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.
May 16th, 2014
This past week Andy Santaniello, of our Charlotte office, spoke at the Sheraton Four Season Koury Convention Center for the 2014 North Carolina Rural Water Association’s 37th annual conference and exhibition. He spoke with Neil Carpenter, of Maggie Valley Sanitary District and current president of the NC RWA. They talked about lawsuit we handled about 10 years ago that was a nightmare scenario for a water system. See below for the description of their presentation.
Nightmare on Dogwood Drive is a cautionary tale about a nightmare scenario for everyone involved when a water line leaks. The session will discuss a real, tragic event in the recent history of the Maggie Valley Sanitary District. Through a brief retelling of the event, we will discuss the intersection of many important issues facing utilities. Our topics will include: land use, aggressive development, adoption of privately constructed water systems, maintenance programs, leak detection, and lawsuits. Our goal will be to increase awareness of potential problems facing modern utilities and hopefully prevent future nightmares.
2014 NCRWA 37th Annual Conference Brochure
May 12th, 2014
Chris Nickels recently completed the rigorous and prestigious 10-month program, Leadership South Carolina. The premier leadership program, the state’s oldest, fosters an understanding of the state’s most pressing issues. Each year, just 50 participants are selected to take part in the highly competitive program.
Nickels says he was inspired to attend Leadership South Carolina after serving on a local leadership committee and seeing what a difference a group of focused individuals can make.
“Motivating others to understand and embrace a vision that has a positive impact on others – that’s what inspires me to be a leader,” says Nickels. “A vision is not always an individual goal. Sometimes it’s a collaboration or evolution of foresight. Being able to establish, share and communicate that vision is how I define leadership.”
During 120 hours of instruction, Leadership South Carolina teaches students to identify assets and areas in South Carolina that need to improve. Each class focuses on a specific project related to the state’s challenges. Nickels and his classmates focused on literacy.
“Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for change by uniting public and private resources to tackle this challenging issue facing many of South Carolina’s children,” says Nickels.
To help increase graduation rates, the class worked to identify low performing schools and then fund them with a Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program. “Our mission was to empower and positively impact these children,” says Nickels. LLI provides teacher training and professional development; students in the program receive 30-minute, intensive lessons that combine reading, writing and phonics/word study.
“I will continue to advocate and work to implement education reforms that benefit our state’s students,” says Nickels. “We need to establish an education system that effectively measures student growth and achievement, honors the rich history and diversity of South Carolina and implements targeted interventions that yield returns on the state’s education investments.”
After Nickels graduated from an affiliated program in 2006, Leadership Charleston, he was “ready to take it to the next level.” Since then, he’s served as town councilman for Mt. Pleasant and on blue ribbon committees formed by local government leaders to assess public education East of the Cooper. Participating in Leadership South Carolina taught him that a combination of strategies is needed to shrink the achievement gap, as is making sure South Carolinians embrace the benefits of educating youth and actively support improvements financially and programmatically. “For me, this means the creation of partnerships between public schools, our communities and businesses. I want to be a participant in the process and not a mere spectator,” says Nickels.
Leadership South Carolina also provides increased access to an informed network of diverse colleagues, peers and mentors from across the state. “I now have many new opportunities to become involved with and bring about positive change in our state,” says Nickels. “As a trained leader, I look forward to opportunities to identify South Carolina’s strengths and areas to improve.”