(COLUMBIA, S.C.)–Sidney J. Evering II, Special Counsel and Parker Poe’s Director of Diversity, was selected to The State’s 2013 “20 Under 40” list of young Midlands professionals. The recipients will be honored at an awards presentation on February 20 at the Capital City Club and were profiled in a special section of the publication’s February 18 print issue.
"I am not at all surprised that Sidney received this honor,” said Ray Jones, a Partner in the firm's Columbia office. "I have worked with Sidney for more than six years, and continue to be impressed by his demeanor, ability to relate to people and his community leadership. He is the embodiment of professionalism and a model for all young attorneys."
Mr. Evering was named the firm’s Director of Diversity in 2011. In this role, he works closely with Parker Poe’s Diversity Committee and firm leadership to promote and facilitate a working environment of inclusion, respect and opportunity for all employees through education, special initiatives, and hiring and retention practices. He also plays a vital role in helping the firm expand relationships and opportunities with minority-owned businesses. In his legal practice, Mr. Evering represents governmental clients and private industries on various economic development and public finance matters.
Outside of Parker Poe, Mr. Evering is a member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity Council where, for the past two years, he has worked alongside other council members, Chamber, community and business leaders to encourage, support and educate employers as they seek to value and strengthen diversity in the workplace.
In 2012, Mr. Evering was recruited by the Riley Institute at Furman University as a participant in the Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI), Midlands Class V. Through his involvement with the Riley Institute, Mr. Evering was selected as part of the inaugural membership and steering committee of the Diversity Recruitment Consortium (DRC), a group of organizations that work to develop innovative programs, practices and processes that increase the diversity of professional and executive talent throughout South Carolina.
Mr. Evering served on the Board of Directors of City Year Columbia, a nonprofit organization providing educational mentoring services to Richland County Schools, from 2008-2012. He was the Board Co-Chair in 2010 and Board Chair in 2011. In addition, Mr. Evering has volunteered as a mentor for law students at the University of South Carolina for more than six years.
Mr. Evering earned his BS in 1996 and his JD in 2002 from the University of South Carolina.
About Parker Poe
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has more than 200 lawyers in five offices located in major markets across North Carolina and South Carolina. The Firm provides legal counsel to large commercial and public organizations on litigation, corporate and regulatory matters. It has been recognized in recent years as one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States and as an award-winning leader in the use of technology to provide better and more efficient service to domestic and international clients. For more information, please visit www.parkerpoe.com.