GaffneyLewis Partners Named to South Carolina Super Lawyers List for 2021

​April 30, 2021 – GaffneyLewis LLC is proud to announce that its founding partners have been named to the 2021 South Carolina Super Lawyers List. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this recognition.

GaffneyLewis attorneys honored as South Carolina Super Lawyers in 2021 are:

Amy Gaffney (Charleston) – Employment and Labor

Regina Hollins Lewis (Columbia) – Personal Injury – General

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

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Meet Marian Wright Edelman

Meet Marian Wright Edelman

In our final post celebrating Women’s History Month GaffneyLewis LLC is proud to introduce you to Marian Wright Edelman, an American activist for children’s rights.

Hailing from Bennettsville, South Carolina, Edelman was born on June 6, 1939, to Arthur Jerome Wright, a Baptist minister, and Maggie Leola Bowen.

Edelman has been a life-long advocate for disadvantaged Americans and is the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. Her work in this area has influenced leaders including Martin Luther King Jr.

After graduating from high school in 1956 she attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Edelman was awarded a Merrill Scholarship which afforded her the opportunity to travel and study abroad. In 1959 she returned to Spelman for her senior year and became involved in the civil rights movement. In 1960, Edelman and 77 other students were arrested during a sit-in at segregated Atlanta restaurants.She graduated from Spelman as valedictorian of her class. She went on to study law and enrolled at Yale Law School earning her Juris Doctor in 1963. She would later become the first black woman elected to the Yale Board of Trustees (1971).

In 1964 Edelman became the first African American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar and she started her legal career with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund representing civil rights activists.

Edelman first met her husband, Peter, an assistant to Robert F. Kennedy, when Kennedy was touring the Mississippi Delta. The two married in 1968 and relocated to Washington, D.C.

In 1968 Edelman founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm. She also worked on the Poor People’s Campaign for Martin Luther King Jr. and became more involved in issues relating to childhood development and the protection of children.

As her activism and support for underprivileged children advanced, Edelman founded the Children’s Defense Fund to be a voice for children of color, poor children, and those with disabilities. Edelman was instrumental in getting the United State Congress to overhaul the foster care system, and to protect children who are disabled, homeless, or abused.

Edelman is also the author of several books focusing on the importance of children’s rights and protecting them. Her passion for children and the lifelong journey to protect them is reflected in her words, “as adults, we are responsible for meeting the needs of children. It is our moral obligation. We brought about their births and their lives, and they cannot fend for themselves.”

In 2020, Edelman became president emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund, but her passion for the work and commitment to children continues.

Thank you, Marian Wright Edelman for the being the light for the children who need it. You have touched so many lives and your work will continue for years to come.

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Meet Eartha Kitt

Meet Eartha Kitt – Actress, Activist and Superstar

​In our continued celebration of Women’s History Month GaffneyLewis LLC is proud to shine the light on Eartha Kitt (born Eartha Mae Keith; January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008). Kitt was an American singer, actress, dancer, voice actress, comedienne, activist, author, and songwriter.

Hailing from North, South Carolina, Kitt played Cat Woman on the final season of Batman; and her beautiful, growly voice is the one we hear on the original Christmas favorite, “Santa Baby.”

Kitt was an activist. She spoke publicly against the Vietnam War.  For many years, she fought for LGBTQ rights. She also started the Kittsville Youth Foundation and Rebels with a Cause, which were non-profit organizations focused on helping underprivileged youths who worked together to clean up depressed parts of Los Angeles (Watts) and Washington, D.C. (Anacostia) and establish recreation areas for the youth in these areas.

Said Kitt,

 “We’re all rejected people, we know what it is to be refused, we know what it is to be oppressed, depressed, and then, accused, and I am very much cognizant of that feeling.  Nothing in the world is more painful than rejection.  I am a rejected, oppressed person, and so I understand them, as best as I can, even though I am a heterosexual.”

She accomplished much in her life and was generous in her support of others, but it is Kitt’s sense of empathy and acceptance that makes her a superstar.

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Augusta Braxton Baker – Pioneer for Black Librarianship

March is Women’s History Month commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. As a South Carolina women-owned, ethnically diverse law firm, GaffneyLewis, LLC is proud to shine the light on some of the women who blazed the trail before them.

Meet Augusta Baker

Augusta Braxton Baker was a pioneer for black librarianship.

She was the first black person to earn a B.S. in library and information studies from SUNY Albany. Baker spent most of her career working in the New York Public Library system (37 years) in many roles, including Children’s librarian, storytelling specialist, assistant coordinator of children’s services, and coordinator of children’s services. 

During her career she became the first African American Coordinator of Children’s Services for all 82 libraries within the New York Public Library system. In this role, and throughout her career, Baker worked to diversify the genre of children’s literature and to make books for young readers more reflective of the young people who read them. 

Baker’s love of books extended into writing. As an author, she wrote “Books about Negro Life for Children” (later renamed “The Black Experience in Children’s Books”), the first extensive bibliography of children’s books that featured positive black role models.

In 1980, after a remarkable career, Augusta Baker moved to Columbia, South Carolina. She became the University of South Carolina’s storyteller-in-residence. She served in this role for 14 years, continuing to influence the youth of South Carolina and beyond.

Augusta Baker died on February 23, 1998. Truly an innovator, her life’s work lives on through the Augusta Baker Collection of Children’s Literature and Folklore and the “Baker’s Dozen: A Celebration of Stories,” which is an annual storytelling festival sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science, College of Information and Communications, and the Richland Library. The University of South Carolina School of Information Science also established the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in her honor.

Well done, Augusta Braxton Baker, well done.

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GaffneyLewis is proud to be the Production Sponsor of “Satchmo at the Waldorf”

GaffneyLewis is proud to be the Production Sponsor of PURE Theatre’s virtual production of, “Satchmo at the Waldorf,” streaming on demand from December 17 through January 2.

It’s 1971, and the greatest trumpet player in the world has just finished a set at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Now at the end of his career, Louis Armstrong reflects back on his life and the ever-evolving struggle to live with dignity as a Black musician in a White world. Based on the 2009 biography written by playwright Terry Teachout, Satchmo at the Waldorf is an intimate exploration of Armstrong’s life, legacy, and—above all—jazz.

Since 2003, the ensemble actors of Charleston’s acclaimed PURE Theatre have built a solid reputation for artistic excellence in provocative contemporary theatre. The 20 professional actors comprising the Core Ensemble are the soul of PURE’s work. Serving a sophisticated and diverse audience with a taste for new work, PURE presents a compelling six-play season between August and June. Endeavoring annually to outdo what was accomplished in years past, PURE continually makes three promises to its audience:

  • To always tell a story worth listening to
  • To only pursue excellence
  • To always gift the audience something to talk about

The company has been lauded for coupling artistic risk-taking with a passionate commitment to addressing the important and often hilarious challenges of being human in the world today, yesterday, and tomorrow.

See the PURE website: www.puretheatre.org for details about the production and tickets.

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