WELCOME TO THE RCBA

We are an essential resource for attorneys
practicing in Richland County, South Carolina.

FIND OUT WHY

Why I Belong

We've been talking to our members to find out why they enjoy and benefit from being a member of the Richland County Bar Association. See what they are saying!

ABOUT THE RCBA

The Richland County Bar Association is the largest voluntary Bar in South Carolina and was established to promote the common business and professional interests of lawyers practicing in Richland County, South Carolina. Over the years, our membership has grown to over 1,900 attorneys. Our Executive Committee meets monthly to make decisions about the direction of our Bar, and we hold various events all year long to foster strong relationship among our members. Learn more about how you can get involved!

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join the rcba wellness committee for well-being week in law

Monday's Post - STAY STRONG: Physical Well-Being

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WATCH THIS: Dr. Wendy Suzuki talks about how exercise transformed her life and her research about the interconnection between physical activity and peak brain functioning.

READ THIS: Deborah Grayson Riegel (2021). Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Walk. Harvard Business Review.

DO THIS: The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise (Yep, Breathing!). The way you breathe may be making you anxious. Try out the stress-calming 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise Activity Guide, and post about your experience using the hashtag #WellbeingWeekInLaw.

Tuesday's Post - ALIGN: Spiritual Well-Being

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WATCH THIS: Practicing Spiritual Well-Being: Voices From the Legal Profession.   Fellow professionals in law share how they integrate their personal spirituality into their work lives. (7 minutes)

DO THIS: Try an Awe Walk. Boost the meaningfulness of your everyday stroll by following the instructions in the Awe Walk Activity Guide. Post about your experience using the hashtag #WellbeingWeekInLaw.

Wednesday's Post - ENGAGE & GROW: Career & Intellectual Well-Being

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WATCH THIS: Flow: An Animated Book Summary, A short, entertaining video summarizing the best-selling book, which proposes that fostering more “flow” (a state of complete absorption in engaging activities that are optimally challenging) in our daily lives is a key to growth and happiness (5:20 minutes).

READ THIS: Leo Babauta (2012). Nine Steps to Achieving Flow in Your Work. Greater Good Magazine.

DO THIS: Try Out Job Crafting, which is a continual activity in which we seek to create a better fit between our strengths, values, and preferences and our work. Follow the Job
Crafting Activity Guide and post about your experience on social media using the hashtag #WellbeingWeekInLaw.

Thursday's Post - CONNECT: Social Well-Being

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WATCH THIS:  Shawn Stevenson (2019). The Model Health Show With Dhru Purohit. How deep and meaningful friendships can help you thrive, support your well-being, and help you reach your goals. (1 hr, 15 mins.)

READ THIS:  Nelson D. Schwartz (2020). Working From Home Poses Hurdles for Employees of Color. New York Times. “Without the networks and encounters that offices provide, companies must foster the visibility of Black and Hispanic workers.”

DO THIS: Try out the Loving-Kindness Meditation Activity Guide, which guides you through a practice of mentally sending warmth towards others that is linked to many psychological benefits. Post about your experience using the hashtag #WellbeingWeekInLaw.

Friday's Post - FEEL WELL: Emotional Well-Being

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WATCH THIS:  Practicing Emotional First Aid. TEDx. Dr. Guy Winch advocates for better emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions and minds with the same diligence as we take care of our bodies. (17:15 mins).

READ THIS:  Alice Boyes (2020). Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Get Through the Workday. Harvard Business Review.

DO THIS:  Learn to Retrain Unhelpful Thoughts. Review the Retraining Unhelpful Thoughts Activity Guide and start practicing science-based skills to curb the negative effects of dysfunctional thoughts that can lead to poor mental health.

RCBA MEMBERSHIP

The benefits of membership in the Richland County Bar Association are numerous. We host events regularly, provide networking and service opportunities, offer continuing legal education, and provide regular communication and updates on what's going on in Richland County's legal community. Joining our bar offers access to a wealth of people and resources that will enhance your experience practicing law in Richland Country.

LOOK UP MEMBERS

To find a lawyer, the South Carolina Bar Association has a comprehensive directory.

BECOME A MEMBER

Use our online registration form to become a member and pay for your membership online.

Diversity Committee Highlights Members of local Judiciary

During the month of February, the Education Sub-Committee showcased several Black members of our local judiciary and the history that has influenced them.  They were kind to share a little about who and what inspired their legal careers. We hope you will take a moment to listen to the wonderful insights from our Judges and see how Black history has shaped, and will continue to shape, our Richland County Bar.

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SUPREME COURT GROUNDS BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT

The Supreme Court Beautification Project is a state-wide effort of county bars and private attorneys of South Carolina. It consists of placing a wall along Sumter Street, providing additional lighting to the parking lot, establishing proper shade trees in the parking lot, and replacing asphalt with permeable concrete pavers. We are working hard to raise the funds needed to complete the project. Your support is appreciated!

UPCOMING RCBA EVENTS

 Thursday, May 6, at 7:00 pm

Movie on the Lawn of the Hampton-Preston Mansion

Join the RCBA Wellness & Membership Committees for a casual movie night on the lawn of the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Bring your chairs/blankets - areas will be sectioned off for families or small groups to sit together. More details to follow.

THE RICHBAR NEWS

The Richbar News is the quarterly publication of our association. We feature articles written by Richland County attorneys and provide information about members, our events, and other important happenings in the Richland County legal community.

If you would like to access the latest issue, learn more about advertising in the Richbar News, download past issues of the newsletter, contact the editors, or find out more about the newsletter in general, click on the button below.

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LATEST TWEETS

Join @Richland_Co_Bar Wellness Committee for Day 4⃣ of #wellbeingweekinlaw. Today's focus is on Social Well-Being. “That which isn’t good for the hive, isn’t good for the bee.” – Marcus Aurelius 👉tips, resources & more at http://www.richbar.org/#Thursday #MentalHealthMatters

“Passion for your work is a little bit of discovery, followed by a lot of development, and
then a lifetime of deepening.” Angela Duckworth, psychologist & author of Grit ➡️It's Day 3⃣ of #WellBeingWeekinLaw-for tips & resources https://richbar.org/#Wednesday

Today's focus is spiritual well-being. ALIGN: Fostering a sense of meaningfulness & purpose in work + life. Aligning your work + life w/ your values, goals, & interests. Visit http://www.richbar.org/#Tuesday for 👍 tips & resources. #wellbeingweekinlaw #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth