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SCWLA is always looking for volunteers to serve on committees. Committee service is a great way to meet and get to know other members while getting more involved with our organization. To learn more about any committee or to volunteer for committee service, please reach out to the points of contact listed below or to SCWLA Executive Director.

Fall 2017 Annual Conference Planning/Education Committee – Jennifer Howe
This committee provides quality education programs that address the professional and personal development of our members. Specifically, it organizes the annual SCWLA conference, including setting dates, designating a location, coordinating speakers, and obtaining CLE approval. The next Conference will be held September 29, 2017 in Greenville.

Bissell Award Committee – Sheila Bias
This committee solicits nominees for SCWLA's annual Bissell Award, reviews nominations, and recommends award recipients to the Board, This committee is chaired each year by the President-Elect.

Toal Award Committee – Kelly Jolley
This committee solicits nominees for SCWLA's Toal Award, reviews nominations, and recommends award recipients to the Board. This committee is chaired each year by the immediate Past-President.

Fall 2017 Awards Reception Committee – Jennifer Howe
This committee plans the annual awards reception for recipients of the Bissell, Dicus, Toal, and Emerging Leader awards. SCWLA Foundation scholarships also are given to recipients at the annual awards reception.

Bylaws Committee – Ayesha Washington
This committee ensures that the SCWLA Bylaws reflect the current structure, standards of practice, and operations of the Association, and that the Bylaws are contemporary and relevant to members.

Community Outreach Committee – Allyce Bailey
This committee sponsors projects that enhance SCWLA's ties to the community at large. It serves the community both by raising money for non-profit organizations that serve women and by planning events in which members can volunteer their time to help community organizations.

Membership Committee – Mary LaFave
This committee's goals are to increase membership by promoting the benefits of SCWLA membership to existing and potential members, encouraging involvement and engagement among members, serving as liaison to women's organizations at South Carolina's law schools, and helping plan member social events.

Professional Development Committee – Kerri Rupert
This committee seeks to provide SCWLA members with opportunities for professional development including a chance to develop and foster mentoring relationships through the provision of enriching programming and events. This committee also solicits nominations and ultimately selects the recipient of the Emerging Leader Award.

Supreme Court Trip Committee – Amie Clifford
This committee plans a bi-annual trip to Washington, DC, during which SCWLA members can join the Bar of the Supreme Court in the company of other women lawyers and leaders.

Long Range Planning Committee – Mary Beth Pfister
The purpose of this committee is to assist in the formulation of a long-range strategic plan for SCWLA, to monitor the strategic plan, and to assist in the formulation of policy to guide the organization.

Regional Activity Committee – Kelly Jolley
This committee offers ideas for organization, training, and assistance to the regional representatives, who meet quarterly at least telephonically to share input and ideas about programming for each SCWLA region.

Military Subcommittee - Kathleen (Kathy) Smith
This group was formed to reach out to JAG officers and female attorney spouses of military members. The military subcommittee serves a two-fold mission: (1) to encourage and increase participation in SCWLA events by military attorneys and their attorney spouses, and (2) to increase SCWLA membership knowledge and understanding of military service and events taking place within our state.

Media/Communications Committee – Sima Patel
This committee facilitates communication with SCWLA members through website and calendar maintenance, developing listserv announcements, and maintaining an active social media presence. The committee's overall goal is to ensure consistency of communication and messages to members, media, and community. Committee members assist with drafting press releases, reporting on local events, taking pictures, and posting to social media websites.

Public Service Committee – Laura Paton
This committee, formed in 2017, will develop programming and informative materials for running for political office and seeking judicial seats as well as monitor legislation having an impact on women lawyers in South Carolina with the intent of keeping our members informed and recommending any such official position on such matters to the Board of Directors.

Fall 2018 “25th Anniversary” Conference Planning Committee – – Johanna Valenzuela
This committee will plan the 2018 SCWLA conference, marking the organization’s 25th Anniversary, including setting dates, designating a location, coordinating speakers, and obtaining CLE approval.


For other ways to get involved with SCWLA, visit our Get Involved page.