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message from our president

Amie CliffordI agree with those who say that the fall is a time for reflection. With the end of the current year in sight, we can look back at what has happened over the last nine months and look ahead to not only the remaining months of this year but also to the coming year. We are hoping, as an organization, to engage you in some reflection about our Association.

The purpose of SCWLA, as set out in our Bylaws at the time of our creation in 1994, is

  • To enhance the status, influence and effectiveness of women lawyers in the State of South Carolina;
  • Through advocacy, action and association, to take positive steps to ensure that women lawyers achieve their fair share of opportunities and benefits available to those in the legal profession;
  • To promote and maintain the highest standards for the legal profession, the judiciary and the court systems of the State of South Carolina;
  • To promote the welfare and interests of women lawyers in a fair and impartial manner;
  • To provide opportunities for the development of collegiality and mentoring among women lawyers;
  • To work toward the preservation of the rights of women and the elimination of gender biased conduct in the law and legal profession affecting women lawyers, litigants and persons employed in the legal profession;
  • To promote opportunities for women in the judiciary;
  • To work cooperatively with other organizations for the purpose of resolving problems created by gender based discrimination within the legal systems of the State of South Carolina and society at large;
  • To encourage and promote the participation of women in all facets of the legal profession;
  • To provide a forum to consider and address issues unique to women in the legal profession; and
  • To honor those persons who demonstrate dedication to these goals and objectives.

I believe that all of what SCWLA does is for the purpose of helping not just our members, but every woman lawyer in South Carolina, thrive. We conduct programs and take on projects aimed at not only helping our members improve their professional lives through educational, mentoring, networking, outreach, and public service opportunities but also those that promote the advancement of all women lawyers in our state.

We will be asking you to complete a survey about SCWLA. We want to know why you are a member of SCWLA, what you like and do not like about the organization, and how we can improve and continue to be relevant to not just the women lawyers in our state but also the legal profession as a whole. I thank you in advance for taking the time to complete that survey.

- Amie Clifford


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