SEPT. 6, 2018 – Students filled The Charleston Museum this afternoon for the opportunity to hear the President-Elect of the Charleston County Bar, Professor Debra Gammons, during the first Professionalism Series lecture of the semester.
Gammons focused on discussing the importance of service, relationships and tenacity. She used her years of experience and exemplary record of service to provide meaningful advice for the students.
“Your goal is to be the best attorney possible,” said Gammons. She emphasized that students must give back in order to be great attorneys. “Do [service] for your community,” she said.
Gammons also spoke of the opportunities that arise from pursuit of being the best. “Through service, you will gain relationships. Introduce yourself to people, don’t wait for people to come to you,” she said. Gammons advised students to stay true to who they are when building relationships and “not to let the negative people get you down.”
Gammons earned her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and her B.A. from the College of Charleston. She is the Director of the Office of Diversity Initiatives and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the Charleston School of Law. She has served as Trustee with the College of Charleston Board of Trustees and as Commissioner of the South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on Lawyer Conduct. She currently serves as President-Elect of the Charleston County Bar Association, Chairperson of Trinity Montessori School Board of Directors, Chairperson of the College of Charleston Friends of the Library Board, and a member of the College of Charleston Graduate School Advisory Board.
The Charleston School of Law established the Professionalism Series to build upon the values and ideals taught in the classroom as they attribute to the role of professionalism in the field of law. Guest speakers represent a wide range of well-respected judges and practicing attorneys that cover various topics such as: legal ethics, professional judgment, the practice of law, diversity, communication skills and networking.
To meet the professionalism education requirement, both full and part-time students must attend lectures and meet the graduation requirements detailed here.