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