Awards Day

Awards Day

Awards Day 2016

Each year, the School of Law community recognizes outstanding achievement by students and faculty. The 2016 Awards Day ceremony and luncheon was held Tuesday, April 5 in the Law School Lobby.

Faculty Awards

G.G. Dowling Faculty Award winner: Alan Medlin

The G.G. Dowling Faculty Award is given to a faculty member who typifies the outstanding qualities of integrity, concern for others and legal scholarship.

Outstanding Faculty Service Award winner: Aparna Polavarapu

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The Outstanding Faculty Service Award is presented to a faculty member who gives unselfishly of his or her time to serve on university and law school committees and to serve their community.

Outstanding Faculty Publication Awards winners: Derek Black and Wadie Said

The Outstanding Faculty Publication Awards are presented to faculty members who have written an outstanding piece of scholarly work. Derek Black won for his article, "Federalizing Education by Waiver?," published in the April 2015 Vanderbilt Law Review.

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Wadie Said (pictured above) won for his book, Crimes of Terror: The Legal and Political Implications of Federal Terrorism Prosecutions.

The Outstanding Faculty Member Award: Joel Samuels

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The Outstanding Faculty Member Award is chosen by a panel of students from nominations by the entire student body and is based upon the faculty member's contribution to the overall excellence of the academic experience, not only through teaching, but also through availability to students outside of class for mentoring, advisement, and other appropriate assistance. Students said that this year's recipient is "always engaging, very kind, and genuinely concerned with our progress."

Law School's Best Classroom Teacher: Seth Stoughton

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The Law School's Best Classroom Teacher was created in 2008 to recognize the Law School's Best Classroom Teacher. The winner of this award is chosen by a panel of students from nominations provided by the entire student body. Students nominating this year's recipient wrote, "extremely intelligent," "knowledgeable, personable, and truly cares for his students," "without a doubt, the coolest," and "the best class ever."

The Outstanding Staff Member Award: Jill Kunkle

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The Outstanding Staff Member Award recognizes a staff person who exhibits a professional and conscientious attitude, works willingly as part of a team, and is dedicated to helping others.

Student Awards

The Cy Young Award: Colton Driver

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The Cy Young Award is presented to the member of the third-year class with the highest cumulative GPA. Brittany Clark, the 2012 winner, helped present the award.

The Coleman Karesh Award: Haley Bastian and Megan Clemency

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The Coleman Karesh Award is presented to a member of the second-year class with the highest cumulative GPA.

The Richard J. Foster Award: Emily Condon

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The Richard J. Foster Award is presented to the member of the first year class with the highest cumulative GPA.

The Arthur B. Custy Tax Award: Philip Martin and Jessica Engen Griffin

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The Arthur B. Custy Tax Award is presented to the best student in Taxation, as selected by the tax faculty.

The Irving Steinberg Award: Nicholas Skorzewski

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The Irving Steinberg Award is presented to the student with the highest grade in Worker's Compensation.

Not Pictured - Robert McCormick Figg, Jr. Trial Advocacy Award: Leanna McMenamin

The Robert McCormick Figg, Jr. Trial Advocacy Award is presented by the South Carolina Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is named in honor of the late Dean Figg, who was a distinguished member of the South Carolina trial bar, the dean of the law school during the 1960s, and a founder of the S.C. Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The Award is given for excellence in trial advocacy skills and professional demeanor as demonstrated in the classroom or in trial competitions. Susi McWilliams of Nexsen Pruet, and Thomas H. Pope of Pope & Hudgens, Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers helped present the award.

D. Reece Williams III Trial Advocacy Award: Leanna McMenamin and Alexa Kluska

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The D. Reece Williams III Trial Advocacy Award is presented to the winning team at the conclusion of the Law School's Fall Mock Trial Competition. Joel Collins and Reece Williams, members of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, helped present the award.

John O. McDougall Family Law Award: Alicia Morris and Philip Martin

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The MacDougall Family Law Award is presented to the student with the highest grade in Family Law. Peter Currence, law partner of John McDougall, helped present the award.

South Carolina Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel: Katie Ramseur

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The South Carolina Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel is presented to a third-year law student with a demonstrated interest in business and corporate law, as evidenced by academic achievement in business courses, summer clerkship experience focusing in business law, and work experience before or during law school.

The Mark Blickle Scholarship Award: Kyle Colon

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The Mark Blickle Scholarship Award is presented to student who presents the best oral argument at the J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition.

The Robert T. Bockman Award: Tony Johnson

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The Robert T. Bockman Award is presented to a student who has advanced the goals of the University of South Carolina's Moot Court Bar and who exemplifies the attributes of a skilled appellate advocate. Bob Bockman and his wife Kevin helped present the award.

I.M. Goldberg South Carolina Bar Foundation Scholarship: Callie Thomas

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The Goldberg Scholarship is presented in honor of I. M. Goldberg, a prominent Charleston attorney who specialized in family law. It is awarded each year to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to family law. Megan Seiner and Sidney Evering, the executive director and president of the South Carolina Bar Foundation, helped present the award.

Victor Michalewitz Award: Abigail Carson

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The Victor Michalewitz Award is presented to the second year student who writes the best comment or note for the South Carolina Law Review. Drew Rawl, Editor-in-Chief for Volume 67 of the South Carolina Law Review, helped present the award.

