USC School of Law announces 2012 Compleat Lawyer Award recipients

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-5400

Nine alumni from the School of Law at the University of South Carolina have been named recipients of 2012 Compleat Lawyer Awards.

Established in 1992, the Compleat Lawyer Award is the School of Law’s highest recognition of professional achievement and civic leadership by the school’s alumni.

USC Law Dean Robert Wilcox says because the award recipients are nominated by other lawyers and selected by a panel of leaders from the state court and state bar, the Compleat Lawyer Award is considered one of the most prestigious awards that any graduate can receive.

“The service and professional accomplishments of this year’s recipients are remarkable, reflecting work in public interest careers, large and small firms and the federal judiciary,” said Wilcox. “The University of South Carolina has for many years produced excellent lawyers who have served the public selflessly. This year’s class of recipients reflects that tradition of extraordinary talent and professionalism.”

The awards are in three categories based on years in practice: Platinum (more than 30 years), Gold (15 – -30 years) and Silver (15 years or less). The award recipients will be recognized at the USC School of Law’s annual alumni dinner April 19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

This year’s Compleat Award recipients are:

Platinum awards: 1977 alumnus Thomas L. Bruce, S.C. Legal Services in Greenville; 1958 alumnus Kermit S. King, Kermit S. King Law Office in Columbia; and 1967 alumnus William W. “Billy” Wilkins, Nexsen Pruet in Greenville.

Gold awards: 1994 alumna Deborah B. “Debbie” Barbier, Deborah Barbier LLC in Columbia; 1993 alumna Margaret M. “Marti” Bluestein, Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado, LLC in Columbia; and 1993 alumnus John Calhoun “Cal” Land IV, Land Parker & Welch, PA in Manning.

Silver awards: 2007 alumna Kathleen McColl McDaniel, Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC in Columbia; 1999 alumna Stephanie A. Nye, S.C. Supreme Court, Columbia; and 2000 alumnus James H. “Jeddie” Suddeth III, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA in Charleston.

Compleat Lawyer Award recipients are nominated by members of the South Carolina Bar and are chosen by a committee comprising the chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, the chief judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the president of the South Carolina Bar and the USC School of Law’s dean and the president of its alumni association.

For more information about the USC School of Law Compleat Lawyer Awards and past recipients, visit the website: