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Hall of Fame

Nov 2, 2018

Joel W. Collins Jr. – Collins & Lacy

Columbia Joel Collins’ accomplishments both within and outside the legal profession require eight pages to list. Over a 50-year career he has appeared regularly on lists of America’s best lawyers, earned numerous awards, and founded scholarship funds at Clemson, Wofford, Radford, and The Citadel. His proudest professional accomplishment, he says, is leadership of the American […]

Nov 2, 2018

James Edward Bell III – President, Charleston School of Law

Charleston Like many in the Lawyer Hall of Fame, Ed Bell hardly requires an introduction, even to non-lawyers. As co-founder, president, and to many the savior of the Charleston School of Law, Bell has converted the school to non-profit status and turned around its fortunes while serving for an annual salary of $1. The son […]

Nov 2, 2018

Desa Allen Ballard – Ballard & Watson, Attorneys at Law

West Columbia Desa Ballard is a little different than your average lawyer. By her own account she grew up in a trailer park. “I have no pedigree,” she says proudly. Her love of words took her to the University of South Carolina, where she majored in journalism and then to USC law school. After a […]

Nov 2, 2018

Sam Applegate – Moore & Van Allen

Charleston For a Charleston kid who grew up riding his bicycle to school, and whose first job was moving furniture, Sam Applegate is all about covering ground. The UNC Law School grad helped launch the first statewide law firm in 1987 by combining three previously independent firms in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville into Haynsworth, Marion, […]

Aug 22, 2018

SCLW Hall of Fame nominations

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