Dear Friend of the SC Bar Foundation,
Even though it is not Thanksgiving yet (maybe the cooler weather has us thinking ahead), we want to give thanks for your kind, generous, and dependable donations and support throughout the year. We are so grateful to have been able to see many of you in person again and hope that continues.  
Over the past year we were able to enjoy our Cocktails in the Courtyard events in both Charleston and Columbia, and found success in our Midlands Gives Campaign and #givingtuesday fundraisers. We were able to increase our funding to a list of 40 grantees! So it proved to be a successful and powerful year! With the money raised through our events and fundraiser, the SC Bar Foundation has improved our efficiency and effective measures in order to support these wonderful organizations helping the least among us every day. So much so, that at least 84 cents of every dollar goes into the community supporting the organizations that are working to improve the lives of those in need around us. We would not be able to do any of this without your help. Please know we remain in awe of your continuous generosity.
Your consistency of support demonstrates the care and concern you have for your neighbors and the work that we do at the SC Bar Foundation. If you are compelled to show even more support or want to educate a colleague, encouraging them to also become a supporter, here is a cumulative list for reference:
  • Recognize your friends and family with a gift in their memory or in honor.

  • Participate in the End of the Year giving challenge before December 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Turn your gift into recurring gift- weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually. You set the amount and forget that you need to donate.

  • Donate stock or life insurance to ensure you make a lasting impact.

  • Ensure a justice legacy by including the SC Bar Foundation in your will or estate plan. If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make tax-free gifts directly from your IRA.

  • Donate annually.

  • Make a pledge and pay monthly, weekly, quarterly or at the end of the year.

  • Follow our social media outlets, and like, share, or comment on our posts.

  • Tell your colleagues what influences you to support the Foundation.
We are looking forward to seeing many of our Charleston friends on October 25th and we are eagerly planning more events around the state in the spring of 2023!  
We thank you for all you do for our organization. The stability of your support has been an asset for us. If you need more information, contact the SC Bar Foundation or visit our website.

Megan, Marisa & Melissa
Your SCBF Staff
"While many of us are beginning to see some light at this stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of our neighbors continue to struggle to provide for the basic needs of their families. This past fiscal year, thanks to your generosity, the SC Bar Foundation was able to offer financial support to organizations that provide low-cost and/or pro bono legal services to citizens throughout the state. As the need for legal assistance from our grantees continues to grow exponentially, we would like for SC Bar members to continue to share your blessings by making an annual monetary donation to the Bar Foundation."
"If you have never donated, please consider doing so. Collectively we can make a difference in the lives of our fellow South Carolinians."

Book Royalty
We want to thank the authors of the following publications for donating a portion, or all of their royalties from the sale of their publications to the SC Bar Foundation:

Jordan D. Beumer, Margaret “Marti” Miles Bluestein, Walter H. Cartin, Mary M. Caskey, Daniel M. Coble, Reginald “Reggie” P. Corley, Julie B. Cude, Joseph D. Dickey, Jr., Hon. B. Keith Griffin, Catherine S. Hendrix, Hannah C. Honeycutt, Karen L. Huelson, Mark K. Ingram, Ashley W. Johnson, William R. Johnson, W. Verne McGough, Jr., Douglas B. O’Neal, Adair B. Patterson, J. Evan Phillips, Sarah F. Robertson, Kathleen Goodpasture Smith, William R. Thomas, Jeremy A. Thompson, and Stacy E. Thompson
Principal Editor: Samuel L. Finklea III
Contributing Authors: Amy E. Armstrong, Rita Bolt Barker, Phillip L. Conner, Samuel L. Finklea III, Joan W. Hartley, J. Blanding Holman, IV, W. Thomas Lavender, Jr., Ashley A. McMahan, Wyatt G. Sassman, Mary D. Shahid,
Bradford W. Wyche

Benjamin R. Gooding, Elizabeth Van Doren Gray, William H. Jordan, Alexis K. Lindsay, Robert E. Stepp,
J. Calhoun Watson

Edited by: William L. Duda, Benjamin P. Glass, Michael M. Shetterly

Principal Author and Editor: Kenneth E. Berger, Esquire
Contributing Authors: Russell Button, Esquire, Christopher J. Finney, Esquire, Mark D. Herbst, MD, PhD, Gregory A. Kendall, Esquire, Andrew M. Lehmkuhl, Esquire, Sarah Lustig, RN, CLCP, CBIS, Taylor Messervy, BSN, RN, BSc, (Psych), CBIS, NLCP, Brandon A. Woodard, Esquire 

Scott Y. Barnes, Professor James R. Burkhard, Suzanne H. Clawson, and David A. Merline Jr.

