Meliah Bowers Jefferson Chosen for Liberty Fellowship
Thursday, January 11th, 2018
Wyche attorney Meliah Bowers Jefferson has been selected to participate in the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2019. The Liberty Fellowship is a leadership initiative founded by Anna Kate and Hayne Hipp, Wofford College, and The Aspen Institute. Participants are chosen from across South Carolina based on their proven leadership abilities and their commitment to moving the state forward. This year, the Liberty Fellowship selected 21 diverse leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sector. Jefferson will be the newest Liberty Fellow from Wyche, joining previous fellows Tally Parham Casey, Andy Coburn, Eric Graben, and Jo Watson Hackl.
“When I consider these Fellows individually, I see women and men who know what they want and deliberately go after it. There’s no sitting on the sidelines, waiting on someone to lead,” said Hayne Hipp. “While this propensity to make things happen has served them well in their careers and community engagement, imagine the potential for South Carolina as they work collectively for the good of the state.”
Jefferson works primarily in the area of trial and appellate litigation, with an emphasis on complex civil litigation and intellectual property law. Her varied experience includes representing plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving corporate governance, commercial law, election law, governmental authority, and disputes over intellectual property -- such as trademark, copyright, patents, and trade secrets. She also assists clients in general corporate matters and advises clients on assessing intellectual property issues associated with corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. She has served as law clerk to The Honorable Jean H. Toal, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina and to The Honorable J. Michelle Childs, United States District Judge. Jefferson is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business, where she double majored in marketing and finance. She also earned her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she served on the Editorial Board of the ABA Real Property, Probate, and Trust Journal and as President of the Black Law Students Association.