Announcing the 2014-15 Winston Crisp Award Recipient

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Caroline Keen

The Winston Crisp Award was initiated by the Student Bar Association during the 2005-2006 school year to recognize excellence in student leadership. Dean Crisp served the law school as Associate Dean of Student Services for 13 years. Dean Crisp demonstrated extraordinary leadership ability throughout his time at UNC Law, both as a student and as an administrator. The Crisp Award seeks to recognize students who exemplify the same outstanding leadership.

We are delighted to announce that the recipient of this year’s Winston Crisp Award is Caroline Keen, from the Class of 2016.

Caroline serves as the president of the Asian American Law Student Association. In the past year, Caroline has transformed a relatively passive student organization into an active participant in the UNC Law community, as well as the legal community at large.

In the fall semester, Caroline created a networking organization for Asian American lawyers in North Carolina, which has helped to pair law students with attorney mentors and to fill an unmet need within the legal community. Caroline and AALSA held a very successful networking event at the law school for Asian American lawyers in North Carolina. In recognition of AALSA’s work on this networking association, as well as its fundraising efforts selling Carolina Law fleeces, AALSA was named the SBA’s Student Organization of the Month in January.

In March of 2015, AALSA held the inaugural North Carolina Asian American Civil Rights Conference: Defining the Movement. Caroline not only conceived of this conference, but she also served as the executive director, attracting more than 80 students, faculty, and practitioners. The conference hosted a number of impressive speakers, including multiple faculty members, Dean Rollins, and Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Finally, despite her many responsibilities, Caroline continues to serve as a role model and mentor for many other students within the law school. She always finds time in her busy schedule to assist her peers in overcoming their professional, academic, or personal challenges. She genuinely cares about all those around her, and is dedicated to making the school a better place.

Congratulations, Caroline.


Posted by Kelly C. Morris on Tue. May 5, 2015 11:02 AM
Categories: Academics, Law School, SBA
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