November 24th, 2014
When our attorney Chris Nickels was asked by the Arthritis Foundation to help with local efforts, he was stunned to hear about the number of young people affected. As a corporate sponsor for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, he hopes to shed more light on the far-reaching disease and the nation’s leading cause of disability.
“It’s important to let people know it’s not just a disease that affects our seniors, but also one that complicates life for young children,” says Nickels. “It just tugs at my heart.”
According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures, nearly 300,000 children in our country have some form of arthritis. Around 50 million adults reported being diagnosed with arthritis in 2009, and about 1,022,000 of those are South Carolina residents.
Each December, Jingle Bell Run/Walks are held around the country to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. The Mt. Pleasant 5K Jingle Bell Run takes place on Dec. 13 at the Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital 3500 N. Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant.
There’s also a shorter walk and a fun run event for ages 13 and younger. Participants wear holiday-themed costumes and tie jingle bells to their shoelaces, creating a festive holiday spirit and bringing local attention to the cause.
“It’s a fun event and a great family outing,” says Nickels. Funds raised go toward research and local programs. Around 500 people participated last year. “The goal is to raise as much money for research as we possibly can and, hopefully, one day we’ll find a cure.”
September 25th, 2014
Photo by Sully Witte
The Mount Pleasant Business Expo, held last week at the Omar Shrine Temple, was not just a networking event, but a chance to see some of the latest and greatest business professionals from across the Lowcountry. Hundreds mingled with vendors and were treated to an array of door prizes.
The expo, sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Business Association (MPBA), is billed as Mount Pleasant’s biggest networking event. The expo featured 70 exhibitors, entertainment by Lyndsey and Friends, and food provided by My Father’s Moustache, Sticky Fingers, Jimmy John’s, Raising Cane’s and Jimbo’s Lowcountry Foods.
This free event was sponsored by Clawson and Staubes, along with community sponsors Tony Pope State Farm and the Town of Mount Pleasant.
According to MPBA President Jon Chalfie, “Our fourth annual expo was our most successful event to date. We had over 1,000 attendees attend at the Omar Shrine Temple on Thursday. We sold out each and every booth, featuring 70 companies that were available to show off their organization and do business on a local level.”
Chalfie said his favorite part of the expo was when they fire up the tunes and open up the bar for happy hour.
“We welcomed back a jazz trio led by the sultry voice of Lyndsey Goodman Moynihan, which is a perfect backdrop for attendees to mingle amongst themselves, enjoy some tunes and have a great time. We were fortunate to be able to award over 25 door prizes, everything from a new bike to art to hotel stays and even an iPad won by James Hynes. Throw in some free food from Jimmy John’s, Sticky Fingers and My Father’s Moustache and it was a recipe for success,” he said.
Brian Sherman led the expo committee with team members Frank Frazier, David Gebhart, Denise James, Susan Spearman and Chris Staubes.
Mount Pleasant Business Association’s mission statement is “As a leader in the promotion and enhancement of the Mount Pleasant business community, we provide members with information, advocacy, education and networking based on a foundation of integrity, social responsibility and excellence.”
Their next meeting is this Thursday at the Holiday Inn, at noon, featuring State Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome.
For more information, visit www.mountpleasantbusiness.com.
August 14th, 2014
Lawyers of Color has named Brittany Boykin, an associate in our Charleston office, to its second annual Hot List from the Southern Region. The list recognizes early- to mid-career minority attorneys excelling in the legal profession. Honorees include in-house counsel, government attorneys, and law firm associates and partners chosen by the selection committee.
Boykin is featured in the Lawyers Of Color’s Hot List 2014, which recognizes minority lawyers under age 40 in various regions throughout the United States. She is part of the Southern Region—including South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky—and was feted at a reception hosted by Greenberg Traurig in July.
“I’m honored to be included among so many talented attorneys,” said Boykin.
Honorees were chosen through a two-pronged process, during which a selection committee spent months reviewing nominations and researching bar association publications and legal blogs to identify promising candidates. The committee accepted nominations from mentors, peers and colleagues; it also made editorial picks of attorneys who had noteworthy accomplishments or were active in legal pipeline initiatives.
Boykin practices insurance defense litigation with a focus on personal injury claims and was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for 2013 and 2014. She is active in both local and national bar associations. She is a member of the DRI Diversity Committee and serves on the South Carolina Bar’s CLE Seminars and Practice and Procedure Committees. Boykin also volunteers as a mentor to law students at the Charleston School of Law.
About Lawyers of Color, Inc.
Established in 2008 to report news of import to black legal professionals, Lawyers of Color, Inc. (LOCInc) is now a media and research company focusing on lawyers of color. In addition to its blogs, LOCInc also produces e-newsletters, events and social media platforms to engage legal professionals. The company aims to promote the causes and contributions of minority attorneys.