Mester award presented to OCC paralegal graduate


– Photo by John Meiu

Andrew Ferguson (center) was honored with the Oakland Community College Fred Mester Award for Excellence in Paralegal Studies on Tuesday, June 9, at the Wayne County 17th District Court in Redford.  Happy to present the award to Ferguson were his boss Philip Cavanagh (left) of Philip M. Cavanagh PC and retired Judge Fred Mester (right). 

Andrew Ferguson, a recent graduate in the Oakland Community College Paralegal Program, is the 2015 recipient of the Fred M. Mester Award for Excellence in Paralegal Studies. The honor was conferred on Ferguson at a ceremony held May 27 in the Orchard Ridge Campus’ Smith Theatre.

The award, established in 2004 by retired Oakland Circuit Court Judge Fred M. Mester, is given annually to a student in the program who demonstrates outstanding academic and personal qualities.  Mester has been a member of the OCC Paralegal faculty for many years. “It is truly an honor to have this award in my family name,” says Mester. “That honor is further amplified by the wonderful scholars, such as Andrew, who are its recipients.”

Ferguson is a University of Michigan graduate who then enlisted in the United States Army and served as a medic for four years including a tour in Afghanistan. He is a father of a daughter age 7 and a newborn son age 3 months.

Ferguson works for former State Representative Phil Cavanagh who joined Mester in the presentation. “After leaving public service, I wanted to focus on business consulting and the practice of law,”
Cavanagh said.  “I am extremely lucky to have Andrew assisting in every aspect. Andrew is a very smart and dedicated individual who has an instinct and passion for the law.”

Ferguson eagerly looks forward to an exciting and challenging career in the legal field with aspirations to attend law school in the near future. Program Director Doug Kolly added, “Andrew was the clear choice this year. He is a fine example of the quality of students graduating from this program. We are proud of him.”