2020 Centennial Achievement Masters Awardee

During the fall of 1987, the Graduate College and the Division of Campus Life established awards to recognize outstanding achievement and contributions of graduate students at the University of Arizona who have shown academic achievement despite facing challenging social, economic, or educational obstacles. In years past, the award was presented to two students at the Master's level and two students at the Doctoral level. Beginning in 2018, due to the philanthropic commitment of past Master’s Award recipient, Dr. William Broussard (MA, ‘02, and Ph.D., ‘07—Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of the English Language) we are excited to share that six graduate students are now selected and awarded the Centennial Award.

DeLorean L. Forbes

DeLorean L. Forbes was born overseas into a U.S. Navy family and had the value of community and public service instilled into him from an early age. He is a firm believer that the life best lived is the one spent serving others, and that core principle has guided him as he pursues his J.D. at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

DeLorean came to the College of Law from Las Cruces, New Mexico. As a first-generation law student with limited financial means, DeLorean has been reliant on academic scholarships to get him through law school. DeLorean has earned scholarships from both the College of Law and the Arizona Black Bar Association for his academic achievements and leadership.

DeLorean has taken on several leadership roles while at Arizona Law. As the president of the Black Law Students Association, DeLorean has spearheaded the group's outreach during this pivotal period in the struggle for racial justice. In response to the killing of George Floyd, DeLorean collaborated with multiple organizations and institutions at the law college to host a monthly social justice speaker series called "Coffee Conversations with BLSA," in which the association hosts speakers from around the country to discuss social, economic and legal issues that are of import to the Black community.

During the summer, DeLorean served as a student representative on the College of Law New Safe Return Committee and currently serves in the same role on the college's COVID Task Force. While serving in these capacities, he has assisted the college in developing and implementing a plan to safely continue operations during the 2020-21 academic year despite the pandemic.

In addition to these roles, DeLorean serves as the editor-in-chief of the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, and also as the head Kaplan student bar representative at Arizona Law, where he helps other law students register for bar review courses and directs the activities of the other Kaplan student bar representatives.

Upon graduating law school and passing the bar exam, DeLorean will commission as a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy and plans to eventually serve as a foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State.

Andrea Sharp

Andrea Sharp is a Juris Doctorate candidate at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and French from the University of Nevada. Andrea was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, where her family has lived for five generations. Prior to attending law school, Andrea taught English to elementary school students in Meaux, France. Her students particularly enjoyed that she used funny animal noises while reading "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"

Andrea always wanted to become a lawyer to – in the words of another – ensure the law serves the people. While at the College of Law, Andrea has pursued this goal by contributing to several projects focused on access-to-justice issues. In particular, she created a step-by-step guide, which will be used by legal aid organizations in Arizona, for pro se litigants facing eviction because of their disabilities. Andrea volunteers for the Name and Gender Marker Clinic, a semiannual event organized by the Pride Law Alliance and the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, to help transgender individuals change their name or gender marker on official documents.

Andrea is actively involved in university and local organizations, such as the Law Women’s Association, the Arizona Women Lawyers Association and the American Inn of Court. She serves as managing editor of the Arizona Law Review, where she edits and reviews academic articles that touch on a wide array of legal issues. Further, Andrea has written or contributed research to numerous scholarly projects on topics ranging from health care and juror bias to risk assessment and civil procedure, among other subjects. She is also a teaching assistant for several courses at the College of Law and was named the Dan B. Dobbs Law Scholar in 2019. 

After graduation this spring, Andrea intends to represent individuals harmed by the actions of others with a particular focus on women’s rights and civil rights.