Skip to Content

School of Law


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.

2019 Awards Ceremony

The winners of the 2019 Compleat Lawyer Awards Ceremony will be honored on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Please register here. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please go online or you may print a sponsorship form.

Congratulations to our 2019 Compleat Lawyer Recipients:


  • M. Malissa Burnette

    M. Malissa Burnette, Class of 1977

    Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA; Columbia

  • Karl Folkens

    Karl A. Folkens, Class of 1981

    Folkens Law Firm, PA; Florence

  • Charles Ben Garren

    Charles Ben Garren, Class of 1987

    The Coca-Cola Co.; Atlanta

  • John T. Lay Jr.

    John T. Lay Jr., Class of 1991

    Gallivan White & Boyd, PA; Charleston

  • Boyd B. Nicholson

    Boyd B. Nicholson, Class of 1992

    Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA; Greenville

  • Matthew T. Richardson

    Matthew T. Richardson, Class of 1998

    Wyche, PA;  Columbia

  • Miles E. Coleman

    Miles E. Coleman, Class of 2009

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP; Greenville

  • Allison P. Sullivan

    Allison P. Sullivan, Class of 2005

    Bluestein Thompson Sullivan, LLC; Columbia

  • Sheila M. Willis

    Sheila M. Willis, Class of 2011

    Fisher & Phillips, LLP; Columbia

View photos and videos from the 2018 Compleat Lawyer Awards ceremony.