WE'RE ELIMINATING RACISM & EMPOWERING WOMEN
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Our board of directors makes a real difference in the lives of women and people of color in the Charleston region, working hard behind the scenes to enable our programs, from our annual MLK Celebration to our inaugural What Women Bring event. We can't thank this passionate, talented group of women enough!
Elonda Fair O’Neill, Esquire, obtained a bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina in 1992 and her doctorate of jurisprudence degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1997.
She has been a partner in the law firm of O’Neill & Fair, LLC in Charleston since 2004, where her primary area of practice is family law including but not limited to dissolution of marriage, child custody, adoption, child support, visitation, DSS abuse and neglect, juvenile criminal defense and probate. She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1998 and the State Bar of California in 2000.
Prior to entering private practice, she volunteered at the Domestic Violence Clinic in Santa Monica, California. Upon returning to her hometown of Charleston, she was employed as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Daniel E. Martin, Sr., and then employed by the Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office as an assistant solicitor in the Family Court Division prosecuting juvenile crimes.
In addition to the state courts of South Carolina and California, she is admitted to practice before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, US District Court for the District of South Carolina, the US District Court-Central District of California and the United States Supreme Court.
She is also a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, the Charleston County Family Court Bar, the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Black Lawyers Association (2nd Secretary 2009-2010) and the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society (Vice-President 2005-2007).
She has held membership in several civic organizations including League of Women Voters, NAACP, Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated (editor/historian), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Charleston (SC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
Since her election to the YWCA Greater Charleston board of directors in 2010, she has served on the Building Committee (chair) where she was instrumental in leading the association in the sale of its historic 106 Coming Street property for $8.25 million. Shel also chaired the Bylaws Committee and drafted the association bylaws, which were adopted in February 2014. She recently chaired the Governance Committee and served on the Personnel and the MLK Professional Business Breakfast Committees.
She is married to her law partner, Anthony B. O’Neill, Sr. They have two children, Brianna and Anthony, Jr. and a beagle named Thurgood “Goody” O’Neill.
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