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SC Bar Foundation Announces Officers and New Directors

The 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 at 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, partner of 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 practices at 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.


Alice 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.

Marie-Louise Ramsdale 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




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