Harrisonburg attorney Donald E. Showalter has been named EMC’s 1987 alumnus of the year. This award, begun in 1967, recognizes an EMC graduate who has made a recent major achievement in his or her field.
Showalter, a Broadway, Va., native, received a bachelor of arts degree in English and history from EMC in 1962. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1965 and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar and the Supreme Court of Virginia the same year. He was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971. The alumnus of the year is a senior partner in the law firm of Wharton, Aldhizer and Weaver. His practice concentrates in corporate and commercial law, and he also teaches part time in the business department of EMC.
In 1971, as the attorney representing Mennonite Central Committee, Showalter wrote the Wisconsin vs. Yoder brief which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The landmark case defended the constitutional right of the Amish in Wisconsin to operate their own private schools.
Published 1987 in Crossroads.