Macon—Christy Crowe Childers received the George Waldo Woodruff Award of Excellence-- the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University's top honor at commencement May 6 in the Macon City Auditorium.
Childress followed in the footsteps of her great-grandfather, uncle, and brother, in completing her law studies at the Walter F. George School of Law. The recipient of the Jesse Mercer Scholarship, Childers, who is ranked first in a class of 150, is a member of the Mercer Law Review and competed in the National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition.
Childers earned CALI Excellence awards for the highest grade in 10 courses and was selected for the William Augustus Bootle Inn of Court. She was a law clerk in the Law Offices of Norman Jewel Crowe, Jr., an intern for the Honorable C. Ashley Royal in the United States District Court, and a law clerk for Sell & Melton, L.L.P.
A member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Childers received her bachelor's degree in philosophy from Mercer University, with minors in Christianity and communication and theatre arts, graduating magna cum laude.
Originally from Sylvester, Ga., she married Matthew Childers in January. After graduating magna cum laude from the Law School, Childers will be an associate with Sell & Melton, L.L.P. in Macon, Georgia.
About the George Waldo Woodruff Award of Excellence:
The George Waldo Woodruff Award of Excellence is given to the graduate having the highest cumulative academic average. The award honors George Waldo Woodruff, distinguished businessman, proponent of education and friend of the Walter F. George School of Law.
About Mercer University and the School of Law:
Founded in 1873, Mercer's School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the country. Named for Walter F. George, a 1901 graduate of Mercer's law school who went on to become a justice of the Georgia State Supreme Court and later a U.S. Senator, the law school has a rich and distinguished history.
Throughout its history, the School of Law has earned a reputation as a high-quality provider of legal education with an intense focus on student/faculty interaction.
After a $15-million endowment by George W. Woodruff, Mercer initiated an innovative curriculum that reinforced its commitment to small classes and a practitioner-oriented approach to education. As a result, the Woodruff Curriculum is now looked upon as a model for law schools across America.