Fifty-one students were inducted last night into the Royal Graham Shannonhouse III Honor Society, which recognizes University of Baltimore School of Law students who have distinguished themselves academically after completing 32 credits.
The minimum GPA requirement for induction is 3.15. Students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.7 and higher are inducted as Distinguished Scholars. Twelve of the 51 inductees are Distinguished Scholars.
The honor society is named after a longtime – and revered – UB law professor known as “The House.” In his July 2010 obituary in The Baltimore Sun, Shannonhouse was remembered as a “beloved taskmaster” who had a “profound influence on his fledgling law students.”
The evening’s speaker, Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr., J.D. `73, who retired in June as chief judge of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court, recalled that students were often frightened by Shannonhouse.
“He scared many,” said Nichols, who studied under Shannonhouse. “We were afraid to feel foolish under his cross-examination.”
But, Nichols said, Shannonhouse inspired his students: “He made many of us what we are today.”
Wrapping up, Nichols addressed the honor society inductees directly: “Go out there and make Professor Shannonhouse proud!”
Here are the 51 law students inducted into the Royal Graham Shannonhouse III Honor Society on Sept. 26, 2017 (Distinguished Scholars are indicated by an asterisk after their name):
Meegan Jayne Smith