Mr. Williams, a member of Callison Tighe & Robinson, stood with fellow attorneys Michael Kelly and Joel Collins, and Dean Robert Wilcox, to recognize third-year law students Alexa Kluska and LeAnna McMenamin with the D. Reece Williams III Trial Advocacy Award after they won the school’s mock trial competition last fall.
Ms. McMenamin was not present at the awards luncheon, but you can see her pictured earlier with Mr. Williams and Ms. Kluska below.
The competition that led to the award involved trying an involuntary manslaughter case. The defendant in the mock trial was a high school track coach. A student had died during track practice, and the case turned on whether the death was due to the coach denying the student water, or was a side-effect of an anti-anxiety drug she was taking. Each team had to take turns as both prosecution and defense.
It was good practice for Kluska and McMenamin, as both are interested in working in criminal law once they join the bar.
Alexa is the daughter of Dr. Michael and Melissa Kluska of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and LeAnna is the daughter of Charles and Kitty Smith of Johnsonville, South Carolina.
The South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a by-invitation organization of which Reece Williams has been a member since 1989, created the advocacy award in 2009.
In 2000, Williams served as president of the national organization. He was South Carolina’s Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2006, and he’s a past president of the Richland County Bar.
Williams often helps teach advocacy skills to other attorneys. He has a long history of commitment to legal education, speaking frequently at workshops and seminars throughout the country. He’s also appeared at dozens of trial demonstrations in more than 30 states, and he’s taught at the National Trial Academy of the National Judicial College. He’s served as a guest speaker at the USC School of Law, which is his alma mater.