On behalf of the Judges, thanks to the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association for an educational and enjoyable weekend in Savannah. The Annual Seminar is open to all and is a must attend event for many in our practice area. The speakers this year included United States Circuit Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr. The 2020 seminar has been announced for March 20-22 in Asheville, N.C.
A highlight of the annual meeting is the presentation of the Association's William E.S. Robinson Public Service Award. It is presented annually by the Board of Directors to a member rendering distinguished public service to the legal profession and community.
This year Keith Poston of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP was recognized. Keith practices in Columbia and was involved in the Bi-Lo, LLC chapter 11 and the Tuomey Healthcare Systems workout. Last November the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges chose Keith to participate in its next generation program, naming him one of 40 up and coming bankruptcy practitioners with five to ten years experience.
Keith has been involved with Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity since 2009 and a board member since 2014. He currently serves as the Board's vice president. Keith serves as counsel in Habitat's rare foreclosure actions. The other Board members, while appreciating his legal work, note that he often works with Habitat clients to achieve a loan modification, refinance, or extension of mortgage terms. According to Executive Director Roy Kramer, once a homeowner falls into foreclosure, "if they can come up with a plan, more times than not, Keith works it out. He's pretty good at getting them back on track."
Keith also volunteers for the Wills for Heroes program (providing simple wills and medical powers of attorney to first responders), the South Carolina Guardianship Project (a probate court guardian program), and does pro bono family and landlord-tenant law. Keith says he enjoys working on these matters because he is able to personally connect with his clients. The Judges thank Keith for his efforts and congratulate him on the award.
David R. Duncan, Chief Judge