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American Bar Association Honors Smith Moore Leatherwood

American Bar Association Honors Smith Moore Leatherwood's Trey Ingram With 2016 Child Advocacy Award


August 18, 2016

Greenville, S.C.  – Smith Moore Leatherwood is pleased to announce that attorney Robert S. "Trey" Ingram III has been named recipient of the 2016 American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) Child AdvocacyAward. This national award, given annually by the ABA YLD and the Center on Children and the Law, recognizes the contributions to the legal profession by child advocates who have actively labored on behalf of children and celebrate the often unheralded service that child advocates bring to children and the legal profession.

"It is truly an honor to congratulate Trey on being named recipient of the American Bar Association's Child Advocacy Award," said Tod Hyche, partner in charge of the Greenville office. "Trey is undoubtedly among those on the front lines who display an unwavering commitment to serving the needs of our state's most vulnerable children and families. We at Smith Moore Leatherwood are thrilled to celebrate his achievement, and feel so fortunate to have him on our team."

Ingram focuses his law practice on commercial real estate, while simultaneously pursuing his passion of adoption law in South Carolina. His adoption practice includes: representing adoptive parents seeking to finalize domestic and intercountry adoptions; advocating for the best interests of children and the constitutional rights of natural, foster and adoptive parents in contested family court cases; and handling accreditation issues for licensed adoption agencies.

Ingram is actively devoted to Speak Up: Voices for Foster Care Reform, the legislative arm of Fostering Great Ideas, a South Carolina non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in South Carolina foster care. Through Ingram's pro bono work with this organization, he was influential in drafting and promoting meaningful legislation to improve the lives of children in the State's foster care system, including two bills enacted into law this summer, one of which immediately increased the number of families eligible to become licensed foster homes in South Carolina and the other dramatically "normalized" the lives of children in foster care by implementing the "reasonable and prudent parent" standard for caregivers to approve the child's participation in age and developmentally-appropriate activities. Aside from many other volunteer efforts in the foster care and adoption community on a regional scale, Ingram and his wife, Kelli, have served as foster parents multiple times. In 2014, they adopted a baby girl, making her their fourth daughter, and they are currently fostering a baby boy.

Ingram received his undergraduate degree from Charleston Southern University, summa cum laude, in 2005 and his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, cum laude, in 2008. He is also a graduate of Leadership Greenville and is a past member of the Greenville Chamber's PULSE Pacesetters program. Trey mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate and is very active in service with Fostering Great Ideas' Speak Up: Voices for Foster Care Reform. He was listed in Legal Elite and 35 Best and Brightest by Greenville Business Magazine in 2015 and The Greenville News' 30 Emerging Leaders in 2016.

For more information, contact:
Ashley Shelley (ashleys@hughes-agency.com)
864.271.0718

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