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Columbia attorney named SC Bar Mentor of the Year

The South Carolina Bar recently named a Columbia attorney as the 2018 recipient of the G. Dewey Oxner Jr. Mentor of the Year award.

The award was presented to Brian Autry by Supreme Court Justice John W. Kittredge May 3 at the Mentor of the Year luncheon.

Every year, the award goes to a bar member who participates in the Supreme Court’s Lawyer Mentoring Program, which is administered by the South Carolina Bar. The program connects newly admitted lawyers with more experienced attorneys to help the newcomer identify and achieve professional goals.

Overall, the program seeks to increase professionalism and success among South Carolina lawyers.

Autry was nominated for the award by Eric Poston, his mentee.

“He listened to what I had to say and gave me thoughtful advice,” Poston said about Autry. “He was there because he cared, not so he could add it to his work biography.”

Autry’s practice focuses mostly on construction, commercial transactions, commercial real estate and contract litigation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina where he also played football and graduated magna cum laude. He later earned his law degree at the USC School of Law in 2001.

Autry grew up in Columbia and is active in the community through church and various civic activities.

The Mentor of the Year award is named after Oxner for his “steadfast commitment and leadership in ensuring that the practice of law remains a high calling.”

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