Murphy & Grantland Named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year

Honor bestowed by the South Carolina Bar at House of Delegates meeting

Columbia – The South Carolina Bar has named Murphy & Grantland as the 2018 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year. The pro bono program award was presented to co-founding shareholder John M. Grantland at the Wild Dunes resort on the Isle of Palms on Thursday.

During the past six years, attorney Tim Newton has provided pro bono legal work on 11 matters for the nonprofit faith-based organization, Alliance Defending Freedom, reporting some 580 hours of pro bono legal service.

Since 2015, Murphy & Grantland attorneys and staff have provided pro bono legal services to more than 25 survivors of human trafficking who may not otherwise have had access to their rights. In 2017 attorney Elliott Daniels expanded that work when he co-founded Legal Assistance for Survivors of Trafficking - SC, a statewide network of pro bono attorneys.

Attorney Kerri Rupert is currently providing pro bono defense in a criminal appeal pending before the South Carolina Supreme Court.

“At our firm, we talk a lot about practicing law with a servant's heart,” said John Grantland. “We don’t encourage our attorneys to do pro bono work for accolades, but rather because it is the right thing to do.”

As part of being named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year, the South Carolina Bar will donate $500 in M&G’s name to Lighthouse for Light. The Midlands-based nonprofit is raising money for a shelter that will provide refuge for survivors of human trafficking.

About Murphy & Grantland

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