The Law Office of James R. Snell Jr. February 2018

18 FEB

Road to justice

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My Roots in Lexington Stretch Back Centuries

Discovering a Family Connection

Though I grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, my family has a long history in Lexington. I always knew my parents were from this area and my grandparents hailed from Gilbert and West Columbia. What I didn’t know until I began practicing law here is that my ties to the area

stretch back much further than that.

“Though I didn’t come here knowing about my ancestors, finding out about my heritage built a very strong connection between me and Lexington. It means a lot to know the community I’m now a part of was developed in part by my very own ancestors.”

If you’ve lived in Lexington long enough, you’ve probably heard the names Laurence and Barbara Corley. Laurence fought in the Revolutionary War, and his wife, Barbara, was affectionately known as “Granny.” They were prominent residents and did a lot of good for our community. The reverberations of their philanthropy are still being felt today. Their log cabin, built in 1772, is now part of the Lexington County Museum. They also happened to donate the land upon which our courthouse now stands. You can imagine my surprise when I found out that I’m a direct descendant of the Corleys. From our new office, I can almost see the Corley family burial plot. Though I didn’t come here knowing about my ancestors, finding out about my heritage built a very strong connection between me and Lexington. It means a lot to know the community I’m now a part of was developed in part by my very own ancestors. In fact, the courthouse, which bears a plaque dedicated to the Corley family, is where I was first sworn in as an attorney. As I was graduating law school, I already knew I wanted to open up my own practice immediately. What I needed to decide is where that practice would be located. I did a little research and discovered that Spartanburg and Lexington had the lowest number of lawyers per capita in the state. Seeing an opportunity to provide a valuable service and plant roots somewhere, I took the leap of faith and chose Lexington. It ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Of the 240 or so students from my graduating class, I think I was the only one that went into business for themselves right away. I didn’t even wait for the ink to dry on my papers to start working. While other lawyers went to the reception to celebrate, I already had a client who needed me. Mere minutes after officially becoming an attorney in the state of South Carolina, I started my career in earnest. Since that day, I’ve been fortunate enough to represent the great people of Lexington, the surrounding areas, and the rest of the state. The fact that I now try cases in a courtroom that owes its existence to one of my relatives inspires me to do my absolute best.

I don’t think I’ll ever have a plaque commemorating my achievements, but I hope I’ve played a small role in continuing the Corley legacy here.

–Jim Snell

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