Timothy Forsman receives John S. Armstrong Award

Monday, June 9, 2014

Timothy Nathaniel Forsman, along with classmate Vail Choji Cloar, was awarded the John S. Armstrong Award, the College of Law's top honor.   This award was established by the Armstrong family to honor the Arizona legislator who introduced the bill that established Arizona's first institution of higher learning, the Tempe Normal School (forerunner of ASU).  The award is given by the law faculty to a student whose strong academic performance best mirrors the law school’s excellence and values.  However, receiving the Armstrong Award is more than just an honor for achievement in law school -- it forever links that student to one of the greatest traditions of this state.   Making the award more meaningful is its presentation by J. Samuel Armstrong IV, who continues in the family legacy of supporting this great institution.

This year's award winners exemplify what an outstanding law student should be.  Tim graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA from ASU after completing a degree in Global Studies, with an emphasis on economic development.   He completed his graduation thesis for the Barrett Honors College after conducting field research on Toyota’s history while living in Japan.   While in law school Tim was consistently at the top of his class, receiving CALI awards in contracts, constitutional law, professional responsibility, evidence, conflict of laws, and jurisprudence.  He held the honor of serving as the Executive Articles Editor for the Arizona State Law Journal.  

Tim’s passion for learning was well known throughout the law school. Professor Robert Clinton recalls Tim as "one of the most intellectually engaged and inquisitive law students I have had the privilege to teach during my four decades of teaching law."   He is "deeply committed to the legal profession and wants to master every element of it," stated Clinton.

This mastery is evident in the several prestigious awards that Tim received during his time in law school.  He received the Dean’s Recruitment Award and was named both a Willard H. Pedrick Scholar and a Rebecca and Michael Berch Scholar.   He was also awarded a Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research for his article, “California’s Big Blank Check: What the QSA Means for the Salton Sea,” which was published in the spring 2014 issue of the Arizona State Law Journal.    This drive towards excellence continued outside the classroom in his externship at the Arizona Supreme Court Staff Attorney’s Office.

After graduation, Tim will launch his career in private practice as an associate in the transactional group at the Phoenix-based firm of Gammage & Burnham PLC.

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