News Release: Law, People

Oct. 20,  2008

Emory Law Honors 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Three individuals who have made extensive contributions to the legal profession and the community are the recipients of Emory University School of Law's 2008 Distinguished Alumni Awards: John M. Dowd, class of 1965; Susan Hoy, class of 1974; and Teri Plummer McClure, class of 1988. This year's recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony Thursday, Nov. 13, at the school's Gambrell Hall.

The Emory Law Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1985 to recognize outstanding alumni who have achieved distinction in legal practice, teaching, research or public administration and who have demonstrated distinguished service to Emory Law, the Emory Law Alumni Association or Emory University.

"The outstanding caliber of our graduates makes the selection process for the Distinguished Alumni Awards exacting and thoughtful," says David F. Partlett, dean of Emory Law. He called the three alumni "exemplars of lives well lived in our profession of service," adding that they are being honored for "their commitment to the legal community and their service to the law school."

John Dowd heads the criminal litigation group at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, focusing his practice on complex civil and criminal cases. He is most widely known for his work as special counsel to three Major League Baseball commissioners, leading the highly publicized investigations of Pete Rose, a team owner and others which resulted in the "Dowd Report." Dowd also is noted for his representation of Monica Goodling before Congress regarding the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys, of Senator John McCain during the Senate's Keating Five Hearings and of former Governor Fife Symington of Arizona in a high-profile criminal trial.

Before entering private practice, Dowd was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Tax and Criminal Divisions and chief of an organized crime strike force in the Criminal Division. Dowd also is listed in Who's Who in America and has been recognized for more than 10 years in The Best Lawyers in America.

Dowd received his bachelor's degree cum laude from St. Bernard College in 1963. Following his graduation from Emory Law, he was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of the Judge Advocate General Corps. He previously served as general counsel on the board of trustees of the Marine Corps University Foundation, serves on the board of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and is a founder of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Dowd also serves as general counsel and a member of the board of trustees of Flint Hill School in Virginia and as general counsel of St. Peter's Indian Mission School in Arizona.

Susan Hoy is assistant general counsel and assistant vice president for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, having been with the organization since 1986. She began her practice in 1974 with the Atlanta law firm of Alston, Miller, and Gaines (now Alston & Bird). Her practice has focused on the areas of litigation and real estate, having represented the Federal Reserve Bank in its acquisition of property for its Midtown Atlanta headquarters and the construction of that building, which opened in 2001.

Hoy has served the city of Atlanta in a number of leadership positions. She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Midtown and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Center for the Visually Impaired since 2004, currently serving as vice chairman. An avid international traveler, Hoy also is actively involved in her church and serves on the board of Galaxy Music Theatre, a neighborhood music theater company in Decatur, Ga.

A native of Marshall, Mo., Hoy received her bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri. She was on the editorial board of the Emory Law Journal and graduated from Emory Law with honors. Hoy remains a dedicated Emory alumna, having served as chair of the Emory Law School Fund and a mentor in Emory Law's Alumni Mentor Program.

Teri Plummer McClure is senior vice president and general counsel of United Parcel Service, overseeing the company's legal, compliance and public affairs activities worldwide. McClure, who began her career with UPS in 1995 as an employment counsel, is the first woman and the first African-American senior vice president in the company's legal department.

McClure serves on the boards of the UPS Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Junior Achievement Worldwide, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights. She also serves as co-chair of the Georgia Supreme Courts Committee on Civil Justice.

Originally from Kansas City, Kan., McClure earned her bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. While at Emory Law, McClure was involved in Moot Court Society and the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). She recently delivered the keynote address at Emory BLSA's 25th anniversary scholarship banquet and was a featured speaker at Emory Law's "No More Early Exits" conference, which addressed the topic of women in the legal field. McClure also serves as a member of the Caucus of Emory Black Alumni and has volunteered for the law school's mentor program.


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