Award recipients took different paths to similar success

When D. Nichole Davis decided to go to law school, the firm where she worked as a paralegal rallied around her, handwriting letters of support.

Nearly 70 years earlier, Sarah Leverette faced a slightly different environment, periodically parrying inquiries from a law school dean incredulous that she remained enrolled.

Both women persevered through individual challenges to establish successful careers, and both recently received the University of South Carolina School of Law’s highest honor.

Davis received a 2018 Compleat Lawyer silver award, while Leverette received platinum recognition. The awards, established in 1992, are given in three categories: platinum (31 years or more in practice), gold (16 to 30 years) and silver (15 years or less).

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2018 Compleat Lawyer Awards recognize nine new recipients

The 2018 Compleat Lawyer recipients stand with winners from the previous years.

The 26th class of Compleat Lawyers were honored at the 2018 ceremony on April 19. 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:

H. Mills Gallivan ’76: Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA; Greenville

Edward G. Menzie, ’71: Nexsen Pruet, LLC; Columbia

Sarah Leverette, ’43: Columbia

Gold medallions are award to lawyers who have practiced for 16 to 30 years. Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Anne McGinness Kearse (1998)
Daniel Sanders (1989)
John H. Tiller (1987)

Silver medallions are award to lawyers who have practiced for 15 years or less. Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Joshua A. Bennett (2011)
Allen Mattison “Matt” Bogan (2004)
D. Nichole Davis (2011)

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