USD to Honor Law School Graduate Virginia Nelson with Career Achievement Award

SAN DIEGO (May 3, 2011)—Prominent trial attorney Virginia C. Nelson, a 1979 University of San Diego (USD) School of Law graduate, will be honored by the University with the Arthur E. Hughes Award for Career Achievement on June 4.

Specializing in personal injury and medical malpractice for more than 30 years, Nelson has received numerous honors for her skill and dedication. She has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for the last 18 years and was chosen by her peers as one of the Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers in San Diego in Super Lawyers magazine. In 1998, she was the recipient of the Daniel T. Broderick III Award, which is presented for exemplifying the highest standards of civility, integrity and professionalism. Nelson also served as the youngest president of the San Diego County Bar Association in 1990.

Nelson has been extremely active with USD since her graduation and has been a member of the USD School of Law's Board of Visitors since 1991. Nelson has volunteered her time to many other organizations including KPBS and the Domestic Violence Prevention Program.

"Ginny is truly deserving of this recognition,” said USD School of Law Dean Kevin Cole. “Her mark on our community is significant as one of San Diego's top attorneys and a dedicated volunteer for so many organizations. Her longstanding record of accomplishment speaks for itself, and it is a pleasure to recognize her for her extraordinary achievements."

The 16th Annual Alumni Honors celebration will recognize the accomplishments of nine distinguished honorees. The event begins at 6 p.m. in USD's Shiley Theatre, followed by dinner under the stars. Tickets are $100 person for the black-tie optional event. Click here to purchase tickets or call (619) 260-4819.


Patrick Riedling
(619) 260-4207


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