Burnette Shutt & McDaniel welcomes Lydia Robins Hendrix

COLUMBIA, SC – Burnette Shutt & McDaniel is delighted to welcome Lydia Robins Hendrix as an attorney. A former teacher in Columbia who earned high academic honors in law school, her practice will include employment, education and government law.

Lydia graduated summa cum laude and ranked second in her class at the University of South Carolina School of Law. She also earned nine prestigious CALI Awards, an honor that goes to the student with the highest overall score in a class. Additionally, she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Wig & Robe, and invited to be a pupil member of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court.

Though her role is new now that she’s an official attorney, Lydia is a familiar face to Burnette Shutt & McDaniel clients. She worked for the firm for two years as a law clerk while attending the law school, assisting attorneys with research, strategy, and document drafting. She also served as a student attorney at the School of Law’s Education Rights Clinic, where she evaluated cases, researched relevant law and counseled clients on possible courses of action.

As an attorney, she will represent clients in a full range of employment law issues, including wage disputes, equal pay, wrongful termination, and more. She will use her knowledge gained during her time as a teacher to assist parents, students, and teachers in education law matters, assisting with IEP and 504 plans, due process proceedings, manifestation hearings, expulsions, Title IX and sexual harassment matters, and contract disputes.  Additionally, she will work to hold public agencies and officials accountable through Freedom of Information Act requests and tort claims.

Before law school, Lydia taught for a number of years at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia. She earned a master’s in comparative literature and a certificate of graduate study in women’s and gender studies from the University of South Carolina. She graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University with a bachelor’s in modern arts. Lydia speaks conversational Spanish.