2017 Compleat Lawyer awards honor successful alumni

The 2017 Compleat Lawyer recipients stand with winners from the previous years.

The 25th class of Compleat Lawyers were honored at the 2017 ceremony on April 25. Nine alumni were awarded the prestigious title, created by the University of South Carolina School of Law.

The Compleat Lawyer Awards were established in 1992 by the School of Law Alumni Council (formerly the Alumni Association) to recognize alumni for outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Recipients are individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and exemplify the highest standards of professional competence, ethics and integrity. They are nominated by members of the community and selected by a committee.

Platinum medallions are award to lawyers who have practiced for 31 years or more. Congratulations to this year’s winners:
Joy S. Goodwin (1977) is the retired Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee.

Ken H. Lester (1966) is partner at Lester & Hendrix, a family law firm in Columbia.

David Horton Wilkins (1971) is a partner and chair of the Public Policy and International Law Group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Greenville.

Gold medallions are award to lawyers who have practiced for 16 to 30 years. Congratulations to this year’s winners:
Theile Branham McVey (2000)
James Emerson Smith Jr.
(1995)
Elizabeth H. Warner
(1989)

Silver medallions are award to lawyers who have practiced for 15 years or less. Congratulations to this year’s winners:
Emma Dean Thomas (2006)
Cody Tarlton Mitchell
(2011)
Tommy D. Preston Jr. (2011)

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