In 1977 Mr. Henry graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School and, after passing the bar exam that fall, became an assistant public defender in Greenville, South Carolina where he has lived and worked ever since. While at the public defender office, Mr. Henry became the deputy public defender representing juvenile and adult defendants in cases ranging from minor magistrate offenses to death penalty murder trials.
In 1981, Mr. Henry went into private practice. During that year he helped form the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment (CAFÉ), a non-profit organization that helps workers learn about their job rights. CAFÉ has chapters throughout the state and has its headquarters in Hartsville, South Carolina.
Mr. Henry has a solo practice in Greenville, SC, and serves clients in the Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson areas. His main cases involve criminal and juvenile defense, employment law for employees and civil rights cases involving police misconduct, unlawful arrest and the use of excessive force. He also handles domestic cases, cases involving the rights of students and other personal injury matters.
In addition to his practice, Mr. Henry founded Law in Action in 2002 which provides free lawyers for poor parents whose kids faced expulsion from school and to help magistrate court detainees obtain a timely and fair release from jail. Law in Action also provides workshops for non-lawyers and offers a mock trial program for young prosecutors and defense attorneys. These programs are open to the public and high school students with an interest in a legal career and are encouraged to attend.