September 11, 2018

HELP US PREPARE FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE!- Sign up now for the Disaster Legal Services Hotline

As South Carolina prepares for inclement weather this week, the SC Bar YLD and the ABA YLD stand ready to implement a hotline for Hurricane Florence victims seeking assistance with disaster-related legal issues, if needed. The hotline was very successful following the October 2015 flooding and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. YLD volunteers responded to over 500 calls from our neighbors and friends seeking answers to disaster-related legal questions.
To continue the success of this hotline, we need your help! The YLD is seeking lawyers (of all ages and experience levels) who are willing to assist hotline callers by providing answers to basic FEMA and disaster related questions. Most disaster survivors have basic legal questions related to FEMA applications and appeals, landlord-tenant law, construction law and insurance law that can be answered in one phone interaction. Lawyers who sign up for the hotline will be provided a free Disaster Legal Services Quick Reference Guide.
If you are interested in assisting with the hotline when a major disaster hits South Carolina, please sign up here to accept a referral using the link below.

Win free registration to the ABA YLD Fall Conference in Charleston!

Want to win Free Registration and a Dinner Dance ticket to the ABA YLD Fall Conference in Charleston? Now is your chance! The YLD is having a social media photo contest! The young lawyer that posts the best “Pumpkin Spice Latte” themed photo on Facebook or Instagram with @SCBarYLD tagged will win free registration to the ABA Fall Conference, October 25-27th in Charleston and a dinner dance ticket! The contest starts TODAY (September 11) and all photos must be submitted by September 25!

Here are the rules of the photo contest:
1) Must post a photo themed “Pumpkin Spice Latte” or “PSL”;
2) Must tag the SC Bar YLD on Facebook or Instagram to be eligible (@scbaryld);
3) Extra points for creativity- the sky is the limit (doesn’t have to just be a photo of the PSL);
4) Submit photo by September 25th!

More about the ABA YLD conference: The ABA Young Lawyers Division is teaming up with the ABA General Practice/Solo Division to bring their Fall Conference to Charleston, SC on October 25-27, 2018. The South Carolina Bar has secured a special, discounted registration rate for South Carolina lawyers to attend- register before September 28th to take advantage of discounted registration!

Mentoring Lunch - Greenville

Please join the Young Lawyers Division on September 18th from noon-1 for its monthly mentoring lunch series sponsored by the U.S. District Court. Space is limited. This month, Judge Hendricks will be joining us to discuss the federal Bridge program which is located in the Upstate, Columbia, Charleston and Florence. Judge Hendricks will discuss the purpose of the Bridge program (drug court) and how Young Lawyers can become more involved. The luncheon will be held at the Clement Haynsworth Federal Courthouse in Greenville at 300 E. Washington St., Greenville 20601. Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP by emailing Kimberly Snipes.

Mentoring Lunch - Columbia

Please join the Young Lawyers Division on September 24 from noon-1 p.m. for its monthly mentoring lunch series sponsored by the U.S. District Court. The federal court mentoring lunch series is designed to encourage the growth in relationships between young lawyers and experienced practitioners.  Special thanks to U.S. District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs for her gracious support of this project in Columbia. Space is limited. This month, we’re focusing our lunch on appellate practice and how to properly preserve issues for appellate review. We’re thrilled to have Whitney Harrison with McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, Tina Cundari with Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, and Kate Crater, Deputy Chief Staff Attorney to the South Carolina Court of Appeals joining us! The luncheon will be held at the Federal Courthouse in Columbia, 901 Richland St., Columbia, at noon. Lunch will be provided from Chick-Fil-A and we do have vegetarian options available upon request! Please RSVP by emailing Kimberly Snipes.

Leadership Academy

The SC Bar Leadership Academy is now seeking applicants for the 2019 class. The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to enhance the professional growth and development of leadership skills of selected participates to prepare them to make greater contributions to the legal profession and community. The Academy also emphasizes current issues facing the Bar and the importance of pro bono and community service. Read more on the Bar website. Interested applicants must submit an application and supporting documents by 5 p.m. on Sept. 14. Please see the application packet for complete details. For more information, contact Leah Johnson at (803) 576-3765 or

2018 SCWLA Annual Conference - Register today!

Register today to take advantage of the early bird rates for SCWLA's 25th anniversay conference on Oct. 19-21, 2018 in Hilton Head Island! The conference features a keynote address by nationally known victim and civil rights attorney, Gloria Allred, and offers over ten hours of CLE credit to include mental health and ethics credits. With a special conference hotel rate at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, you and your family can enjoy a weekend vacation and attend the annual SCWLA awards cocktail party and the keynote luncheon panel. This 25th anniversary weekend offers many opportunities to empower yourself (self-defense classes, yoga classes, and wardrobe and styling classes) while engaging with fellow attorneys. We hope to see you there.


YLD President:
Ashleigh Wilson
(803) 726-7445

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