Young Lawyers promote children’s literacy during Community Law Week

April 23, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 23, 2012) — The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is teaming up with Cocky’s Reading Express to promote children’s literacy during its annual Community Law Week.

Young lawyer volunteers throughout the state will travel to various elementary schools, where they will read aloud to children and talk with them about the importance of reading. After making a pledge to Cocky that the children will read aloud at home with their families, each child is given a book of his/her very own. The ultimate goal of the program is to reduce the cycle of illiteracy among South Carolina’s children and adults, particularly in those communities that are underserved or disadvantaged. Cocky’s Reading Express will take place at the following schools:
Monday, May 7
Chukker Creek Elementary School, Aiken*
Okatie Elementary School, Okatie
Rudolph G. Gordon Elementary School, Simpsonville
Tuesday, May 8
Whitmire Community School, Whitmire
Briggs Elementary School, Florence
Carolina Forest Elementary School, Myrtle Beach
Wednesday, May 9
Lexington Elementary School, Lexington*
BC Grammar School, W. Columbia*
Whittaker Elementary School, Orangeburg
Thursday, May 10
Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science, Winnsboro
Northwest Elementary School, Gaffney
Seaside Elementary School, Garden City
Friday, May 11
A.J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School, Columbia*
John P. Thomas Elementary School, Columbia*
Bradley Elementary School, Columbia*
*Indicates Cocky will be attending the event.
Community Law Week is held each year during the first week of May and is designed to promote the legal profession and provide the public with information about its legal rights through public service. Other Community Law Week events include Ask-A-Lawyer phone banks and Web chats, a canned food drive and Speakers in Schools events. For more information and the complete list of Community Law Week events, visit

Cocky’s Reading Express is a collaboration of the University of South Carolina’s Student Government and the University’s School of Library and Information Science.

The YLD includes all members of the S.C. Bar under age 36 and those with less than five years membership.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.