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Legal Services


Wendy Cartledge
Chief Legal Officer

Wendy has served as the Chief Legal Officer for the Beaufort County School District since August 2018. Prior to that, she spent 21 years in state government, serving as the Deputy General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Education, General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and Attorney with the Office of Regulatory Staff. Wendy also practiced law in Hilton Head from 1983 to 1990 and in Beaufort from 1990 to 1997.

Wendy is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law where she served as Executive Editor of the South Carolina Law Review and held memberships in the Order of the Wig and Robe, the Order of the Barristers, and the National Moot Court Team. In addition to being a Certified Circuit Court Mediator since 2005, Wendy is grateful for receiving the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating in legal ability and ethical standards. Wendy also graduated cum laude from the Duke University School of Nursing in 1977. She maintains her Registered Nurse license and enjoys providing guidance to district nurses.

Wendy serves as a board member of the South Carolina Administrative & Regulatory Law Association and participates as a member of the South Carolina Bar Administrative Law Committee,  Children’s Law Committee, Education Law Committee and Intellectual Property Committee. She is also a member of the South Carolina School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys and a graduate of Leadership Beaufort and the Executive Institute. Wendy’s passion is representing the best interest of children and protecting their health, safety and welfare.

Legal Services

The legal services department provides legal assistance and advice to the superintendent and administration, as well as the faculty and staff regarding legal matters involving or affecting the Beaufort County School District. The legal services department is committed to providing the highest quality legal services in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

The legal services department works closely with the Director of Protective Services with respect to safety and security issues.

The legal services department is also responsible for responding to complaints filed with the State Human Affairs Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Civil Rights; reviewing contracts, leases, and other legal documents; handling litigation through direct representation or coordination of retained counsel; reviewing and drafting administrative rules and regulations; representing the Beaufort County School District in personnel, special education, and student discipline hearings; assisting in investigations; providing legal opinions; and conducting legal training.  The legal service department staff serves as liaisons to Beaufort County Board of Education committees.

The legal services department is unable to provide legal services to individual employees regarding personal matters.

You can reach Wendy at 843-322-2414 or by emailing or call Gillian Rowland, Paralegal, at 843-379-7817 or email