January 16, 2018

Interested in YLD Committee Leadership? Let us know!

If you are interested in chairing a YLD Committee or getting more active in the YLD, email Ashleigh Wilson (Ashleigh.Wilson@BowmanAndBrooke.com)  with your name, location and current YLD involvement or area of interest. Be sure to check the YLD Bylaws to make sure you will meet all the qualifications for leadership during the 2018-2019 Bar Year. We would love to hear from you!

Young Lawyer of the Year Award - Nominations due February 23

Each year the Young Lawyers Division honors a young lawyer with the Young Lawyer of the Year award. The award recognizes a young lawyer for exceptional service to the legal profession in South Carolina and service to his or her community. Past recipients include William C. Hubbard, past president of the ABA; Columbia Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin; William R. Johnson of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.; Elizabeth J. Palmer of Rosen Hagood; Rebecca Roser of Santee Cooper; and D. Nichole Davis of the South Carolina Bar. Click here to download the nomination packet.

Trailblaze Challenge

Please join the YLD in learning about the Trailblaze Challenge.  This is your opportunity to learn about one of the biggest events Make-A-Wish® South Carolina puts on and potentially participate with other young lawyers around the state to challenge yourself while making a difference.  Attending a meeting does not mean that you have to participate, but will just give you a better idea of what the program is about!  We hope to see you all there and on one of the hikes in May!  Sign up for a meeting here.

Color of Justice

The Color of Justice Committee is kicking off the New Year at the Florence County Public Library on Saturday, January 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with another program to expose middle and high school students to the legal profession and the diversity it includes. We are seeking volunteers to help us run a basic mock trial skit and talk with the students about becoming and working as an attorney.

If you are interested, please contact Katherine Myers at katrmyers@gmail.com or (803) 629-7015. Look out for more opportunities to volunteer throughout this school year in Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Orangeburg and Columbia.

All Isn't Fair in Love and Work – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Please join the SC Women Lawyers Association and the YLD Diversity and Professional Development committees for “All Isn’t Fair in Love and Work – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” a provocative discussion on workplace harassment. The program will be held on Wednesday, January 24 at the SC Bar Conference Center.  Lunch will be served at noon and the program will run until 1:30 p.m. Gene Matthews (Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, P.A.) and Ashley Story (White & Story, LLC) will serve as moderators/instructors. During this interactive program, attendees will observe mock scenarios to facilitate learning about the applicable laws in this area.

RSVP online by January 19.

11th Circuit Happy Hour with Judge McMahon

Please join the 11th Circuit Young Lawyers Division and the Courthouse Keys Committee on Wednesday, January 31, for a happy hour to welcome new members to the SC Bar in the 11th Circuit and hear from Hon. Knox McMahon. Judge McMahon is retiring from the bench this year, so you don’t want to miss this opportunity.

This event will be at the Mellow Mushroom located at 5364 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The SC Bar YLD is sponsoring this event. Come out for appetizers, wine and good conversations.

Please RSVP by Friday, January 26, to Sutania Radlein at sradlein@lex-co.com  and let her know if you have any questions.

SC Bar Convention 2018 – Kiawah Island

It’s that time again! The South Carolina Bar Convention will be held January 18-21, 2018 at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Join the Young Lawyers Division for a number of events specifically targeted to Young Lawyers. Visit the South Carolina Bar’s website for registration and hotel booking information.


Fit to Practice/Living Above the Bar Activities

A private, small-group, guided nature walk is planned as one of the ticketed Bar Convention events. In addition, there are running routes and maps available to Kiawah guests. Kiawah also offers other fitness opportunities including bike rentals, running/walking routes, lessons/classes, tennis facilities, golf, spa, etc. Click here for more information.

YLD Public Service Event
Friday, January 29, Time and Location TBA

YLD will implement the ABA YLD's "Home Safe Home” initiative intended to address four different types of home violence—intimate partner abuse, child abuse, elder abuse and animal abuse—in three different ways: through education, outreach and advocacy. More details regarding YLD’s implementation of this project will be announced soon.  For more information regarding the project, visit the ABA YLD’s website.

YLD/TIPS Seminar
Friday, January 19

2:30-4:00 p.m. 1.5 CLE Credit hours

What is the Insurance Carrier’s Role in Litigation?
Panel Discussion of Recent Appellate Opinions and Circuit Court Rulings Related to Insurance Carrier's Participation in Litigation in the State Courts and the Potential Ethical Issues that May Arise.

4:15-5:45 p.m. 1.5 CLE Credit hours

Navigating the Perilous Waters of eDiscovery
Panel Discussion of advances in technology, assistance to clients with retaining, storing, and organizing ediscovery, and navigating the multitude of legal and ethical requirements when utilizing ediscovery in litigation.

YLD Party & Oyster Roast
Friday, January 19, 8-11 p.m.

Please join us on Friday night for fun, food, live music, and fellowship at Mingo Point! All young lawyers and a guest are invited. There is no charge but please RSVP by emailing Kimberly Snipes (kimberly.snipes@scbar.org).

During the Oyster Roast, the YLD Bar Foundation Committee will conduct their 3rd Annual South Carolina Bar Foundation Wine Pull and Raffle.

For $20 dollars, you will be able to pull a cork and walk away with a bottle of wine (valued between $10 and $100+). For only $5 more, you will walk away with a bottle of wine and a raffle ticket.  The raffle this year includes the chance to win some amazing prizes – including top shelf liquor, YETI merchandise, restaurant gift certificates and more! (Raffle tickets alone are $10). Please come out and support the South Carolina Bar Foundation!

In preparation for this year’s event, the Bar Foundation Committee is currently accepting in-kind donations of wine and raffle items from law firms. A list of all donors will be displayed at the event as well as publicly thanked on the Bar Foundation’s social media, newsletters and other communication channels. Firms can contact Alexis Wimberly McCumber (alexis.wimberly@brown-varnado.com) or Thomas Rode (thomas@tktlawyers.com) with any questions and for the donor forms.

NOTE: The Bar Foundation Committee is currently accepting in-kind donations of wine and raffle items from law firms.  

Specifically, the Committee is seeking:

  • Wine (valued from $10-$50).
  • Raffle items (Liquor, wine-themed gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, etc.)

A list of all donors will be displayed at the event as well as publicly thanked on the Bar Foundation’s social media, newsletters and other communication channels. Firms can contact Alexis Wimberly McCumber (alexis.wimberly@brown-varnado.com) or Thomas Rode (thomas@tktlawyers.com) with any questions and for the donor forms.  All donations are tax deductible.

The following is a list of drop-off locations for wine or raffle items:

Brown & Varnado
Alexis McCumber
103 Ronnie Boals Blvd.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Slotchiver & Slotchiver, LLP
Andrew McCumber
44 State St.
Charleston, SC 29401

SC Bar Foundation
Megan Seiner
950 Taylor St.
Columbia, SC 29201

Adams and Reese
Justine Tate
1501 Main St., 5th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201

Rogers Townsend
Josh Bennett
1221 Main St., 14th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201

Thomas, Fisher, Sinclair & Edwards, PA
Jeff Gurney
104 S. Main St., Ste. 701
Poinsett Plaza
Greenville, SC 29601

We look forward to seeing you in Kiawah on January 19!


YLD President:
Lindsay A. Joyner
(803) 779-1833

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