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W&L Law Honors Outstanding Alumnus and Volunteer of the Year

On April 12 during Alumni Weekend 2014, Washington and Lee School of Law announced the recipients of the Outstanding Alumus/a Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Reggie Aggarwal ’94L received the 2014 Outstanding Law Alumnus Award for his exceptional achievements in the legal profession.

Aggarwal is the CEO and Founder of Cvent, a publicly-traded cloud-based software company focused on event management. Aggarwal led Cvent from a two-person startup to a 1,450-person company with a $1.3 billion market capitalization. Cvent has helped more than 10,900 organizations manage hundreds of thousands of events in more than 90 countries.

This honor joins a long list of others for Aggarwal: CEO of the Year by the Washington Business Journal; Entrepreneur of the Year for the Washington, DC area by Ernst & Young; a rising star by Forbes Magazine; one of the 100 Top Tech Titans by Washingtonian Magazine for three years; and one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry by MeetingNews and Business Travel News. He has been featured in over 100 articles in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, USA Today, Forbes, and The Washington Post, and has appeared on CNBC, ABC News, CBS News, and CNN as an authority on meetings and technology.

Aggarwal is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Indian CEO High Tech Council (now the DC Chapter of TiE), which The Washington Post said was “maybe the singularly most successful association in the past decade.” Aggarwal was also appointed by the Governor of Virginia as Chairman of the Chief Information Officers Advisory Commission. He has served on the global board of trustees of TiE and Sales and Marketing Executive International, and on the board of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Inova Healthcare System, and the DC Chamber of Commerce.

Aggarwal graduated with a B.S. from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from Washington and Lee University Law School, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law School. Aggarwal has also received an Honorary Doctorate from Southeastern University for his contributions to the community.

Peter Straub ’61, ’64L received the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes those individuals who go above and beyond assisting the Law School.

Straub has served W&L as a Law Class Agent for over 20 years and has served on numerous reunion committees, including as chair of his 50th reunion committee.
Prior to retirement, Straub had a career as a trial lawyer in St. Louis and with the Department of Justice, as an advisor to Attorney General Saxbe and the House Judiciary Committee, and as the General Counsel of the Selective Service System. After leaving government service, he opened his own law office focusing primarily on family law.

Straub is a long-time member of the Northern Virginia Planning council and the Alexandria Optimist Club, serves on the board of the Alexandria Salvation Army, is active with the Boy Scouts, serves on the Resident Council at his retirement community, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, serves on the board of Friends of the W&OD Trail, and as a volunteer for National Park Service. Straub also served as a commissioner in the Alexandria Economic Opportunity Commission, on the Advisory Board of the Capital Hospice, on the Advisory Board of Trinity University, on the board of the Alexandria Country Day School, and on the board of the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation.

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