The Convention Committee promotes YLD’s involvement with the SC Bar Convention by planning, organizing and implementing a CLE program and attendance incentive event. The CLE component will offer a program that is of interest to young lawyers and provide at least three CLE credit hours for attendees. The attendance incentive event will be a social gathering for members of the YLD, their guests, a select group of past-YLD presidents and members of the judiciary. Its purposes are to increase young lawyer participation at the Convention and in Bar/YLD activities. Additionally, the committee will be responsible for planning and organizing a meeting for the YLD Executive Council, committee chairs and co-chairs.
Emily Bridges, Co-Chair
Lyndey Bryant, Co-Chair
Deidra Byrd, Co-Chair
The Courthouse Keys Committee hosts a series of informal social events (breakfasts, lunches, happy hours, oyster roasts) during which members of the judiciary socialize with young lawyers and share pearls of wisdom with them in an intimate setting. Sometimes the judges speak extemporaneously on their careers, and other times they discuss a particular topic of interest. These events are limited in terms of the number of young lawyer attendees. The members of this committee will work alongside the committee chairs and circuit representatives to develop events that are of interest to the young lawyers in that circuit as well, as the judges, and coordinate at least two Courthouse Keys events in each circuit, in addition to any statewide events that the committee chooses to organize, such as the annual Supreme Court Breakfast in Columbia.
The purpose of the Diversity Committee is to advocate and support diversity in the legal community, to facilitate opportunities for law students and YLD members to grow in their own understanding of diversity, and to promote equality of opportunity for all. The committee is dedicated to creating a more inclusive legal community grounded in respect and appreciation for individual differences. The committee endorses a broad definition of diversity and seeks to create a dialogue through programs and resources that enhance knowledge and encourage understanding of diversity. The most commonly known of these programs is the Diversity Committee’s Lunch and Learn Series, which brings in lawyers and other speakers from a variety of backgrounds to discuss a particular topic. Topics have included discussion on mental health, LGBTQ issues, interactions with law enforcement, and the 2016 Presidential Election and the Hispanic community.
This committee is tasked with engaging young lawyers in the Young Lawyers Division, regardless of whether they are newly admitted to the SC Bar or approaching the end of their YLD eligibility. In addition to coordinating member networking events, family-friendly events and new admittee receptions, this committee will also coordinate events designed to provide opportunities for YLD members and law students to interact and introduce law students to the SC Bar and YLD.
The purpose of this committee is to assist young lawyers in becoming successful in the profession by facilitating networking opportunities with other young professionals as well as educational opportunities for young lawyers, focusing on relevant issues to the profession. The members of this committee will work with the committee chairs to assist the circuit representatives in planning at least one Professional Development event in each circuit. These events will vary from after work events with other young professional organizations, such as the Young Bankers Division, the SC Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of SC, to Lunch and Learn events for YLD members, which take place in a one hour, lunchtime format, and may at times offer CLE credit. Additionally, the Professional Development Committee will continue work on its video series, Secrets to Success. This committee will take on additional projects as they materialize and enhance the professional development of the YLD.
Micheal Martinez, Co-Chair
Members of this committee prepare and update YLD publications and facilitate marketing of the YLD, not only among the Division’s members but also to all Bar members and to the public. The committee is responsible for the Division’s newsletter, South Carolina Young Lawyer, which is distributed quarterly to all YLD members and is published on the SC Bar’s website. South Carolina Young Lawyer has received national awards and recognition for the content provided to YLD members. The newsletter contains committee reports, upcoming events, member spotlights and practice tips, among other valuable information.
Margaret “Meggie” Baker, Co-Chair
La’Jessica Stringfellow, Co-Chair
The purpose of this committee is to increase the social media presence of the YLD on various social media platforms. This committee works with other YLD committees to promote upcoming and display the great work of committees during and after events around the state. The committee generates "likes" and "followers" to YLD social media pages by encouraging sharing by YLD members and supporters and through the use of "boosted" posts.
Lindsay Joyner, Co-Chair
Molly Hall, Co-Chair
This committee will identify ways that young lawyers can improve their practices using technology and ways that technology can further the professional development of lawyers. This committee may organize and host CLEs or other lunch and learn events relating to technology and will look for opportunities to work with other groups within the SC Bar.