The State names Twenty Under Forty
Three YLD members were named to the 2015 class of 20 Under 40 in the Midlands. Congratulations to Will Johnson, Lisa Hostetler and Michael Wright!

FY2015-16 Proposed Officers and Circuits Reps
The YLD Nominating Committee met on November 3 to consider nominations for the 2015-16 Bar year. The  Committee recommended the following slate of officers and circuit representatives:

President: Patrick C. Wooten
President-Elect: I. Ryan Neville
Secretary/Treasurer: Lindsay A. Joyner
Immediate Past President: Lynsey T. Kmetz

1st Judicial Circuit: Charles H Williams III
3rd Judicial Circuit: Mandy A. Shuler
5th Judicial Circuit: L. Foster Girard
7th Judicial Circuit: Samuel R. Bass II
9th Judicial Circuit: Thomas A. Limehouse Jr.
11th Judicial Circuit: Sabrina E. Burgess
13th Judicial Circuit: Ashley R. Forbes
15th Judicial Circuit: Ryan P. Compton
Out-of-State: Wm. Grayson Lambert

Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 8.5, Nominating Procedures, on or before the following January 1, 2015 any twenty-five (25) or more members of the Division in good standing may file with the Executive Council a signed petition nominating a different candidate for the offices to be filled. The nominations must be received at South Carolina Bar by January 1. On January 1, the nominations shall be closed, and if no petitions are filed, the above slate shall become final. To view a copy of the Division bylaws,
click here.

Help make a difference
Donate to the SC Bar YLD Voices Against Violence Committee's 2014 Women in Need Necessities Drive. Items will be collected through Dec. 11 and donated to domestic violence shelters throughout the state. Find the complete list of supplies needed, drop off locations and contact information online. Tax deductible monetary donations to shelters or the SC Bar YLD Foundation are also welcome.

YLD named runner-up in ABA Next Steps Diversity Challenge
The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division placed second in the American Bar Association YLD Next Steps Diversity Challenge for its program, the Color of Justice College Roadshow. Read the complete press release online.

Courthouse Keys—Charleston
This Courthouse Keys event featured four federal law clerks—Thomas Limehouse, Grace Cleveland, Matt Nickles and Michelle McMahon—who spoke to YLD members about practicing in federal court. The discussion included topics like what's inportant for young lawyers to know, common mistakes, best practices, etc. The law clerks also answered questions from the young lawyers.

VITA kickoff event 
On Feb. 2, the Columbia YLD VITA Committee, in conjunction with the Cooperative Ministry and the Benefit Bank, assisted Midlands residents with preparing and filing federal and state income tax returns at the Cecil Tillis Community Center in Columbia. During the Columbia VITA Kickoff, volunteers from the S.C. Bar YLD and other agencies assisted 50 families and returned $89,296 in federal and state refunds. The Columbia VITA committee will continue assisting Midlands’s residents until the income tax filing deadline of April 15, 2014.

Women in Need Necessities Drive a huge success!
The YLD Voices Against Violence Committee
donated more than 134 boxes filled with personal care items to various domestic violence shelters throughout the state for its 2013 Women in Need Necessities Drive! Huge thanks to the following for helping make it a success: Turner Padget (Josh Shaw, Columbia—collected 75 boxes!), S.C. Attorney General, S.C. Court of Appeals, Nelson Mullins, Rosen Hagood, The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston, Hope Health, Aiken Bridges Elliot Tylers and Saleeby, Smith Moore Leatherwood, Jeffries Law Firm, Colleton County Probate Court, Alford and Hart, Holcombe Bomar, and Richardson Plowden. See pictures from this year's drive on the YLD Facebook page

Charleston New Admittee Reception
Approximately 80 young lawyers came out for the Charleston New Admittee Reception on Dec. 5 to welcome those members sworn in to the Bar in November. Guests enjoyed food, drinks and live music at Upstairs at Midtown, all while learning about YLD opportunities and Pro Bono Legal Services.  

Courthouse Keys—Orangeburg
More than 20 young lawyers joined with Orangeburg County Courthouse staff for a successful luncheon meet and greet Courthouse Keys event on Nov. 18. Special guests Judge Maite' Murphy, Judge Edgar W. Dickson and Judge Jay Jackson shared their do's and don'ts of the courtroom.

YLD mingles with young bankers during professional development event
More than 70 young lawyers and bankers gathered for a Professional Development Committee event Oct. 9 Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Columbia to hear USC men’s basketball coach Frank Martin share his perspectives on leadership and ideas on how to make a difference in your respective organizations. The event was the eighth of its kind in Columbia that has allowed S.C. young lawyers and young bankers to come together in an informal setting to hear speakers of mutual interest. 

SC Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Legal assistance is needed for the following organizations, and volunteer law clerks are available through the
Carolina Clerks Program. To accept one of these cases and for additional information, please contact Pamela Robinson at  

City Organization Type General Needs
Charleston Theater company sales tax questions, nonprofit law questions, intellectual property questions
Charleston Theater company 501(c)(3) application, basic nonprofit incorporation
Charleston Handbell choir 501(c)(3) review, bylaws review
Charleston Dance ensemble Nonprofit vs sole proprietorship
Charleston Breast cancer awareness band 501(c)(3) review
Columbia Jazz performance, educational outreach 501(c)(3) application, basic nonprofit incorporation