her or his community or profession, or by honors received, service rendered or other accomplishments, has brought honor, recognition and distinction to the Widener University School of Law. Batten graduated from the school’s Delaware campus in 1979. He was the first Widener Law graduate to become a Superior Court judge in New Jersey, in 1992, at the age of 38. He serves on the law school’s Board of Overseers, is a member of the school’s Alumni Association executive board and has been a strong supporter of Widener students through internship opportunities with his chambers.
The Outstanding Service Award
was presented to Bret Keisling of Harrisburg and Gary Traynor of Dover, Del. Service awards are given for outstanding alumni service to the law school as a whole, to a particular concentration within the school, or to the legal profession.
Keisling graduated from Widener’s Harrisburg campus in 2005 and he is president of PAC Industries, Inc. He serves on the law school’s Board of Overseers and is an active volunteer with the Moot Court Honor Society, having coached teams in preparation for national competitions over the last four years. He regularly speaks on the Harrisburg campus on topics including professionalism, addictions and recovery, and oral advocacy.
Traynor graduated from the school’s Delaware campus in 1982 and he is a partner at Prickett, Jones & Elliott, P.A. Traynor has served on the faculty of the law school’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and served as a mentor to Widener Law students. He was appointed as a commissioner to the Delaware River and Bay Authority in 2009.
The Outstanding Recent Alumni Award
was presented to Christopher Cabott of Philadelphia and Jonathan Koltash of Harrisburg. The award recognizes work by recent graduates who show energy and dedication as community leaders or provide invaluable service to the Widener University School of Law.
Cabott graduated from the Delaware campus in 2005 and he is an entertainment, sports and media attorney, and National Football League player agent, with the Law Office of Lloyd Z. Remick and Zane Management in Philadelphia. Cabott frequently returns to the law school’s Delaware campus, where he has spoken at Professionalism Day and Sports and Entertainment Law Association events. He served as president of the Student Bar Association during his time as a law student, and was named a 2010 rising star by Pennsylvania’s “Superlawyers.” His client list includes Philadelphia Phillie Jimmy Rollins.
Koltash graduated from the Harrisburg campus in 2007 and he is assistant counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Department of Labor and Industry in Harrisburg. He is one of the longest-serving volunteers of Widener Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in Harrisburg, devoting countless evenings and Saturdays to providing free tax preparation help to the elderly, the working poor and others who meet income-eligibility guidelines. Koltash has been instrumental in the school’s ability to substantially expand the number of people it serves with this program, through his command of tax law and his mentor’s touch with student volunteers. He is also active with the Moot Court Honor Society and volunteers in the school’s alumni mentoring program.