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Elizabeth Whitmel Powers

Elizabeth Whitmel Powers, American lawyer. Bar: South Carolina 1978, New York 1979. Named one of Most Powerful & Influential Women, National Diversity Council, 2010; recipient Crandall Close Bowles award, Young Women’s Christian Association-NYC Academy Women Leaders, 2008, 2009, Profiles Diversity Journal Women Worth Watching, 2009.


Powers, Elizabeth Whitmel was born on December 16, 1949 in Charleston, South Carolina. Daughter of Francis Persse and Jane Coleman Cotten (Wham) Powers.


Mount Holyoke College (Bachelor of Arts, 1971). University of South Carolina (Juris Doctor, 1978).


Worked at Reid & Priest LLP. Admitted to the bar, 1978, South Carolina. 1979, New York.

Executive Editor, South Carolina Law Review, 1977-1978.

Author: Note, South Carolina Law Review, 1977. Law Clerk to the Honorary Rodney A. Peeples, South Carolina, 1977-1978. Member: South Carolina Bar.

American Bar Association (Sections on Business Law, Public Utilities and Labor and Employment Law). (New York, N.Y. Office).


Board of directors The Seamen's Church Institute, since 1996. Volunteer New York Junior League, New York City, since 1983. Board of trustees Church Club, 1991-1994, 97-, vice president 1992-1994.

Member American Bar Association, South Carolina. Bar Association, National Society Colonial Dames of America (parliamentarian since 1994), National Society Colonial Dames in State of New York (president 1992-1995).


Married John CampbellHenry, June 11, 1994 (deceased January 1997).