Awards Day

Awards Day

2015 Awards Day Recipients

On Tuesday, April 7, 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.

Student Awards

Cy Young Award Winner: Jennifer Jokerst, Class of 2015
Cy Young Award Winner: Jennifer Jokerst, Class of 2015
The Cy Young Award is presented to the member of the third-year class with the highest cumulative GPA. 2007 recipient Breanna Collier helped present the award.

Coleman Karesh Award Winner: Colton Driver, Class of 2016
Coleman Karesh Award Winner: Colton Driver, Class of 2016
The Coleman Karesh Award is presented to the member of the second-year class with the highest cumulative GPA.

Richard J. Foster Award Winners: Haley Bastian, William Baucom, Megan Clemency, Katie Lowery, Arden Lowndes, and Caroline Ross, Class of 2017
Richard J. Foster Award Winners: Haley Bastian, William Baucom, Megan Clemency, Katie Lowery, Arden Lowndes, and Caroline Ross, Class of 2017
The Richard J. Foster Award is presented to the member of the first-year class with the highest cumulative GPA. This year, six students received the same GPA. 2012 recipient John Tamasitis helped present the award.

Arthur B. Custy Tax Award Winners: Brooke Holliday and James Sterling, Class of 2015
Arthur B. Custy Tax Award Winners: Brooke Holliday and James Sterling, Class of 2015
The Arthur B. Custy Tax Award is presented to the best student in Taxation, as selected by the tax faculty.

Irving Steinberg Award Winner: Thomas Twehues, Class of 2015
Irving Steinberg Award Winner: Thomas Twehues, Class of 2015
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: Christopher Pagliaro, Class of 2015
Robert McCormick Figg, Jr. Trial Advocacy Award Winner:
Christopher Pagliaro, Class of 2015

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, with the American College of Trial Lawyers, helped present the award.

D. Reece Williams, III Trial Advocacy Award Winners: Monica Bracey and Steven Luckie, Class of 2015
D. Reece Williams, III Trial Advocacy Award Winners:
Monica Bracey and Steven Luckie, Class of 2015

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 T. Lay, Joel Collins, and Reece Williams, members of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, helped present this year's award.

John O. McDougall Family Law Award Winner: Annabelle Robertson, Class of 2016
John O. McDougall Family Law Award Winner: Annabelle Robertson, Class of 2016
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 law student with the highest grade in family law.

South Carolina Chapter, Association of Corporate Counsel Award: Noah Allen, Class of 2015
South Carolina Chapter, Association of Corporate Counsel Award:
Noah Allen, Class of 2015

In 2014, the South Carolina Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel 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 in business law, and work experience before or during law school, as chosen by the law school business faculty. John Marshall Mosser, president of the South Carolina Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, helped present this year's award.

Mark Blickle Scholarship Award Winner: Monica Bracey, Class of 2015
Mark Blickle Scholarship Award Winner: Monica Bracey, Class of 2015
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 2015 J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition was held on March 4th at the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Robert T. Bockman Award Winner: Meredith Ross, Class of 2015
Robert T. Bockman Award Winner: Meredith Ross, Class of 2015
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: Steven Meyer, Class of 2015
I.M. Goldberg South Carolina Bar Foundation Scholarship Winner:
Steven Meyer, Class of 2015

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. Sidney Evering, representing the South Carolina Bar Foundation, helped present this year's award.

Victor Michalewitz Award Winner: Jonathan LeCompte, Class of 2016
Victor Michalewitz Award Winner: Jonathan LeCompte, Class of 2016
The Victor Michalewitz Award is presented to the second-year student who writes the best comment or note for the South Carolina Law Review. LeCompte received the honor for his paper, "When Cruel Becomes the Usual: Why South Carolina Prisons Don't Work as Mental Institutions." Emily Bridges, editor-in-chief for Volume 66 of the South Carolina Law Review, helped present this year's award.

Luther Lee Scholarship Winners: Mark Chappell and Steve Huegel, Class of 2015, and Morgan Barham, Class of 2016
Luther Lee Scholarship Winners: Mark Chappell and Steve Huegel, Class of 2015, and Morgan Barham, Class of 2016
The Luther Lee Scholarship is awarded to a 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: Brigid Benincasa, Class of 2015
Knox Haynsworth Scholarship Winner: Brigid Benincasa, Class of 2015
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. Chris Near, with Ogletree Deakins helped present this year's award.

Sherod H. Eadon Scholarship Award Winner: Nick Luft and Adrian Peguese, Class of 2015
Sherod H. Eadon Scholarship Award Winner: Nick Luft and Adrian Peguese, Class of 2015
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: Derek Tarver, Class of 2017
Joe McNulty Memorial Scholarship Winner: Derek Tarver, Class of 2017
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. Joe's parents, Paul and Brenda McNulty, helped present this year's award.

