Event Highlights

2014 Honorees


The Gold ’n Gavel Award for Public Service

Grant Woods (Class of 1979)

Grant Woods served as Arizona's Attorney General from 1991-1999. Now in private practice, Woods continues to serve his community. He is the founder of the Mesa Boys & Girls Club, the Mesa Education Foundation, and the Mesa Arts Academy. He has won the top awards from the American Cancer Society, Chicanos Por La Causa, and many more.

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The Gold ’n Gavel Amicus Award

John Karalis

John Karalis enjoyed a 30-year career as a corporate lawyer and business executive with such major high-tech firms as Honeywell, Unisys, Apple, and Tektronix. He serves on the Advisory Board for ASU Law's Center for Law, Science & Innovation. His commitment to law, science, and technology continues with his generous gift to the Center.

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2014 Gold 'n Gavel Scholars


Kellie Manders (Class of 2015)

"I am deeply humbled to have been named one of this year’s Gold n' Gavel Scholars. Like many of my peers, law school would not be a possibility without the support of scholarships. The support of the Gold n’ Gavel scholarship has allowed me to experience countless opportunities through ASU Law including participating in the Healthcare Entrepreneurship Clinic, externing at both the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Office of General Counsel, and researching for the Public Health Law and Policy Program. Without the financial support from the Gold n’ Gavel scholarship, I would not have been able to explore the various opportunities afforded to me, and for that, I am forever grateful. It is an honor to be associated with this fantastic event that connects students, alumni, and the community."

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David Medina (Class of 2015)

"Being named a Gold n’ Gavel Scholar has helped change my life. Although being a Gold n’ Gavel Scholar has many benefits, including the fact that I am now affiliated with ASU Law’s biggest event of the year, the biggest benefit has been having the financial support to take advantage of the many great legal opportunities around me. With ASU Law’s financial support, I was able to extern at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C., intern at a top tier litigation firm in Phoenix through the Diversity Legal Writing Program, and land a job as an Associate with Orrick in Silicon Valley. ASU Law has opened doors for me, and the Gold n’ Gavel Scholarship has given me the means to walk through those doors."

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2014 Auctioneer


Michael L. Gallagher

A co-founding partner of Gallagher & Kennedy, Mike practices in a wide variety of litigation matters. Since 1995, he has been consecutively recognized as a Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers of America. Most recently, he was awarded the “2013 Phoenix Sports Law Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers. Mike has been recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer from 2007-2013.

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NEW this year!


For your enjoyment, we will have a photo booth on site for the entire duration of the event. Every guest will receive a complimentary keepsake photo strip to take home as a memento of our 2014 Gold 'n Gavel Auction & Reception. Be sure to visit the booth and create a lasting impression!