Advocate of the Year

The Honorable Vincent Sheheen


You are invited to join us to honor the Honorable Vincent Sheheen with the
2023 Rev. Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney Award for Justice.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, we're pleased to announce that our Advocate of the Year reception will return this year and take place on September 28, 2023 beginning at 5:30PM. The event will be held at The Hall at Senate's End, 320 Senate St. Columbia, SC 29201.

We hope you will join us to honor the Honorable Vincent Sheheen as the recipient of our 2023 Rev. Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney Award For Justice.

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

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), Senator Joel Lourie ('18).

Join us in recognizing Vincent Sheheen's commitment to the people of South Carolina by making a 2023 Advocate of the Year sponsorship contribution in his honor! 

2023 AOY Sponsors


Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
John & Patricia Kassel
Savage Royall & Sheheen, LLP


Sue Berkowitz & Harry Palmer
Bluestein Attorneys
Bridget Brown & C. D. Rhodes
Sharon & Frank Caggiano
Cathy Cauthen
George & Mary Denis Cauthen
Frances Close
Joye Law Firm, LLP
Lewis Babcock, LLP
Lourie Life and Health
Maguire Law Firm
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC
Fred R. Sheheen Family
Stoney & Walker, LLC


Chappell, Chappell & Newman
Palmer & Jane Freeman
George Johnson & Coretta Bedsole
Johnson Toal & Battiste, PA
Lisa Martin
Murphy & Grantland, PA
Terry & Gail Richardson
South Carolina Legal Services
Eve Stacey
The Electric Cooperatives of SC
Whetstone Perkins & Fulda, LLC