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Attorney Selected for Prestigious National Board

October 29th, 2015

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Attorney Jay McDonald was recently invited to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

ABOTA is an exclusive and prestigious national organization of experienced trial lawyers and judges. Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the organization works to educate the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury. In order to receive an invitation, attorneys must display skill, civility, honor, courtesy and integrity in the legal profession.

“I’m honored and humbled to be elected into this organization,” says McDonald, who has been practicing law with Clawson and Staubes for 27 years. “It is especially humbling, as I have worked hard to foster a positive relationship with opposing counsel, so this is a real honor.” A formidable opponent in the courtroom, McDonald is known for his easygoing nature and sense of fair play.

“I’m grateful for the selection and have many to thank, including the folks at ABOTA and Clawson and Staubes. I’m excited to become a part of this organization, as it will certainly bolster my civil litigation and mediation practice. Along with being hired by Clawson and Staubes in 1988, this election is the highlight of my legal career. I look forward to working on projects with ABOTA at the local and national level.”

Members of ABOTA constitute a “Who’s Who” of U.S. trial lawyers. Trial lawyers must have tried at least 20 civil jury trials to verdict to even qualify for nomination. Members of the local ABOTA chapter and executive board, as well as the national board vote on new members, so selection is based on peer recognition of trial acumen and professionalism.

For more information about ABOTA, visit their website,

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Matt Story Selected for Riley Institute at Furman Diversity Leaders Initiative’s 10th Lowcountry Class

August 28th, 2015

Matt Story
Matt Story is one of 45 leaders from the Lowcountry and surrounding areas selected to participate in the 10th Lowcountry class of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). “DLI and the Riley Fellows have matured into a potent force to help move South Carolina forward,” said Dr. Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute. “The variety of unique experiences and perspectives that this class brings to the table is important to the meaningful dialogue and work of DLI.”

Poised to join more than 1,500 Riley Fellows from across the state, class members meet over the course of five months in a format driven by timely, relevant case studies and other experiential learning tools designed to maximize interactions and productive relationships among program participants.

“The class is varied in background and experience,” said Gordon. “They have a common ability to effect change through leadership positions in their organizations and community.”

Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president, expertly facilitates DLI. As part of the program, leaders also work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects. Participants reflecting South Carolina’s demographics and representing the corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors are chosen by nomination and application.

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Sam Clawson Jr writes for the Professional Mariner

August 25th, 2015

Sam Clawson, Jr

Writing for industry periodicals, like Professional Mariner and Seaways, allows Sam Clawson Jr. to stay sharp with respect to the Rules of the Road, which govern the movements of vessels for the purpose of preventing collisions. As is the case with many skills, you either use them or lose them, and writing articles allows Clawson to keep his knowledge current while he is no longer sailing professionally.

While these articles are generally written with large commercial vessels in mind, the rules are generally applicable to all vessels without regard to length or tonnage. As such, the specific scenarios and rules discussed in these articles are also often applicable to recreational vessels.

A recent Post & Courier article by Tommy Braswell noted that, “South Carolina has more than 8,000 miles of rivers, 460,000 acres of lakes and 3,000 miles of coastline (not to mention the vast waters of the Atlantic Ocean). In 2014, there were approximately 485,000 registered boats. South Carolina consistently ranks in the top 10 of all states for registered boats.”

The article went on to note that, “Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties have 62,644 registered boats and 3,602 personal watercraft. There were 127 boating accidents involving 187 boats reported statewide in 2014, resulting in 91 injuries and 15 fatalities.”

Boating accidents in the form of collisions, allisions and groundings are not uncommon due to the ever-increasing number of vessels on the waters of South Carolina. Clawson spends a great deal of his free time on the waters of the Lowcountry and sees first-hand the frequent failures by recreational boaters to follow the Rules of the Road. Recreational boaters would be well advised to study and gain a firm operational knowledge of the Rules of the Road, in an effort to prevent these accidents and to limit their liability in the event of an accident.



Professional Mariner is the leading maritime journal in the United States and, as the name suggests, is directed primarily at members of that industry who sail on commercial vessels as professional mariners.  It is a monthly print periodical with online content as well, Clawson has written two Internet articles and two print articles for them (which also appeared on the website). Links to all four follow below.


Clawson has also written three print articles for Seaways, the leading international maritime journal, which is published by the Nautical Institute.

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