South Carolina Bar recognizes 2022 Annual Award recipients

May 31, 2022

Five South Carolina attorneys and one law firm were recently recognized by the South Carolina Bar for their outstanding contributions to the legal profession in South Carolina. The recognitions took place at the SC Bar House of Delegates meeting and other events earlier this month.

The following lawyers, firms and a law student received awards:

Margaret “Peg” Fox of Columbia received the Law Related Education Lawyer of the Year Award for her outstanding contributions to fostering understanding of the legal system among students. She is a past chair of the SC Bar Law Related Education Committee, has coached and judged Mock Trial and helped write and edit the Mock Trial coaches’ manual for attorneys and teachers.

Peg Fox of Burr Forman and Judge John M. Rucker, Family Court judge of Newberry. Judge Rucker is the Law Related Education Committee chair; Peg Fox won the Law Related Education Lawyer of the Year Award.

Lewis Cromer of Columbia received the Employment, and Labor Law Section Distinguished Lawyer Award He was honored for his contributions to the section including mentoring generations of plaintiff’s lawyers. His nominators referred to him as a tireless advocate for workers and trailblazer in the use of tort law to further workers’ rights.

Lydia R. Hendrix, a student at the University of South Carolina received the Employment and Labor Law Section Memorial Scholarship.

Paul M. “Mike” Burch, Jr. of Lancaster received the Young Lawyer of the Year Award. The Young Lawyer of the Year Award is presented annually by the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) to a member who exemplifies excellence in practicing law and public service.

From the Young Lawyers Division, Mike Burch, recipient of the Young Lawyer of the Year Award; and Leslie McIntosh who received the Grady B. Anthony Public Service Award. They are pictured with Roy F. Laney, who presented the award.

Leslie McIntosh of Anderson received the Grady B. Anthony Public Service Award. The award honors the YLD member who has demonstrated – either during the preceding year or during years of service to the YLD – giving time and energy to helping others through YLD’s various public service initiatives. McIntosh chaired the Cinderella Project in 2021-22, founded the YLD Wellness Committee, is currently organizing the YLD 5k/10k and has given back to the SC Bar overall in various capacities including serving in the House of Delegates and as 2022 Convention Committee chair.

La’Jessica Stringfellow and Molly Campolong, attorneys that accepted the Pro Bono Award on behalf of their firm, Robinson Gray Stepp & Lafitte.

Robinson Gray Stepp and Lafitte a Columbia-based law firm, received the Pro Bono Award for its outstanding contributions to pro bono legal services in South Carolina and partnership with the SC Bar Pro Bono program. The firm’s recent efforts included having each of its attorneys register as volunteers with the Bar’s Pro Bono Program, and regularly answering questions on the South Carolina Free Legal Answers website. It also served as counsel for Hannah House, a faith-based transitional housing facility that helps women and children learn the skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty, and other charitable organizations.


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