Advocate of the Year

The Honorable Joel Lourie



You are invited to join us to honor the Honorable Joel Lourie with the
2018 Rev. Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney Award for Justice.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, we're pleased to announce that our 2018 Advocate of the Year reception will take place on October 4, 2018 beginning at 5:30PM. The event will be held at 300 Senate at Senate's End, 300 Senate St. Columbia, SC 29201.

We hope you will join us to honor the Honorable Joel Lourie as the recipient of our 2018 Rev. Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney Award For Justice.

During his years in the South Carolina Legislature, both as a Representative and Senator, Joel was always steadfast ally of SC Appleseed, and above all, he was committed to the advancement of healthcare, safety, child welfare and education to improve the lives of low-income folks in our state.

2018 AOY Host Committee

The Honorable Karl Allen
Stuart & Arlene Andrews
Tod Augsburger
The Honorable Steve Benjamin
The Honorable Sean Bennett
The Honorable Beth Bernstein
Marti Bluestein
The Honorable Margie Bright Matthews
George & Mary Denis Cauthen
The Honorable Mike Fanning
Palmer & Jane Freeman
The Honorable Laurie Funderburk
Anton Gunn
Dick Harpootlian
The Honorable Brad Hutto
The Honorable Darrell Jackson
The Honorable I.S Leevy Johnson
The Honorable Kevin Johnson
John & Patricia Kassel
The Honorable Marlon Kimpson
The Honorable Gerald Malloy
Councilman Jim Manning
The Honorable John Matthews Jr.
The Honorable Thomas McElveen
The Honorable Floyd Nicholson
Terry Peace
Gloria Prevost
The Honorable Luke Rankin
The Honorable Glenn Reese
Terry Richardson
The Honorable Dick Riley
Councilman Seth Rose
The Honorable Ronnie Sabb
The Honorable John Scott
Ed Sellers
The Honorable Nikki Setzler
The Honorable Vincent Sheheen
John Singerling
Inez & Samuel Tenenbaum
The Honorable Kent Williams

Past honorees: Ken Suggs (‘06), George Cauthen (’07), I.S. Leevy Johnson (‘08), Vicky Eslinger (‘09), Congressman John Spratt (‘10), Congressman James Clyburn (‘11), US Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley (‘12), Former U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner and SC Secretary of Education Inez Moore Tenenbaum (’13), Terry Richardson (’14), Coach Dawn Staley (’15), Stuart Andrews ('16),Sarah Leverette ('17).

2018 AOY Sponsors


BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
John & Patricia Kassel
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, L.L.P.
Robert S. Handler Charitable Trust


Bluestein Attorneys
Chappell Smith & Arden PA
Palmetto Health
Richard A. Harpootlian PA


Stuart & Arlene Andrews
Sue Berkowitz & Harry Palmer
George & Mary Denis Cauthen
The Electric Cooperatives of SC
Ellen Hamilton
Lexington Medical Center
McGowan Hood & Felder LLC
Parker Poe
South Carolina Legal Services
Samuel & Inez Tenenbaum
Robin & Janie White


Representative Beth Bernstein
Susan & Alan Brill
Cathy Cauthen
JoAnne Day
Duke Energy
Palmer & Jane Freeman
Josh Gupta-Kagan
Senator Brad Hutto
Joye Law Firm
Lewis Babcock L. L. P.
Beth Ann Rocheleau
Terry & Gail Richardson
Linda Salane
Security Federal Bank
Eve & Dan Stacey
Theodore & Associates
Womble Bond Dickinson