Faith A. Parker ’23 received the George Wythe Award during William & Mary Law School’s commencement ceremony at Kaplan Arena on Saturday, May 20. The honor is given each year by the Law School in recognition of outstanding service by a member of the graduating class. Trustee Professor of Law and Dean A. Benjamin Spencer presented the award and said that Parker was well-known as someone always “seeking to help fellow students as well as the Law School at large.”
Parker studied at Mary Baldwin University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in English and Master of Arts in teaching. While in law school, she served on the boards of the First-Generation Student Alliance and the Public Service Fund, was notes editor of the William & Mary Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice, and served as a teaching assistant. Following graduation, she will join the firm of Wilcox & Savage, P.C. in Norfolk, Virginia.
The award is named in honor of George Wythe (1726-1806), one of the most remarkable lawyers in Virginia of the 18th century, mentor to Thomas Jefferson, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was William & Mary's – and the nation’s—first professor of law.
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