Luther Lee Scholarship: Alexa Kluska

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The Luther Lee scholarship was is presented in honor of Luther Lee, a legendary trial practitioner in Columbia and a pioneer of personal injury trial practice, and is awarded to a student whose primary interest is in a career as a trial lawyer. Ginger and Gary Lee, son and daughter-in-law of Luther Lee, and their daughter Ginger Lee, helped present the scholarship.

Knox Haynsworth Scholarship: Robbin Wilder

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The Knox Haynsworth scholarship is presented to a student who excels in labor or employment law. Darrious Baker, the 2013 winner of this award, to helped present the award.

The Sherod Eadon Scholarship: Samuel Friedman

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The Sherod Eadon Scholarship is presented each year to a student who exhibits an interest and ability in trial advocacy and who possesses those personal qualities representative of Sherod Eadon, such as academic excellence, integrity, leadership, and interpersonal skills.

Joe McNulty Memorial Scholarship: Anthony D'Elia

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Joe McNulty Memorial Scholarship is presented to a member of the Class of 2018 who has demonstrated the same characteristics of caring, civility, and kindness that we remember in Joe. Members of the McNulty family to come helped present the award.

The Claud Sapp Award: Nate Pierce

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The Claud Sapp Award is presented to the member of the graduating class chosen by his or her classmates as possessing the best combination of scholarship, leadership, and industry.

The G.G. Dowling Student Award: Chelsea Stewart

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The G.G. Dowling Student Award is presented to a student who exemplifies outstanding qualities of integrity, concern for others and demonstrated legal scholarship achievement.

The Albert C. Todd, III, Estate Planning Award: Phillip Martin

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The Albert C. Todd, III, Estate Planning Award is presented to a third year student who exhibits an interest and ability in estate planning and who possesses the personal qualities Al Todd exemplified, such as academic aptitude, integrity, industry, leadership, and interpersonal skills.

John Holland Scholarship: Aleia Hornsby

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The John Holland Scholarship is presented to a rising 3rd year student who demonstrates a commitment to leadership and extracurricular activities. Ken Childs of the law firm Childs & Halligan helped present the award.

The Karen Lee Scholarship:Charlotte Harrell

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The Karen Lee Scholarship is presented to a rising 3rd year student who best combines dedication to academic pursuits with a genuine concern for the welfare of fellow classmates.

Joseph O. Rogers, Jr. Scholarship: Fernando Chavez

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The Joseph O. Rogers, Jr. Scholarship is presented to a rising third year student who exemplifies the highest ideals of the legal profession as evidenced by adherence to strict ethical standards; diligent preparation; decent, civil, and courteous conduct, and fidelity and loyalty to fellow students and the legal profession.

The Senator Burnet Maybank Scholarship: Caroline Ross

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The Senator Burnet Maybank Scholarship is presented to a South Carolina resident who demonstrates commitment to public service, scholastic achievement and high moral character.

The Boone Foundation Scholarship Award: Chelsea Evans

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The Boone Foundation Scholarship Award is presented to a student selected from applicants who are currently enrolled in law school at USC, George Washington or Georgetown University.

The Clinical Program Professionalism Award: Jackson Cooper

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The Clinical Program Professionalism Award is presented annually by the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism to the student who demonstrates the highest commitment to the standards of professionalism of the South Carolina Bar through representation of clients in a Law School clinical course.

Susan McCrary Scholarship and Volunteer of the Year Award: Hilary Martin

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The Susan McCrary Scholarship is presented to a rising third year student who has actively participated in student volunteer organizations. Mrs. Gertie Merrill, mother of Susan McCrary, helped present the award.

The Susan McCrary Volunteer of the Year Award: Anthony D'Elia

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The Susan McCrary Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a dedicated service member of Women in Law.

The Stanley H. Kohn Memorial Scholarship: Victoria Harvey

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The Stanley H. Kohn Memorial Scholarship is presented to a rising second- or third-year student who is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and who demonstrates scholastic achievement and high moral character. Warren and Carol Kohn helped present the award.

The Roberts Senior Class Writing Award: Rick Southard.

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The Roberts Senior Class Writing Award was presented for outstanding writing by a graduating student.

The SBA Service Award: Charles Buist

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The SBA Service Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership and service to the Law School through student bar activities. Sterling Moose, the outgoing SBA president, helped present the award.

Student Bar Association's Committed Student Award: Caitlyn Pennington

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In 2012, the SBA's Executive Committee is presented to recognize a student who exemplifies the SBA's commitment to service to law students, the law school, and the legal profession. Sterling Moose, the outgoing SBA president, helped present the award.

Pro Bono Service Awards

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The Pro Bono Service Awards are presented to members who committed their time to public service. This years recipients are:

The Hugh L. Willcox Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award: Brooke Mosteller
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The Hugh L. Willcox Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a student who not only demonstrates a dedication to public service and volunteerism but manages to balance their volunteer activities with a commitment to the Law School and their legal education.

The Compleat Lawyer Bronze Award: Jacob L. Godwin, Cameodiamond E. Joseph, Melonie C. Langdon

Finally, there are three additional awards were announced during the Law School graduation ceremony. At that time three members of the graduating class will receive the law school's highest student award, the Compleat Lawyer Bronze Medallion.

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