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Many lawyers have natural skills and attributes that make a difference in their practice. Empathy, strong communication and analytical skills, negotiation and more. But did you know that Bar members have an opportunity to  enhance these skills and make lasting connections with peers through the SC Bar Leadership Academy? 

This highly selective program is designed to equip members in practice from three to 15 years with networking opportunities, professionalism training, community awareness, and other skills necessary to give back to the profession & position themselves as leaders in the community. 

“The Leadership Academy is one of the best programs offered by the South Carolina Bar,” says Leadership Academy class of ‘21 member Doward Harvin, who practices at the Sabb Law Group in Kingstree. “Any attorney that has matriculated through this program will understand how to guide your committee, organization, or law firm with diverse ideas, productive concepts, and lucrative initiatives.” 

Selected participants are given opportunities to connect with judges and legislators, gaining insight into the political process and opportunities for community leadership. The participants also learn from seasoned lawyers on various topics, including, but not limited to, how to have healthy relationships with clients, judges, and colleagues and the importance of pro bono and community service. 

“Participating in the SC Bar Leadership Academy provides the unique opportunity of meeting lawyers throughout the state, who have diverse backgrounds, practice areas, and perspectives, but who share the common goal of becoming better leaders in the community and in the legal profession,” says Leadership Academy class of ‘21 member Paige Ornduff, who practices at Parker Poe in Charleston. “Through Leadership Academy, I was able to get to know an incredible group of attorneys—many of whom I may not have met otherwise—in a small-group environment, which allowed us to engage in meaningful discussions, learn from each other’s experiences, and expand our perspectives in lasting, impactful ways that I will carry with me throughout my career.” 

Applying is easy. Download, complete and submit this application packet and provide supporting documents by 5 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2021. Please see the application packet for complete details. 

“The Leadership Academy offers a unique opportunity for lawyers to network and gain skills that set them up for success in their practice and community,” says Leadership Academy co-chair Jasmine Smith, who practices at Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC in Columbia. “I would encourage any lawyer looking to advance their professional development to apply for this program.” 

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity! For more information, contact Kimberly Snipes at (803) 576-3835 or