Each year, the School of Law community recognizes outstanding achievement by students and faculty. The 2017 Awards Day ceremony and luncheon was held Tuesday, April 4 in the Law School Lobby.
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.
The Outstanding Faculty Publication Awards are presented to faculty members who have written an outstanding article or book.
Marcia Zug (pictured above) won this year's outstanding book award for "Buying A Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches."
Derek Black (pictured above) won this year's outstanding article award for "The Constitutional Challenge to Teacher Tenure," published in the University of California Law Review.
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. Nominations for our winner commented on his "endless compassion" and his "unparalleled devotion to the Law School and the students who fill it."
In 2008, an 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 said this professor is "engaging, hilarious, and interesting," "devoted to making sure students know more than just black letter law," "always accessible," and "cares about success outside the classroom as much as success inside."
The G.G. Dowling Faculty Award is given to a faculty member who typifies to his or her colleagues outstanding qualities of integrity, concern for others, and legal scholarship.
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.
The Cy Young Award is presented to the member of the third-year class with the highest cumulative GPA. Adam Hegler, the 2011 winner, is here to help us present this year's award.
The Coleman Karesh Award goes to the member of the second-year class with the highest cumulative GPA.
The Richard J. Foster Award is presented to the member or members of the first year class with the highest cumulative GPA. Jennie Lynn Rischbieter, the 2014 recipient of the award, was there to help with the presentation.
The Arthur B. Custy Tax Award is given each year to the best student in Taxation, as selected by the tax faculty.
The Irving Steinberg Award is presented to the student with the highest grade in Worker's Compensation.
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, a distinguished member of the South Carolina trial bar, dean of the law school during the 1960s, and a founder of the South Carolina 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. Thomas H. Pope of Pope & Hudgens, Chair of the South Carolina Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers was there to present the award.
The D. Reece Williams III Trial Advocacy Award was established in honor of Mr. Williams, one of South Carolina's most distinguished lawyers, known for his professional demeanor and exemplary skills in the courtroom. It is awarded to the members of the winning team at the conclusion of the Law School's Fall Mock Trial Competition. D. Reece Williams III was there to present the award.
The MacDougall Family Law Award recognizes the student with the highest grade in Family Law. John O. MacDougall was there to present the award.
The South Carolina Chapter of the Association established an award to recognize 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 business law, and work experience before or during law school. Robert Wilson and Jason Bradley, members of the Board of the South Carolina Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel were there to help present the award.
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 Robert T. Bockman Award goes 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. Professor Bockman and Leslie Simpson, the 2014 recipient of our next award, were there to help present the award.
The Goldberg Scholarship was created by the Bar Foundation 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, were there to help present the award.
The Robert W. Foster Alternative Dispute Resolution Award was established to recognize a student who has demonstrated an interest in issues relating to alternative forms of dispute resolution, based on performance in a course, a skills competition, or in a paper on the topic.
The Luther Lee Scholarship was established in honor of Luther Lee, a legendary trial practitioner in Columbia and a pioneer of personal injury trial practice. It is awarded each year to a student whose primary interest is in a career as a trial lawyer. The recipient is chosen by members of the Lee family and Mr. Lee's law firm.
The Knox Haynswoyth Scholarship was established to honor of the respected Greenville attorney Knox L. Haynsworth, Jr. at the time of his retirement. It recognizes a student who excels in labor or employment law. Christopher Thomas of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart and a 2013 graduate of the law school was there to help present the award.
The Sherod Eadon Scholarship 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. It is presented each year to a student or students who exhibit 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 started law school in August 2012. He had already fought cancer for two years to fulfill his dream of attending law school, and his determination to study law never wavered even as his health began to fail towards the end of his first semester. To honor 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, Joe's family, friends, and classmates have established the Joe McNulty Memorial Scholarship. We are recognizing today a member of the Class of 2019 who has demonstrated the same characteristics of caring, civility, and kindness that we remember in Joe. Joe's parents, Paul and Brenda McNulty, as well as Derek Tarver and Tony D'Elia, the 2015 and 2016 recipients of this award were there to help present the award.
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 class chose deserving two recipients this year. Thomas Limehouse, the 2013 recipient of the Claud Sapp Award, was there to help present the award.
The G.G. Dowling Award is presented to a student who exemplifies outstanding qualities of integrity, concern for others and demonstrated legal scholarship achievement. Joshua Austin, the 2014 recipient, was there to help present the award.
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.
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. It honors a rising third-year student who demonstrates a commitment to leadership and extracurricular activities. Katherine Doty, Gill and Deborah Holland of the Holland family, and Ken Childs and Mark Jones of the law firm Childs & Halligan were there to help present the award.
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. Sarah Rand-McDaniel, a 2013 graduate of the Law School and the 2012 recipient of the Karen Lee Scholarship, was there to help present the award.
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. Pamela Rogers Melton, associate director of the law library, who is the daughter of Joseph Rogers and who participates each year in the selection of the recipient of this scholarship, was there to help present the award.
The Senator Burnet 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.
The Boone Foundation Scholarship Award is presented to a student selected by the Waccamaw Community Foundation 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Stanley H. Kohn Memorial Scholarship is awarded 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, brother and sister-in-law of Stanley Kohn, were there to help present the award.
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. Liz was chosen her paper "The Shadowy World of Hazardous Waste Disposal."
The SBA Service Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership and service to the Law School through student bar activities. Outgoing SBA president, Mannar Hanna, was there to help present the award.
In 2012, the SBA's Executive Committee established an award to recognize a student who exemplifies the SBA's commitment to service to law students, the law school, and the legal profession. The recipient of the Student Bar Association's Committed Student Award is chosen by a panel of former SBA officers. Outgoing SBA president, Mannar Hanna, was there to help present the award.
USC Law School is known for its extremely strong Pro Bono program and each year service awards are presented to students who demonstrate their commitment to public service through Pro Bono activities.
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.