Graduating third-year student Tamar Jones ‘11 received the George Wythe Award, given in recognition of outstanding and selfless service by a member of the student body, during the Law School's graduation ceremony on May 15.
Dean Davison M. Douglas noted that Jones is a first generation American; her father is Jamaican and her mother was born in England to Jamaican parents. Jones graduated from Cornell University then worked for several years as a paralegal in New York City and Richmond before entering law school.
Although Jones had not been involved with student government prior to law school, her classmates recognized her talents and elected her president of the Student Bar Association. “During her tenure,” said Douglas, “Tamar showed wonderful leadership skills, dealing with a range of important issues to the law school. She has also been involved with many other law school activities, including Moot Court, the Journal of Women and the Law for which she was an Articles Editor, and the Student Hurricane Network, an organization that travels to New Orleans to help with rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina.”
The award is named in honor of George Wythe, a leading revolutionary-era statesman, who was the College of William & Mary's – and the nation's – first professor of law.