South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

Wild Side 2020 - Overview

Save the Date! The 11th Annual Wild Side is Set for Saturday, September 26, 2020!


Every year since 2010, we look forward to hosting new and familiar friends, family and supporters at Wild Side. A team of board members, staff and volunteers devote many hours to plan each detail of our signature event, but even the best-laid plans can go awry. In 2015, following a bout of torrential rains, for the first time we had to move our event from Hobcaw House, on the banks of Winyah Bay, further inland to Kimbel Lodge. The very next year, Hurricane Matthew forced us to reschedule our annual festivities. Yet at both events, we managed to gather together in wonderful Autumn weather and toast another year of SCELP’s successes in protecting South Carolina’s natural resources.

This year, for our 11th outing, we set the date and location for September 26th at the historic Kaminski House lawn in the heart of Georgetown, the same site as last year’s happy occasion. South Carolina native Robert Ariail, award-winning editorial cartoonist and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, will be our guest speaker.

But this time around, Wild Side is not up against catastrophic weather—or at least we hope not. Rather, the global coronavirus pandemic that has upended our daily lives has undoubtedly thrown a few roadblocks in the organization of our yearly fundraiser.

Like you, we are taking everything one day at a time. We realize some of you are excited to meet in person and some of you are hesitant. In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, we made changes to allow those who wish to support SCELP to do so safely by offering a mix of in person and virtual options. We will launch our online registration soon with all the details, so please check back!

As we plan this year’s occasion, we are reminded of the very first Wild Side in 2010 that was put together by an even smaller team of organizers in only a handful of weeks. That event was to honor the legacy of the late, great Jimmy Chandler, who formed SCELP in 1987. Since then, Wild Side has become a wildly popular gathering with food, music and festivities, a critical source of financial support for SCELP’s work, as well as heartening demonstration of the community’s steadfast support for Your Lawyers for the Wild Side.

We already have much to celebrate this year. We secured a procedural win after a judge ordered the Federal government to disclose how its seismic permitting decisions were made. We also won a resounding victory in the South Carolina Court of Appeals over a coal ash landfill dispute in Pickens County, delivering a win for the health and safety of its residents. And we won a case in the South Carolina Supreme Court protecting citizens’ rights to challenge government permits that authorize pollution.

Whether or not we see you in person, we hope you save the date for September 26th. We will celebrate again!

Give us a call or contact us via email if you would like to be involved or need more information.

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project

South Carolina's own Robert Ariail