2018 Leadership Academy application period open

The Bar is now accepting applications for the 2018 Leadership Academy. 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. Interested applicants must submit the required application and supporting documents by 5 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2017. Please see the application packet for complete details. For more information, contact Caitlin Watson at cwatson@scbar.org or (803) 576-3782. 

2018 Leadership Academy Application Packet


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. 


Application Process

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 caitlin.watson@scbar.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.

Committee Contact:
Dan Goldberg, Co-Chair
Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office
goldbergd@rcgov.us

Jasmine Smith, Co-Chair
Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC
jsmith@sowellgray.com


Congratulations to the class of 2017!

2017 Graduates
Brook Andrews
Tiffany Gibson
Teckla Henderson
Josh Lonon
Mary E.A. Lucas
Kristen Nichols
Jacqueline Pavlicek
Margie Pizarro
Dyllan Rankin
Ashley Thomas
Tamara Van Pala
John O. Williams II
Nickisha Woodward

2016 Graduates
Brent Arant
Marshall "Matt" Austin
Sheila Marlouvon Bias
Patrick Cleary
Cedric Cunningham
Emmanuel Ferguson
Garrett Johnson
Bess Lochocki
Julie Moore
George Morrison
Amanda "Mandy" Mueller
Lillian "Marshall" Newton
Sutania Radlein
Kerri Brown Rupert
Jasmine Smith (Leadership Academy Committee, Co-Chair)
Brett Lamb Stevens (SC Bar Childrens Law Committee, Chair 2015-2017)
Danielle "Hope" Watson
Rebecca Williams
Nicole Wooten
Michael Wright

2015 Graduates
Samuel Bass
Brittany Boykin
Ben Connell
Nichole Davis (SC Bar Young Lawyer of the Year, 2016
Shawn Eubanks (SC Bar Education Law Committee, Chair 2013-2016)
Stinson Ferguson
Kenyatta Gardner
Matthew Gerrald
James "Matt" Johnson
James "Tyler" Lee
Alissa Lietzow
Jonathan Lounsberry (SC Bar Practice and Procedure Committee, Chair 2016-2017)
Samia Nettles
Amy Neuschafer
Priti Patel
Andrea Sancho-Baker
Reese Stidham
Andrew Toney
Johanna Valenzuela

2014 Graduates
Lee Ellen Bagley
Joshua Barr
Mitchell Byrd
Jamie Cade
Charles “Chas” Crawford III
Leslie Fisk
Evan Guthrie
Elizabeth Hamilton
Collie “Trip” Lehn, Jr.
Jason Luck (SC Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, 2012)
Lindsay McGee
Chris Moore
Elizabeth Owen
Laura Paris Paton
Caleb Riser
Jenny Stevens
Kate Usry
Shawn Willis

2013 Graduates
Twana Burris-Alcide
William Edwards
Emily Gifford
Kristy Goldberg
Joe Good
Natalie Ham
Bradley Hewett
Meliah Bowers Jefferson
Michelle Kelley
Jared Libet (SC Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee, Co-Chair 2015-2017)
Kathleen McDaniel
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
Chisa Putman
Shealy Reibold
Jacqueline Smith
Anglea Strickland
Prina Chandrakant Maines
Tod Williams

2012 Graduates
Jacob “Jake” Barker
Michael Cashman
Rebecca Poston Creel
Erin Farthing
Daniel Goldberg (Leadership Academy Committee, Co-Chair)
Chad Johnston
John Merrell
E. Michael “Mike” Pinilla
Tiffany Richardson
William Sweeny IV
Carmen Harper Thomas

2011 Graduates
Adam Artigliere
Joshua Cantwell
Mary Caskey
Michelle Clayton
Jay Duvall
Hon. Pandora Jones-Glover
Melissa Maddox-Evans
Elizabeth Palmer (SC Bar Young Lawyer of the Year, 2015)
John Robinson (SC Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, 2014)
Eleni Roumel
Elise Scott
Tasha Thompson
Thomas Winslow

2010 Graduates
A. Mattison "Matt" Bogan
David Bornemann
Tamika Cannon
Jason Davis
Ellie Floyd
R. Britton "Britt" Kelly
Shelly Leeke
Edward McDonnell
Peter Murphy
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)

2009 Graduates
Martin Driggers Jr.
Tina Herbert (YLD President, 2010-2011; and SC Bar Young Lawyer of the Year, 2007)
Jennifer Jeffrey
Brian Knowles
Shelby Leonardi
Lucy Grey McIver
Ashley McMahan
J. Tripp Padgett III
Venus Poe (YLD President, 2007-2008)
Benjamin Traywick
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)