Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A newly formed Senate of Delta Theta Phi Fraternity has named its group in honor of A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr., a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Greenville office. The new Senate is based at the Charleston School of Law.
Twelve students organized and petitioned to become a new student organization at the Charleston school. Delta Theta Phi Fraternity is a professional law fraternity and a member of the Professional Fraternity Association. The fraternity traces its roots to 1900 where it was established at the Cleveland Law School (now known as Cleveland-Marshall Law School).
“We selected Marvin primarily because of his work on behalf of the South Carolina Bar Association, his legal achievements, and his status as an alumnus of our legal fraternity,” said Alex Pinson, a founding member and officer of the senate. “Some of us had seen him speak at our Fall 2011 Convocation ceremony and admired his presence and message. It was important to us to name our student senate after someone for whom we would want to be remembered, and no one I spoke with had anything but an overwhelmingly positive impression of him.”
Quattlebaum was a member of the Strom Thurmond Senate of Delta Theta Phi while attending law school at the University of South Carolina. He served as president of the South Carolina Bar from 2011-2012, has been a member of the S.C. Bar Executive Committee since 2009, and has been a member of the S.C. Bar Board of Governors and House Delegates. He also has served in a leadership position with the S.C. Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors and the Society of Justice. He served as chair for the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Commission of the S.C. Bar and chair for the S.C. Bar Board of Governors Law School Task Force. In 2010, the University of South Carolina named him a Compleat Lawyer, and he is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference.
“I am both pleased and humbled to have the student members of the organization honor me in such a way,” Quattlebaum said. “I am particularly pleased that the student members have chosen to be a service-based chapter and will be focusing on charities in Charleston. Giving back to our communities is a strong part of what it means to be an attorney and is a significant focus of our profession and legal organizations.”