Former South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Joins McNair Law Firm

July 10, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – July 10, 2008 – M. William Youngblood, Managing Shareholder of McNair Law Firm, P.A., announced today that Inez Tenenbaum, South Carolina State Superintendent of Education from 1999 to 2007, has joined McNair as Special Counsel in its Columbia home office. 

Youngblood commented, “The strength and depth of our women lawyers’ leadership, which is already substantial, has been enhanced today with the addition of Inez Tenenbaum to our Public Finance Practice Group.”   He went on to say that, “Inez’s personal and exemplary relationships with the many school district officials across our state will be an invaluable asset to our Firm as we continue to assist those public sector clients meet their challenging future financial needs.”  According to Youngblood, Ms. Tenenbaum will work closely with former Columbia City Councilwoman, Frannie Heizer in McNair’s Columbia office and Dan McLeod, Jr. in its Greenville office. 

Ms. Tenenbaum stated that, “This new association feels like coming home to me.  I have so many long time good friends at McNair and I have always admired and respected their reputation for quality legal service across our state.  The members of McNair’s Public Finance Practice Group definitely made a difference in the quality of life for our citizens, and I will be so pleased to have the opportunity to assist them in those endeavors.”  Tenenbaum continued by saying, “We are all aware that in our current period of national and state economic downturns, it will take creative new measures to meet the funding needs of our state’s education system. I have always believed that the underpinning of our state’s future economic success is having a public education system that meets its challenges and excels.  I am pleased to continue working toward that goal with my colleagues at McNair Law Firm.” 

Since leaving the office of Superintendent of Education in 2007, Ms. Tenenbaum has provided consulting services to the Southwestern Educational Development Laboratory and the Southeast Comprehensive Center to build capacity of state departments of education, school districts, and schools in meeting the goals of No Child Left Behind.  Graduated from the University of Georgia, with a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Education degrees, and the University of South Carolina, School of Law, Tenenbaum makes her home in Lexington. 

She is actively involved with numerous local, statewide and regional professional and community service organizations including the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities Foundation; the national advisory board of the Milken Foundation’s National Institute for Excellence in Teaching; the Southern Regional Education Board; the South Carolina International African-American Museum; the Community Advisory Board of Columbia, South Carolina for the Knight Foundation; and the Washington Street United Methodist Church Foundation.

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