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Eleven attorneys recognized with SC Bar Young Lawyers Division President’s Award

August 08, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC (Aug. 7, 2014)—The SC Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) has named 11 President’s Award recipients statewide. The awards recognize YLD members who exemplify dedication to public service and YLD initiatives.

“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of YLD over the last year and am encouraged by our prospects, largely due to the involvement of its members who have given countless time and energy to make YLD stronger than ever before,” said Will Johnson, SC Bar YLD Immediate Past President. “The awards in no way adequately recognize their contributions, but do express my sincere gratitude for everything these members have done to better the organization.”

Congratulations to the award recipients listed below.

Columbia:

Tommy Preston of Nexsen Pruet, LLC
served on the Law Student Outreach Committee and the ABA Affiliate Assistance Team. On the Law Student Outreach Committee, he helped connect law students with Division members to help ease the transition upon graduation and increase Bar participation. While on the ABA Affiliate Assistance Team, Mr. Preston offered support and served as an additional conduit for connecting bar leaders and organizations to tools and resources.

Edward Rawl of Fisher and Phillips, LLP served on the YLD Professional Development Committee. In this role, he helped plan events focused on issues relevant to young professionals and facilitated networking opportunities for young lawyers with other young professionals.

Rebecca Roser of Robinson McFadden and Moore, PC served on the Law Student Outreach Committee, organizing events including the annual Pig Cook-Off and a career fair for members of the Bar Law Student Division, and also coordinated professional development programs.

Allison Sullivan of Bluestein Nichols Thompson and Delgado, LLC served on the YLD Professional Development Committee. In this role, Ms. Sullivan helped plan events focused on issues relevant to young professionals and facilitated networking opportunities for young lawyers with other young professionals.

Ashleigh Wilson of the S.C. Attorney General’s Office served on the YLD Color of Justice Committee, during which time she helped coordinate one-day symposiums designed to introduce the field of law to middle and high school minority students. She also served on the Protecting Our Youth Through Legal Education Committee. In this role, she helped plan programs for at-risk high school students about criminal law topics including prosecuting students as adults, repeat offenders, new DUI laws and drug offenses.

Charleston:

Britt Kelly of Rosen, Rosen and Hagood, LLC
served as 2013-14 YLD Secretary/Treasurer. In this role, Mr. Kelly handled the administrative functions and financial responsibilities for the Division.

Ryan Neville of Wills, Massalon and Allen, LLC served on the YLD Bar Convention Committee. In this role, Mr. Neville helped promote YLD’s involvement with the SC Bar Convention by planning, organizing and implementing a CLE program and networking event to increase young lawyer participation.

Elizabeth Palmer of Rosen, Rosen and Hagood, LLC served on the YLD Bar Convention Committee, helping to promote YLD’s involvement with the SC Bar Convention by planning, organizing and implementing a CLE program and networking event to increase young lawyer participation, and worked with the American Bar Association’s Bullyproof Service Project, a public service initiative focused on ending the bullying epidemic.

Patrick Wooten of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, LLP served as Circuit Representative, during which time he encouraged participation from YLD members in circuit events and worked closely with local and county bar associations to solicit volunteers and spread awareness of various YLD initiatives.

Greenville:

Lynsey T. Kmetz of Foster Law Firm
served as the 2013-14 SC Bar YLD President-Elect, a role in which she provided outstanding support to the YLD president and its members. She is currently serving as the 2014-15 YLD President.

Rock Hill:

Chisa J. Putman of S.C. Legal Services
served as a YLD Circuit Representative, encouraging participation from YLD members in circuit events and working closely with local and county bar associations to solicit volunteers for YLD initiatives. As chair of the Color of Justice Committee, she coordinated one-day symposiums designed to introduce the field of law to middle and high school minority students. During her time on the ABA Affiliate Assistance Team, Ms. Putman offered bar leaders support and served as an additional conduit for connecting bar leaders and organizations to relevant tools and resources.

President’s Awards are given annually to YLD volunteers who have dedicated their efforts and continuously served the Division for a number of years. For more information about the SC Bar Young Lawyers Division, visit www.scbar.org/yld.

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

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 15,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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