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Backpack Drive underway!
The YLD Backpack Drive Committee is collecting school supplies for donation to schools and students throughout the state. Supplies are being collected through Aug. 14 in Barnwell, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Kingstree, Myrtle Beach and Rock Hill. The list of drop-off locations and needed supplies can be found online

YLD named runner-up in ABA Next Steps Diversity Challenge
The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division placed second in the American Bar Association YLD Next Steps Diversity Challenge for its program, the Color of Justice College Roadshow. Read the complete press release online.

Courthouse Keys—Charleston
This Courthouse Keys event featured four federal law clerks—Thomas Limehouse, Grace Cleveland, Matt Nickles and Michelle McMahon—who spoke to YLD members about practicing in federal court. The discussion included topics like what's inportant for young lawyers to know, common mistakes, best practices, etc. The law clerks also answered questions from the young lawyers.


VITA kickoff event 
On Feb. 2, the Columbia YLD VITA Committee, in conjunction with the Cooperative Ministry and the Benefit Bank, assisted Midlands residents with preparing and filing federal and state income tax returns at the Cecil Tillis Community Center in Columbia. During the Columbia VITA Kickoff, volunteers from the S.C. Bar YLD and other agencies assisted 50 families and returned $89,296 in federal and state refunds. The Columbia VITA committee will continue assisting Midlands’s residents until the income tax filing deadline of April 15, 2014.


Women in Need Necessities Drive a huge success!
The YLD Voices Against Violence Committee
donated more than 134 boxes filled with personal care items to various domestic violence shelters throughout the state for its 2013 Women in Need Necessities Drive! Huge thanks to the following for helping make it a success: Turner Padget (Josh Shaw, Columbia—collected 75 boxes!), S.C. Attorney General, S.C. Court of Appeals, Nelson Mullins, Rosen Hagood, The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston, Hope Health, Aiken Bridges Elliot Tylers and Saleeby, Smith Moore Leatherwood, Jeffries Law Firm, Colleton County Probate Court, Alford and Hart, Holcombe Bomar, and Richardson Plowden. See pictures from this year's drive on the YLD Facebook page

Charleston New Admittee Reception
Approximately 80 young lawyers came out for the Charleston New Admittee Reception on Dec. 5 to welcome those members sworn in to the Bar in November. Guests enjoyed food, drinks and live music at Upstairs at Midtown, all while learning about YLD opportunities and Pro Bono Legal Services.  
 

Courthouse Keys—Orangeburg
More than 20 young lawyers joined with Orangeburg County Courthouse staff for a successful luncheon meet and greet Courthouse Keys event on Nov. 18. Special guests Judge Maite' Murphy, Judge Edgar W. Dickson and Judge Jay Jackson shared their do's and don'ts of the courtroom.


YLD mingles with young bankers during professional development event
More than 70 young lawyers and bankers gathered for a Professional Development Committee event Oct. 9 Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Columbia to hear USC men’s basketball coach Frank Martin share his perspectives on leadership and ideas on how to make a difference in your respective organizations. The event was the eighth of its kind in Columbia that has allowed S.C. young lawyers and young bankers to come together in an informal setting to hear speakers of mutual interest. 


Young Lawyers Division receives four ABA Awards of Achievement
YLD won four prestigious Awards of Achievement at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting! The awards included first place for Newsletter (S.C. Young Lawyer), second place for Service to the Public (iCivics), second place for Service to the Bar (Courthouse Keys) and special recognition for Minority Projects (BLSA Symposium and Career Fair). Read the complete release
here.

YLD awarded grants from ABA
YLD was awarded two grants from the American Bar Association to support its “Color of Justice” and “How to Be a Real Lawyer” projects. The grants were funded by the ABA on behalf of its Young Lawyers Division through the Fund for Justice and Education.
Read the complete release online.

iCivics Day 2013
YLD held its second annual iCivics Day May 20. Seventy YLD volunteers visited 44 schools throughout the state and presented to more than 5800 fourth and fifth-grade students on the importance of democracy, separation of powers and Federalism, and individual rights and the Bill of Rights. Watch the WLTX coverage of Bradley Elementary School
online.


SC Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Legal assistance is needed for the following organizations, and volunteer law clerks are available through the
Carolina Clerks Program. To accept one of these cases and for additional information, please contact Pamela Robinson at robinspd@law.sc.edu.  

City Organization Type General Needs
Charleston Theater company sales tax questions, nonprofit law questions, intellectual property questions
Charleston Theater company 501(c)(3) application, basic nonprofit incorporation
Charleston Handbell choir 501(c)(3) review, bylaws review
Charleston Dance ensemble Nonprofit vs sole proprietorship
Charleston Breast cancer awareness band 501(c)(3) review
Columbia Jazz performance, educational outreach 501(c)(3) application, basic nonprofit incorporation