Barrett J.D. '13 Among Trio Honored with Sullivan Awards at W&M Commencement| May 13, 2013
To perpetuate the memory of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, the New York Southern Society has arranged to make awards to one man and one woman in each W&M graduating class, and to honor one other person who has a close relationship with the College. In the selection of recipients, nothing is considered except characteristics of heart, mind and helpfulness to others. This year, the student winners of the Sullivan Award were Bailey Clair Rose, an undergraduate student, and law student Kevin Norman Barrett. Earl T. Granger III, associate vice president for university development, was the non-student recipient.
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Kevin Barrett, Class of 2013, William & Mary Law School
Barrett fully embodies the citizen-lawyer ideal so highly prized by William & Mary Law School. While pursuing a joint law and master of public policy degree, Barrett has thrown his heart into service to the William & Mary community and into helping those less fortunate. As a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps, he has witnessed firsthand the disabilities and psychological and physical damage that can occur during military service. Always eager to lend his talents to others, Barrett joined the Lewis B. Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic at the Law School. He worked at the clinic full time each summer and served as a student attorney for the clinic for two semesters. Through this critical role, he worked with veterans to help them analyze their medical records, communicate with healthcare providers and craft strategies to help them receive disability compensation.
Despite a considerable dedication of time and energy to the clinic, Barrett wanted to do even more to help the veteran community. In fall 2012, he approached the director of the Puller Clinic with an innovative proposal to analytically measure the value of their work. The project produced valuable information for the clinic and ultimately was submitted to both the Office of the First Lady and the Office of the Under Secretary of Benefits for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
His work with the clinic is truly impressive, yet his dedication to service at William & Mary is equally compelling. He has served as a charter board member and co-chair of the Graduate International Service Organization, putting together the first graduate student international service trip. He also served as vice president of the Law School's chapter of Phi Alpha Delta International Legal Fraternity, as a senate representative to the College's Student Assembly and as the international chair of the Black Law Students Association.
Barrett's selfless dedication to the College and to others has been accomplished while pursuing a joint degree, which he completed Sunday one full year ahead of schedule. He plans to pursue a White House internship or return to active service with the Marine Corps.