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School of Law

Celebrating 2020 award winners

Each year the School of Law recognizes outstanding achievement and accomplishments by its students, faculty and staff by naming recipients of awards for scholarship, professional accomplishment and exemplary service. For the 2019-2020 academic year, we are proud to announce the recipients of the following named awards:

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JB Bryant

Outstanding Pro Bono Award
This award is presented to students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through Pro Bono activities.

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Megan Helton

Outstanding Pro Bono Award
This award is presented to students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through Pro Bono activities. 

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Rebecca Kennedy

Joe McNulty Memorial Scholarship
Joe McNulty started law school in August 2012, having already fought cancer for two years to fulfill his dream of attending law school. 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. The School of Law recognizes a member of the law school student body who has demonstrated the same characteristics of caring, civility, and kindness that we remember in Joe.

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Nicole Pares

Outstanding Pro Bono Award
This award is presented to students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through Pro Bono activities.

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Karen Wells

Karen M. Lee Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1982 by Karen Lee's classmates to honor her memory. This award is given to a rising 2nd year law student who is dedicated to academic pursuits with a genuine concern for the welfare of fellow classmates.

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Meghan Wicker

Richard J. Foster Scholarship
This award is presented to the member or members of the first year class with the highest cumulative GPA.

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Kamri Nichole Barber

Knox L. Haynsworth, Jr. Scholarship
This award 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.

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Grace Brown

John R. Holland Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded by the School of Law to a third year student who has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to extracurricular activities with consideration also being given to academic performance.

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Ariyana Gore

John R. Holland Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded by the School of Law to a third year student who has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to extracurricular activities with consideration also being give to academic performance.

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Jacob Quinn Hofferth

D. Reece Williams III Trial Advocacy Award
This award honors one of South Carolina’s most distinguished lawyers, who is known for his professional demeanor and exemplary skills in the courtroom. It is awarded to the winning team at the conclusion of the Law School’s Fall Mock Trial Competition.

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Justin Lawson

Robert W. Foster, Sr. Alternative Dispute Resolution Award
This 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.

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Suha Najjar

Joseph O. Rogers Bicentennial Fellowship Fund
This 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.

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Angelica Padgett

Susan McCrary Scholarship
This 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.

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Anna Catherine Parham

Capers Bouton Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in 1994 by William Bouton and friends to honor the memory of Capers Bouton. Rising 2nd and 3rd Year students who maintain a GPA of 2.75 and are employed while in Law School are elligible for the Scholarship. Recipients are chosen by the Bouton family.

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Emery Sloan

Joseph O. Rogers Bicentennial Fellowship
This 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.

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Matthew Smith

Luther M. Lee Scholarship
This 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.

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Kristen Soucy

Susan McCrary Volunteer of the Year Award
This award is selected by the members of Women in Law for dedicated service to the organization and its activities.

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Morgan Spires

Coleman Karesh Scholarship
This scholarship goes to the member of the second-year class with the highest cumulative GPA.

John O. MacDougall Family Law Award
Mr. MacDougall is a 1971 graduate of the School of Law, 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 MacDougall Family Law Award recognizes the student with the highest grade in Family Law.

Victor Michalewitz Award
This award is presented to the second year student who writes the best comment or note for the South Carolina Law Review.

Tying the “Not”: The South Carolina Supreme Court’s Prospective Abolishment of Common-Law Marriage.

Outstanding Pro Bono Award
This award is presented to students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through Pro Bono activities. 

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Cori Stewart

Outstanding Pro Bono Award
This award is presented to students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through Pro Bono activities.

 

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Robert Jamar Augustin

Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism Award
This 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.

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Nuri Kaur Aujla

SBA Service Award
This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership and service to the Law School through student bar activities

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Davis Lee Banks

Cy Young Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is presented to the member of the third-year class with the highest cumulative GPA.

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Celeste Robyn Benson

Outstanding Pro Bono Award
This award is presented to students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through Pro Bono activities.

 

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Adam Crain

Robert T. Bockman Award
This 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.

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Hope Lindsay Demer

Roberts Senior Class Writing Award
This 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.

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Kirkland Elizabeth Dickson

Stanley H. Kohn Memorial Scholarship Fund
This 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.

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Lauren Martin Egan

Arthur B. Custy Memorial Fund
This award was established in 1986 by his family to honor his memory. It is given to the best student in taxation class, as selected by the Dean of the Law School and the Tax Faculty.

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Kendall Victoria Eoute

Capers Bouton Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in 1994 by William Bouton and friends to honor the memory of Capers Bouton. Rising 2nd and 3rd Year students who maintain a GPA of 2.75 and are employed while in Law School are elligible for the Scholarship. Recipients are chosen by the Bouton family.

Outstanding Pro Bono Award
This award is presented to students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through Pro Bono activities. 

