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August 2017


Nancy Olah
Nancy Olah Law
Fort Mill, SC

Nancy Olah is a transactional attorney focusing on commercial real estate, sustainable development, construction law, and business transactions at Nancy Olah Law. She also advises start-up businesses and non-profits. She is a LEED® AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional), credentialed by the Green Building Certification Institute and uses her knowledge about green building practices to help developers find ways to minimize the carbon footprint of their projects. Nancy is active with CREW Charlotte, and is a past president of CREW Charlotte and past chair of the local North Carolina chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Prior to opening her own firm, Nancy worked at Parker Poe for many years. She counseled developers in their creation of mixed-use developments, business and industrial parks, townhomes, condominium projects, resorts, hotels, and golf course communities. Nancy was recognized by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly as a Leader in Law in 2014 and by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly in 2016. In 2014, she was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women by the Mecklenburg Times. She currently serves a one year term on SCWLA’s board, as well as serving as regional representative for the Old English chapter, consisting of York, Lancaster, and Chester counties. In addition to her busy law practice, Nancy has many interests such as scuba diving, swimming, yoga, reading, traveling, dancing, and playing piano. Nancy also loves to cook and has even published her own vegetarian cookbook, Fool a Carnivore. Check out her cookbook and her website of the same name for delicious recipes.

July 2017


Mary Beth Pfister
U.S. Department of Justice
Columbia, SC

Mary Beth is the Assistant Director for Curriculum and Faculty Development at the National Advocacy Center where she is responsible for assessing the needs of the Department of Justice and developing training to meet its requirements. She conducts training for DOJ both in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining the National Advocacy Center, Mary Beth worked as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona where she prosecuted everything from narcotics trafficking to immigration violations as well as working on appeals to the Ninth Circuit. She also worked as both an associate and an equity partner at a large law firm in Phoenix where she specialized in employment law, practicing in both federal and state courts. Mary Beth has faithfully served SCWLA in many roles, currently she serves as Secretary and as Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for six years, Chair of SCWLA’s Membership Committee, and a member of the Professional Development and Mentoring committees. Mary Beth brings an experienced perspective to SCWLA, as she also served in many leadership roles in the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, including as President. Her insight, experience and leadership is invaluable to SCWLA. In 2016, Mary Beth received the Leadership in Law Award from South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. She has been recognized by the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and Environment and Natural Resources Division as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation for her exemplary training programs and legal work.

June 2017


The Honorable Rosalyn W. Frierson
S.C. Judicial Department
Columbia, SC

On February 1, 2017, Judge Rosalyn W. Frierson was elected as an At-Large Family Court Judge for a term beginning on July 3, 2017. Prior to her recent election, Judge Frierson served as the Director of the South Carolina State Court Administration for almost 20 years. In her role as Director she became acutely familiar with the state court system in the Palmetto State and her leadership made an indelible mark. Not only did Judge Frierson serve as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Center for State Courts but she also is a beloved past president of SCWLA (2007). SCWLA is proud of Judge Frierson’s accomplishment and grateful for her continued leadership from the Family Court Bench.

May 2017


Margie A. Pizarro, Esq.
The Pizarro Law Firm, LLC
Summerville, SC

Margie founded her own firm in September 2008 in historic downtown Summerville. She assists individuals with a variety of legal issues including Family Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Estate Law, and Medical Malpractice. Though she has been recognized for her leadership in various past publications, she most recently was acknowledged by the Post and Courier newspaper for her thrifty style. The April 19, 2017, issue featured Margie and her “elegant business” style. Check out the article where she gives thrifty fashion tips and talks about her SCWLA trip to be sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court to which Margie chose to wear a non-traditional beige BCBG pantsuit with wide pants and a blue lapel. “rock on, Margie”

April 2017


Marshall Tinsley Minton
Turner Padget Graham & Laney
Estate and Probate Litigation

Marshall was recently selected as one of The State’s 2017 Top 20 Under 40. She is also a Top Ten Finalist for Columbia Metropolitan Magazine’s Capital Young Professional Award. Marshall also served as a last-minute volunteer to help with registration during the March Midlands SCWLA Meeting. Thanks for all you do, Marshall!