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Amie Clifford March is here already, and I have completed almost a quarter of my term as President. I am excited to lead SCWLA as we undertake some new projects focused on helping women lawyers identify opportunities to serve and be recognized for their work and service, and some intended to take advantage of our skills as lawyers. I want to take this opportunity to spotlight one of our upcoming projects.

On Tuesday, April 2, SCWLA will conduct a CLE program in the morning at the Palmetto Club focusing on lawyers, influence and advocacy. Presentations will cover the how to be an advocate at the legislature, the laws governing lobbying, how to become a lobbyist or social activist, how the legislature works from the perspectives of members of the Senate and House of Representatives, the role of the Governor’s Office in the legislative and appointment process, pending legislation of interest, and using your lawyer skills to lead. Speakers will include Senators Katrina Frye Shealy and Margie Bright Matthews, Representatives Gilda Cobb-Hunter, Beth E. Bernstein, and Mandy W. Kimmons, and Richele Keel Taylor and Tommy Windsor from the Governor’s Office. After a lunch, we hope that our members will walk over to the State House and legislative office buildings to observe the Legislature in session, attend legislative Committee and Subcommittee meetings, and watch the legislative process in action. Pending legislation this year includes bills on equal pay (April 2 also happens to be Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how far into 2019 women must work to earn what men earned in 2018) and the Equal Rights Amendment. I hope you can join us for what should be a very informative and motivational day.

More information about the April 2 CLE program and how to register for the CLE can be found here.

My theme for SCWLA this year is “Women Lawyers Make A Difference.” We make a difference in our professional lives every day for our clients, co-workers, firms, legal community, and system of justice. If you are looking for a new and unique opportunity to make a difference, I hope that you will take advantage of the many opportunities SCWLA offers and sign up to serve on a committee or subcommittee.

- Amie Clifford

NOTE: The movie night originally planned for April 1 is being moved to May. More information will be available shortly.


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