October 6, 2016
5:30 — 7:30PM
300 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Each year, SC Appleseed selects a champion for justice, whose life’s work has been dedicated to improving the lives of fellow South Carolinians, and we honor that individual at our Advocate of the Year Reception. Last year, following the tragic events at Mother Emanuel Church, we chose to rename the award in memory of our longtime friend and ally Senator Clementa Pinckney, as recognition of his service to the people of South Carolina.
With Sen. Pinckney’s legacy in mind, we are honored to be recognizing founding SC Appleseed board member, Stuart M. Andrews, Jr., as the recipient of the 2016 Rev. Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney Award for Justice. Throughout his career, Stuart has shown vision, compassion and leadership in serving the legal needs of the low income community. In addition to his longstanding commitment to SC Appleseed, Stuart was also a founding member of South Carolina Legal Services and has served on the governing board of numerous advocacy and service organizations, often as chairperson. Along with his community and civic work, he has undertaken individual cases, successfully pushed for laws and policies resulting in widespread benefit, and worked directly with nonprofits that provide direct legal aid to our poorest citizens. Stuart is an attorney that lives his life in a way that ensures access to justice for all and his commitment to legal assistance for the poor clearly makes him worthy of this award.
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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).