Stephen Perrott Selected to Receive Carpenter Pre-Law Prize

College of Wooster senior political science major plans to specialize in environmental law

April 10, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Stephen Perrott, a senior political science major with a minor in environmental studies, has been chosen to receive the 2013 David L. Carpenter Pre-Law Prize. The award is presented annually to The College of Wooster’s top pre-law student. Selection is based on academic achievement, participation in Wooster’s Pre-Law Advising Program, experience as a student leader, and a commitment to personal honesty and integrity.

“It’s great to be included with so many former Wooster pre-law students (who won the award previously),” said Perrott, who was accepted to eight law schools and has chosen to attend Case Western Reserve University. “It is also an honor to be associated with the great work of Mr. Carpenter.”

A graduate of Neshannock High School in Western Pennsylvania, Perrott’s four years at Wooster have been marked by distinguished achievements in a range of activities, particularly Moot Court. He was a five-time All-American in team argument, individual oratory skills, and brief writing at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA) National Championship Tournaments during the past three years. He also served as team captain this past season. His other accomplishments include winning the 2012 Legal Alumni of Wooster Promising Pre-Law Student Book Prize; being selected as a panelist for the 2012 Pre-Law Seminar held in the chambers of Cleveland District Judge and fellow Wooster alumnus Solomon Oliver; being chosen to present his Independent Study (I.S.) project (Wooster’s nationally acclaimed senior research experience) at the 2013 Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago; and being named to the Dean’s List. In addition, he is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society, and he received the John D. Fackler Award as Wooster’s top debater in 2012. He also served as a peer mentor, an intern with Wooster’s Office of Admissions, and a participant in Wooster’s campus waste management strategies initiative.

Angie Bos, assistant professor of political science and Perrott’s adviser at Wooster, lauded his achievements and his selection as the Carpenter Prize Winner. “During his time at Wooster, Stephen has shown great intentionality in selecting courses, extracurricular activities, internships, and a senior I.S. topic to prepare him to realize his dream of becoming an attorney focused on the environment. He is an extremely strong student, and played an instrumental role as a leader on Wooster’s nationally renowned Moot Court team. He is extremely articulate and passionate about environmental issues, and I am convinced that he will make a substantial impact on environmental and energy law in this country.”

Established by the Figgie Family Foundation in 1999, the Carpenter Prize commemorates the life of the late David Lyle Carpenter, a 1965 Wooster alumnus who became a leading tax and corporate lawyer and a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold L.L.P. Prior to his death in 1999, Carpenter was recognized by Best Lawyers in America for excellence in corporate law. He was also an active member of the Heights Christian Church and served on the board of the National Conference for Community and Justice. At Wooster, he won departmental honors in economics, and lettered in track and field. He later attended the University of Michigan, where he earned both an M.B.A. and a J.D.