SULLIVAN’S ISLAND — A Charleston attorney was sworn in Thursday as president of the South Carolina Bar.

Attorneys from across the state held a meeting for the Bar’s House of Delegates at the Sand Dunes Club. Following the meeting, Alice F. Paylor became the 2013-14 president of the bar association.

S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean H. Toal administered the oath of office.

Paylor said there are several initiatives she hopes to address, including increasing diversity. She also wants a program to help graduating law students in the job market.

“I love Charleston and everybody who comes here wants to live here, which makes it even more difficult for them to find jobs,” Paylor said. “What we’re hoping to do is give them some skills and talk to them about other career options.”

Paylor is a partner in the firm of Rosen Hagood, practicing in the areas of complex commercial litigation, employment litigation and school law.

She graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Before joining Rosen Hagood in 1982, she served as assistant corporation counsel for the city of Charleston.

The S.C. Bar has 14,000 members. Attorney J. Calhoun Watson of Columbia becomes president-elect.