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  • Women's History Month Spotlight: Judge J. Michelle Childs

    Judge J. Michelle Childs, who has served on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina since 2010, is current chair of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division. Active in various state, local and national bar organizations, she encourages young lawyers to get involved in volunteer service. This spotlight on Judge Child's is part of the SC Bar Diversity Committee's Women's History Month series.

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  • The Virtual Jury’s Verdict: Mock Trial Season in SC a Success

    Bob Jones Academy of Greenville recently took home the 2021 State High School Mock Trial Championship in the virtual competition, sponsored by the South Carolina Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division. Regional and state competitions were held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic. The Bob Jones Academy team, led by teacher Chuck Nicholas and attorney coach Allen Fretwell, will represent the Palmetto State virtually at nationals in May. Carolina Forest High School of Myrtle Beach, coached by teacher Anthony Antolak and attorney Brad Smith, was first runner-up.

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  • Women’s History Month Spotlight: M. Malissa Burnette

    Involved in several ground-breaking cases on civil and constitutional rights, M. Malissa Burnette has served as a pioneer for equal rights in the Palmetto State. Burnette — a partner at Burnette, Shutt & McDaniel in Columbia — has been a specialist in Employment and Labor Law since 1993, as certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court. She practices in state and federal courts on employment cases involving discrimination, civil and constitutional rights, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, employment-related torts, wage payment claims, and academic tenure and promotion matters. She also practices family law and represents small businesses and non-profit organizations.

    Posted in: Lawyers None, Diversity Committee Spotlight

  • Luck of the Irish! Brian Duffy reflects on role as South Carolina’s first Honorary Consul of Ireland

    The Palmetto State is home to more than half a million people of Irish heritage, and one South Carolina Bar member now works to build relationships with Ireland and the state’s Irish community. Of only 11 Honorary Consuls of Ireland in the United States, Brian Duffy is one of the lucky few.

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  • Women’s History Month Spotlight: Judge Shirley Canty Robinson

    Judge Shirley Canty Robinson, born and raised in Greeleyville, has served as judge on the SC Administrative Law Court since 2009. Throughout her career, Robinson has held her parents’ guiding principles — to treat every person you encounter with respect and dignity — closely.

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