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Amie Clifford This year, SCWLA is continuing some long-standing projects – including an examination of our state’s judicial selection process, our annual conference, regional CLEs and other events, the group admissions ceremony at the Supreme Court of the United States, and our community outreach efforts – and we have undertaken some new projects, including the expungement clinics and an online book club focusing on professional development.

None of these projects and our other efforts to serve and represent our members and South Carolina’s women lawyers would be possible without our members who volunteer their time. At each of our Board meetings this year, I have recognized some of these people who have done an exceptional job. But I realize that it is probably more important to let you, our members, know about the good work these folks are doing. Ashley Cuttino assumed the office of Treasurer at the beginning of the year and dived right into getting necessary tax information collected and forms issued. Our State House Day events (CLE and observation of the legislature in action) were a success due to the leadership and efforts of many, particularly Johanna Valenzuela, Stephanie Nye, Karen Huelson, Richelle Taylor, and Mikki Lindler. Our movie night was a success because of the participation of Patricia Ravenhorst in the post-movie discussion on immigration issues, and our expungement clinics project are off to a great start through the efforts of several, particularly Bridget Brown, who has conducted all but one of the CLE programs being held to prepare our members to volunteer in the clinics.

SCWLA is a wonderful organization, and I invite all of you to become actively involved. If you look through our Committee list, you are sure to find a Committee or project that you will enjoy. Active involvement in the Association will allow you to develop leadership skills and build a network of professional contacts and friendships, as you help SCWLA address the needs of our members and promote the elevation of women lawyers to positions of leadership and power and use your skills as a lawyer to better our communities.

- Amie Clifford


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