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2020: South Carolina Supreme Court


Following the recommendations of public health experts, the South Carolina Supreme Court at Furman scheduled for April 21 & 22 has been postponed until the 2020-2021 academic year.


The Riley Institute is honored to host the South Carolina Supreme Court at Furman University in April 2020. As part of a unique program designed to promote accessibility and engagement with communities throughout the state, the Supreme Court of South Carolina will hold court at Furman University on April 21-22, 2020. The proceedings will take place in the Trone Student Center’s Watkins Room, allowing students and community members to observe the judicial system at work.

Schedule

Trone Student Center, Watkins Room

Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Oral arguments at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020: Oral arguments at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m.

Event is free and open to the public. Please register here. For group registration, please contact Kendall Gallagher at 864.294.3546 or kendall.gallagher@furman.edu.

Courtroom doors will remain closed while Court is in session. The Court will take a short recess between case hearings, at which time attendees will be able to enter or exit the courtroom.

Click here to read summaries of the cases that will be argued.


About the South Carolina Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the highest court in South Carolina. The Court is composed of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices who are elected to ten year terms by the General Assembly. The terms of the justices are staggered and a justice may be reelected to any number of terms.

Meet the Justices

Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty

Justice Donald W. “Don” Beatty is a native of Spartanburg, SC. He attended public schools in Spartanburg County and is a cum laude graduate of South Carolina State University. After his active duty military service as a commissioned officer, Justice Beatty continued his education and earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, SC. In 2007, Justice Beatty was elected as an Associate Justice for the South Carolina Supreme Court.

He began serving as Chief Justice on January 1, 2017.
 

 

Justice John W. Kittredge

John W. Kittredge was born in Greenville, South Carolina. He graduated from the University of South Carolina, summa cum laude, in 1979, and from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1982. His academic honors included Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif, and Wig and Robe. Justice Kittredge began his legal career as a law clerk to The Honorable William W. Wilkins, Jr., and then practiced law in the firm of Wilkins, Nelson and Kittredge.

Justice Kittredge was elected to Supreme Court of South Carolina in 2008.

 

 

Justice Kaye G. Hearn

Justice Kaye G. Hearn was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court in May of 2009, becoming only the second female member in the court's history.

Justice Hearn received her B.A., cum laude, from Bethany College in 1972 and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1977. She received an L.L.M. from the University of Virginia’s Graduate Program for Judges in May 1998; an honorary Doctor of Laws from the Charleston School of Law in 2010; an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Francis Marion University in 2011; and an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of South Carolina in 2013. 

 

Justice John Cannon Few

John Cannon Few was born in Anderson, SC. He grew up in Greenwood and graduated from Greenwood High School in 1981. He attended Duke University, where he served as Duke's athletic mascot - the Blue Devil - during his junior year. Justice Few graduated from Duke in 1985 with an A.B. degree in English and Economics. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1988, where he was a member of The Order of Wig and Robe and The Order of the Coif.

Few was sworn in as a Justice on the Supreme Court of South Carolina on February 9, 2016.
 

 

Justice George C. James, Jr.

Justice James was born in 1960 in Savannah, GA, and grew up in Sumter. James graduated cum laude from The Citadel in 1982, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1985. In 1985, Justice James joined the firm of Richardson, James & Player, and he became partner after it merged with Lee, Erter, Wilson, Holler & Smith.

Justice James was elected to the Supreme Court on February 1, 2017 and was sworn in on February 7, 2017.