S.C. Bar names Young Lawyer of the Year

April 26, 2011

Columbia, S.C. (April 26, 2011)—Columbia attorney Amy Landers May has been named Young Lawyer of the Year by the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD). The Young Lawyer of the Year Award is given annually to recognize a young lawyer who most exemplifies excellence in practicing law and public service.

The award will be presented on Thursday, May 5, during the Bar’s House of Delegates meeting at Larkin’s on the River in Greenville.

May graduated from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in 2001 and is a shareholder in the Columbia law firm of Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate and elder law. She serves in numerous leadership roles and volunteers for a multitude of community agencies and groups.

May serves the legal community at the national level on a steering committee for the Guardianship/Incapacity Section of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She also regularly speaks to the public on issues of elder law, estate planning, guardianship and special needs trusts and recently visited three high schools to present to parents and guardians of special needs children in transition classroom settings.

May also regularly donates her time and talents to state and local charities. She presently serves as chair of the Palmetto Health Hospice and Palliative Care Board and is a member of the Foundation Board of Directors. In this role, she and other board members raise funds for hospice programs that provide much-needed staffing, renovations and funding for patients’ basic needs, such as gas expenses for traveling to and from doctors’ appointments.

She has actively served on the Citizens Advisory Board for the C.M. Tucker Jr. Nursing Care Center for two years. This board, comprised of local attorneys, clergy, school teachers, financial advisors, civic leaders, retirees and family members, provides support and assistance to the residents with internal and local issues and information along with recognizing staff for outstanding service to the residents of the facility. In addition to her service on the board, May has had the opportunity to assist with emergency and permanent guardianships for patients with no family or other representative.

May is the current chair of the Young Lawyers Division “Each One Reach One” Committee, a group that raises funds for the S.C. Bar Foundation, which awards grants to programs that provide civil legal services to indigents in South Carolina or offer law related education opportunities. Her other service to the Bar includes membership on the Elder Law Committee, Real Estate Practices Section, Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.   

The Young Lawyers Division includes all members of the South Carolina Bar under age 36 and those with less than five years membership.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 13,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.