In May 2014, in an effort to address serious issues confronting members of the legal profession, then South Carolina Bar President Cal Watson announced the formation of the Task Force on Attorney Wellness. This initiative sought to promote all aspects of lawyer wellness by attempting to identify factors that impact both the emotional and physical well-being of attorneys and educate members of the Bench and Bar about wellness issues and resources.

The Attorney Wellness Task Force aimed to help lawyers achieve total wellness: mentally, physically, and socially. The group launched its “living above the bar” campaign at the 2015 SC Bar Convention in Columbia, SC with seven events offering guidance and support on nutrition, fitness and other issues. The Wellness Task Force worked to develop a statewide speaker's bureau for presentations on wellness topics and worked within communities to identify fitness partners for SC Bar members. In February 2015, the Wellness Task Force transitioned into a SC Bar Committee.

Committee Contact
  Miles Coleman, Co-Chair
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

Miles also chairs the South Carolina Bar Convention Subcommittee. The Subcommittee develops and coordinates presentations and wellness events for the annual conventions.

  Lindsay Joyner, Co-Chair
Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA

Lindsay also chairs the Statewide Wellness Program Subcommittee. The Subcommittee develops wellness initiatives for Bar members, including coordinating fitness partnerships with community members to provide discounts for Bar members.

  Jack Muench, Senior Attorney Issues Subcommittee Chair
Willcox Buyck & Williams, PA

The Subcommittee tackles unique wellness issues specifically related to senior or aging attorneys. The Subcommittee provides education and assistance for senior attorneys.

  Susan Palmer, Law School Wellness Programs Subcommittee Chair
USC School of Law

The Subcommittee develops and implements wellness programs for the University of South Carolina School of Law and Charleston School of Law.

  Jasmine Smith, Resource Assembly and Website Development Subcommittee Chair
Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

The Subcommittee designs and maintains the wellness website. The Subcommittee also researches and provides wellness resource materials for Bar members.

Past Chairs
2014-2016- Michael Ethridge, Carlock Copeland & Stair, LLP,
Click Here to Check Out Mike Ethridge's Wellness Blog

General Contact
We want to hear from you!
Would you like to offer articles of interest, suggest fitness partners for the Bar, or submit a great recipe, work-out routine or testimonial? Do you have a great blog post with tips, pointers, or information in general that may help other members of the Bar maintain a healthy lifestyle?  We would love to include that information. Please email your submissions to Jasmine Smith at, indicating Blog Post, Article Submission, Work-Out Routine, Recipe, or Suggested Fitness Partner as the subject.

Interested in getting involved with the Wellness Committee? The Committee is currently seeking new members.  Contact Caitlin Watson for additional details.

Staff Contact
Caitlin Watson
South Carolina Bar
(803) 576-3782

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New! 5-20-2017 Young Lawyers Division Spin-A-Thon
Email with any questions

New! The Friends of Harbison State Forest are hosting a Harbison Forest Showcase on Saturday April 29th and Sunday April 30th. If you’ve ever wanted more information about hiking, trial running, or mountain biking (or just about Harbison Forest in general), please make plans to attend. There will be booths for the Friends of Harbison State Forest, the Harbison Trail Runners, the Midlands SORBA (Southern Off-Road Biking Assoc) and many others. There are also trail races on Saturday and mountain bike races on Sunday (you don’t have to race to attend the Showcase). More details are at the Friends’s Facebook events page. Or you can contact Roy Shelley at

2017 SC Bar Convention Wellness Activities

12-19-16 Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers

March 12, 2016 Fit to Practice—The 6th and 16th Circuit Young Lawyers Division will be hosting a "Fit to Practice" event on Saturday, March 12, 2016, 11:00 am-12:30, in Rock Hill, SC. The event will feature a brief discussion on Living Above the Bar and the importance of physical fitness, followed by a Zumba class with a certified Zumba instructor. Healthy snacks will be provided. Participation is limited to 25 registrants. Contact Chisa J. Putman at with your questions.

2016 SC Bar Convention Wellness Activities

2-27-15 Beyond Burnout: Find Your Passion In or Out of Your Practice

2-24-15 Attorney Mental Health and Ethics Updates

2015 SC Bar Convention Wellness Activities

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If you are struggling with a mental health issue, please contact Lawyers Helping Lawyers for assistance.

J. Robert Turnbull Jr., Director
1-866-545-9590 (toll free helpline)
(803) 576-3781 (office)
(803) 603-3807 (cell)
  Beth Padgett, Assistant Director
1-866-545-9590 (toll free helpline)
(803) 576-3801 (office)

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