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Compleat Lawyer Awards

The Compleat Lawyer Awards were established in 1992 by the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Council (formerly the Alumni Association) to recognize alumni for outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Recipients are individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and exemplify the highest standards of professional competence, ethics and integrity.

2018 Nominations

Nominations for the 2018 Compleat Lawyer Awards are now closed. The announcement of winners will be made in early 2018, and the annual Compleat Lawyer Awards Ceremony will be held on  April 19, 2018. We hope you will join us. 

Congratulations to our 2017 Compleat Lawyer Recipients:


  • Joy Goodwin

    Joy S. Goodwin, Class of 1977


  • Ken Lester

    Ken H. Lester, Class of 1966

    Lester & Hendrix; Columbia

  • David Wilkins

    David H. Wilkins, Class of 1971

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP; Greenville

  • Theile B. McVey

    Theile B. McVey, Class of 2000

    Kassel McVey; Columbia

  • James E. Smith Jr.

    James E. Smith Jr., Class of 1995

    Law Office of James E. Smith Jr., PA; Columbia

  • Elizabeth Warner

    Elizabeth H. Warner, Class of 1989

    Santee Cooper; Moncks Corner

  • Emma T. Dean

    Emma T. Dean, Class of 2006

    S.C. House Judiciary Committee; Columbia

  • Cody T. Mitchell

    Cody T. Mitchell, Class of 2011

    Lucas Warr & White; Hartsville

  • Tommy Preston Jr.

    Tommy D. Preston Jr., Class of 2011

    The Boeing Company; North Charleston

View photos and videos from the 2017 Compleat Lawyer Awards ceremony.