spring 2011 A newsletter from the south CArolinA BAr
foundAtionOur mission is to fund the advancement of justice by
improving access, education and accountability.
Justice Never Sleeps Noted Contemporary Impressionist Painter
Rick Reinert created a wonderful work of art entitled Justice Never
Sleeps which depicts the South Carolina Supreme Court at night with
the moon in the background and a light glimmering inside. Mr.
Reinerts works are inspired by nature and sunlight.
Every day offers unique and exciting opportunities for the
artist who follows the light, says Reinert. He is the appointed
Artist-in-Residence at the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond
Woodlands Inn located in Summerville, SC. Owned by Attorney John
Linton, the property is renowned worldwide for delivering superior
service and cuisine to vacationers and group attendees alike.
Mr. Reinert normally does not do gicles of his work, but has
generously offered to do so with Justice Never Sleeps.
SC Bar Foundation Gala 2011 Sponsorsgold sponsorSouth Carolina
Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Bronze sponsorsSoutheastern Insurance Consultants, LLCUBS
Financial Services The Gallivan GroupWyche Burgess Freeman &
law firm table sponsorsBowman and Brooke, LLPCollins & Lacy,
PCEllis Lawhorne & Sims, PALaw Office of Toyya Brawley
GrayHaynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PAHearn & Hearn, PAJennings &
Jennings, PA K&L Gates, LLP Land Parker & Welch, PAMcAngus
Goudelock & Courie, LLCMcNair Law Firm, PANelson Mullins Riley
& Scarborough, LLPNexsen Pruet, LLCOgletree Deakins Nash Smoak
& Stewart, PCRobinson Bradshaw & Hinson, PA Robert &
Susan RosenSmith Moore Leatherwood, LLPSouth Carolina BarSouth
Carolina Legal ServicesSowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLCTurner
Padget Graham & Laney, PAWillcox Buyck & Williams Law
FirmCarrington S. B. Wingard, Attorney at Law
Couple sponsorsSue Berkowitz & Harrison PalmerGeorge &
Mary Denis CauthenCentral Carolina Community FoundationMr. and Mrs.
Anthony ChibbaroTerrell T. (Terry) Horne & Martha McElveen
HorneWalton J. McLeod III & Julie H. McLeodJon C. May & Amy
Landers MayAlice Paylor & Kit RegneryThomas & Shannon
ScruggsJeff & Robin Wheeler
other supporters The Coastal Breeze Party BandColumbia Printing
& GraphicsCrescendo AdvertisingPrintSouth Printing, Inc.Senior
Lawyers DivisionTrevetts Mailing Service, LLC
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the South Carolina Bar
Foundation. Mr. Reinert has made 19 gicles (framed and including a
brass plaque noting the print number) available for sale through
the Bar Foundation for $450 plus tax. Purchasers will be
responsible for shipping, though several options are available,
including pick up at the Bar Foundations office in Columbia and
various locations in Charleston.
If you would like to purchase Justice Never Sleeps for your home
or law office, please contact Shannon Willis Scruggs at
803-765-0517. Do not delay these limited reproductions are expected
to go quickly!
Thank you to artist Rick Reinert, John Linton and Woodlands Inn
for their generosity in supporting the Bars charitable arm.
To see the gicle in full color, please visit
Hon. J. Michelle Childs was the winner of the print at the Bar
The print Justice Never Sleeps is very inspirational. It reminds
me daily of the judges important role to work diligently and
deliberately toward the fair administration of justice.
Hon. J. Michelle Childs
The SC Bar Foundation just closed the books on Gala 2011, held
Thursday, March 3 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
This years gala, the fifth such event, met expectations, generating
more than $26,000 in proceeds. Close to 300 guests enjoyed a seated
dinner, dancing and a silent auction with a wide array of items
from getaways to a beautiful print, Justice Never Sleeps, by
Artist-in-Residence at The Woodlands Inn, Rick Reinert. (For an
exciting opportunity to have one of these prints, please see
article Justice Never Sleeps.) The auction alone generated net
profit exceeding $5,000.
The evening was one of celebration with special focus given to
the SC Bars Nifty Fifty. This years honorees, the class of 1960,
had 11 members present at the gala. Justice Kaye G. Hearn presented
the pins to this years honorees.
From left to right: Homer L. Deakins Jr., g. Dana sinkler,
Harold W. Jacobs, Theodore W. Law iii, Thomas Travis Medlock, D.
Laurence Mcintosh, Thomas E. rogers Jr., robert D. Jennings, Harvey
g. sanders Jr., John M. Bleecker Jr. (David A. White, not
The evening also honored the Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services
Lawyer of the Year and the SC Bars Pro Bono Lawyers of the Year.
Susan Firimonte was named the Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services
Lawyer of the Year. Firimonte currently serves as the Managing
Attorney of the Pee Dee office of South Carolina Legal Services.
The award, established in 1989, is named in memory of Ellen Hines
Smith of Spartanburg. Smith was the founding director of Piedmont
Legal Services. Her entire legal career was devoted to the creation
and provision of legal services.
Christopher Genovese and Alex Paterra were named as the SC Bar
Pro Bono Lawyers of the Year. Genovese is with the Columbia office
of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP in Columbia. Paterra
is with his own firm in Greenville. The South Carolina Bar Pro Bono
Lawyer of the Year award is presented annually to lawyers who have
demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for
the poor and disadvantaged.
