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Konduros Leadership Development Program

Konduros Leadership Development Program

University of South Carolina School of Law is proud to host the Konduros Leadership Development Program. Committed to providing a cadre of future leaders, the program furthers leadership development, equipping students with the creativity, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills necessary to assume leadership positions within an increasingly complex and evolving environment.

Through interactive sessions, a select group of students will participate in self-assessment, learn and read about effective leadership, engage in discussion with respected leaders, participate in exercises designed to develop strong judgment and analytical reasoning, and complete a project that demonstrates the leadership principles they learn.

The Konduros Leadership Development Program serves to encourage and promote leadership while preparing students to effectively and successfully manage the people and organizations they will lead.



In 2014, Jim Konduros, a 1954 law alumnus, made a generous gift to the University of South Carolina School of Law to provide students with scholarships, fellowships and leadership development. Mr. Konduros credits the law school for helping him develop the strategic thinking and counseling skills that guided him through a rewarding career that included working with U.S. Senator Olin Johnston and Governor Robert E. McNair, advising major companies and serving as counsel to a hospital system CEO and leading several nonprofit organizations.

His journey in public service began in the early 1960s as aide to Senator Olin Johnston and advocate in the “War on Poverty”, which he continued as a key member of Governor Robert McNair’s staff. He brought together the S.C. Highway Commission and Appalachian Commission to construct the 72-mile Cherokee Trail (S.C. Hwy. 11) through the state’s foothills. He also helped create the Appalachian Community Service Network, an educational cable channel that later became The Learning Channel.

After Gov. McNair’s term ended in 1971, Konduros joined him in a new law firm founded by McNair, developing and supervising a governmental affairs practice. During his 20-year tenure with the McNair Law Firm he advised Westinghouse in its successful bid to assume operations at the Savannah River Site and helped Palmetto Health CEO Charles Beaman navigate the merger of Baptist Medical Center and Richland Memorial Hospital.

Thanks to Mr. Konduros and the Konduros Fishermen Fund, law students will benefit from scholarships, fellowships, and the Konduros Leadership Development Program.

Konduros Leadership Development Program Application
All programs, dates, leaders, etc. are subject to change.
The deadline to apply is September 17, 2018.


2018 Program Schedule

  • Session I — The Nature of Leadership — Monday, January 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Session II — Leadership Analysis and Communication — Monday, January 8, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Session III — Framework for Decision-making and Ethical Leadership — Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Session IV  — Addressing Problems as a Leader — Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Session V — Working in Teams — Team-player Assessment — Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
  • Session VI — Emotional Intelligence in Leadership Thursday, February 8, 2018, 12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
  • Session VII — Workplace Leadership Assessment Thursday, February 22, 2018, 12:40 – 1:40 p.m.
  • Session VIII — Closing Session and Certificate Ceremony — Friday, March 23, 2018


2018 Session Leaders

  • Duncan Alford, Associate Dean for the Law Library and Professor of Law
  • Robert Bockman, Senior Legal Writing Instructor
  • Emma Dean, Chief Counsel, SC House Judiciary Committee
  • Henry Deneen, Executive Director of the Center for Global Strategies and Of Counsel for Murphy & Grantland, PA
  • Jill Kunkle, Associate Director of Career Services
  • Susan Kuo, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Law


2018 Leadership Development Program Speakers

  • Matthew Adkins — Former Drill Sergeant Trainer, U.S. Army; Law Offices of Jim Brown, P.A.
  • Stephen K. Benjamin — Mayor, City of Columbia
  • Emma Dean — Chief Counsel, SC House Judiciary Committee
  • Henry Deneen — Of Counsel, Murphy & Grantland, P.A.; Executive Director, Center for Global Strategies
  • Lauren Haynes — Leadership Coach at USC Leadership and Service Center
  • Kathy Helms — Office Managing Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
  • Tommy Preston — Director, National Strategy & Engagement at The Boeing Company
  • Dan Sanders — VP, General Counsel & Secretary; Chief Compliance Officer, Michelin North America
  • Brad Stratton — Director, Center of Business Communication at University of South Carolina
  • Carl Solomon — Founder, Solomon Law Group; former SC Bar President
  • Nathan Strong — Director of Organizational and Professional Development at the University of South Carolina
  • J. Cal Watson — Member, Sowell, Gray, Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC; former SC Bar President
  • Justin Williams — Associate, Moore Taylor; Captain, U.S. Army
  • Valerie Williams — Deputy General Counsel, Michelin North America
  • Sheila Willis — Associate, Fisher & Phillips, LLP; President, SC Women Lawyers Association