Leadership Academy

Curriculum and Purpose
This highly selective program is designed to equip young lawyers (in practice from three to 10 years) with networking opportunities, professionalism training, community awareness and other skills necessary to give back to the profession and position themselves as leaders in the community. The class meets once a month for approximately six months, with each month’s program focusing on a different topic. Participants are given opportunities to connect with judges and legislators, gaining insight into the political process and opportunities for community leadership. Participants also learn from seasoned lawyers on topics of professionalism and rainmaking, including how to have healthy relationships with clients, judges and colleagues. Current issues facing the Bar and the importance of pro bono and community service are also emphasized.

2015 Leadership Academy application period open
The Bar is accepting applications for the 2015 Leadership Academy. This seventh installment of the Academy will address the following topics: lawyers in public service, professionalism, career/leadership development, work-life balance, the path to the judiciary, pro bono and community service and service to the Bar. Sessions will take place on the following dates: Jan. 24-25 (Bar Convention–Columbia), Feb. 24 (Columbia), March 27 (Greenville), April 24 (Charleston) and May 8 (Greenville). The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to enhance the professional growth and leadership skills development of selected members to prepare them to make greater contributions to the legal profession and community. Interested applicants must meet and agree to the stated requirements and submit the required application and supporting documents by 5 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2014. Please see the application packet for complete details. For more information, contact Caitlin Watson at, (803) 576-3782 or toll-free at 1-877-797-2227, ext. 182.

Click here for the 2015 application.

At the conclusion of the program, graduates are recognized before the Bar’s House of Delegates.

2014 Graduates (pictured at right)
Lee Ellen Bagley
Joshua V. Barr
Mitchell K. Byrd Jr.
Jamie C. Cade
Charles H. Crawford III
Leslie R. Fisk
Evan K. Guthrie
Elizabeth R. Hamilton
Collie W. Lehn Jr.
Jason S. Luck
Lindsay F. McGee
Chris J. Moore
Elizabeth S. Owen
Laura E. Paton
Caleb M. Riser
Jenny R. Stevens
Kate W. Usry
Shawn R. Willis

2013 Graduates
Natalie R. Armstrong, Columbia
Twana Burris-Alcide, Rock Hill
William H. Edwards, West Columbia 
Emily R. Gifford, Columbia 
Kristy G. Goldberg, Columbia 
Joseph C. Good III, Charleston
Bradley D. Hewett, Columbia 
Meliah B. Jefferson, Columbia 
Michelle P. Kelley, Columbia 
Jared Q. Libet, Columbia 
Kathleen M. McDaniel, Columbia 
Walton J. McLeod IV, Columbia 
Irish Ryan Neville, Charleston 
John Clarke Newton, Columbia 
Chisa J. Putman, Rock Hill 
Shealy B. Reibold, Columbia
Jacqueline S. Smith, Myrtle Beach 
Angela G. Strickland, Columbia 
Prina C. Tailor, Spartanburg 
T.D. Williams IV, Charleston 

2012 Graduates
Jacob S. Barker
Michael S. Cashman
Rebecca Poston Creel
Erin F. Farthing
Daniel R. Goldberg
Chad N. Johnston
John T. Merrell
E. Michael Pinilla
Tiffany N. Richardson
William O. Sweeny IV
Carmen Harper Thomas

2011 Graduates 
Adam R. Artigliere, Anderson
Melissa Maddox-Barnes, Charleston
Michelle P. Clayton, Columbia
Joshua P. Cantwell, Charleston
Mary  M. Caskey, Columbia
Jay W. Duvall, Greenwood
Pandora Jones-Glover, Orangeburg
Elizabeth Palmer, Charleston
John E. Robinson, Charleston
Eleni Roumel, Charleston             
M. Elise Scott, Irmo
Tasha Thompson, Florence    
Thomas W. Winslow, Georgetown

2010 Graduates
A. Mattison "Matt" Bogan, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Columbia
David M. Bornemann, McAngus, Goudelock & Courie, Columbia
Tamika D. Cannon, S.C. Legal Services, Taylors
Jason P. Davis, 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, York
Ellie C. Floyd, Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, Columbia
R. Britton "Britt" Kelly, Rosen, Rosen & Hagood, Charleston
Shelly M. Leeke, Shelly Leeke Law Firm, Goose Creek
Edward G. McDonnell, McDonnell & Associates, Columbia
Peter B. Murphy, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, Greenville
Rebecca Roser, Robinson, McFadden & Moore, Columbia
Stacy Elizabeth Thompson, Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado, Columbia

2009 Graduates
Martin S. Driggers Jr., Sweeney, Wingate & Barrow, Hartsville
Tina N. Herbert, McAngus, Goudelock & Courie, Columbia
Jennifer A. Jeffrey, S.C. Legal Services, Greenville
Brian M. Knowles, Knowles Law Firm, Summerville
Shelby K. Leonardi, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Columbia
Lucy Grey McIver, Lee Erter Wilson James Holler & Smith, Sumter
Ashley A. McMahan, S.C. Attorney General’s Office, Columbia
James Padgett III, Bacot & Padgett, Greenwood
S. Venus Poe, Smith Poe, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, Simpsonville
Tiffany Spann-Wilder, Spann-Wilder Law Firm, N. Charleston
Fred W. Suggs III, Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, Greenville
Benjamin A. Traywick, Young Clement Rivers, Charleston
Genevieve N. Waller, Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, Columbia