University of South Carolina

2013 Compleat Lawyer Award winners named

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-7704

Nine alumni from the School of Law at the University of South Carolina have been named recipients of the 2013 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.

Award recipients are nominated by other lawyers or by members of the public who are familiar with a lawyer’s work and are selected by a panel of leaders from the state court and state bar.

“We know that our graduates do incredible things, and it is gratifying to see how others, especially their peers, recognize their extraordinary work, and think so highly of them," said USC School of Law Dean Robert Wilcox. “The accomplishments and character of this year’s recipients once again reflect the ideals of public service and professionalism that the University of South Carolina School of Law — and its alumni—are known for."

The awards are presented in three categories based on years in practice: Platinum (more than 30 years), Gold (16 - 30 years) and Silver (15 or fewer years). The award recipients will be recognized at the USC School of Law’s annual alumni dinner April 25 at the Capstone Conference Center in Columbia.

This year’s Compleat Lawyer Award recipients are:

Platinum awards: 1959 alumnus William W. "Bill" Doar Jr., McNair Law Firm PA in Pawleys Island; 1977 alumnus Steven W. "Steve" Hamm, Richardson, Plowden & Robinson PA in Columbia; and 1978 alumna Kathleen C. "Kathy" McKinney, Haynesworth Sinkler Boyd PA in Greenville.

Gold awards: 1987 alumna Cherie W. Blackburn, Nexsen Pruet LLC in Charleston; 1992 alumna Cynthia Durham Blair, Rogers Townsend & Thomas PC in Columbia; and 1987 alumna Sherri A. Lydon, Law Offices of Sherri A. Lydon in Columbia.

Silver awards: 1997 alumnus Thomas P. "Tom" Gressette, Jr., Pratt-Thomas Walker PA in Charleston; 2000 alumna Amy L.B. Hill, Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte LLC in Columbia; and 2002 alumnus Major Scott W. Medlyn, U.S. Air Force in Alexandria, Va.

Compleat Lawyer Award recipients 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, the USC School of Law’s dean, and the president of the School of Law’s alumni association.

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

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Posted: 03/08/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 03/14/13 @ 5:19 PM | Permalink