Chisa J. Putman, is a native of Cowpens, SC, but has called Rock Hill home for the past 16 years. She is married and the mother of three (Dmitri, 12; Addilyn, 4; Hunter Grace, 2). Chisa is a 2018 MPA graduate of Clemson University, a 2008 graduate of the Charleston School of Law, a 2003 graduate of Winthrop University, where she earned her BA in Political Science; and a 1999 graduate of Gaffney Sr. High School.
Chisa began her legal career as the Owner/ Manager of Chisa J. Putman Attorney at Law, LLC, in which she primarily practiced Family Law and Criminal Law. Upon exiting private practice, Chisa worked for SC Legal Services where she assisted indigent clients in the areas of Family, Consumer, and Housing law. Following her civil practice with SC Legal, Chisa was employed as an Assistant City Solicitor with the City of Rock Hill. Chisa enjoys being in the classroom just as much as she does the courtroom. She serves as an Adjunct Professor at Winthrop University and former Adjunct Instructor with York Technical College.
Chisa’s professional and community involvement include: Past-president, York County Bar Association; South Carolina YLD, Membership Committee, Co-Chair; former South Carolina YLD,16th Circuit Representative; former South Carolina YLD, Color of Justice Committee, Chair; former City of Rock Hill Committee on Human Relations, Chairperson; former ABA YLD Member Service, Team Member; former York County Habitat for Humanity, Board of Directors Member; and Keystone Substance Abuse, Board of Directors Member. She is currently an ABA GP Solo Diversity Fellow, an ABA GP Solo YLD Mentor, and a member of the ABA Litigation Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Notable accomplishments include: being selected to participate in the ABA Litigation’s Diverse Leaders Academy, organizing the 16th Circuit’s Back Pack Drive, coordinating 16th Circuit Habitat Wills Clinic, being recognized as Winthrop’s 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni; 2013, Kappa Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Citizen of the Year; several SC Bar YLD Star of the Quarter,; being selected as a participant in the SC Bar Leadership Academy, being published in the ABA YLD newsletter, and Chairing the SC Color of Justice, when it won first place in the Minority Service category at the ABA Annual meeting. She is also PTO Vice-President.
Chisa’s most recent accomplishment was being confirmed to serve as a York County Magistrate Judge. She was sworn to the bench on March 8, 2017 and appointed as Chief Magistrate Judge in July 2019.
I applied for the committee because I am interested in the work that it does in regards to ensuring paralegal programs are up to par. I started out as a paralegal and I was a solo practitioner so I am cognizant of the importance of a paralegal producing quality work. I have also taught in a program that had the title, but not the information. I did not know the ABA conducts actual site visits as part of the review of the paralegal programs. Given that the ABA directs attorneys, I think it only fitting that it also directs or ensures there are guidelines in place for those who provide work just as valuable as the attorney.