[ COLUMBIA, S.C.,] Collins & Lacy, PC is pleased to announce that Joel W. Collins has been elected as a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers by its Board of Governors.
The International Society of Barristers is an honor society with a membership limited to 600 outstanding trial lawyers elected by their peers. The Society is dedicated to excellence, integrity, and civility in advocacy, to the preservation of the adversary system and of the right to trial by jury, and to the encouragement of young lawyers to enter the field of trial practice. The Society has fellows in all fifty states and Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Mexico, and Scotland.
Joel Collins, founding shareholder of the firm, received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University in 1965 and earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1968. Mr. Collins recently completed his term as the 2008 President of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates, (ABOTA). ABOTA is the national organization of experienced trial attorneys dedicated to preserving the constitutional right to jury trials. In 2005, he received the James Petigru Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Mr. Collins was selected for Best Lawyers 2008 and has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.