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4/11/14: Awards Day 2014

Release Date: 4/11/2014


On Thursday, April 10, students, faculty and staff came together in celebration of Awards Day 2014 to recognize the outstanding achievements in the Charleston School of Law community.  The Barrister was packed, and individuals enjoyed Associate Dean John Benefield’s law dogs as awards were distributed.  

This year, Brian Justice broke the school record for the most pro bono hours with 1,747 total hours. Jenny Pittman was second, with 1,579 hours and Aliecia Bores had 840 hours. Also recognized were the Honor Council Executive Board, Presidential Scholars and members of the Executive Leadership Council. 

Michael T. Schexnayder Award - James R. Nauck
This award is given in memory of Michael Schexnayder, better known as Schex, a member of the Class of 2009.  The award is presented to the third-year student who exemplifies loyalty to friends and family, compassion for the less fortunate, an appreciation and love of the outdoors  and a zest for living each day to the fullest.  The recipient will receive a cash award in the amount of $500.00.   

Alexander C. Bush Award - Jeffrey W. Ward
The Alexander Bush Memorial Scholarship Fund acknowledges a rising 2L or 3L student at the Charleston School of Law who embodies the upstanding principles and genuine strength of character exemplified by Alex throughout his lifetime.  Alex had a love for the arts, demonstrated an interest in criminal law, believed health and fitness led to a happy life, had a passion for serving others and did so with kindness.  The recipient received a cash award in the amount of $1000.00.   

Michelle Robbins Award - Leigh Ellen Gray
This award is given in memory of Michelle Robbins, a member of the Class of 2007 who died after an accident during her second year of law school.  Ms. Robbins, a member of the Charleston Law Review, was committed to many causes and was a true Renaissance woman.  This award is presented to a third-year student who best exemplifies a commitment and dedication to the Charleston School of Law, to public service, and to academics.  The recipient received a cash award in the amount of $1000.00.   

ALI-CLE Award-

  • Mitchell A. Agee
  • Leigh Ellen Gray
  • Kelsey Taylor Patterson
  • Jescelyn S. Tillman
  • Beverly E. Weshnak

The ALI-CLE Award is given to five students in the graduating class who best represent a combination of scholarship and leadership, the qualities embodied by the American Law Institute since 1923.

NAWL -  Erica M. McDaniel
The National Association of Women Lawyers® award is given to the third-year student who contributes to the advancement of women in society; promotes issues and concerns of women in the legal profession; exhibits motivation, tenacity and enthusiasm; and demonstrates high academic achievement.

SBA Awards

Charleston School of Law Pro Bono Populi Service Award - Leigh Ellen Gray
Presented for dedication, service and commitment to the Charleston School of Law.

Student Bar Association Senator of the Year - Kayce M. Seifert
Presented for commitment to the Student Bar Association and service to the students of the
Charleston School of Law.

Charleston School of Law Civility Award - Sean M. Tropea
Presented to a Charleston School of Law Student who best exemplifies the high moral character and professionalism charged to all whom attend the Charleston School of Law.

Charleston School of Law Professor of the Year - Geiza Vargas-Vargas
Presented to a Charleston School of Law Professor who exudes superlative teaching ability, effectiveness inside the classroom, availability outside the classroom, and participation in student life.

Charleston School of Law Adjunct Professor of the Year - Jay T. Gouldon
Presented to a Charleston School of Law Adjunct Professor who exudes superlative teaching ability, effectiveness inside the classroom, availability outside the classroom, and participation in student life.

Student Organization Awards:

Phi Delta Phi
Judge Sanders Award - Dean John S. Benfield
For his outstanding service and commitment to the Students of the Charleston School of Law

BLSA Awards
1L Rising Star and John L.S. Simpkins Scholarship  - Jennifer Frazier
2L Rising Star - Tameka Adams

Women In Law
Bar Prep Scholarship:  Megan C. White and Meredith B. Canady

Pictures by Kat Drerup