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Young Lawers Division honors two top attorneys


A Columbia attorney and another from Charleston have been named Young Lawyers of the Year by the S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Rebecca Roser and Elizabeth “Beth” J. Palmer were recognized during the Bar’s House of Delegates meeting Thursday.

The award recognizes young lawyers for excellence in practicing law and for public service.

Roser is an attorney with the Robinson McFadden Law Firm in Columbia, She practices business, banking and commercial litigation, contract disputes and enforcement, commercial landlord/tenant law and insurance and annuity disputes.

“We all know that there are always one or two people who were the catalysts for the plan and who led the charge. Rebecca is always one of those special few,” Blake Hewitt of Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado wrote in his nomination letter. “Every time something good is happening at the Bar, she is there.”

Roser is a graduate of the Appalachian School of Law. She is a S.C. delegate in the American Bar Association and was appointed recently to its Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services.

She is a member of the S.C. Bar House of Delegates and Board of Governors and serves on the Bar’s the Annual Bar Convention Committee.

Roser has served as president and secretary-treasurer of the Young Lawyers Division and currently co-chairs its Bar Convention Committee.

She also volunteers with S.C. Special Olympics, serves on the Richland County Public Library Friends Board and is a member of the Junior League of Columbia.

Palmer is a shareholder with Rosen, Rosen and Hagood in Charleston. Her focus is business and commercial litigation, employment law, personal injury and education law.

She has been active with the Young Lawyers Division since 2005. Since then, she has served on the Voices Against Violence Committee, Community Law Week Committee, Nominating Committee and Bar Convention Committee, which she chaired from 2011-2014.

“Beth is results-oriented and works tirelessly to fulfill the responsibilities assigned to her,” said Will Johnson of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd. “She always goes well above and beyond the expectations that any reasonable person would have of her and that’s why she is truly deserving of the Young Lawyer of the Year Award.”

Palmer is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.

As a member of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, she organized the national anti-bullying initiative “Bullyproof” in 2012. She currently leads “Project Street Youth,” which provides legal resources for homeless teens and children.

The Young Lawyers Division includes all members of the South Carolina Bar under 36 and those with less than five years’ membership.