Criteria for Solo and Small Firm Section Award

In order to increase awareness in the state and in the legal community of the value of lawyers in small firms, the Council of the Solo & Small Firm Section voted on May 30, 2013, to inaugurate an award to honor a sole practitioner or small law firm that has demonstrated service and leadership to the community or fellow lawyers.

  • The award will be called the “Solo and Small Firm Section Award.”
  • The award will be made annually, unless there are no exceptional nominees.
  • The award will be presented at the Section’s annual meeting or conference.
  • Nominations will be solicited from the membership of the South Carolina Bar.
  • An award recipient must display exemplary skill and conduct in his/her practice of law and have made significant contributions of time and talent to the South Carolina Bar, the lawyer's local bar, or the lawyer's local community or devoted substantial time and effort to the education and training of fellow solo or small firm lawyers in South Carolina.
  • Eligible recipients are any lawyer in a small firm who is a member of the South Carolina Bar in good standing, or, a small firm as defined by the Bylaws of the Solo & Small Firm Section at that time.
  • Those ineligible to receive the award include members of Council, until one year after the member has left the Council.
  • The award recipient will be selected by a majority vote of the Solo & Small Firm Council at a meeting at which at least two-thirds of the Council are in attendance (“attendance” as defined by the Section Bylaws).
  • The award will consist solely of recognition and an engraved trophy or plaque. No monetary award shall be given.

Award Recipients

2019

Tiffany Provence
Charleston, South Carolina


The South Carolina Bar Solo & Small Firm Section has named Tiffany Provence of Charleston as the 2019 recipient of its Solo and Small Firm Section Award in recognition of her service to the legal community.

Provence founded My Legal BFF this year as a place to support one another and offer support and wisdom. The Facebook Community has since blossomed into a physical community of women supporting women the legal profession.

“My Legal BFF was a concept that came to me after speaking with several women who seemed to be suffering in silence from the perils of practicing law as a female, mom, wife, daughter, caretaker, sister, friend. The practice exhausts us emotionally and can often leave us feeling alone and afraid to admit any weaknesses,” Provence said. “My hope was for My Legal BFF to connect 200-300 female lawyers to rally around each other. I never imagined it would grow to over 2,000 members in just a few months.”

A partner at Provence Messervy in Summerville, Provence practices probate, personal injury, and wrongful death law. In addition, she currently serves as Drug Court Judge for Dorchester County. She teaches over 40 hours of continuing legal education courses; and volunteers at wills clinics, at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, with the SC Supreme Court Mentoring Program, and on the SC Bar Pro Bono Board as First Circuit Representative.

Tiffany is a graduate of the University of Florida and the University of South Carolina School of Law. She holds dual certifications as both a Civil and Family Court mediator and is a licensed real estate broker in the state of South Carolina.

This award honors altruistic actions by a solo practitioner, small law firm, or single lawyer in a small law firm as demonstrated by recent service or outstanding leadership to the public or fellow lawyers.

Former Recipients

2018

Meagan T. Gentry
Charleston, South Carolina

The Council of the Solo and Small Firm Section is proud to announce that Meagan T. Gentry of Charleston, South Carolina has been named the winner of the 2018 Solo and Small Firm Section Award for outstanding community service. Read more about this achievement here.

2016

Jenkinson, Jarrett, & Kellahan, P.A.
Kingstree, South Carolina

The Council of the Solo and Small Firm Section is proud to announce that Jenkinson, Jarrett & Kellahan, P.A. of Kingstree, South Carolina has been named the winner of the 2016 Solo and Small Firm Section Award for outstanding community service. Read more about this achievement here.

2015

Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson, and Delgado, LLC
Columbia, South Carolina

Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson and Delgado, LLC of Columbia, South Carolina was named the winner of the 2015 Solo and Small Firm Section Award for outstanding community service. Read more about this achievement here.

2014

Ken Lester
Columbia, South Carolina

Ken Lester of Columbia, South Carolina was named the winner of the first Solo and Small Firm Section Award for outstanding community service. Read more about this achievement here.