Curriculum and Purpose
This highly selective program is designed to equip members (in practice from 3 to 15 years) with networking opportunities, professionalism training, community awareness, and other skills necessary to give back to the profession and position themselves as leaders in the community. The class meets once a month for approximately six months, with each month’s program focusing on a different topic.
The program equips members to face challenges in the legal community and community at large; maximizes networking and relationship building opportunities; nurtures principled leadership and increased awareness regarding ethical, professional and community service issues; develops other skills necessary to give back to the profession; and positions participants as valuable leaders in the community. 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.
The nomination and application period begins in the summer of each year. Each candidate must complete the written application, which will be made available online. For more information, contact Caitlin Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org, (803) 576-3782 or toll-free at 1-877-797-2227, ext. 182.
Leadership Academy Committee
Members of the Committee, comprising former graduates of the Academy, set the Leadership Academy session schedule, address policy issues and evaluate program progress. The Committee also provides continued leadership development, community service and networking opportunities to the Leadership Academy Alumni.
Congratulations to the class of 2018!
Lester McGill "Gill" Bell Jr.
J. "Scott" Bischoff II
Lyndey Bryant (SC Bar Young Lawyer of the Year, 2018)
Micajah P. "Micah" Caskey IV
Andrew de Holl
Alex Kinlaw III
William "Grayson" Lambert
Temitope "Tope" Leyimu
Justine M. Tate
Elizabeth "Beth" Warren
Mary E.A. Lucas
Tamara Van Pala
John O. Williams II
Marshall "Matt" Austin
Sutania Fuller (Leadership Academy Committee, Co-Chair)
Amanda "Mandy" Mueller
Lillian "Marshall" Newton
Kerri Brown Rupert
Jasmine Smith (Leadership Academy Committee, Co-Chair)
Brett Lamb Stevens (SC Bar Childrens Law Committee, Chair 2015-2017)
Danielle "Hope" Watson
Sheila Marlouvon Bias (Leadership Academy Committee, Co-Chair 2016-2018)
Nichole Davis (SC Bar Young Lawyer of the Year, 2016)
Shawn Eubanks (SC Bar Education Law Committee, Chair 2013-2016)
James "Matt" Johnson
James "Tyler" Lee
Jonathan Lounsberry (SC Bar Practice and Procedure Committee, Chair 2016-2017)
Lee Ellen Bagley
Charles “Chas” Crawford III
Collie “Trip” Lehn, Jr.
Jason Luck (SC Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, 2012)
Laura Paris Paton
Meliah Bowers Jefferson
Jared Libet (SC Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee, Co-Chair 2015-2017)
Walton "Tad" McLeod, IV (SC Bar Conventions Committee, Chair 2016-2017)
I. Ryan Neville (YLD President, 2016-2017; and SC Bar Young Lawyer of the Year, 2013)
J. Clarke Newton
Prina Chandrakant Maines
Jacob “Jake” Barker
Rebecca Poston Creel
Daniel Goldberg (Leadership Academy Committee, Co-Chair)
E. Michael “Mike” Pinilla
William Sweeny IV
Carmen Harper Thomas
Hon. Pandora Jones-Glover
Elizabeth Palmer (SC Bar Young Lawyer of the Year, 2015)
John Robinson (SC Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, 2014)
A. Mattison "Matt" Bogan
R. Britton "Britt" Kelly
Rebecca Roser (YLD President, 2011-2012; and SC Bar Young Lawyer of the Year, 2015)
Stacy Thompson (SC Bar CLE Publications Committee, Chair 2016-2017)
Martin Driggers Jr.
Tina Herbert (YLD President, 2010-2011; and SC Bar Young Lawyer of the Year, 2007)
Lucy Grey McIver
J. Tripp Padgett III
Venus Poe (YLD President, 2007-2008)
Fred "Trey" Suggs III (YLD President, 2009-2010)
Tiffany Spann-Wilder (YLD President, 2008-2009)
Ginny Waller (SC Bar Young Lawyer of the Year, 2008)