Pittman Award Winner, John E. Pierce
Pittman Award Winner, John E. Pierce

Pittman Award

Photo (left to right): Frederick D. Franklin, Assistant Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office: District of Nebraska; John E. Pierce, Pittman Award Winner; Honorable Darryl R. Lowe, Judge of the County Court, 4th Judicial District; Honorable Vernon C. R. Daniels, Judge on the Douglas County Juvenile Court; Madion McNary (2L student): President of the Black Students Law Association; and Stephen Hogan (3L student).

John E. Pierce became the 12th Judge Elizabeth D. Pittman Award recipient at Creighton University School of Law on Feb. 19. The honor, first bestowed in 1998, is awarded by the Black Law Students Association of Creighton Law School to an African-American graduate “who possesses the same qualities of excellence, perseverance and dedication that made Judge Pittman such a truly outstanding role model for all law students and lawyers.” Pittman, Class of 1948, was the first African-American graduate of the law school and the first African-American judge in the state of Nebraska.

Pierce retired from his position as associate vice president for Equity and Inclusion at Creighton in 2014. He had also served as associate vice president of Affirmative Action and Diversity Outreach. He was the chair of Creighton University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration for 13 years and he was active on campus in a variety of other organizations as well. He has spent many years serving on community boards, reaching out to those less fortunate.

After some false starts, which he addressed in his remarks. Pierce graduated from Creighton University School of Law in 1981. He also earned his master’s degree in guidance and counseling in 1972 from Creighton University, and received his undergraduate degree in 1969 from the University of Nebraska.