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Back to the Future – SCWLA’s Annual Conference – October 23, 2015

Dear SCWLA members and friends, If your ship never leaves the harbor, are you really a sailor? While you are pondering this question, mark your calendars for SCWLA’s Annual Conference, October 23, 2015.  This year, we are going “Back to the Future” and returning to the site of SCWLA’s first convention, the USC Law School in Columbia, for a day filled with informative and provocative programs.  At a cost of only $195, SCWLA members will receive 6.25 hours of MCLE. Now, this is not “your mother’s” convention.  We begin the day with sunrise yoga on the Statehouse grounds, followed by presentations on “Clients…

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South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - June President’s Message

June 8, 2015 Re:      Are We Having Fun, Yet? “Midlife,” they say, “is where fun goes to die.”  Really?  Well, not if I have anything to do with it. Dr. Marguerite here, with your “RX” for June:  Have more fun!  Sing, dance, drive a go-kart.  Have two big laughs tonight and call me in the morning. It turns out that fun and games are good for you.  When women get out and “play,” they cope better with stress, which sets up protective mechanisms that contribute to health and wellbeing.  Apparently, when it comes to stress prevention, fun and play can create a suit of armor. I do not…

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South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - May President’s Message

This May, we celebrate a law day, a wedding day and a mother’s day. What do these days have in common? Read on. May 1 is Law Day. Founded in 1958, Law Day is a national day to celebrate the rule of law and its contributions to the freedoms Americans enjoy. This Law Day, the American Bar Association is also celebrating the 800 year anniversary of the Magna Carta. Remember that document from history class? Well, of the original 63 clauses, only three remain as law. Most famously, however, the 39th clause gave “all free men” the right to justice…

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South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - April President’s Message

April 14, 2015 is Equal Pay Day.  Here are the reasons why this day should matter to everyone reading this letter. The History.  Prior to 1963, it was legal for employers in the United States to pay women less than men for the same job.  In 1963, women were earning 59% of what men were paid.  Congress enacted the Equal Pay Act to eliminate this inequality. The Present.  It has been over 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act and women still do not have pay equality. In 2013, among full-time, year-round workers, women were paid only…

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South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - March President’s Message

#Iwilltry, #InternationalWomensDay Sunday, March 8 is International Women's Day. Founded in the early 1900s to rally against injustices to women, International Women's Day focuses today on celebrating recent advances of women around the globe. March 8, as fate would have it, is also my birthday. I was named after my grandmother, Marguerite. On my 16th birthday, my grandmother gave me a ring that belonged to her mother. It was a simple gold band engraved with three words: I will try. As she handed me this gift, my grandmother said, Words to live by. And so, I have tried. I will…

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South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - February President’s Message

Happy Valentine's Day Last week, I was in a craft store looking for Valentine's Day decorations. As I walked through the picture section, I saw a poster that read, "Let her sleep. When she wakes, she will move mountains." I stood quietly for a while, just thinking. Young or old, thick or thin, tall or short, all of us have accomplished amazing things in our lives. All of us, some despite great odds, have graduated from law school and passed bar exams. All of us have been blessed with strength, intelligence and ambition. But some of us, I might say…

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South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - January President’s Message

Happy SCWLA New Year! Today, I begin my term as SCWLA's President. My theme this year will be "Back to the Future . . . for Women Lawyers in South Carolina." After spending last year celebrating our twenty years of success, we will spend this year looking toward the future and making our organization relevant and responsive to our members' needs. With your help and support, we will focus on activities that deliver value and fun, as well as state-wide programming that is reasonably accessible to everyone. We will also continue our efforts to grow our membership. So, as we…

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