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.
Elizabeth H. Warner

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
Tommy D. Preston Jr. (2011)

To see more photos from the event, please click here.

Become a member of the newest society, Dean’s Circle

Dean Wilcox invites alumni and friends of the law school to become members of the Dean’s Circle. This new society recognizes any donor who gives $1,000 or more annually.

This is a historic year for the School of Law with the opening of our new home between Gervais and Senate streets and our 150th Anniversary.  Our success continues as third-year students engage in more experiential learning programs than ever before, better preparing them for practice, such as the four-week Coastal Law Field Lab course this summer in Charleston. In addition, USC Law was named one of top 10 law schools for producing influential judges. Now, the Dean invites you to be part of this success with your gift to become a member of the Dean’s Circle.

This group of donors help make a difference in the future of the School of Law by providing scholarship support for deserving students, making possible their legal education at South Carolina; support for Moot Court and Mock Trial teams to attend regional and national competitions; and contributing to experiential education programs for our students, including clinics, externships, and simulation courses.

Members of the Dean’s Circle will receive exclusive invitations to events and will be recognized in the annual Honor Roll of Donors.

Will you join in the support of the School of Law with your Dean’s Circle gift today?