A Columbia, South Carolina attorney has been tapped as chair of the board of reproductive health and family planning organization the New Morning Foundation.
Beth Richardson of Sowell Gray Stepp & Lafitte will head the New Morning board as its members find avenues to fund new programs and develop new policies.
"New Morning Foundation plays a critical role in improving young people’s lives in South Carolina,” Richardson said. "I am honored to use my experience and skills to help this board of leaders advocate for our state’s young adults.”
Richardson was first named to the New Morning board in 2009; she will serve as chair for two years.
Richardson earned a degree in women's studies from Duke University and went on to get her law degree from Washington University Law School in St. Louis.
As an attorney, Richardson specializes in commercial litigation, business dispute resolution and appellate law. She has also been a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she taught advanced legal writing.
A vocal advocate for women's rights, Richardson has volunteered for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Legislative Ad Hoc Oversight Committee and the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office Criminal Domestic Violence Prosecution Program.