I am Calvin Awkward. I graduated from W&L Undergrad in 2006 and W&L Law in 2009. Since my graduation from the law school, I have clerked for a W&L Law alum (John Tisdale) in the Circuit Court for Frederick County, Maryland, and practiced as a civil defense attorney in Maryland.
I am proud to say that since becoming and alumni of W&L, I have been active with the W&L community in various roles.
The voice I can bring to the board
As a gay black man, I believe that my lived experience can bring a new voice to the Board. I also believe that my continued involvement with W&L as an alumni has provided me with insight concerning the experience of W&L students from my matriculation to present.
My service to the University community
During my years at W&L, I worked for Traveller, the Co-Op (Cafe), and the Dean of Students Office. Additionally, I was a dorm counselor for first year students my junior and senior year. I joined Chi Psi fraternity and was its social chair my senior year. I was a member of Nabors Service League, the Minority Student Association, Fancy Dress Committee, Multicultural Student Association (President 2006), and Joyful Noise Gospel Choir.
I was also an inaugural member of the Peer Counselors group for LGBTQ students. I was also Chair of the 2004 W&L Voter Registration Drive and Annual AIDS Awareness Fundraiser, 2005-06.
In law school, I was a member of Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Law News, Outlaw, Law Revue, student advocate for the Student Judicial Council and Washington and Lee Development Intern. I was selected to be a Kirgis Fellow my second year and provided peer mentorship to transfer students at W&L. I was the Class President of the Law Class of 2009 during my third-year and Head Barbri representative for the law school in 2009. I also continued my role as a Peer Counselor for LGBTQ students and my work with Traveller. From 2008-2009, I was a student attorney for the Community Legal Practice Center providing legal assistance for low-income individuals in Rockbridge County. At graduation, I was awarded the Calhoun Bond University Service Award.
After my graduation from W&L, I returned to the campus to participate in events for the Office of Career Planning on the undergrad and law campus. I have also been involved in activities and programs initiated by the Dean of Students Office, including the mentor program.
I have also been a member of the Class of 2006 Reunion Committee. I am the Class Agent and Reunion Co-Chair for the Law Class of 2009. I was appointed to the W&L Law Young Alumni Board, and I am currently serving my first term on the Law Council. I was also a member of the Williams School’s Young Alumni Council in 2016.
Other community service
In my community, I have been active with the bar associations, including acting as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section for the Bar Association of Frederick County. I have also been involved in the University of Baltimore Law Career Development Office Practice Interviewing Evening.
Relevant personal and professional experience
I believe that my continued relationship and dedication to W&L would make me well suited for the Development and External Relations Committee. I think anyone that knows me understands my appreciation for the education that I received at W&L.
I think that my professional experience is a testament to the strength of the W&L alumni network. I interviewed with a W&L alum for a clerkship after law school and thankfully received an offer for employment two days before my graduation. My clerkship was my foot in the door of the legal community and I will always be thankful for that opportunity.