Claud Sapp Award Winner: John Wall, Class of 2015
Claud Sapp Award Winner: John Wall, Class of 2015
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: Jake Rea, Class of 2015
G.G. Dowling Student Award Winners: Jake Rea, Class of 2015
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: Ashley Adams, Class of 2015
Albert C. Todd, III Estate Planning Award Winner: Ashley Adams, Class of 2015
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 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: Robert I. Smith, Class of 2016
John Holland Scholarship Winner: Robert I. Smith, Class of 2016
The John Holland Scholarship is given in memory of John Holland, who graduated from the USC School of Law 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. Ken Childs of Childs and Halligan helped present this year's award.

Karen Lee Scholarship Winner: Mary Cothonneau Eldridge, Class of 2016
Karen Lee Scholarship Winner: Mary Cothonneau Eldridge, Class of 2016
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.

Joseph O. Rogers, Jr. Scholarship Winner: Harry Dixon, Class of 2016
Joseph O. Rogers, Jr. Scholarship Winner: Harry Dixon, Class of 2016
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 Melton, associate director of the law library and daughter of Joseph Rogers, helped present this year's award.

Senator Burnet R. Maybank Scholarship Winner: Lindsay Wilburn, Class of 2016
Senator Burnet R. Maybank Scholarship Winner: Lindsay Wilburn, Class of 2016
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.

Boone Foundation Scholarship Award Winners: Josh Hinson, Class of 2015
Boone Foundation Scholarship Award Winners: Josh Hinson, Class of 2015
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.

Clinical Program Professionalism Award Winners: Jazmon Kearse, Class of 2015
Clinical Program Professionalism Award Winners: Jazmon Kearse, Class of 2015
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. Kearse won for her work in the Child Protection Advocacy and Criminal Practice clinics.

Susan McCrary Scholarship Winner: Brooke Mosteller, Class of 2016
Susan McCrary Scholarship Winner: Brooke Mosteller, Class of 2016
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: Kayla Porter, Class of 2016
Susan McCrary Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Kayla Porter, Class of 2016
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. Porter won for her hard work and organization on the successful "Women Helping Women Products Drive."

Stanley H. Kohn Memorial Scholarship Winner: Rosanne Sullivan, Class of 2016
Stanley H. Kohn Memorial Scholarship Winner: Rosanne Sullivan, Class of 2016
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: Mary Willis, Class of 2015
Roberts Senior Class Writing Award Winner: Mary Willis, Class of 2015
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. Willis received the honor for her paper, "Utilizing Prosecutorial Discretion to Reduce the Number of Juveniles with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System," to be published in the Brigham Young University Journal of Law and Education.

SBA Service Award Winner: Nate Pierce, Class of 2016
SBA Service Award Winner: Nate Pierce, Class of 2016
The SBA Service Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership and service to the law school through student bar activities.Molly Stanton, outgoing SBA president helped present the award.

SBA Committed Student Award Winner: Max Glober, Class of 2017
SBA Committed Student Award Winner: Max Glober, Class of 2017
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. Molly Stanton, outgoing SBA president helped present the award.

Outstanding Pro Bono Service Awards
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:
Morgan Barham, Class of 2016
Anja Buehner, Class of 2015
Cate Cardinale, Class of 2017
Cassie Huggins, Class of 2015
David Kershaw, Class of 2015
Sarah Labruce, Class of 2016
Philip Martin, Class of 2016
Brooke Mosteller, Class of 2016
Kayla Porter, Class of 2016
Ryan Wheeler, Class of 2015

Hugh L. Willcox Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Ashley Adams, Class of 2015
Hugh L. Willcox Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award Winner:
Ashley Adams, Class of 2015

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. 2009 winner Johanna Valenzuela helped present this year's award.

Faculty Awards

    G.G. Dowling Faculty Award Winner: Professor Derek Black
    G.G. Dowling Faculty Award Winner: Professor Derek Black
    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 Eboni Nelson
    Outstanding Faculty Service Award Winner: Professor Eboni Nelson
    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: Ronald L. Motley Distinguished Professor of Tort Law F. Patrick Hubbard
    Outstanding Faculty Publication Award Winner: Ronald L. Motley Distinguished Professor of Tort Law F. Patrick Hubbard
    The Outstanding Faculty Publication Award is presented to a faculty member who has written an outstanding piece of scholarship. Hubbard received this year's honor for his article, "Sophisticated Robots: Balancing Liability, Regulation, and Innovation," published in Volume 66 of the the Florida Law Review.

    Outstanding Faculty Member Award Winner: Professor Elizabeth M. Dalzell
    Outstanding Faculty Member Award Winner: Professor Elizabeth M. Dalzell
    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 Dalzell, " … was an amazing LRAW teacher," "has been a great mentor through my three years in law school," that "her door is always open," and is "always engaging, very kind, and genuinely concerned with our progress."

    Best Classroom Teacher Award Winner: Professor Kevin Haeberle
    Best Classroom Teacher Award Winner: Professor Kevin Haeberle
    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 Haeberle wrote, "extremely intelligent," "knowledgeable, personable, and truly cares for his students," "without a doubt, the coolest," and "the best class ever."

    Outstanding Staff Member Award Winner: Joey Plumley
    The law school community is served by a dedicated and able staff, many of whom work behind the scenes to support our program of legal education. 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.