Swansea native becomes first African-American military judge in South Carolina
Colombia, SC 08/24/2021 – Stanley L. Myers, Sr., managing partner and lawyer at Moore Bradley Myers (MBM), completed the 64th Military Judge Course. He is the third military judge of the South Carolina Army National Guard and the first African-American to hold that post in South Carolina. He is currently lieutenant-colonel of the National Guard.
Myers was appointed an infantry officer at the Citadel. He became Judge Advocate General after successfully passing the SC bar. As a judge, he fulfills many roles within the military, including presiding over trials, interpreting military law, evaluating the presentation of evidence, and monitoring hearings and trials in the courtroom.
“Holding this role for the military is a dream come true and something I’ve worked for since becoming a JAG officer,” Myers said. “I had no idea that I was the first African-American judge. I learned after I graduated that someone posted it online. You can’t have a lot of them until you get the first one, and I’m very proud to be a leader in this area.
Being the first is nothing new for Myers. Graduating from the Citadel in 1998, Myers set several records as a four-year starting quarterback for the Bulldog football team. In addition, he is the regional defense attorney and supervises young Judge Advocates General (JAGs) in South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Delaware and Virginia. He was deployed as a captain in Afghanistan from 2007-2008 with the 218th Infantry Brigade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Myers, originally from Swansea, SC, began practicing law with MBM after graduating from the David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, DC, in 2004. His areas of focus include criminal defense, personal injury personal injury and workers’ compensation.
He was appointed a Super Lawyer from South Carolina, a Midlands Legal Elite, member of the United States Bar of Trial Lawyers, and licensed to practice in state and federal courts. He is the founder of the Swansea Mentorship Program and a member of the Citadel Visitors Committee. He is married and the father of two children.