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SCBF Ambassador program

Ambassadors promote the Bar Foundation’s mission and programs and help raise additional resources to support legal services program, law related education and other grantees for the Bar Foundation. Ambassadors also assist the South Carolina Bar Foundation with events, fundraising and other functions.

Meet the South Carolina Bar Foundation’s Ambassador Class of 2016!

Tiffany D. Gibson

Tiffany D. Gibson is an attorney for the SC Department of Social Services Child Support Services Division, where she handles child support default orders and out-of-state registrations for twelve counties in the Florence Region, provides training assistance to Human Services Specialists, negotiates with parents and their legal counsel during Judicial court dates, and presents cases in Family Court.

She is very active in the community, previously serving as community service chair for Black Law Students Association and the West Columbia Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. She also serves as a committee member of the Young Lawyers Division’s Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive and has participated in the Midlands Heart Walk and Habitat for Humanity Wills Clinic.

Cody T. Mitchell

Cody T. Mitchell is a trial lawyer at Lucas, Warr, & White in Hartsville, where he practices in the areas of family law, criminal law, personal injury, workers compensation, probate, and real estate. He also serves as Captain in the US Army Reserve and as municipal judge for the Town of Bethune, South Carolina.

He is chairman of the South Carolina Young Lawyers Division’s Military Support Committee and Fourth Circuit Representative for the South Carolina Young Lawyer’s Division. In the community, Mitchell is president of the Bethune Lions Club and zone chair for the SC Lions District 32-C, member of Hartsville Rotary Club, member of Hartsville Kiwanis Club, and member of the board of directors of Darlington County Habitat for Humanity. He is a member of Harmony Baptist Church. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law and his bachelor’s degree in history from Presbyterian College.

South Carolina Bar Foundation Ambassador Class of 2015

Joshua A. Bennett

Joshua A. Bennett is an associate with Rogers Townsend in Columbia, where he focuses his practice on litigation matters, including construction litigation, insurance defense, products liability, business litigation and other related areas. Bennett is listed in Super Lawyers as a “South Carolina Rising Star” in Civil Litigation Defense, received an A/V Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named in Columbia Business Monthly’s “Legal Elite of the Midlands” in construction law.

In addition to his legal practice, Bennett serves on the Board of Directors for The Family Shelter and Town Theatre and is a graduate of Leadership Columbia. Bennett is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Tiffany L. Butler

Tiffany L. Butler is an appellate defender for the SC Commission on Indigent Defense’s Division of Appellate Defense. She represents indigent individuals on appeals from convictions in General Sessions Court, denial of post-conviction relief claims and probation revocations.

Butler graduated from Wofford College with degrees in English and Spanish. She attended the University of South Carolina School of Law. There she received the Outstanding Service Award, was a member of the Public Interest Law Society and served as associate editor of the Southeastern Environmental Law Journal. In 2013, Butler also attended the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer University School of Law.

Helen Rose Roper Dovell

Helen Rose Roper Dovell is an assistant public defender for the Beaufort County Public Defender’s Office. She represents indigent criminal defendants in General Sessions Court and Magistrate Court, where she advocates for just outcomes based on clients’ unique legal and personal situations. Dovell graduated magna cum laude from Wofford College with degrees in art history and government. She attended the University of South Carolina School of Law. There she received the Outstanding Pro Bono Achievement Award and served as president of the
Pro Bono

Dovell is a member of the Beaufort County Bar, the South Carolina and National Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the South Carolina Women Lawyers’ Association. Dovell has also served as a mentor for the Supreme Court of South Carolina Lawyer Mentoring Program and the USC School of Law 3L Mentor Program.

Elizabeth F. Fulton

Elizabeth F. Fulton is a civil litigator whose practice areas include construction, insurance defense, business disputes, horizontal property regimes and premises liability. She is member of the South Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Charleston County Bar Association, the Charleston Lawyers Club and the Charleston School of Law Alumni Association. In the community Fulton also serves as a Festival of Homes and Gardens Tour Guide for the Historic Charleston Foundation.

Fulton graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina University with a degree in communications and a minor in history. At the Charleston School of Law, Fulton graduated cum laude and served as both president and treasurer of the Student Bar Association. She was also selected to join the James L. Petigru Inn of Court in her final year.

Robert B. Hawk

An associate attorney with Carlock Copeland & Stair, LLP, Robert B. Hawk represents business owners, professionals and insurance companies in civil litigation and insurance coverage matters.

Hawk serves on the Charleston County Bar Executive Committee and was a member of Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Charleston Class of 2012. He also served as a Roper St. Francis Foundation Fellow and as a member of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division Habitat for Humanity Wills Committee.

Hawk graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Davidson College in Davidson, NC.
He earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Alexander S. Hogsette

An associate attorney with Willcox Buyck & Williams, PA in Florence, Alexander S. “Alec” Hogsette practices civil and criminal litigation and appeals, federal practice, personal injury, real estate, domestic, complex trials, negligence defense, contracts and business litigation.

Hogsette attended Sewanee: The University of the South. After graduating he enrolled in the Charleston School of Law, where he was included on the Dean’s List and was member of the Maritime Law Bulletin. He interned with United States District Court Judge Patrick Duffy and South Carolina Probate Court Judge Irvin Condon, served as the vice-president of the Trial Advocacy Board and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Hogsette was an active participant in the Trial Advocacy Board and competed in mock trials throughout the southeast. He also spent his summers and final year of law school working on litigation teams in firms in Charleston

T. Brooke Hunt

T. Brooke Hunt is a litigation associate with Smith Watts and Associates, LLC in Hartsville, where her practice emphasizes family law and personal injury claims. She also serves as a private Guardian ad Litem in custody and adoption cases. In addition, Hunt serves as a PAI Contract Attorney for South Carolina Legal Services.

Hunt is the Fourth Circuit Board of Governor’s Representative for the South Carolina Association of Justice. She previously served two terms as the Fourth Circuit Representative of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division. Her representation for both organizations encompasses Darlington, Chesterfield, Marlboro and Dillon counties. Hunt attended Anderson University, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Thomas J. Rode

Thomas J. Rode is employed at Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yekverton, PA as an associate attorney. Rode, who focuses on civil litigation, business litigation and appellate practice, began his career with the Savage Law Firm, where he practiced criminal defense and plaintiff’s litigation. He has handled matters in both state and federal court in South Carolina. Prior to that Rode served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paula H. Thomas of the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

A member of the Charleston County Bar Association and South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division, Rode also serves as an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at the Charleston School of Law. Rode earned his Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude, and a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University, where he also graduated magna cum laude.

Ashley Cole Story

As an associate attorney at J. Lewis Cromer & Associates, LCC in Columbia, Ashley Cole Story represents plaintiffs on various employment and labor law issues in both state and federal courts. Her expertise includes state tort and contract law, federal discrimination laws, as well as local governmental grievance procedures and federal employee opportunity hearings. Story is a member of the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Association for Justice and the Junior League of Columbia. She is also chair of the Richland County Bar Association Public Service Committee.

Story graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a degree in business administration. She then graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she was a vice president of the USC School of Law Pro Bono Board.

Over the next two years, the Foundation will add a total of 35 ambassadors.

Are you interested in becoming an Ambassador for 2016? The Bar Foundation is accepting applications! Interested applicants should send a résumé, letter of interest and up to two letters of support, along with a completed application form to foundation@scbar.org. Applications are due Friday, October 23, 2015.