attorney wellness committee

In May 2014, in an effort to address serious issues confronting members of the legal profession, then South Carolina Bar President Cal Watson announced the formation of the Task Force on Attorney Wellness. This initiative sought to promote all aspects of lawyer wellness by attempting to identify factors that impact both the emotional and physical well-being of attorneys and educate members of the Bench and Bar about wellness issues and resources. 

The Attorney Wellness Task Force aimed to help lawyers achieve total wellness: mentally, physically, and socially. The group launched its “living above the bar” campaign at the 2015 SC Bar Convention in Columbia, SC with seven events offering guidance and support on nutrition, fitness and other issues. The Wellness Task Force worked to develop a statewide speaker's bureau for presentations on wellness topics and worked within communities to identify fitness partners for SC Bar members. In February 2015, the Wellness Task Force transitioned into a SC Bar Committee.


Committee Contact

Kathryn Cavanaugh
Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office



Lindsay Joyner
Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA

Lindsay also chairs the Statewide Wellness Program Subcommittee. The Subcommittee develops wellness initiatives for Bar members, including coordinating fitness partnerships with community members to provide discounts for Bar members.


Jack Muench
Senior Attorney Issues Subcommittee Chair
Willcox Buyck & Williams, PA

The Subcommittee tackles unique wellness issues specifically related to senior or aging attorneys. The Subcommittee provides education and assistance for senior attorneys.


Susan Palmer
Law School Wellness Programs Subcommittee Chair
USC School of Law

The Subcommittee develops and implements wellness programs for the University of South Carolina School of Law and Charleston School of Law.


Jasmine Smith
Resource Assembly and Website Development Subcommittee Chair
Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

The Subcommittee designs and maintains the wellness website. The Subcommittee also researches and provides wellness resource materials for Bar members.


Past Chairs

2014-2016 R. Michael Ethridge
Ethridge Law Group
Click Here to Check Out Mike Ethridge's Wellness Blog

2016-2017 Miles Coleman, Co-Chair
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, miles.coleman@nelsonmullins.com


General Contact

We want to hear from you!
Would you like to offer articles of interest, suggest fitness partners for the Bar, or submit a great recipe, work-out routine or testimonial? Do you have a great blog post with tips, pointers, or information in general that may help other members of the Bar maintain a healthy lifestyle?  We would love to include that information. Please email your submissions to Jasmine Smith at livingabovethebar@outlook.com, indicating Blog Post, Article Submission, Work-Out Routine, Recipe, or Suggested Fitness Partner as the subject.

Interested in getting involved with the Wellness Committee? The Committee is currently seeking new members.  Contact Caitlin Watson for additional details. 


Speakers Bureau

Mary Anne Caywood attorneyannecaywood@gmail.com
General Wellness, Yoga Practices, and Work-Life Balance

Miles Coleman miles.coleman@nelsonmullins.com:
Sudden or Unexpected Trauma

Michael Ethridge methridge@ethridgelawgroup.com:
Mindfulness/Meditation/General Wellness

Meliah Bowers Jefferson mjefferson@wyche.com:
Chronic Health Conditions

Lindsay Joyner ljoyner@gwblawfirm.com:

Jasmine Smith jsmith@robinsongray.com:
Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Trauma/Burnout


Staff Contact

Caitlin Watson
South Carolina Bar
(803) 576-3782


Wellness Presentations and Events

2015 SC Bar Convention Wellness Activities

2-24-15 Attorney Mental Health and Ethics Updates

2-27-15 Beyond Burnout: Find Your Passion In or Out of Your Practice

2016 SC Bar Convention Wellness Activities 

12-19-16 Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers

2017 SC Bar Convention Wellness Activities 

5-20-2017- Young Lawyers Division Spin-A-Thon Email seb@sherpy-jones-law.com with any questions

New! 2018 SC Bar Convention Wellness Activities
Join a naturalist on a private nature walk around Kiawah’s best habitats! You will see and learn a bit about everything nature-related on Kiawah during this ticketed Bar Convention event. Additionally, there are running routes and maps available to Kiawah guests, and the resort offers other fitness opportunities, including bike rentals, running/walking routes, lessons/classes, tennis facilities, golf, a spa and more. Visit the resort's site for information.

New! March 1, 2018- Join the SC Bar Young Lawyers Division at Jamie Scott Fitness on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30pm for a BLACKOUT class to benefit Make-A-Wish® South Carolina. This unique 45 minute class will take you through a cycle, strength and TRX class in under an hour.  The best part? You’ll get your SWEAT on under the blacklights. We'll provide the DJ, glow sticks and body paint... you bring the energy! After class, unwind with refreshments, bubbles and beer. And, it's all for a great cause. The cost is $20 with proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® South Carolina. Sign up is open now and spaces will go fast, so don’t wait…Click here to sign up today! JSF Cross Hill & SWEAT Columbia Online

New! March 14, 2018- Keep your New Years’ wellness resolutions alive this March by joining YLD for a free fitness event at Orangetheory, 4708 Forest Drive, Columbia on March 14 at 7:45 pm. If you haven’t yet heard the hype, or participated in an Orangetheory class, this special event is perfect for you. Orangetheory’s heart rate monitored training is designed to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy.  Participants burn an estimated 500-1,000 calories in 60 minutes and keep burning calories for up to 36 hours after the workout! YLD members will receive a free 60 minute class and YLD will provide hydration and snacks.  Space is limited!  To register, please email Kimberly Snipes by March 5 and provide your full name, birthdate, approximate weight, and email address. (This info is needed to ensure your heart rate monitor works correctly for the workout.)  


Lawyers Helping Lawyers

If you are struggling with a mental health issue, please contact Lawyers Helping Lawyers for assistance.