Jill Eskin Major HaLevi received her law degree from the University of Michigan, and she has been a member of the South Carolina Bar since 1995. She has extensive courtroom experience from her 10 years of litigation on behalf of clients in criminal court prior to entering private practice, as well as during her time in private practice in both criminal and family courts. Jill served as an attorney at the Charleston County Public Defender for 6 years before accepting a position with the Federal Defenders of Charleston. During her 10 years as a public defender, Jill handled cases ranging from property and drug offenses to murder. She also attended multiple national training institutes to hone her courtroom skills. Jill was instrumental in the development of the Charleston County Drug and Mental Health Courts, and she represented half of all the clients in Drug Court for several years. While in private practice, Jill has also represented numerous clients in the Federal Court "Bridge" (drug court) program.
In addition to her criminal court background, Jill spent two years working on legal issues relating to Israel, first at an organization dedicated to advocating and mediating on behalf of workers in employment disputes, and then as an attorney with a law firm representing victims of terrorist attacks. She is a certified Guardian ad Litem and has been trained and certified in Collaborative Law. Jill has received training in civil, criminal and family court mediation. She is certified by the South Carolina Bar as both a civil court and family court mediator. In 2008, Jill co-founded the Mediation and Meeting Center of Charleston, a non-profit professional association of mediators that also provides direct mediation services to those in need. She served as President and has continued to serve as a board member of the MMCC since its founding. Jill also serves as Chair of the South Carolina Bar's Dispute Resolution Council.
With this diverse background, Jill brings a unique perspective and array of skills to her practice. She has a wide network of professionals with whom she collaborates in complex cases. Jill's experience has prepared her to represent clients, to assist other attorneys in preparation of cases or in performing legal research, and to provide mediation services in a variety of cases.