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League of Women Voters and SCWLA: Forum and CLE on Judicial Independence and Diversity - August 7th at 6:00 p.m.


                               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. The South Carolina Women Lawyers Association (SCWLA) 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 (Past -President of SCWLA); 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.


NOTE: TWO HOURS of FREE CLE credit (for South Carolina attorneys) has been applied for.  Please RSVP by August 3rd, to Angel Warren at [email protected].