Joseph Shenkar, Class of 2005
Distinguished Alumnus 2016
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who, over an extended period of time and/or through a singular achievement, have achieved exemplary success in their field, extraordinary service to Midlands Technical College, their community, state, or nation. Through their citizenship, service and caring and generous spirit, they have personified qualities and character for all Midlands Technical College students and graduates to emulate.
Midlands Technical College's 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Mr. Joseph "Hilik" Shenkar, Assistant Solicitor, Special Assistant US Attorney. Mr. Shenkar holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, a Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Carolina, and earned his Associate of Arts degree from Midlands Technical College. He is married to Dana Shenkar and they have three daughters: Zoe, Violet and Ruby.
Assistant Solicitor Shenkar has been with the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office for six years. He is the designated Drug Diversion prosecutor for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, covering Richland and Kershaw counties. His prosecution focuses on criminal cases involving the diversion of pharmaceutical drugs to the illicit market. Mr. Shenkar also holds a position with the United States Attorney as a Special Assistant US Attorney. In addition to prosecution, Mr. Shenkar, on behalf of Solicitor Dan Johnson, spearheaded legislation in the field of drug diversion prosecution and opioids abuse. Mr. Shenkar has also handled various appeals for the Fifth Circuit, including both Magistrate Appeals in Circuit Court and arguments before the South Carolina Supreme Court. Prior to focusing on drug diversion prosecution, Mr. Shenkar prosecuted a variety of crimes, ranging from burglaries to assaults.