We are grateful for this unique way of showing us support! Click each book's title if you'd like to purchase any for your own legal library.
Cocktails in the Courtyard Charleston
Two weeks from today the SC Bar Foundation will host our signature event, Cocktails in the Courtyard, taking place for the third time where it all began - Charleston! Join us in celebrating fall's cooler temperatures on Tuesday, October 25th, at 5:30 p.m. at the historic William Aiken House in downtown Charleston.
Attendees can catch up with old friends, connect with new colleagues and learn about the SC Bar Foundation and the work of its wonderful grantees. Live jazz, an open bar, and heavy hors d'oeuvres shared with colleagues make for a night you don't want to miss! We look forward to it all year and hope to see you there!
Thanks to our Charleston Event Sponsors:

Walker Gressette & Linton
Burr & Forman | Butler Snow | K&L Gates | Ethridge Law Group
Patrick Properties Hospitality Group
Bleecker Family Law | Buxton & Collie | Elaine Fowler | Law Offices of Gedney M. Howe | Ramsdale Law Firm
Rogers, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman | Womble Bond Dickinson | Yarborough Applegate
Gaffney Lewis | Mary Dennis & George B. Cauthen | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd | The Law Office of Jonathan Lewis
Hawk and Hawk Law Firm | Saxton & Stump | Seth W. Whitaker, Ltd. Co. | Stasmayer, Inc.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here for more information.

Cocktails in the Courtyard

Early Spring 2023

Late Spring 2023

Rock Hill
Early Summer 2023

Grantee Feature
Turn90, formerly called Turning Leaf Project

Governor McMaster joins Turn90, formerly Turning Leaf, to Open Columbia Reentry Center in Oct. 2021
Turn90, formerly known as Turning Leaf, began as a successful prison re-entry program founded in Charleston. They work with men at the highest risk of re-arrest, by combining cognitive behavioral classes, case management, transitional work, and job placement to create an opportunity for success after prison where one doesn't currently exist. In October 2021, they opened a new center in Columbia and just recently announced plans to open a third location in Greenville-Spartanburg making their program accessible statewide.

“We have big dreams,” says Turn90 Founder and Executive Director, Amy Barch. “Our goal is to become the first ever nationally recognized evidence-based prison re-entry program."

The nonprofit celebrated its new name and expansion with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 27th. Honored speakers included Governor Henry McMaster, SC State Representatives Todd Rutherford and Kambrell Garvin, City of Columbia’s Mayor Steve Benjamin, and Bryan Stirling, Director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. The ribbon was cut by Governor McMaster and Turn90 graduate and staff member Aulzue “Blue” Fields.

"There's talent here," said Governor McMaster during the ceremony. "But, what we have to do is to teach those who have not been taught how to use their talent and how to put it to work for them, their families and the next generation that will be coming behind them and watching them."

The expansion and name change would not have been possible without the support of community partners like the SC Bar Foundation and its donors. We thank YOU for being a part of this exciting new opprotunity for those on the other side of the legal system.

To learn more about Turn90, visit
Donor Feature
Law Offices of Richard A. Hricik, PA
"I’m blessed beyond measure to be a lawyer and grateful to be able to support the SC Bar Foundation in its work to secure a more just South Carolina, especially for those in need. "

Become a recurring donor today. Visit our website or contact us for more information! Together we can grant legal access and education to all!
Donate without Even Thinking
Today and tomorrow is the Prime Early Access Sale event! As you order your household essentials, or an extra power cord to replace that one you can't find, did you know you could make a difference in the life of a neighbor in need of legal services? We all have a tendency to pull out our phones and go to our amazon app, or type "" when we need to make a purchase. When that happens, make sure you're using "" and select the SC Bar Foundation as your beneficiary! It costs you nothing additional, but a percentage will be given to us from amazon!

