2018 Mercer Law Senior Awards

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Several graduates were honored with awards recognizing their scholastic achievements and professional and personal leadership during their tenure at Mercer Law School, and recognized during the senior dinner prior to Commencement.
The Brainerd Currie Honor Society recognizes third-year students who have distinguished themselves by maintaining superior scholastic records and making significant contributions in such areas as research and writing, law review, and moot court. Candidates for the Brainerd Currie Honor Society are:

William Lovett Bennett           Jessica Brooke Haygood           William Quinton Platt, IV
Spenser Danielle Berrios         Laura Dantzler Hicks                William Jackson Prater
Matthew Charles Bottoms      Eric Foster Kramer                     Krysta Rae Tate
Hannah Mary Couch                Jena Camella Lombard             Cosette G. Troidl
David Seth Cromer                   Alex Grayson Myers                   Christina Nicole Waller
Ebony Shameka Hayes            Nathan Riggs Nicholson

The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization devoted to encouraging oral advocacy and brief writing skills. Students who have excelled in appellate practice and moot court competition are annually inducted into the Mercer chapter of the Order of Barristers. The 2018 inductees are:

Michael Jarrod Alexander           Hannah Mary Couch           Lauren Raquelle Wilmer
Aliayah Jasmine Baaith                Jena Camella Lombard      Sara Alexis Louise Witherspoon
Briana Lavon Carter                      Leah Cristina Mayo            Dorothy Sarah Young

Spenser Danielle Berrios received the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence. This award honors a student who demonstrates superior proficiency in the study of bankruptcy law.

William Jackson Prater received the John William Barnett Prize for Academic Excellence. This award honors a student who is ranked first in the class at the time of commencement.

Lauren Marie Rogers received the Clover Award. This award honors a student who has excelled in indigent defense and social justice lawyering.

Jordin Elizabeth Walker received the Custer-Tuggle Award of Excellence in Family Law. This award honors a student who displays outstanding skills in domestic relations law.

Lauren Raquelle Wilmer received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award. This award from the Dean honors a student who demonstrates outstanding public service to the Law School and/or the community.

Max Andrew Harris received the Edward J. Henning Memorial Award. This award honors an outstanding student with an interest and involvement in dispute resolution.

Leah Cristina Mayo received the Faculty Award to Outstanding Senior. This award honors a student who has displayed significant academic and leadership qualities.

Hannah Mary Couch received the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award. This award honors a student who has demonstrated concern for helping others and has provided great service to the community while studying law.

Sarah Anne Powers received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award. This award honors a student who has excelled in trial practice and procedure.

Jena Camella Lombard received the James C. Estes Moot Court Award. This award is given to a member of the third-year class in recognition of outstanding performance in moot court competition.

Matthew Charles Bottoms received the James C. Rehberg Award. This award honors a student who best exemplifies the standards of professionalism and expertise in real estate law set by Professor Rehberg, a former professor at Mercer Law School, for whom the award is named.

Mercer-Oxford Human Rights Scholars are students who have a demonstrated expertise in, and commitment to, international law and human rights. The 2018 scholars are:

Catherine Miles Jenkins           Rasheed Damon Merrell
Kelsey Lane Kicklighter            Omolayo Olusegun Omotosho

Aliayah Jasmine Baaith received the Mercer Law Distinguished Leader Award. This award honors a student who has demonstrated the traits and qualities expected of a good and effective leader.

William Jackson Prater received the Judge Richard Mills Prize for Outstanding Law Review Service. This award honors a graduating law student who is a current member of Mercer Law Review in recognition of outstanding contributions and service to the publication of the law review.

David Seth Cromer received the Nadler Award. This award is given to the editor-in-chief of Mercer Law Review.

Anna Grace Mills received the National Association of Women Lawyers Award. This award honors an outstanding woman law student who shows promise to contribute in the future to the advancement of women in society and who presents a personable and professional image.

Outstanding Solicitor Award is given to graduating seniors who have excelled in client counseling and negotiation competitions. The 2018 recipients of this award are:

Monique Jacqueline Bianco           Max Andrew Harris           Lauren Marie Rogers
Poneh Fetanat                                   Asya-Lorrene Morgan

Anna Lucille Usry received the Rusty Gunn Award. This award honors a student who quietly leads with strength, intelligence, and good humor and is held in the highest regard by fellow students and the faculty.

Sara Alexis Louise Witherspoon received the Ruth T. West Award for Advocacy and Leadership. This award honors a student who is recognized at Mercer Law School for contribution to the programs at the Law School, advocacy and leadership.

Chase Laine Baldwin received the State Bar of Georgia Health Law Award. This award honors a student for outstanding performance in health law.

William Jackson Prater received the State Bar of Georgia Tax Award. This award honors a student for outstanding performance in the area of tax law.

Leah Cristina Mayo received the Walker P. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Award. This award honors a student who has demonstrated excellence in litigation skills and a keen sense of professionalism and ethics.

Taylor Danielle Nelson received the Workers Compensation Book Award. This award honors a student who demonstrates the best performance in workers’ compensation.

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