On a Personal Note from Robert Gruber
Bob Clement had been retired for years when I came to work for YCRLAW (then, Young Clement Rivers & Tisdale, LLP) in 2001. However, he still came into the office in a suit and tie several times a week, and I became acquainted with him through a long series of hall meetings and brief talks about family. I could tell immediately that he garnered tremendous respect in the office, and he always seemed to know the answer to the question before he asked it — the hallmark of a wry and clever attorney.
I got to know Bob much better during the spring of 2015 when we were preparing for the firm’s 50th anniversary party. I was in charge of producing a video tribute to the Charleston Community and the firm, and Bob was my contact for anything relating to the firm’s history and founding. In the process, I quickly discovered that Bob wanted to be much more than an encyclopedia for YCRLAW. He wanted to be involved in the production of the firm video, and he was more than willing to step out of character for the sake of artistic license. Bob was frail by then and was having some trouble walking. So, we did not see him in the office very much at that time. However, he was still wry and clever and told me several times that he wanted our video to be “cutting edge.” Wanting to know if he knew what “cutting edge” meant, I put him to the test.
One of the early ideas for the video involved a Matrix spoof in which I was Neo and Bob was Morpheus. Some of my partners thought the idea was crazy. Bob wasn’t sure. Still, he was familiar with the film, knew what I was trying to convey and, most of all, he was eager to take the video in a less conventional direction for the sake of humor and originality.
I never knew Bob as a practicing attorney. I never saw him work with a client, argue before a judge, or thunder away at opposing counsel. I did get to see the sharp and creative “what if?” attitude that helped make him and the law firm that he co-founded so successful.
Thank you Bob, and God’s speed.
Robert “Bob” Lebby Clement Jr.
1928 – 2017
YCRLAW is pleased to announce that Joanna Stroud has been appointed to the Wellness Committee for the South Carolina Bar for the term of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
YCRLAW is proud of Paul Garfinkel’s service on the Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services (CPBLS) board. The City of Charleston recently honored CPBLS with a proclamation honoring their fifty years of service.
YCRLAW is pleased to announce that the South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification has certified that Wilbur E. Johnson is approved to serve as a Circuit Court Arbitrator.
As of July 1, C. Michael Branham will be the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Coastal Community Foundation, Inc. The service area is the entire coastal region of South Carolina, with approximately $245 million under management.
YCRLAW and its attorneys Tori Anderson, Catherine Chase, Stephanie Ramia, and Joanna Stroud recently had the opportunity to help sponsor the 2017 Women Build Project with Sea Island Habitat. Each spring women come together for this project and spend a week building a home for a worthy family, and this year the house is going to a hardworking single mom and her children. Attorneys Anderson, Chase, and Ramia, also had the chance to participate in the build and a great time was had by all in support of the Charleston community!
YCRLAW is pleased to announce that J. Joseph (Joe) Owens has joined the firm as an Associate. Joe will practice primarily in the Professional Liability Group. Prior to joining YCRLAW, Joe served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable William P. Keesley, 11th Judicial Circuit. Joe received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2016 and he earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Clemson University in 2013. While in law school, Joe served as the President of the Environmental Law Society and received the CALI Award for South Carolina Administrative Law. While attending Clemson University, Joe was on the Dean’s List and was a member of the Pre-Law Society.
YCRLAW is pleased to announce that D. Jay Davis, Jr., Carol B. Ervin, and Shawn Daughtridge Wallace have been named South Carolina Super Lawyers for 2017. Also, Brian L. Quisenberry and Matt Riddle have been named "Rising Stars" for 2017.
Stephanie Ramia recently spoke at an NBI seminar entitled Advanced Employment Law. This seminar addressed two topics: (1) NLRB Decisions Affecting Unionized and Non-Unionized Workplaces; and (2) Responding to EEOC and State Agency Charges.
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