If using the app, open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

It's easy to give to us while making every day household purchases and as you begin your holiday shopping!
Board Member Feature
Bluestein Thompson Sullivan
What initially led you to become involved with the SCBF?
I have served on several local nonprofit organizations and know what an impact the SC Bar Foundation grants can make. I wanted to a be a part of that process. 

What is your hope for the SC Bar Foundation in the next 5 years?
My hope is that the SC Bar Foundation increases donations by our SC Bar members by showing our members the amazing work that is being done across the state by the organizations supported by the Bar Foundation.

Is there a specific grantee that really pulls on your heartstrings as a board and bar member that you’re very honored to support? If so, why is that?
The Rainy Day Fund – I was moved when I heard the story of how this organization began. A young lawyer saw a need and took action. The public defender saw the financial burdens (think cost of a birth certificate ($12) or a PTI application fee ($150)) that were preventing clients from achieving success. The public defender found like-minded public interest lawyers, social workers, etc. to form The Rainy Day Fund. The Fund is trying to eliminate as many of the financial barriers as possible so recipients have a real shot at success.

Do you have any exciting vacations planned for the rest of this year or 2023?
I am headed to NYC to visit my oldest daughter. We will have great fun and her younger sister is going to join us.

What is a show, book, or podcast you can't stop recommending to your friends?
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Do you have any collections or hobbies you'd be willing to share with us?
I love to read and travel.

What is an office supply item you can’t live without? 
Post-it Flags

Marti, we are grateful for your service on our board and support of our organization! Thanks for all you do to support us and the people of South Carolina!

DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award

In 1980, the Foundation established the DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award in memory of Charlton DuRant, a well-known Manning attorney who served as state senator and special associate justice of the SC Supreme Court. Today, this award is one of the most prestigious statewide honors that members of the Bar can bestow on a fellow attorney. Annually, recipients are nominated and selected by their professional peers. Selection criteria include meritorious service to the law and the community. Eligibility is limited to living members of the South Carolina Bar. Sitting judges and current public office holders are not eligible, however, past service in such positions will be considered. Traditionally, the award recipient is honored at the Bar Convention’s plenary luncheon each January.

If you want to nominate a colleague for their career of public service, click the link below to fill out the nomination form.

Nominations are open until Friday, Nov. 4th at 5 p.m.
NOVEMBER 29, 2022
Please join us for the annual global online fundraiser following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday - #givingtuesday unites all good together by supporting the works of those helping others. So mark Tuesday, November 29th in your calendar and add a line in your budget to support our work in ensuring every South Carolinian can recognize and secure their legal rights.
Our Grantees for FY 23
Antioch Educational Center

Catholic Charities - Immigration Services

Center for Heirs' Property Preservation

Charleston Legal Access

Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services

Disability Rights SC

Greenville County Human Affairs Commission

Hopeful Horizons

Justice 360

Lowcounty Legal Volunteers

Mediation and Meeting Center of Charleston

Medical Legal Partnership

Midlands Mediation Center

National Judicial Center

NC Center on Actual Innocence

One80 Place

Project R.E.S.T.

Rainy Day Fund

Richland County CASA

Root and Rebound

SC Access to Justice Commission

SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center

SC Bar Law Related Education

SC Bar Pro Bono Program

SC Bar Public Services Division

SC Center for Father & Families

SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

SC Environmental Law Project

SC Legal Services

SC Restorative Justice Initiative

SC Victims Assistance Network

SC YMCA Youth in Government


Spartanburg County Criminal Justice Youth Institute

Serve + Connect



Upstate Mediation Center

U of SC Public Service Programs

U of SC Salkehatchie
Forensic Chemistry Lab

We are proud to support the incredible work each of these organizations is doing!

To learn more about each grantee, visit our Grantee Page.

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