Margaret S. Day has been a solo practitioner in Bluffton since 2008, focusing on probate and family law, and is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, Beaufort County Bar Association, the Hilton Head Island Bar Association and the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association. She is licensed to practice in South Carolina, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Day serves as a guardian ad litem in both family court and probate court.
Ms. Day is being honored in 2017 by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly with a Leadership in Law Award. She is appointed as a delegate to the South Carolina Pro Bono Board and the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission. She also serves as the chair of Beaufort County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee and Programs Director for the Hilton Head Bar. She is a member of the Family Law Section and Probate Law Section and serves as a member of the Resolution of Fee Disputes Board for the Fourteenth Circuit. Ms. Day also serves on the Judicial Qualifications Committee. She served as Chair of the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Committee for two years.
She is very involved with her community, and served as a coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training and Girls on the Run of the Lowcountry. In 2012, she served as Chair for the Board of Trustees of Lowcountry Legal Volunteers, a nonprofit entity that provides legal representation and education to income qualified individuals, and she has a history of service to nonprofits in the state.
Ms. Day attended the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky and then transferred to and graduated from the University of Memphis in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Ms. Day decided to attend the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1999 to be closer to her family, and fell in love with South Carolina.
While attending law school, Ms. Day was President of the Women in Law Association for two years and also was an ex-officio member of the Board of the South Carolina Women Lawyer Association. She served on the Pro Bono Board, the Jessup International Moot Court Team, and Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity. She was also on Dean’s List and in
Who’s Who in American Law Students.
Additionally in Law School, Ms. Day was elected to Legislative Council and the Pro Bono Board and won the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award two years in a row. She served as chairperson and co-founder of the Race Judicata for charities, which still takes place in Columbia. Furthermore, she volunteered in women’s prisons and at the courthouse as an advocate for battered women. She studied in Europe during her second year of law school, studying international law and the European Union, with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who was one of the many esteemed professors in that program. Ms. Day was employed by the South Carolina House of Representatives as a legislative aide while in law school.
After law school, Ms. Day went to work in the Office of General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, in Columbia, where she provided legal counsel to the Department of Mental Health’s staff regarding probate, real property matters, and medical benefits and billing. She also served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and a hearing officer for the Department’s Setoff Debt Collection processes during that time. In her capacity as counsel for DMH, Ms. Day practiced in probate courts across the state, representing the Department of Mental Health in estate administration, probate claims, and real property disputes among other things.
Ms. Day went on to private practice in circuit courts across the state in the areas of Fair Debt Collection Practices and debt collection litigation. She has spoken professionally on Collection of Accounts Receivable, Judgment Enforcement, and Fair Debt Collection Practices. She has spoken nationally on the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and participated in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act mock trial in New Orleans before 600 of her peers.