“I always said I wouldn’t come back to Greenville after graduation,” says Jasmine Twitty, Associate Judge of the SC Municipality Court. But as the youngest sitting judge in Easley’s history, Twitty not only returned to her home, but is making a huge impact in the community.
Community involvement and outreach have always been a part of Twitty’s plan. She was involved in several organizations through her time at college, while getting her political science degree at the College of Charleston.
Among Americans for an Informed Democracy, French Club, voting poll volunteer and director of her church’s Vacation Bible School, she also volunteered with the Literacy Outreach Initiative at College of Charleston and was assigned to schools to help encourage students to read.
Despite not being a part of her original plan, Twitty returned to the Upstate, where she had a change of perspective about returning to where she started.
“I had to change that mindset,” says Twitty. “What can I contribute; what can I give back? I started seeing the glass half full instead of half empty.”
Straight out of college, Twitty began working for the Greenville County Bond Court as a night clerk. The court is the only court in the state that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“In my role as night clerk, you get exposed to a little bit of everything,” she says, noting that her duties included preparing all documents legally necessary for defendants, communicating with detention centers, law enforcement, and interacting with the public which includes bondsmen, victims, families, attorneys and anybody who has anything to do with the legal process.
Then, in August 2015, she was sworn in as an associate bond judge in the municipality of Easley, where she presides over bond hearings. She credits her experience working as a night clerk in the Greenville Bond Court with helping her adjust to her position.
After her appointment, Twitty has maintained the community involvement that helped get her there, and remains an active force in the Upstate community with a passion for developing young professionals and helping the next generation.
She acts as the communications co-chair for LeadHER Greenville, an organization founded on empowering young professional women through developing leadership, community involvement and networking opportunities. She also serves as the vice-president for the Upstate Network Young Professionals, the young professional’s arm of the Urban League of the Upstate. Their focus is to encourage the next generation of Upstate leaders by networking, leadership development and community engagement.
“No matter what I do in life, I will give back and share my talents and experiences,” says Twitty.
While she doesn’t have a specific plan for the next few years, Twitty will be using her experiences to impact her community in a positive way. But, she also realizes that sometimes, plans must be changed.
“I was in one of those places where…if I ended up where I started, certainly I hadn’t accomplished what I thought,” she says.