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Awards Day

Awards Day

2014 Awards Day Recipients

On Tuesday, April 8, the School of Law community recognized outstanding achievement by students and faculty during its annual Awards Day ceremony held at the law school. We are proud to announce the winners of this year's awards.

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Cy Young Award Winner: Jonathan Knicely
The Cy Young Award is presented to the member of the third-year class with the highest cumulative GPA.
Coleman Karesh Award Winner: Jennifer Jokerst
The Coleman Karesh Award is presented to the member of the second-year class with the highest cumulative GPA.
Richard J. Foster Award Winners: Chelsea Gallagher, Caroline Giminez, Keegan Miller, Jennie Rischbieter, and Kayla Porter
The Richard J. Foster Award is presented to the member of the first-year class with the highest cumulative GPA. This year, five students received the same GPA.
Arthur B. Custy Tax Award Winner: Jeff Gurney
The Arthur B. Custy Tax Award is presented to the best student in Taxation, as selected by the tax faculty.
Irving Steinberg Award Winner: Alex Joyner
The Irving Steinberg Award is presented to the student with the highest grade in Worker's Compensation.
Robert McCormick Figg, Jr. Trial Advocacy Award Winner: Ashley Kemp
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.
D. Reece Williams, III Trial Advocacy Award Winners: Monica Bracey and Morgan Cleary
The D. Reece Williams, III Trial Advocacy Award is presented by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is named in honor of a distinguished Columbia lawyer known for his professional demeanor and exemplary skills in the courtroom. It is awarded to the winning team in the USC Law School Fall Mock Trial Competition.
John O. McDougall Family Law Award Winner: Alexander Lucas
In 2011, the School of Law received gifts from Dr. Ron Fuerst and Dr. Joe Myslinski to create the John O. McDougall Family Law Award to honor John O. McDougall, a 1971 graduate of the School of Law, who has served as president of the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Bar Foundation, and the South Carolina Association for Justice, as well as in numerous leadership roles in community and professional organizations. The award recognizes the third-year law student with the highest grade in Family Law.
Mark Blickle Scholarship Award Winner: Meredith Ross
The Mark Blickle Scholarship Award was created by friends and family in memory of Mark Blickle, a member of the Class of 1981. This award is presented annually to the student who presents the best oral argument at the J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition. The 2013 J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition was held on March 5th at the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Robert T. Bockman Award Winner: Leslie Simpson
The Robert T. Bockman Award is awarded 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.
I.M. Goldberg South Carolina Bar Foundation Scholarship Winner: Sarah Phillips
The I.M. Goldberg South Carolina Bar Foundation Scholarship was created 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.
Victor Michalewitz Award Winner: Jacob Henerey
The Victor Michalewitz Award is presented to the second-year student who writes the best comment or note for the South Carolina Law Review. Henerey received the honor for his paper, "Where Have You Been? Your Phone Knows (and So Might the Police)."
Luther Lee Scholarship Winners: Jeff Gurney
The Luther Lee Scholarship is awarded to a third-year student with a primary interest in trial practice. The scholarship was established in honor of Luther Lee, a legendary trial practitioner in Columbia and a pioneer of personal injury trial practice. The recipient is selected by members of the Lee family and Mr. Lee’s law firm.
Knox Haynsworth Scholarship Winner: Sean Merritt
The Knox Haynsworth Scholarship was established in honor of well-respected Greenville attorney Knox L. Haynsworth, Jr. The scholarship was created at the time of his retirement and is awarded to a student who excels in either Labor Law or Employment Law.
Sherod H. Eadon Scholarship Award Winner: Alli Mabbs
The Sherod H. Eadon Scholarship Award was endowed by the family of Lynwood Hightower to honor Sherod Eadon, a 1979 USC law graduate, a great South Carolina lawyer, and an outstanding man. This scholarship award is presented 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 Winner: Chelsea Stewart
The Joe McNulty Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Joe McNulty, who died of cancer during his first semester of law school. The scholarship pays tribute to Joe's remarkable dedication to his calling, his excellence as a student, his kindness to his fellow students, and his unwavering vision of law as a public service.
Claud Sapp Award Winner: Taylor Gilliam
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.
G.G. Dowling Student Award Winners: Josh Austin
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.
Albert C. Todd, III Estate Planning Award Winner: Samantha Morrow
The Albert C. Todd, III Estate Planning Award is given to a third year student in memory of Al Todd, a respected Columbia attorney and USC Law School graduate, who was well known for his national reputation as an estate planning and ethics expert. Selected by the estate planning faculty, the recipient is 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 Winner: Molly Stanton
The John Holland Scholarship is given in memory of John Holland, who graduated from the Law School in 1980 and was later tragically killed in an automobile accident. This scholarship is presented to a rising third- year student who demonstrates a commitment to leadership and extracurricular activities.
Karen Lee Scholarship Winner: Emily Brandenburg McMillan.
The Karen Lee Scholarship is given in memory of Karen Lee, a law student known for her caring attitude for other students. This scholarship is presented to a rising third-year student who best combines dedication to academic pursuits with a genuine concern for the welfare of fellow classmates.
