University of South Carolina

Law students named student officers in ABA

Two second-year law students in the University of South Carolina’s School of Law have been elected to serve as national student officers in the American Bar Association.

Tommy Preston Jr. was elected as the student representative on the ABA Board of Governors, becoming the first African American to serve in this post. Preston will be responsible for voicing the concerns of law students across the nation. Student representative is one of the highest-ranking student leadership positions in the ABA.

Tonnya Kennedy-Kohn was selected in a national search to serve as the student editor of the American Bar Association’s Student Lawyer magazine, a publication that reaches 43,000 law students across the country.

Preston, a native of Clemson, attended Carolina, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. As an undergraduate, Preston was president of the student body and recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the university’s highest honor given to a student. In the School of Law, Preston is co-chair and founder of the Law Student Ambassador Program and is a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and the Black Law Student Association.

Kennedy-Kohn, a native of Tennessee, earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree in journalism from Murray State University. She was a newspaper journalist for several years, most recently serving as managing editor at The State newspaper in Columbia. She has also been an editor at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and the Nashville Banner in Nashville, Tenn. In the law school, Kennedy-Kohn is a student ambassador and a member of the Black Law Student Association.

Kevin Johnson, who received his undergraduate degree from Carolina in 1988, was elected chairman of the ABA Law Student Division. Originally from Greenville, Johnson is a second-year student at the University of Alabama School of Law.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 03/31/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 03/31/10 @ 1:36 PM | Permalink