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The South Carolina Bar has named Brian Autry of Kenison, Dudley & Crawford in Columbia the 2018 G. Dewey Oxner Jr. Mentor of the Year. The award was presented by Supreme Court Justice John W. Kittredge on May 3 at the Mentor of the Year luncheon.
The award is presented annually to a Bar member serving as a mentor to a new lawyer through the Supreme Court’s Lawyer Mentoring Program, which is administered by the South Carolina Bar. The program connects new lawyers, who have recently been admitted to the practice of law, with experienced lawyers for a year-long mentorship.
In the Lawyer Mentoring Program, the mentor and the new lawyer are encouraged to work together to identify and help the new lawyer achieve professional goals. By fostering constructive mentoring relationships, the program seeks to elevate the competence, professionalism and success of South Carolina lawyers.
Autry was nominated by his current mentee who said, “We talked about whether I had any concerns about practicing law, and he listened to what I had to say and gave me thoughtful advice. He was there because he cared, not so he could add it to his work biography.”
Autry’s law practice is focused primarily on construction, commercial transactions, commercial real estate and contract litigation. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina, where he also played football, and returned to USC School of Law to complete his Juris Doctor in 2001. Autry is a native of Columbia and remains active in the community through church and various civic activities.
The G. Dewey Oxner Jr. Mentor of the Year Award is named for and honors the legacy of one of the giants in the legal profession, G. Dewey Oxner Jr., and his steadfast commitment and leadership in ensuring that the practice of law remains a high calling.