SCAJ, thanks to its history of strong leadership, and most especially to the conscientious efforts of its present officers and staff, is now stronger than ever in membership, finances, services and recognition. Since 1977, SCAJ has been the state's largest voluntary legal professional association, and active participation by the membership is growing steadily. The issues our Founders faced when they organized the South Carolina trial bar in 1958 are still with us, though much progress has been made.

SCAJ has been fortunate in having talented and capable staff members to assist in and administer new programs; but it owes its greatest debt to those members who have over the years given much valuable time and effort to provide leadership, and to set the direction and goals of the Association. SCAJ has become a strong voice in the affairs of South Carolina - not only for its members but also for the consumers they represent.

NOTE: This history has been compiled through the years due to the cooperative efforts of Richard J. Foster, C. Ben Bowen, Ken Childs, Lucy McAmis, Claudia Cain LaBarre, Linda M. Franklin, Coretta D. Bedsole and Nola Armstrong. Any additions or corrections will be greatly appreciated.

Index    The Beginning    1960 - 1969    1970 - 1974 
1975 - 1979
    1980 - 1985    1986 - 1989    1990 - 1999 
2000 - Present




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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