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Staff Recognition Programs

The USC School of Law’s impact on the legal community is due in no small part to our outstanding staff members. The School of Law offers two programs to recognize outstanding work: the Outstanding Staff Award and the “Caught in the Act” Award.

Program Information

All current full-time, part-time, and temporary staff of the law school are eligible for both awards. Any law school employee or student may nominate a staff member or a team of staff members.

Program Descriptions

The Outstanding Staff Award recognizes employees or teams of employees who help create a positive work environment or provide exceptional service to students, faculty, staff, alumni, or the community.


  • One staff employee or one team of staff members will be recognized each quarter.
  • Nominations will be accepted by completing the Outstanding Staff Nomination Form by 1/19, 4/15, 7/15, 10/15.
  • Nominations should include a story or example of the nominated employee(s) demonstrating an outstanding commitment to student support, academic assistance, or university service. For example, an employee or team of employees can exhibit outstanding service by:
    • Making a substantial contribution to collaborative work efforts;
    • Demonstrating remarkable initiative;
    • Displaying a positive attitude while advancing the law school’s mission; or
    • Promoting efficiency in law school operations.
  • The Outstanding Staff Award recipient(s) will receive a $50 Amazon gift card
  • The winning employee(s) will be recognized on the Recognition web page and at quarterly staff gatherings.

January 2018 Award Recipient

Outstanding Staff Nominator Justification
Heather Beatty Susan Palmer Heather is a dedicated team player who regularly collaborates with every department in the law school: working weekends to staff admissions events, offering support to the registrar's office staff at peak times, working with the Library to craft a workable policy for student use of space during exams, helping communications with publicity, just to name a few. Heather pitches in, doesn't complain, and is creative in coming up with new approaches or processes to get things done.
The “Caught in the Act” program acknowledges staff employees who, in small but significant ways:
  • Go above and beyond their usual duties;
  • Make the law school community a better place; or
  • Demonstrate initiative and a positive and helpful attitude


  • Staff employees can be “caught in the act” at any time and there is no limit on the number of awards.
  • Any employee or student who observes a staff employee demonstrating the aforementioned behaviors should briefly describe the incident to the recognition committee by completing and submitting the “Caught in the Act” Nomination Form.
  • Employees caught in the act will receive a School of Law tumbler.

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