Capers Bouton Memorial Scholarship Winner: Andrew Merline
The Capers Bouton Scholarship was established to honor Capers Bouton, a practicing attorney in Greenville, and is awarded to a rising second or third year student who is a resident of Greenville County and who is employed during their law school career.
Joseph O. Rogers, Jr. Scholarship Winner: Samantha Wilder
The Joseph O. Rogers, Jr. Scholarship was established by the Rogers family in memory of Joseph O. Rogers, Jr., a 1951 graduate of the USC School of Law. The recipient is 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.
Senator Burnet R. Maybank Scholarship Winner: Nicole Cuadrado
The Senator Burnet R. Maybank Scholarship was established in 1984 by the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity to honor Senator and former Governor Burnet R. Maybank. It is awarded to a South Carolina resident who demonstrates commitment to public service, scholastic achievement and high moral character.
Anthony Raymond Scholarship Winner: Nathan Cooper
The Anthony Raymond Scholarship Award is presented to a worthy student who exemplifies the qualities of Anthony Raymond, including his courage, compassion, determination, and advocacy for the rights of the disabled.
Boone Foundation Scholarship Award Winners: Jeff Gurney
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 recipient must have demonstrated academic excellence and write an essay for review by the Selection Committee. Preference is given to applicants who are from Horry and Georgetown County.
Clinical Program Professionalism Award Winners: John Langford
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. Langford won for his work in the Nonprofit Organizations Clinic.
Susan McCrary Scholarship Winner: Amanda Reasoner
The Susan McCrary Scholarship is given in memory of Susan McCrary, a member of the Class of 2000, who died in an automobile accident during her second year of law school. This award is presented to a rising third-year student who has actively participated in student volunteer organizations such as the Pro Bono program and the James Louis Petigru Public Interest Law Society.
Susan McCrary Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Michelle Baxter
The Susan McCrary Volunteer of the Year Award is selected by the members of Women in Law for dedicated service to the organization and its activities.
Stanley H. Kohn Memorial Scholarship Winner: Reed DeMent
The Stanley H. Kohn Memorial Scholarship is presented to a rising second- or third-year student who demonstrates scholastic achievement and high moral character.
Roberts Senior Class Writing Award Winner: Jeff Gurney
The Roberts Senior Class Writing Award was established in 1995 by Edward C. Roberts, Law School Class of 1962, for outstanding writing by a graduating student. The recipient of this award receives an engraved silver cup and a monetary gift. Gurney received the honor for his paper, "Sue My Car, Not Me: Products Liability and Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicles," published in the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy.
Susan V. "Gina" Johnston Award Winner: Alysja Garansi
The Susan V. "Gina" Johnston Award is given to a deserving student who has excelled in service and leadership and has demonstrated a concern for the welfare of fellow classmates.
SBA Service Award Winner: Ryan Templeton
The SBA Service Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership and service to the Law School through student bar activities.
SBA Committed Student Award Winner: Ryan Judd
In 2012, the Student Bar Association established an award to recognize a student who exemplifies the SBA's commitment to service to law students, the law school community, and the legal profession. The recipient of the Student Bar Association's Committed Student Award is chosen by a panel of former SBA officers.
Outstanding Pro Bono Service Awards
The University of South Carolina School of Law is known for its extremely strong pro bono program. Each year service awards are presented to students who demonstrate their commitment to public service through pro bono activities. This year's recipients are:
  • Ashley Adams
  • Chelsea Clark
  • Cheri Neal
  • Emily McMillan
  • Morgan Martin
  • Samantha Morrow
  • Jake Rea
  • Amanda Reasoner
  • Deborah Washington-Jones
  • Samantha Wilder
Hugh L. Willcox Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Taylor Gilliam
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.

Faculty Awards:

G.G. Dowling Faculty Award Winner: Carolina Distinguished Professor Lewis Burke
The G.G. Dowling Faculty Award, is given to a faculty member who typifies to fellow faculty outstanding qualities of integrity, concern for others and legal scholarship.
Outstanding Faculty Service Award Winner: Professor Josh Eagle
The Outstanding Faculty Service Award is given 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 Award Winner: Professors Susan Kuo and Derek Black
The Outstanding Faculty Publication Award is presented to a faculty member who has written an outstanding piece of scholarship. Kuo received this year's honor for her article, "Disaster Tradeoffs: The Doubtful Case for Public Necessity," published in the Boston College Law Review. Black was recognized for his book Education Law: Equality, Fairness, and Reform.
Outstanding Faculty Member Award Winner: Professor Colin Miller
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 Miller " … takes a great approach to teaching 1Ls new to the law," "makes class fun and engaging," "is knowledgeable, witty, friendly, and organized."
Best Classroom Teacher Award Winner: Professor Susan Kuo
In 2008, a faculty award was created 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 Kuo wrote, "She keeps the class engaged," "is always in good spirits," "listens to student feedback," "dynamic, entertaining, and always prepared," "awesome," and "the best ever."