This year’s Nashville School of Law Recognition Dinner felt more like a class reunion. That’s because both the NSL Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 were honored.
Close to 85 alumni represented the class of 2020 and 2021 at this year’s dinner, which was held on June 10, 2022, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, including NSL Class of 2020 Honorees, Pennye Sisk and John Romero.
“I was reminded that the courageous, resilient spirit of a Nashville School of Law graduate is unlike any other, and the victories and challenges we have faced throughout this long journey will only make us stronger advocates for the clients we will serve,” said Sisk.
The graduating class finished their law school journey virtually, which is why the Class of 2020 was honored at this year’s dinner.
“The night brought me closure. Covid-19 abruptly ended our law school careers and the school had to cancel our graduation ceremony. As a result, I had never really felt like we finished,” said Romero.
In years past, Nashville School of Law’s annual Recognition Dinner has acknowledged a handful of honorees during the event. Several distinguished faculty members, legal pioneers and notable alumni have all received the honor.
NSL’s Class of 2021 had an unusual law school experience, due to the global pandemic, with a mix of in person and virtual learning, as well as an abbreviated commencement ceremony.
“The 2022 NSL Recognition Dinner was an incredible reminder of the community and support that our graduates enjoy,” said Olivia Al-Sadi, NSL Class of 2021 Honoree.
“Nashville School of Law has connected each of us with colleagues and opportunities, forever impacting our lives.”
More than 600 guests were welcomed by NSL Dean William C. Koch, Jr. All members of the Tennessee Supreme Court attended the event, as did the NSL Board of Trustees, Faculty members, Staff and Alumni.
Luther E. “Pete” Cantrell, who was at the School for more than 60 years as a student and employee, passed away four days before this year’s dinner. Dean Koch paid tribute to Cantrell, acknowledging his passion for the school and his desire to help its students, as a slide show sharing photos of Cantrell played in the background.
Speeches were given by both John Romero, Class of 2020, and Olivia Al-Sadi, Class of 2021, who reminded their fellow classmates of the potential and opportunities that lie ahead. Moments later, both groups of alumni drew rousing applause as they walked across the stage sharing their name and hometown.
The NSL Recognition Dinner wrapped up with parting words from Dean Koch and group photos of both graduating classes.