Students, faculty recognized at Awards Day

Faculty, staff and students at Charleston School of Law gathered on Tuesday afternoon for the annual Career Services Awards Day. The event celebrates the success of students and faculty.

Charleston Law student Dylan Bitar won three awards: The Katherine A. Westbrook Rockstar Award, Pro Bono Populi Award and SBA Senator of the Year Award.

3L Damion Robbs received a pair of awards from the SBA: The Professionalism Award and the Keith J. Williams Award.

The Student Bar Association (SBA) selected Professor Jean Steadman as “Professor of the Year.” Steadman also won the “1L Professor of the Year Award.”

Charleston Law professor and Director of Academic and Bar Success Katie McElveen won the Alex Sanders Award (presented by Phi Delta Phi) and Best Faculty Mentor honors (Student Bar Association). McElveen (’07) is a member of the original graduating class at Charleston Law.

The Angela Nussbaum Award was given to Charlotte Winckler. The honor is presented annually in memory of Angela Nussbaum, a 3L student who was killed in an automobile accident.

“She wanted a law degree in order to ‘better the lives of others,'” said Dean of Admissions Jacqueline Bell.  “She wrote in her personal statement, I want to ‘be able to ease the hurt and help others to find closure and lawful solutions in the aftermath’ of a traumatic or difficult event.”

The Award was created by her friends and family to honor her memory and to recognize a student who is committed to the causes for which Angela believed in, especially the value of the Federal Courts Law Review.

Michelle Robbins Award was given to Sara Malone.

The award is given in memory of Michelle Katherine Robbins, a member of the Class of 2007 who died after an accident during her second year of law school. The honor is given to a third-year student who best exemplifies a commitment and dedication to the Charleston School of Law, to public service, and to academics.

Career Services Awards:

  • Entertainment and Sports Law Award: Taylor Ambrosius (EASL Award)
  • Women in Law: Megan Powell (Woman of the Year)
  • Cannabis Law Society: Denim Wilson & Angela Ponto (Leaving a Legacy Award)
  • KJBLSA: Chantanee Riley (Member of the Year)

SBA Awards:

  • Adjunct Professor of the Year Award: Professor Ashley Andrews
  • Civility Award: David Estes
  • Andy Abrams Excellence Award: Sandra Restrepo


The Charleston School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school nationally recognized for its student-centric culture. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing you for success both in the classroom and in the legal profession.

  • The Princeton Review ranks Charleston School of Law professors second in the country for faculty accessibility (2021)
  • Charleston School of Law faculty ranked among the top of The Princeton Review’s list of Best Professors in the nation (2016-2018)
  • Experiential Learning: Charleston School of Law students have access to more than 150 externship sites, creating opportunities for experiential learning in the legal field.
  • Community Service: Charleston School of Law students have performed more than 241,000 community service hours (2004-current).
  • Students have won the National Tax Moot Court Championship for seven consecutive years (2012-2018)

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