Decmeber 4, 2018

Congratulations 2019-2020 Slated officers!

President:  Sheila Willis
President-Elect: Pierce “Perry” MacLennan
Secretary-Treasurer: Jeanmarie Tankersley
1st Circuit Representative: Kelly Alfreds
3rd Circuit Representative: Evan Reynolds
5th Circuit Representative: Cheslyne Brighthop
7th Circuit Representative: Daniel Craig
9th Circuit Representative: Liam Duffy
11th Circuit Representative: La’Jessica Stringfellow
13th Circuit Representative: Cashida Okeke
15th Circuit Representative: Deidra Byrd
Out of State Representative: Anna Boning

Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 8.5, Nominating Procedures, on or before the following January 1, 2019 any twenty-five (25) or more members of the Division in good standing may file with the Executive Council a signed petition nominating a different candidate for the offices to be filled. The nominations must be received at South Carolina Bar by January 1. On January 1, the nominations shall be closed, and if no petitions are filed, the above slate shall become final. To view a copy of the Division bylaws, please visit

Voices Against Violence Shelter Drive

The SC Bar YLD Voices Against Violence Committee is hosting a domestic violence shelters drive to benefit My Sister’s House (Charleston), Sistercare (Columbia) and Safe Harbor (Greenville). Items are being collected until Friday, December 14th.
Drop off locations include:
South Carolina Bar, 950 Taylor Street, Columbia
Lexington Police Department, 111 Maiden Lane, Lexington
City of Columbia Zoning Counter, 1136 Washington St, Columbia
Steinberg Law Firm Offices: 118 S. Goose Creek Blvd, Goose Creek, 103 Grandview Drive Ste A, Summerville, 61 Broad Street, Charleston

If you’d like to donate in the Greenville area, please contact Katherine Orville, To see what you can donate, click here.

Birthdays for All - All December!

The Families Forever Committee is collecting donations for Birthdays for All, a non-profit group that gives birthday gifts to children in foster care. December is typically a month where people focus Christmas presents for children, but we want to make sure children in foster care with December birthdays aren't forgotten! Currently Birthdays for All covers group homes in Charleston, Summerville, and Orangeburg but is hoping to expand to the entire state. This list of needed items is attached. Drop off locations include:

Briggs & Inglese
105 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 1-A
Charleston, SC 29412
Anthony & Moore
222 W. Coleman Boulevard, Suite 121
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Eller Tonnsen Bach
1306 South Church St.
Greenville, SC 29605

South Carolina Bar
950 Taylor Street
Columbia, SC 29201

If you have any questions call Mary Lee Briggs 843-259-5306.

Sweat with the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Dec. 6!

Join the YLD for an event benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation at Jamie Scott Fitness located at Cross Hill Market in Columbia on Thursday, December 6! Sweat it out at a “back to the 90’s” themed class and help the YLD raise funds to grant a child’s wish. Stay and mingle following the class, for drinks and snacks courtesy of JSF and Craft and Draft. Please register here! Contact Catherine Kopiec with any questions.

Courthouse Keys - 11th Circuit

Please join the 11th Circuit young lawyers and the Courthouse Keys Committee on Tuesday, December 11 for a happy hour to welcome new admittees to the SC Bar! Our special guest will be the Honorable Eugene C. Griffith, Jr. This event will take place at the Kingsman Que and Brew located at 924 E. Main Street, in Lexington from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The SC Bar YLD is sponsoring this event. Come out for some appetizers, drinks, and good conversations. Please RSVP to Kimberly Snipes!

Lowcountry Brews and News

We are thrilled to announce Charleston’s first installment of “Brews & News,” a series recently implemented by our fellow young lawyers in the Upstate and the Midlands! “Brews & News” is a networking and professional development series centered on discussions of current economic, legal, social and other issues facing South Carolinians. Each happy hour-style event will feature one or more speakers who will address relevant topics and challenges facing our region.
Our first event will be on Thursday, December 13 at 5:30 pm at Edmund’s Oast Exchange. Our guest will be David Ginn, President and CEO of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (“CRDA”).  He will touch on the latest economic development efforts in Charleston and the ways in which our city is attracting new businesses from around the world. There will be time for a Q & A at the end.
Please join us for this exciting event! We ask that you please RSVP to Kimberly Snipes as space is limited.

