Mark C. McLawhorn
Mark C. McLawhorn is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and a 2002 graduate of W.J. Keenan High School. In 2006, the University of South Carolina awarded Mark a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science magna cum laude. While at the University of South Carolina, Mark was elected into The Phi Beta Kappa Society and received the Guy Levis Grant Award, the highest undergraduate award of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. After college, Mark enrolled at the University of South Carolina School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor in 2009.
Mark started his legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable H. Bruce Williams of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. After his clerkship, Mark enrolled at The Chinese University of Hong Kong where he was the recipient of a full tuition scholarship under the Master of Laws Scholarship Scheme. In 2012, The Chinese University of Hong Kong awarded Mark a Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law with Dean’s List Honors.
Upon completion of his Master of Laws, Mark served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Following his clerkship, Mark was an attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina. Most recently, Mark was an Assistant Federal Public Defender at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the District of South Carolina. While at the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Mark represented over 300 clients in federal court on drug offenses, firearm offenses, white-collar offenses (including money-laundering, bank fraud, theft of government property, wire fraud, counterfeit access devices) and criminal immigration offenses. Mark represented clients in all stages of the criminal process from arraignments, suppression hearings, trials, appeals, and supervised release revocations hearings.
Mark is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the New York Bar. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 2016, Mark participated as a fellow in the Richard W. Riley, Diversity Leadership Institute. He is a member of St. John Baptist Church of Columbia.