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The SC Bar Employment & Labor Law Section has announced the 2017 recipients of the Distinguished Lawyer Award and the Benjamin M. Mabry Scholarship. Both recipients will be recognized at the Section’s mid-year meeting on Friday, May 12.

Thomas R. Haggard: 2017 Distinguished Lawyer Award

Thomas R. Haggard, distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, has been named recipient of the section’s 2017 Distinguished Lawyer Award.

From 1975 to 2002, Haggard served as a professor at the USC School of Law. During that time, Professor Haggard taught numerous courses in the areas of employment and labor law, legal drafting and legal writing. His contribution to the field of employment and labor law in South Carolina includes teaching and inspiring students who—like him—became employment law attorneys.

“The practice of employment and labor law in South Carolina would be very different without Tom Haggard’s influence and participation,” said Leigh M. Nason, a prior student of Haggard’s and a current attorney at Ogletree, Deakkins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. “He is truly a ‘Distinguished Lawyer’ and is highly deserving of this award.”

Outside the classroom, Professor Haggard has served the community and his profession by mentoring many current South Carolina labor and employment law attorneys. He authored over 35 books and articles, many focused on important labor and employment law issues, and wrote “The Scrivener” column for the SC Lawyer magazine for over a decade.

The Employment and Labor Law Distinguished Lawyer Award is presented annually to an individual nominated and selected by his or her professional peers for meritorious service to employment and labor law practice in the state of South Carolina.

Emily “Elliot” Condon: 2017 Benjamin M. Mabry Scholarship

Emily “Elliot” Condon, a second-year law student at USC School of Law, was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Benjamin M. Mabry Scholarship.

Condon completed her first year with a 4.0 GPA and received the CALI award, which is presented to the student with the highest grade in the course in six specific courses, and the Richard J. Foster Award, which is awarded to the first-year law student with the highest overall GPA. She is currently a legal research assistant for Professor Joseph A. Seiner at USC School of Law in the area of workplace law.

“Anyone reviewing Elliot’s academic credentials can see that she is a dedicated student. Notably, Elliot is at the top of her class, and was just selected as an editorial board member of the Law Review,” said Seiner. “Beyond this, Elliot’s involvement as a member of the Student Bar Association and a Peer Mentor show her dedication to the law and the school, as well as her willingness to share her knowledge and skills with the broader community.”

The Benjamin M. Mabry Scholarship is given annually to a law student from the USC School of Law who is interested in the practice of employment and labor law and demonstrates leadership and academic potential.