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Landon Payne Finnie

Jackson Lewis Employment & Labor Law Endowed Award
This award is given by the University of South Carolina School of Law Scholarship Committee to deserving 2nd or 3rd year law students interested in pursuing careers in employmnet and labor law.

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Joshua Christian Greene

Senator Burnet R. Maybank Scholarship Fund
This 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.

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Alyssa Brooke Hiltbold

Children's Law Concentration Distinguished Student Award
This award is given to an outstanding third-year law student in the University of South Carolina School of Law’s Children’s Law Concentration Program who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service to Children’s Law.

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Shawn Cunningham Hunter

South Carolina Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel Award
In 2014, 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 in business law, and work experience before or during law school. The recipient is chosen by the law school business faculty.

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Francine Kamara

Outstanding Pro Bono Award
This award is presented to students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through Pro Bono activities.

 

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Mary Stuart King

Jackson Lewis Employment & Labor Law Endowed Award
This award is given by the University of South Carolina School of Law Scholarship Committee to deserving 2nd or 3rd year law students interested in pursuing careers in employmnet and labor law.

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Natalie Lauren Maier

I.M. Goldberg South Carolina Bar Foundation Award
This scholarship was created by the South Carolina 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.

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Sarah Katherine McIntosh

Hugh L. Willcox Pro Bono Award
This award was established in 1994 by the family of Hugh L. Wilcox in his memory. The award is given to a deserving student who demonstrates a dedication to public service as well as a commitment to the Law School and legal education. Selected by Pam Robinson and the Dean of the Law School.

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Lauren TaCoya Mims

Capers Bouton Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in 1994 by William Bouton and friends to honor the memory of Capers Bouton. Rising 2nd and 3rd Year students who maintain a GPA of 2.75 and are employed while in Law School are elligible for the Scholarship. Recipients are chosen by the Bouton family.

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Robert Heath Owen

SBA Committed Student Award
This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership and service to the Law School through student bar activities

 

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Christopher Mark Paschal

Robert McCormick Figg, Jr. Trial Advocacy Award
This 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
This award honors one of South Carolina’s most distinguished lawyers, who is known for his professional demeanor and exemplary skills in the courtroom. It is awarded to the winning team at the conclusion of the Law School’s Fall Mock Trial Competition.

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Adair Black Patterson

Albert C. Todd, III Estate Planning Award
This 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.

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Sean Tanner Riley

Irving Steinberg Memorial
This award is presented to the student with the highest grade in Worker's Compensation.

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Carson Alana Sadro

D. Reece Williams III Trial Advocacy Award
This award honors one of South Carolina’s most distinguished lawyers, who is known for his professional demeanor and exemplary skills in the courtroom. It is awarded to the winning team at the conclusion of the Law School’s Fall Mock Trial Competition.

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Mikell Ross Scarborough, Jr.

Sherod H. Eadon Scholarship Award
This 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.


Claud N. Sapp Award and Scholarship
This 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.

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Taylor Alexandra Sloope

D. Reece Williams III Trial Advocacy Award
This award honors one of South Carolina’s most distinguished lawyers, who is known for his professional demeanor and exemplary skills in the courtroom. It is awarded to the winning team at the conclusion of the Law School’s Fall Mock Trial Competition.

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Haley Elizabeth Smith

Jackson Lewis Employment & Labor Law Endowed Award
This award is given by the University of South Carolina School of Law Scholarship Committee to deserving 2nd or 3rd year law students interested in pursuing careers in employmnet and labor law.

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Taylor Love Voegel

G. G. Dowling Fund
This award is presented to a student who exemplifies outstanding qualities of integrity, concern for others and demonstrated legal scholarship achievement.

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Elaine Leilani Ann Yap

Claud N. Sapp Award and Scholarship
This 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.

Outstanding Pro Bono Award
This award is presented to students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through Pro Bono activities. 

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Jan Baker

Best Classroom Teacher
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.

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Elizabeth Chambliss

Outstanding Faculty Publication Award
Professor Elizabeth Chambliss is presented with an Outstanding Faculty Publication Award for her article Evidence-Based Lawyer Regulation, 97 Wash. U.L. Rev. 297 (2019).

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Romona Keith

Outstanding Staff Member
This 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.

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Susan Kuo

Outstanding Faculty Member Award
This 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.

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Aparna Polavarapu

G. G. Dowling Faculty Award
This award is given to a faculty member who typifies to his or her colleagues outstanding qualities of integrity, concern for others, and legal scholarship.

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Joe Seiner

Outstanding Faculty Publication Award
Professor Joe Seiner is presented with an Outstanding Faculty Publication Award for his book Employment Discrimination: Procedure, Principles, and Practice, Second Edition.

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Emily Suski

Outstanding Faculty Publication Award
Professor Emily Suski is presented with an Outstanding Faculty Publication Award for her article The School Civil Rights Vacuum, 66 UCLA L. Rev. 720 (2019).

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Clint Wallace

Outstanding Faculty Service Award
This 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.


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