APRIL 23, 2020 – Students, faculty and staff came together virtually on Tuesday afternoon in celebration of Awards Day 2020 to recognize the outstanding achievements in the Charleston School of Law community. Several awards were presented, the new executive board for the Student Bar Association was sworn in, and the 33 May 2020 graduates who have donated over 100 hours of pro bono service were recognized.
Michelle Robbins Award – Christian Fazel
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 the 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.
Angela Nussbaum Scholarship – Christian Fazel
This award, in the amount of $1000.00, is given in memory of Angela Nussbaum, a member of the class of 2009 who was killed in an automobile accident. The award was created to be presented annually to the editor in chief of the Federal Courts Law Review. At the time of her death, Angela served as editor in chief of the Federal Courts Law Review, and worked diligently on the publication, and contributed greatly to the Charleston School of Law community. Since that time, the Federal Courts Law Review has combined with the Charleston Law Review. The award is now presented to the editor in chief of the Charleston Law Review.
2020 “Joshie” Award – Dean Margaret Lawton
The Charleston School of Law is committed to not only meeting, but exceeding the expectations of its constituents. There are times when members of the law school community so exceed these expectations that their actions are particularly worthy of recognition. This new award is named for Joshie Giraffe, the central figure in a story related by Professors Chip and Dan Heath. Joshie was a child’s stuffed animal who was lost, found and caringly returned to its young owner through the exceptional efforts and compassion of several dedicated hotel employees. The Joshie Award is given to a member of the Charleston School of Law, who like its giraffe namesake, stands tall and stretches herself or himself in an extraordinary way to meet our commitment to exceed the expectations of those we serve.
Professionalism Award – Isaac Grosswiler
The Charleston School of Law established the Professionalism Series to build upon the values and ideals taught in the classroom as they attribute to the role of professionalism in the field of law. Guest speakers represent a wide range of well-respected judges and practicing attorneys that cover various topics such as: legal ethics, professional judgment, the practice of law, diversity, communication skills and networking. The Professionalism Award recognizes the Charleston School of Law student who attends the most Professionalism Series lectures during his/her time in law school.
The Andy Abrams Excellence Award– Dean Andy Abrams
First presented in 2020, this award will be presented annually to a Charleston School of Law administrator, faculty member, or staff member who embodies the same level of devotion to students as Dean Andy Abrams did during his tenure.
Charleston School of Law Pro Bono Populi Service Award – Mark Watkins
Presented for dedication, service and commitment to the Charleston School of Law.
Student Bar Association Senator of the Year – Payton Shiver
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 – Kelly Barber
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 – Dean Andy Abrams
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 Paskan
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.
Keith J Williams Award – Mark Watkins
“Keith ‘KJ’ Williams represented all that was good at the Charleston School of Law. Encouraging, supportive, devoted, and kind, KJ exemplified these characteristics throughout this life as a student, colleague, and friend. He was a leader amongst his peers for his reliability, intelligence, and remitting ability to make everyone smile. In addition to being an exemplary student, KJ also was focused on bettering his community and fostered positive, successful relationships by being the first to lend a supportive hand.