Bar Foundation Announces Officers
South Carolina Bar Foundation is proud to announce officers for
FY 13: Jack D. Griffeth as president, Beverly A. Carroll as
president-elect and Elaine Fowler as secretary/treasurer. Their
terms began July 1.
During his presidential year,
Jack D. Griffeth will showcase the work done by Bar Foundation
grantees on his blog,
Jack Griffeth: A Man with a Stamp on Life and Law. A shareholder
Collins & Lacy, PC, he graduated summa cum laude from Wofford
College with a degree in Liberal Arts. He received his Juris Doctor
from Duke University, which created the Charles Murphy Award in 1976
to acknowledge his unique collegial contributions to the Duke Law
School community. He has been the past president of the Greenville
County Bar, president-elect of the S.C. Bar Foundation Board of
Directors and a member of the House of Delegates.
Beverly A. Carroll,
K&L Gates LLP, earned her bachelor’s degree from Winthrop
College and later received her Juris Doctor from the University of
South Carolina School of Law. In 2006, she was named the Citizen/Lay
Volunteer of the Year by the South Carolina Recreation & Parks
Association. She is a member of the House of Delegates of the South
Carolina Bar, vice chair of the Rock Hill Parks and Recreation
Commission and chair of the Long Range Planning Committee for the
Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation.
Elaine H. Fowler
graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and
Turner Padget. She holds the distinction of being the first
female president of the South Carolina Bar and is credited for
creating the Bar Foundation’s Children’s Fund. She was honored with
the Best Lawyers in America award for Mergers & Acquisitions in 2011
and Real Estate from 2008 to 2012. She serves on the board of
directors for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance and the
South Carolina chapter of the Community Associations Institute.
From L to R: Griffeth, Carroll, Fowler
The Foundation also welcomes new Directors.
Amy Landers May is a shareholder at
Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, in the Estate Planning, Probate
and Elder Law Practice Group. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in
Political Science from Lander University in 1998 and her Juris
Doctor from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University
in 2001. She was named 2010-2011 Young Lawyer of the Year by the
South Carolina Bar for her work as the chair of a special
fundraising campaign with the Young Lawyers Division. May is a
member of the American, Richland County and Lexington County Bar and
belongs to the Probate, Estate Planning and Trust and Real Estate
Practices Sections of the South Carolina Bar. She is a member of the
National and South Carolina Academies of Elder Law, the Academy of
Special Needs Planners and the National Organization of Veteran’s
Advocates. Currently, she is a co-chair of the South Carolina Bar’s
Transitions Task Force.
Jocelyn Newman is an attorney at
Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA, where she focuses her
practice in general litigation. She earned her Juris Doctor from
Howard University School of Law in 2004. Prior to joining Richardson
Plowden, she was an assistant solicitor for the Fifth Judicial
Circuit. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable G. Thomas
Cooper Jr. Newman has an active pro bono practice, representing
impoverished citizens in criminal and family court matters. Within
the community, she serves Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater
Columbia. She is also a member of the Ronald McDonald House
Charities of Columbia Friends Advisory Board and the South Carolina
Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association. She currently serves as
President of the Columbia Lawyers Association.
F. Paylor graduated from the University of
South Carolina School of Law and began practicing law in Charleston,
where she worked for the City of Charleston as deputy corporation
counsel. In 1982, she joined
Rosen Rosen & Hagood, LLC. She currently serves on the firm’s
management committee and concentrates her practice in the areas of
complex commercial litigation, employment litigation and school law.
She is a member of the Charleston County Bar and president-elect of
the South Carolina Bar.
is the principal lawyer of the Ramsdale Law Firm, LLC, in Mount
Pleasant. A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, she practices
solely in the area of family law. She is a member of the House of
Delegates and serves on the South Carolina Bar Nominating Committee.
She also serves as a volunteer for fee dispute resolution issues. In
the community, Ramsdale is on the board of the Charleston Stage.
James W. Sheedy is the
managing shareholder of
Driscoll Sheedy, which represents business and government
clientele in North Carolina and South Carolina. He received his BA
from Davidson College, attended Oxford University and received his
Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in
1982. Sheedy is a past president of the York County Bar and has been
active with the South Carolina Bar. With the Bar, he has served on
the Long Range Planning committee and the Ethics Advisory committee.
He also has served in the House of Delegates and the Board of
Governors. He has been active with the Bar’s Government Law and
Corporation, Banking and Securities sections. He currently serves on
the board for South Carolina Legal Services. He is a frequent
speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the state.
From L to R: May,
Newman, Paylor, Ramsdale, Sheedy
The South Carolina Bar
Foundation funds the advancement of justice by improving access,
education and accountability. Since 1987, the Foundation has
allocated approximately $43.8 million to various legal-related
organizations that work on behalf of the justice community. Last
year alone, Foundation grantees assisted more than 10,200 low income
South Carolinians in need of legal services, 450 homeless men and
women and 390 victims of domestic abuse. For more information, visit