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Alisa Duke selected as Max Carraway Employee of the Year

Alisa Duke, assistant director of career services at Florida State University College of Law, is the 2022 recipient of the Max Carraway Employee of the Year Award.

Duke won the appreciation of her colleagues and the attention of FSU President Richard McCullough, who selected her for this honor, for her service to students and her contribution to the college’s reputation as a school of prominent right.

“It’s always exciting to recognize outstanding employees who are committed to delivering successful results and fostering collegial relationships,” said Renisha Gibbs, associate vice president of human resources at FSU and chief of staff for finance and administration. “Lisa Duke embodies all the qualities of the Max Carraway Award.”

Since 2008, the Carraway Award has recognized outstanding employees whose contributions and excellent service span the campus.

As the winner, Duke will receive two football tickets, a $1,000 stipend and a reserved parking spot for one year.

“Helping them achieve their goals and dreams is extremely rewarding,” she said of her students. “My ability to grow and help students is only possible because of the dedication and teamwork of law school staff and faculty members and the help of many alumni who never say “no” when asking for help on behalf of our students.”

Duke began her career at FSU as a counselor in the Office of Career Services and Professional Development in 2016.

She applies her experience as a licensed attorney, with a focus on health law, to advise and counsel law students and alumni on professional development. Her colleagues praise her for her employer outreach and project planning.

“Ms. Duke is always helpful and polite, without being obsequious,” said Shi-Ling Hsu, a D’Alemberte professor at the law school.

In her letter of appointment, the Associate Dean of Career Services at the College of Law, Debra Henley, praised Duke’s work in advising and supporting students.

“She is [also] co-founder of the Florida Association of Legal Recruitment Administrators, which strengthens FSU Law’s standing with employers across the state,” Henley wrote.

Several of Duke’s nominators highlighted her impact on the college’s reputation, calling her a significant contributor to raising its profile.

Erin O’Hara O’Connor, Dean and McKenzie Professor of Law, praised Duke for strengthening the relationship between the student body and the Florida legal community.

Precillia M. Soares, senior recruiting manager at Holland & Knight LLP, noted Duke’s ability to “put her heart behind everything she does” and said she was adored by students and alumni.

“Students who land a job call Lisa, usually before mom and dad,” Soares said.