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RICHLAND COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
Annual Awards

“Tootie” Williams Award

The John W. Williams Distinguished Service Award, affectionately known as the “Tootie” Williams Award, is based upon distinguished and meritorious service to the legal profession or to the public in professional related activities.

The Williams Distinguished Service Award is the highest recognition given by our association and it is determined by the Executive Committee based upon written nominations from members of our association. 

Past recipients of the award include -

  • Chief Justice Jean H. Toal
  • The Honorable Matthew J. Perry
  • The Honorable Carol Connor
  • The Honorable Robert Burnside
  • Tom McCutchen
  • Julian Nexsen
  • David Robinson
  • John Gregg McMaster
  • Alex Sanders
  • Ed Mullins, Jr.
  • I.S. Leevy Johnson
  • Terrell Glenn
  • Julius McKay
  • Heyward McDonald
  • Jeter Rhoads
  • Lester Bates, Jr.
  • Henry Hammer
  • The Honorable Jasper Cureton
  • Claude Scarborough
  • D. Reece Williams
  • Joe Berry, Jr.
  • Luther Batiste
  • William C. Hubbard
  • Ken Suggs
  • The Honorable Bob Coble
  • William C. Boyd

Eligibility

  • The candidate must be a present or former member of the Richland County Bar.  He or she may be in active practice, may be a member of the judiciary or some other legal-related office or may be retired.
  • Age.  Age should not be a factor in the selection.  Criteria includes long-term service to the profession and/or public, as well as a significant individual contribution.
  • Character.  Aside from the particular contributions justifying the award, the candidate ought to be someone workthy of general admiration from a moral and ethical viewpoint.
  • Members of the Richland County Bar Executive Committee at the time the award is made or not eligible.  All other persons currently serving at the Richland County Bar, such as committee chairpersons, etc. are eligible. A candidate is not disqualified by virtue of being in a firm with a member of the Executive Committee.

Criteria/Basis for Selection

  • The award should be based upon distinguished and meritorious service to the legal profession and/or the public in a profession-related activity.
  • The distinguished service for which the candidate is considered may be over a lengthy period of time or may be for particular conduct within a short timespan.
  • The candidate may be honored for recent conduct or for service in the past.

Nominations

To make a nomination, please contact Coleman Chambliss at contact@richbar.org.

Civic Star Award

The Executive Committee of the RCBA also selects an attorney to receive the Civic Star Award from among the nominees submitted by the membership.

The Civic Star Award is based upon exceptional and meritorious service to the Richland County community by a member of the RCBA for activities outside of the legal profession. Commitment to community service is important to the members of RCBA. Most members volunteer in the community and some give many hours of their time and talents. Sometimes only their friends and co-workers know the depth of their giving.

Past recipients of this award include -

  • David Belton
  • Mike Kelly
  • George Cauthen
  • The Honorable Michelle Childs
  • Cravens Ravenel
  • Rosalyn Friarson
  • Jane Trinkley
  • Matt Hill
  • Anthony Hayes
  • Amy Hill
  • Steve Benjamin
  • James Smith
  • Gray Culbreath

Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Civility Award

The Civility Award of the RCBA is named after the US District Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr.  It is awarded to the judge and to the lawyer who, in the opinion of the Executive Committee of the RCBA, best exemplifies the word “civility.”  The Executive Committee recognizes that it is a high honor to be nominated or selected for this recognition as attorneys perform their responsibilities in various capacities of the legal profession.

Past recipients of this award include -

Judges

  • The Honorable Bratton Davis
  • The Honorable Joseph F. Anderson Jr.
  • The Honorable Casey Manning
  • The Honorable G. Thomas Cooper
  • The Honorable Marvin Kittrell
  • The Honorable George James

Attorneys

  • James C. Leventis  
  • Danny Crowe
  • Isadore Lourie
  • Susi McWilliams
  • Bobby Fuller

 

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