May's MVP: Kenneth Nagle

Retired lawyer Kenneth Nagle finds fulfillment as volunteer.

Kenneth NagleKenneth Nagle, a volunteer for Lowcountry Legal Aid, is no stranger to service.

After attending The Citadel in Charleston on a basketball scholarship and graduating from law school at the University of Cincinnati, he served in the Army Judge Advocate General Corps in Vietnam, Germany and other assignments where he tried courts-martial cases among other duties.

He left active duty but remained in the Army Reserves and retired as a colonel in the JAG Corps.

Upon leaving the Army, he began a career with the Defense Department as a contract law attorney and was involved in litigating contract disputes. Nagle’s other professional experience includes working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. as a litigation attorney in banking cases.

After retiring and relocating to South Carolina, Nagle looked for a way to become actively involved in the community and found an appropriate fit with Lowcountry Legal Aid.

The organization is unique in using volunteer retired attorneys to provide free services for low-income families in Beaufort County unable to afford legal education, advice or representation.

In 2008, Lowcountry Legal Aid received an estimated 2,000 inquiries from people calling to ask for help, often in stressful situations. Nearly 380 persons completed a vigorous application process to qualify for services and volunteers responded, donating more than 1,000 hours of assistance.

Nagle began his volunteer service with the organization in 2004. Because he is not admitted to the bar in South Carolina, he works under the supervision of an attorney licensed in the state.

Nagle works as a volunteer in the Lowcountry Legal Aid office twice a week because he couldn’t achieve the continuity he wanted working only one day. He works mostly on family law cases and spends time in court when those cases go to trial.

“I find this type of work to be very rewarding, and it puts me in touch with a broad spectrum of society,” he said. “Each case is very different. There are unique wrinkles in each case that make them all unique, and I find it to be very interesting and fulfilling work.”

Nagle received the William Althoff Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year at Lowcountry Legal Aid’s second annual Celebration of Justice in February.

Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Nagle and his wife, Judith, moved to Callawassie Island in 1999 from Washington, D.C. The two met while in law school and have been married for 40 years. They have four daughters and six grandchildren, who they travel to visit as often as they can. In addition to traveling to spend time with his children and grandchildren, Nagle enjoys golf and tennis.

For more information about Lowcountry Legal Aid, call (843) 815-1570.