A building fund campaign began in 1999 to explore the possibility of a new Association Headquarters. The Association has grown to the point where a new building is needed. Past President Don Moorhead headed up the campaign. In October of 2000 the Association moved into it's current home located at 1901 Gadsden Street. The three story colonial building is exactly what the association needs to grow into the next century. The SCAJ staff and offices are housed on the first floor with a library and storage on the third floor. The entire second floor is under lease to Kline Iron and Steel.

The SCAJ continues to adapt to the changing climate in South Carolina. In the spring of 2000 the Association hired political consultants to assist with the Elections program. Jim Merrill was hired to assist republican candidates and Steve Paikowsky was hired to assist democratic candidates. This program "selects" candidates from both parties and helps in their election to the General Assembly. This political program was very beneficial to the Association during the 2000 elections.

In the summer of 2000 Doug Harris was promoted to Assistant Executive Director. Doug's duties have expanded beyond bookkeeping and his new title reflects the change.

Jim Edwards left the Association for another position in the summer of 2000. The SCAJ hired Michael Gunn to be the new Director of Governmental Affairs and Development. Michael is an experienced lobbyist and an asset to the staff. With Doug Harris' promotion the bookkeeper position needed to be filled and Allen Maxell was hired in July 2001.

In the Fall of 2001 the Association began work on the SCAJ website. This website provides information to the public and offers a secure area for our membership. The site has been fully functional since early 2002.

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The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) was founded over 50 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers. Since then, our mission has been to serve our members and those we are sworn to protect.  We work to uphold and defend the constitutions of our state and nation. We fight tirelessly to protect the rights of the individual; to seek justice through open and fair courtrooms; to resist unjust laws; to support policies that hold wrongdoers accountable; to strengthen the civil justice system through education; and to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in the legal profession.

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