Meet the new faces of the South Carolina Bar Foundation Board of Directors – Joshua A. Bennett, Thomas C. Brittain, M. Dawes Cooke Jr., T. Brooke Hunt and S. Venus Poe. As members of the board, these attorneys will work with the Bar Foundation to advance justice to all South Carolina citizens through the programs and services offered by the nonprofit’s 19 grantee organizations.
Joshua A. Bennett
Joshua Bennett currently serves as an Ambassador for the Foundation. In addition to that position, he will also serve as a board member. Bennett focuses his practice on complex litigation and insurance defense matters, with an emphasis on construction litigation, products liability, toxic tort/personal injury, professional negligence, and other related areas at Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC. He is listed in Super Lawyers as “South Carolina Rising Star” in Civil Litigation Defense. Bennett received an A/V Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named in Columbia Business Monthly’s “Legal Elite of the Midlands” in Construction Law. Bennett is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Law. In addition to his legal practice, Bennett is very active in his community. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Family Shelter as Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Town Theatre, is a recent graduate of Leadership Columbia and serves as a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Columbia.
Thomas C. Brittain
Thomas C. Brittain maintains his family practice in Myrtle Beach. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is an American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow and has been recognized in the New York Times as a “Super Lawyer.” He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. In the community, Brittain served as chairman of the Wofford College Board of Trustees. He also served as Captain in the US Army 1st Cavalry Division.
M. Dawes Cooke Jr.
Cooke’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, professional liability defense and personal injury litigation at Barnwell Whaley Patterson and Helms, LLC in Charleston. Cooke received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina. Cooke serves as secretary of the SC Bar Board of Governors and a member of the Dispute Resolution Section Council of the SC Bar. He is a past president of the Charleston Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, past president of the Charleston County Bar Association, and past chairman of SC’s Commission on Judicial Independence and Impartiality. Cooke is active in his community, serving as immediate past president of the Board of Directors of East Cooper Community Outreach and is a Rotarian.
T. Brooke Hunt
Brooke Hunt currently serves as an Ambassador for the Foundation. In addition to that position, she will also serve as a board member. Hunt practices at Smith Watts and Associates, where she focuses primarily in the area of family law. A native of Anderson, Hunt graduated from Anderson University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. Hunt is active in the South Carolina Association for Justice, representing Darlington, Chesterfield, Marlboro and Dillon counties on the Board of Governors for SCAJ from 2009 to 2015. Hunt is the secretary of the Darlington County Bar Association and serves on the Anderson University Alumni Board. She is also the former South Carolina Bar Young Lawyer Representative for Darlington, Chesterfield, Marlboro and Dillon counties.
In the community, Hunt is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she is on several boards and committees. She is also active with the Hartsville Community Players.
S. Venus Poe
Poe runs her private practice in Greenville and Fountain Inn. She earned an undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina. Poe is a former president of the SC Bar Young Lawyers Division and founded the SC Bar’s Leadership Academy. She has served on the SC Bar Board of Governors, and currently serves on the SC Bar’s House of Delegates as well as on the Practice and Procedure and Publications committees. She also serves on the SC Fee Disputes Board and is a member of the SC Association for Justice. In the community Poe is a former Board member of the Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce and founder of the Simpsonville Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Currently she serves as a Board member for the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce.
To learn more about the SC Bar Foundation and the work of its grantee organizations, please visit www.scbarfoundation.org.