Backpack Drive Committee

The purpose of this committee is to collect new backpacks and school supplies for donation to students, schools and charitable organizations in need throughout the state. Beginning in late July through mid-August, committee members coordinate donation drop-off locations at volunteering law firms and agencies, pick up and organize the donated supplies, and then distribute them to the recipients in need prior to the start of the school year.
See how to donate to the current supply drive

David Nasrollahi
(843) 329-9500

TJ Twehues
(864) 271-5364

William H. Yarborough, Jr. 
(803) 888-2212

Cinderella Project

The Cinderella Project, which will be in its 17th year during 2017-2018, involves gathering donations of gently-worn formal gowns, shoes and accessories to benefit high school students across South Carolina. Students from area high schools are invited to attend a boutique held in the spring to “shop” for a dress and other accessories at no cost. Members of this committee coordinate with local boutiques, community organizations, other legal associations and law firms for collection of the dresses and solicitation of donations. Members will also organize the boutiques and assist the belles of the ball as they shop on the day of the boutique.

Visit the Cinderella Project Website

Renee Ballew, Statewide Chair
(843) 706-3978

Mary Catherine Harbin, Anderson Coordinator
(864) 622-7822

Phylicia Coleman, Columbia Coordinator
(803) 972-0864

Shelby C. Herbkersman, Greenville Coordinator
(864) 546-4394

Taylor Owens, Orangeburg Coordinator
(803) 533-6252

Kendall Miller, Charleston Co-Coordinator
(843) 849-8744

Savannah Hurteau, Charleston Co-Coordinator
(843) 790-9009

Ryan Pasquini, Greenville Prince Charming Coordinator
(864) 298-0084

Legal Feeding Frenzy

The Legal Feeding Frenzy committee is dedicated to fighting food insecurity in South Carolina. We partner with local food banks to organize food drives and competitions that encourage legal professionals and to compete against each other to raise donations for those in need. Our mission is to use the legal community’s collective resources to make a significant impact on the issue of hunger in our state. The annual competition coincides with North Carolina’s Feeding Frenzy, and we are working to grow the YLD’s participation in South Carolina! We also partner with the state’s law schools in order to get students involved.

H. Lucius Laffitte, III
(843) 414-8106

Jordyn N. D’Andrea
(843) 720-4623

Megan Feltham
(843) 576-2926

Families Forever

This committee focuses on educating the public and raising awareness about adoption and foster care in South Carolina and was recently recognized as an Angel in AdoptionTM by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) in Washington, D.C. Members of this committee participate in adoption awareness and education projects by coordinating and hosting Families Forever Fairs throughout the state, in partnership with adoption agencies, attorneys and other professionals.

Read more about Families Forever

Mary Templeton
(843) 953-9696

Jonathan “Jeb” Lewis
(803) 995-2748

Jeffrey Lappin
(843) 352-9485

Make-A-Wish Committee

This committee will support the Make a Wish Foundation of South Carolina by providing sponsorships and volunteers to serve the needs of South Carolinians with battling various illnesses. Members of this committee will be responsible for recruiting and coordinating volunteers and encouraging participation at Make a Wish events throughout the state. In addition to an annual gala, these events vary from “wish” to “wish” and provide opportunities for young lawyers to serve a worthy organization while interacting with one another.

Lisa Bisso
(843) 577-1212

Henry D. McMaster, Jr.
(803) 256-2660

Andrea L. McDonald
(843) 720-4677

Pro Bono & Community Outreach

The Pro Bono & Outreach Committee seeks to encourage and offer opportunities for young lawyers to provide pro bono legal services and outreach to the South Carolina community. The Committee collaborates with the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Board/Program, as well as the pro bono offices at the University of South Carolina School of Law and Charleston School of Law. The Committee supports and promotes community outreach by facilitating and encouraging young lawyer participation in mentorship, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities provided through partnerships with community organizations and programs, such as the federal drug court program (Bridge) and the Special Olympics of South Carolina, that serve a vast and varied range of South Carolinians.

Assatta Williams
(803) 753-3271

Dalton Barfield
(864) 331-8940

Elizabeth Crane 
(803) 777-2767

Student Outreach

The Student Outreach Committee is committed to educating students about both the law and the practice of law. We believe that by engaging with students at an early age, we can help build a pipeline of future attorneys who are passionate about upholding our legal system. Moreover, we can introduce the profession to students and foster an inclusive environment for students to recognize their potential to become an attorney, while participating in events that provide an opportunity to cultivate knowledge and skills that will aid them in future legal practice.

Samantha Albrecht
(803) 904-7933

Rachel Lee
(803) 254-5445

Nicole Given
(803) 737-0794

Voices Against Violence

The Voices Against Violence Committee educates young lawyers and the public about the challenges victims of violent crime face. This committee encourages advocacy for victims through pro bono services, CLE seminars, and providing hands-on support to programs that aid victims of violence.

Katherine Orville
(843) 266-1628

Caitlin Lee
(803) 734-4146

Anthony McCollum
(864) 467-8641

Rebekah Hiatt
(803) 542-1312

Osbelkis Perez
(803) 576-1845

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The purpose of this committee is to provide free tax preparation for South Carolina residents with annual total household income of $52,000 or less. Members of this committee receive training to prepare basic federal and state income tax returns in various communities throughout the state and assist the chairs with recruiting other lawyer volunteers to participate in the tax preparation “Super Saturdays.” The training will be sponsored and conducted by the Columbia Cooperative Ministry, the United Way of Greenville County or the Charleston Trident Urban League, which operate VITA sites.

Adair Patterson    
(803) 540-7854

Jeffrey K. Gurney
(864) 373-2257

Mya Green        
(843) 727-2681

Wellness Committee

The Wellness Committee provides programming for young lawyers that promote mental, emotional, physical, and social well-being. The Wellness Committee strives to provide resources and tools to young lawyers that address work/life balance, stress management, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, physical health and well-being, and other quality of life issues. The YLD’s Wellness Committee also plans to collaborate with the Bar’s Wellness Committee to develop programs and events for the Living Above the Bar initiative.

Mya Green        
(843) 727-2681

Caroline Buchanan
(803) 734-1316

Destini Pratt
(864) 271-5436

Wills Clinics

The purpose of this committee is to provide free wills and estate planning documents for first response personnel and Habitat for Humanity homeowners. During the clinics, young lawyers will conduct an interview and consultation and draft wills and advance directives. First responders and homeowners will leave with fully-executed documents. Members of this committee will plan clinics throughout the state and recruit attorney volunteers. Young lawyer volunteers need no prior estate planning experience to take part. Guidelines, forms and training sessions are provided prior to clinics.

Gregory Parker
(803) 768-4800

Jessica Ferguson       
(864) 552-4626


YLD President:
Paige Chamberlain Ornduff
(843) 414-8114 

Staff contact:
Kimberly Snipes
(803) 799-6653, ext. 135