Young Lawyers Division awarded grants from American Bar Association

May 29, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 29, 2013)—The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) was awarded two grants from the American Bar Association to support its “Color of Justice” and “How to Be a Real Lawyer” projects. The grants were funded by the ABA on behalf of its Young Lawyers Division through the Fund for Justice and Education.

YLD’s Color of Justice project is designed to encourage minority students to pursue a legal career. Established by the National Association of Women Judges, the project allows middle and high school students to meet local judges, attorneys, law students and law school faculty who share their experiences and knowledge of the profession.

“The project addresses the need for increased minorities in the legal profession and provides individuals the tools early enough so they can make appropriate educational decisions,” said program chair Chisa Putman of Chisa J. Putman, Attorney at Law, LLC. “The goal is for students to relate to these judges and lawyers who come from all types of backgrounds and realize they can one day be in their shoes.”

The “How to Be a Real Lawyer” professional development program will provide opportunities for recent law school graduates and young lawyers to learn valuable trial techniques and strategies not necessarily provided in the traditional law school setting. Participants will attend “lunch and learn” sessions and take part in a mock trial at the conclusion of the program. The goal is for young lawyers to gain practical advice on how to handle everyday situations in the practice of civil litigation.

“Given the lack of available jobs for recent law school graduates, a number of lawyers are forced to open practices without the benefit of any meaningful or practical legal experience,” said program chair Allison Sullivan of Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson and Delgado, LLC. “’How to Be a Real Lawyer’ gives young lawyers the opportunity to learn and develop practices and strategies from both their peers and seasoned attorneys.”

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.