Bridging Broad Street

The SC Bar's Young Lawyers Division is pleased to announce the next installment in the lunch series titled "Bridging Broad Street and Beyond: A Monthly Conversation with Prominent Practitioners." Each month, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina hosts a small group of interested young lawyers for lunch in the library of the Federal Courthouse to hear from a prominent and experienced member of the Charleston Bar. The events last no more than one hour, and lunch is provided. This project, which is sponsored by the YLD and is the brainchild of Senior United States District Judge Patrick Michael Duffy and Mr. Charles Goldberg, is intended to help connect local young lawyers with judges and more senior members of the Bar. We hope that participation in these events will provide a learning opportunity for young lawyers, as well as facilitate and encourage collaboration among the different generations of our legal community.
This month's luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 19th, at 12:00 p.m. Michael O'Connell of Stirling & O'Connell, will be the featured speaker.  Mr. O'Connell practices in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and personal injury, but he is best known for his criminal practice.  Come here all about his experiences as a the former Chief Public Defender for Charleston County and an Assistant Federal Defender for the District of South Carolina in Charleston!
Please RSVP to Kimberly Snipes by Friday, December 14th if you plan to attend.

The Cinderella Project needs you! Great opportunity to become a YLD leader!

Are you looking to get involved in the YLD? Are you wanting to be a leader in the YLD?  Then the Cinderella Project wants you! We are in need of leadership for the Charleston and Greenville Cinderella Projects for the 2019-2020 prom season, with responsibilities beginning this 2019 season! Without leaders for the Greenville and Charleston Projects in the 2019-2020 season, we will not be able to host Projects in those areas after this year. We are also seeking volunteers for all boutiques—Columbia, Charleston, Aiken, Anderson, Orangeburg, Greenville, and Greenwood for the upcoming 2019 Prom Season. If you are interested in volunteering for the 2019 Season or leading in the 2020 season, please email If you have any questions about the Projects, please email Erica Lybrand at

2019 BAR CONVENTION- January 17-20, Myrtle Beach, SC

It’s that time of year again- the SC Bar Convention will be held January 17-20th at the Marriott Resort & Spa Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC. As always, the YLD is hosting a number of exciting events for young lawyers attending the conference on Friday, January 18th!

YLD Public Service Event: Time and Location TBA
The 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,

Diversity Committee/YLD CLE:
What is “Implicit Bias,” and Why Does it Matter? How Does Implicit Bias Specifically Show Up in the Practice of Law (2:00-3:30 p.m. 1.5 CLE Credit hours)
This program will include a panel discussion regarding implicit biases, how they operate, and the potential risks of engaging in such biases in the practice of law. The panelists include The Honorable Kaye G. Hearn- South Carolina Supreme Court, Amanda A. Bailey- McNair Law Firm, and Ashleigh R. Wilson- Bowman and Brooke LLP.

Practical Strategies for Identifying and Reducing Bias – As Individuals and As Institutions/Organizations (3:45-5:15 p.m. 1.5 CLE Credit hours)
This program will include a panel discussion regarding methods by which individuals, law firms, courts, and other organizations can recognize their implicit biases and offer practical tools and strategies for confronting and addressing these biases. The panelists include Cheslyne Brighthop- Turner Padget Graham and Laney PA, Sidney J. Evering, II- Parker Poe, and Susan S. Kuo- Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at USC School of Law.

YLD Party & Oyster Roast: 8-11 p.m. at Dunes Club, 9000 North Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Please join us on Friday night for fun, food, live music, and fellowship! All young lawyers and a guest are invited. There is no charge, but please RSVP HERE. A Shuttle will be available from the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes.
Also, the YLD Bar Foundation Committee will again be hosting their Wine Pull during the YLD Oyster Roast at this year’s Bar Convention. 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.  Raffle tickets alone are $10. All proceeds go to the SC Bar Foundation. Please come out and support!
*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) and 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 ( with any questions and for the donor forms. All donations are tax deductible.

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 must 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! The website to sign up for a meeting is


  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6-7 p.m. Half Moon Outfitters
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019 6-7 p.m. REI
  • Thursday, January 10, 2019 6-7 p.m. Make-A-Wish SC Office
  • Saturday, January 12, 2019 1-2 p.m. Elkmont Trading Company (Clemson)
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 6-7 p.m. Cabela’s
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6-7 p.m. REI
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 6-7 p.m. Half Moon Outfitters
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 1-2 p.m. Make-A-Wish SC Office


  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6-7 p.m. Half Moon Outfitters
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 6-7 p.m. Half Moon Outfitters
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 10-11 a.m. Half Moon Outfitters


  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 6-7 p.m. Half Moon Outfitters (West Ashley)
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 6-7 p.m. Half Moon Outfitters (West Ashley)
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 6-7 p.m. Half Moon Outfitters (Mt. Pleasant)

To RSVP for a meeting please click HERE.


YLD President:
Ashleigh Wilson
(803) 726-7445

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