Foundation President Toyya Brawley Gray closed the evening with
a celebration of the Bar Foundation. She noted the extremely low
IOLTA revenues as of late, but applauded the efforts of Foundation
grantees in the decline. She made special recognition of Foundation
donors Walt McLeod III, Eddie Weinberg and John P. Jack Wilson as
the newest honorees in the Foundations Justice Legacy which honors
donors who have given cumulative gifts of $5,000 to permanent
susan Firimonte with Justice Kaye Hearn
Christopher genovese Alex paterra
John p. Jack Wilson, Walt McLeod iii and Eddie Weinberg
Gala Wrap Up
While the Foundations gala was a success, the need for support
continues and is more critical as the economy continues to heal.
The 2011 grant allocations totaled $2.4 million and the 2012
allocations will be less. Albeit low, these funding levels are only
possible by pulling dollars from a reserve fund as well as from
support provided by Foundation donors. if you were unable to attend
the gala, but would like to contribute, please visit
scbarfoundation.org. if everyone does a little, the profession can
do a lot. please take a minute to join your colleagues.
Ethel Weinberg (a.k.a. Eddie) is the latest attorney to join the
Foundations planned giving efforts with a significant gift to the
Foundation. If the name seems familiar it should. Eddie was related
to Rusty Weinberg whose original estate gift to the Foundation
paved the way for the creation of a strategic planned giving
When Eddie was considering making the gift she, of course, was
drawn through the family connection. As the Managing Attorney of
the Columbia office of South Carolina Legal Services, however, she
sees on a daily basis the direct impact that the Foundation has on
the provision of legal services to the poor. In interviewing Eddie
about the gift, she said, Im torn about flashing my name with the
Weinberg Society but Rusty and I were related and the stories
around him and his father, Mortimer, had some impact on my even
considering law as a career. For the most part, I feel that the Bar
Foundation has been such a supporter of legal services over the
years and that has benefited me directly; thus, it is only right
that I give back.
The Foundation is extremely grateful to Eddie for continuing to
add to the Foundations ability to plan for the future. The Weinberg
Society honors those who have made estate gifts of $10,000 or any
lawyer who indicates that he or she has named the Foundation as a
beneficiary in his or her will, regardless of the amount.
If you have included the Foundation in your will, please
consider letting us know so that your gift can encourage others.
Please contact Shannon Willis Scruggs at 803-765-0517 or visit the
planned giving page of our website for more information.
TRIBUTE GIFTSIN MEMORy OFReginald C. Brown Jr.
A. Milling and Mary Lou Blalock
Robert E. Browne IIIRobert W. Foster Sr.
Franklin BurroughsRobert D. Robbins
Hon. Louis E. CondonJohn M. Bleecker Jr.George B. Cauthen Hon.
T. L. Hughston Jr.Hon. and Mrs. Howard P. King L. Henry
McKellarRobert S. Wells
John K. CroutMartha B. Dicus
Julian H. GignilliatR. Read Gignilliat
William W. HodgesGeorge B. Cauthen
Hon. Thomas Kemmerlin Jr.Rose and Bob Wilkins
O. Eugene SavageJohn M. Bleecker Jr.
Lynn WagnerLynn Snowber-Marini
M. M. Rusty WeinbergRose and Bob Wilkins
IN HONOR OFLesley M. Coggiola
Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC
Sally J. FieldSowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC
Benjamin H. Hill IIISowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC
Ian McVeyTheile McVey
Governor Richard W. RileyNelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough,
David A. WhiteStephen M. Cox
The Bar Foundation gratefully acknowledges those who have made
gifts in tribute of a colleague or friend of the Bar during the
period February 1 through March 31, 2011. Names in bold denote the
Legal Services Attorney Makes Generous Gift to Foundation
The Weinberg SocietyIn December 2009, the Bar Foundation
received a generous gift from the estate of Rusty Weinberg Jr. of
Sumter. In his honor, the Foundation established The Weinberg
Society. The Society listing includes those individuals who have
made planned gifts in excess of $10,000 to the Bar Foundation as
well as those who have made a bequest.
Learn more about planned giving at your Bar Foundation.
estate giftsM.M. rusty Weinberg Jr.
BequestsAnonymous (multiple)Jack D. griffethshannon Willis
scruggsrobert s. WellsEthel E. Weinberg
Eddie Weinberg (right) and Foundation officer Jack D. griffeth
read the inscription on the donor plaque presented to Weinberg at
the Bar Foundation gala.
SC Bar Foundation PO Box 608 Columbia, SC 29202The SC Bar
Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization and all
contributions are tax deductible within the limits of the law.
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to SC Bar Foundation.Gift Level q $1,000 Society of Justiceq
$500-$999 Rutledge Patronq $250-$499 Wright Patronq $100-$249 JM
Designation (choose one)q Apply my gift where
it is needed most.q Childrens Fundq Disabled Lawyers Fundq
Other Informationq My gift is a tribute gift
(provide details on check).q I have included the Bar
Foundation in my will.q I am a member of the
YLD; my gift is $300 which qualifies me to be listed in the
Young Lawyer Legacy.
Give online via scbarfoundation.org
PO Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202
permit no. 104
J. Waties Waring and the Dissent that Changed AmericaThursday,
May 19 Reception & Dinner ~ $100
Charleston Place Hotel Featuring a keynote address by renowned
Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., author of the
classic work, All Deliberate Speed
Friday, May 20 CLE Seminar ~ $250 Charleston Federal
Faculty includes Professor Ogletree, Dr. Patricia Sullivan of
the USC Department of History and Dr. Vernon Burton of the Clemson
University Department of History. The seminar will also feature
stellar jurists which include Senior US District Court Judge
Matthew J. Perry,
South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal, and
US District Court Judges Richard M. Gergel and J. Michelle
Colloquium Package ~ $300
Details and register via:
Save the Date Bar Foundation Annual Gala
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Watch for details!