Judicial Initiative Events and Activities in South Carolina
LWVSC's work to ensure a fair judiciary in South Carolina is outlined in this new report. From Theory to Practice: A Grassroots Education Campaign, shares lessons learned by the Kansas and South Carolina state and local Leagues that participated in Safeguarding Democracy: Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary from 2009-2012. Link
The League of Women Voters of South Carolina cordially invites you to the closing of our two-year project on the importance of independence and diversity in the state judicial system with a public forum entitled "The State of the Judiciary in South Carolina: From Research to Reality" to be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at the University of South Carolina School of Law Auditorium in downtown Columbia (corner of S. Main and Greene Streets). The 6 p.m. Reception will be followed at 7 p.m. by the Program. South Carolina Women Lawyers Association is a co-sponsor of the event.
Confirmed panelists include Senator Larry A. Martin (R-Pickens County, Dist. 2), Judiciary Committee Chair and Judicial Merit Selection Commission Vice Chair; Senator Floyd Nicholson (D-Abbeville, Greenwood & Laurens Counties, Dist. 10), Judicial Merit Selection Commission Member; Judge Carolyn C. Matthews, President, S.C. Women Lawyers Assoc.; Dean Robert M. Wilcox, University of South Carolina School of Law; Alice Paylor, President-Elect, South Carolina Bar; and John Simpkins, Assistant Professor and Director of Diversity Initiatives, Charleston School of Law. The forum will be moderated by Constance Anastopoulo, Associate Professor, Charleston School of Law.
At the August 7th Forum, the League and invited guests will review the results of our statewide education initiative, which began with our October 2010 conference in Charleston. The League expects to unveil partial research results on the current state of the South Carolina judicial system's independence and diversity. Panelists will share their views on issues related to judicial diversity and independence.
The Reception and Program are free and open to the public. Free two-hour CLE credits for South Carolina attorneys have been requested. Please RSVP by August 3 to Angel Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions will be shared for public comment on the League of Women Voters of Spartanburg County's Facebook Page for the Contest, The Gavel
We urge you to "like" and review the entries along with the Spartanburg League. Submissions are due by April 15, 2012, and winners will be announced on Law Day (May 1, 2012). As part of publicity for the contest, Linda Bilanchone of the League of Women Voters of Spartanburg County was interviewed on January 23 on South Carolina ETV Radio's "Speaking of Schools" to discuss the contest. Speaking of Schools The segment begins at the 25:50 mark.
Visit our Judicial Independence and Diversity Website
This website, a project of the League of Women Voters of Greenville County, is a resource dedicated to achieving the long term goals of the Judicial Independence and Diversity Initiative. In addition, this website serves as a resource for anyone interested in knowing how the South Carolina Judicial Branch is organized and operates. Every effort will be made to ensure that the content of this website is current and accurate. Please contact the League of Women Voters of Greenville County (email@example.com) if any information contained herein needs to be updated or appears inaccurate.
iCivics is a non-profit organization founded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in partnership with Georgetown Law and Arizona State University. It is a web-based education project designed to teach middle school students civics and to inspire them to become active citizens. With a unique team of experts in law, history, and technology, iCivics is dedicated to reinvigorating civics learning through interactive resources and online games that teach students about law, public policy, and government. For teachers, iCivics offers free lesson plans, curriculum outlines, worksheets, and other practical classroom tools to increase civic knowledge, literacy, and critical thinking. For information about South Carolina's ICivics program, contact Dr. Jane Brailsford, South Carolina's iCivics Master Teacher Trainer, at JBRAILSFORD@GMAIL.COM or firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-530-3005.
Join women leaders on October 21 at the Columbia Marriott for SC Women Lawyers Association's annual conference, "Women Lawyers and Leadership: Status and Success in a Changed Profession."
The conference features nationally recognized speakers Professor Anita Hill, Gloria Felt, and Gloria Steinem, as well as local leaders, Chief Justice Jean Toal, Belinda Gergel, Deb Sofield, and others. LWVSC is a co-sponsor.
Register now or for more information
LWVSC Judicial Initiative at the 2011 State League Convention, May 14-15 in Sumter
A Conference on: Ensuring an Independent and Diverse State Judiciary
October 8, 2010, 1:00-5:45 PM
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston, SC
Reception followed: Alluette's Jazz Café, 137 Calhoun St.