Blaire Camp Cann
The Chief of Staff Attorney | 40 Under 40 Class of 2020
GET TO KNOW BLAIRE
Meet Blaire Camp Cann. She’s the chief staff attorney for the Supreme Court of South Carolina and works closely with the chief justice, justices and clerk of court. She also oversees a team of 10 attorneys. Learn more about Blaire, including what inspired her to pursue law, in her extended interview.
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What inspired you to go into this line of work?
I always had a desire to be an attorney from an early age, which is odd because I didn't know any lawyers or knew exactly what they did.
What challenge did you overcome to get where you are today?
I'm the first person on either side of my family to graduate from college. Blazing a trail is hard work, so I've had to always keep my eye open for successful people and model their behaviors.
Did someone help you get to where you are today, like a mentor?
My parents have been an endless source of support and encouragement. But professionally, the judge for whom I clerked for seven years, Justice John Kittredge, has probably had the biggest impact on my confidence and career development.
What do you love most about your job?
I love that the work I do balances an almost academic exploration of the law with the practical effect of solving real problems for real litigants.
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Describe yourself in three words.
Driven, loyal and passionate.
Your life philosophy is…
Do the right thing.
What is the best piece of advice you received?
Just show up. If you keep hanging around the basket long enough, eventually someone will throw you the ball.
If someone handed you an airline ticket to a place of your choosing, where would you go and why?
Anywhere I could see the Northern Lights.
What’s something you cannot live without?
My husband and my daughter are my beating heart, but the "thing" I can't live without is my iPhone. It's my alarm clock, my calendar, my camera and my baby activity tracker.
Name a book you read that positively shaped you.
“Better than Before” by Gretchen Rubin
If you weren’t working in the industry that you are, what would you be doing instead?
I'd love to say something flashy, like floral design or creative writing, but in real life it would probably be accounting.
How do you unwind or relax after a long day?
Takeout, “Jeopardy” and going to bed early
The most rewarding aspect of your job is…
Being part of the policymaking process. As our lives change, the law must adapt and find ways to resolve all sorts of new conflict. I love being part of that thought process.
If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it – metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions – what would it say and why?
It would say "Climate Change is an Urgent Crisis" because I think this is a defining challenge of our generation.
In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
Going to bed early. That extra hour of sleep makes an incredible difference in my mood and my ability to think through things.
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?
I get active outdoors. Whether it's just walking my dogs in my neighborhood or packing up the car with my husband to explore a state or national park, getting my blood pumping and soaking up fresh air will do wonders for helping me clear my head and hit reset.
What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be money, time, energy, etc.)
Without a doubt, it's investing time and energy on relationships. You never know how quickly things can change, and when the bottom falls out, you realize how much we really need each other and how important it is to be intentional about saying and showing that.
Name a confident woman of character who you look up to? Why her?
I look up to former Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal. She's brilliant, fearless and to know her is to feel like a member of her family.