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Elaine H. Fowler (access required)


Before serving as the first female president of the South Carolina Bar, Elaine Fowler would not have described herself as an advocate for women’s issues. After her selection as bar president, she attended an American Bar Association event where women’s issues were front and center. “It just dawned on me when I was there, ‘If not me, then who?’"

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Henrietta U. Golding (access required)

Henrietta Golding

To try a case in the hushed chambers of Richmond’s Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would make for a memorable day. To try a case of that weight in front of a special live audience registers as among the most memorable moments of Henrietta Golding’s career.

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J. Russell Goudelock II (access required)

J. Russell Goudelock II

Rusty Goudelock grew up knowing that he wanted to become an attorney. “I didn’t have any lawyers in my family to emulate,” he said. “In a small town there weren’t many of them, but they were responsible and they were the people who got things done in the community.”

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D. Michael Henthorne (access required)

Michael Henthorne directs the Columbia office of Littler Mendelson, which specializes in employment and labor law, but he counts among his most significant cases two that had nothing to do with labor.

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S. Keith Hutto (access required)

Keith Hutto

Going to work with a team of lawyers he helped recruit and mentor is a source of constant professional pride for Keith Hutto. “We’ve got some great clients and we are blessed to have a great group,” he said. “When you’ve got those two, you’ve got a pretty happy camper.”

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D. Mike Kelly (access required)

Mike Kelly

The example of a neighbor Mike Kelly knew growing up in Emporia, Va. inspired him to pursue a legal career. “He was such a fearless advocate for people that were down on their luck,” Kelly recalled.

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Stanford E. Lacy (access required)

Stanford Lacy

Stan Lacy's expertise in law helped fuel a series of spoofs that were favorites at the annual South Carolina Workers Compensation Educational Association conference for 20 years.

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Eugene H. Matthews (access required)

Eugene Matthews

Gene Matthews sees many similarities between being an intelligence officer and working as an attorney. “You’re gathering data – certainly using different methods – to try to find the truth,” he said.

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Rita M. McKinney (access required)

Rita McKinney has accumulated a long list of professional accomplishments, but one of her proudest moments came early in her career when civil rights pioneer Matthew J. Perry asked her to clerk for him when he became a U.S. District Court judge in 1979.

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Natalma M. McKnew (access required)

Natalma McKnew

If Tami McKnew had to point to a single accomplishment as the pinnacle of her career, she might list being elected for six consecutive years as managing partner for Smith Moore Leatherwood.

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