SCAJ Press Releases

Palmetto State's Top Legal Group Offers Assistance to Victims of Storm Related Crimes -- October 11, 2016

(Columbia, SC) The South Carolina Association for Justice, the state’s leading voice for plaintiff attorneys, is providing a free service to homeowners in South Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. With over 1300 members state-wide, SCAJ wants to use their combined resources to provide assistance to the victims. 

If any property owner suspects or has been a victim of price-gouging, scams, or other storm-related crimes, we will connect you with a SCAJ member attorney in your area to assist you. Anyone wanting to use this service can contact their office at 803.799.5097 or via email at lena@scaj.com.

“Hurricane Matthew left a devastating impact on our state.  This type of disaster sometimes brings out those who exploit vulnerable people and seek to make money off the misfortune of others.  As lawyers who have dedicated our lives to assisting victims, it is only natural we would want to help alleviate the stress and losses of those who have been taken advantage of during this time of crisis,” said SCAJ President Alex Cash.

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Charleston Attorney named Secretary/Treasurer for State's Top Legal Group-- August 8, 2016

(HILTON HEAD, SC) Charleston Attorney James L. Ward, Jr. has been selected as Secretary/Treasurer for the South Carolina Association of Justice (SCAJ), the State’s leading advocacy group for fairness in our legal system.   Ward is a member of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC and serves as the firm’s managing attorney. 

SCAJ has over 1300 members state-wide and has been in operation for over 50 years.  “My commitment to the legal profession started at a very young age.  Serving as an officer in SCAJ is a great honor as I seek to continue my life’s work of helping victims find fairness and justice under the law,” Ward said.

A native of Saluda, South Carolina, Ward’s interest in law began as a child.  His parents owned a store across from the town’s courthouse. He spent his formative years observing legal proceedings and speaking to the attorneys and staff who worked there.  When he started school, there was little question he would one day end up practicing law.  Ward graduated with honors from The Citadel and the University of South Carolina School of Law. 

Ward is a member of his firm’s consumer class action team, representing individuals, businesses and governmental clients who have been harmed by deceptive and illegal business practices. He also handles a variety of catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.

This past weekend at its annual convention at Hilton Head, SCAJ also named Alexander Cash as the group’s new President, Hugh McAngus as President-Elect and Thiele McVey as Vice-President.

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Columbia Lawyers Take on Key Leadership Roles for S.C. Association for Justice-- August 8, 2016

(HILTON HEAD, SC) Two Columbia Attorneys have been selected to serve in key leadership positions with the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the State’s largest Association for plaintiff’s lawyers with over 1,300 members. W. Hugh McAngus, Jr. is now President-Elect and Theile B. McVey will serve as Vice-President.   The announcement was made official at the Association’s annual convention in Hilton Head this past weekend. 

“The work of the Association is vital to our system of justice, and it makes a positive difference in people’s lives.  The legal profession is much more than a job to me.   It’s a calling, and I am honored to be part of the leadership team of such an important Association,” McAngus said.

McAngus is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of University of South Carolina School of Law and currently leads Chappell, Smith & Arden’s Litigation team.   His practice focuses on various areas of law, including litigation for motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents, dram shop, and products liability.  He also serves as South Carolina’s Revitalization Board Member of the American Association for Justice.

McAngus will be working closely with fellow Columbia attorney Theile McVey, who will be serving as the groups new Vice-President.  McVey graduated from Columbia College with honors and from the University of South Carolina School of Law.  She is a partner with Kassel McVey and her practice is devoted to representing plaintiffs. 

Theile is committed to the advancement of the legal profession, serving as an active member in the South Carolina Bar Foundation and South Carolina Bar Association as well as on the Access to Justice and Arthurtown Project committees.  Theile has been named as one of the “Midlands Elite” in the area of personal injury in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

“Often clients come to me when they are facing one of the most difficult times of their lives.  My job is to give them and their loved ones quick and fair access to justice. By working with the larger legal community, SCAJ helps so many people in need achieve basic rights under the law,” McVey said.

SCAJ also has a new President.  Lowcountry attorney Alexander B. Cash who takes over as President for R. Alexander Murdaugh whose term has expired, and the incoming Secretary/Treasurer is James “Jay” Ward, of Mount Pleasant. 

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SCAJ Speaks Out Against Bathroom Bill- April 18, 2016

(COLUMBIA, SC) The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the leading voice for plaintiff's attorneys in the Palmetto State, spoke out Monday against S. 1203, which would repeal local government rules against discrimination based on gender identity.
 
SCAJ President R. Alexander Murdaugh issued the following statement in opposition to the bill:
 
“S. 1203 is unconstitutional, unenforceable, unnecessarily invasive, and downright discriminatory. It is a solution in search of a problem and it would be incredibly damaging to our state’s economy and the Constitutional rights of our residents.
 
“All we need to do is look to North Carolina, where whole industries that employ countless workers are pulling up stakes and abandoning them. It is pointless to pass a bill that will cost the state millions and will be overturned in the appellate courts. 
 
“The bottom line is that our citizens don’t need more government intrusion in their daily lives. We don’t need politicians to tell us how and where we can use a restroom. This kind of government overreach is something most conservatives claim to be against.
 
“We call on all of our elected lawmakers to kill this awful legislation and refrain from engaging in the politics of hate and division that have no place in the year 2016. If this bill is passed through the legislature, then we urge Governor Haley to stand by her denouncement of the bill and swiftly veto it. Nothing less would be acceptable for the people of South Carolina.”
 
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SCAJ Launches Pro-Bono 'Payment for Potholes' Porgram- March 9, 2016

(COLUMBIA, SC) — The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the leading voice for plaintiff’s attorneys in the Palmetto State, announced the creation of a new program to help drivers recover compensation for damages caused by the state’s deteriorating roads.

“Payment for Potholes” will be a pro-bono portal for South Carolina residents whose vehicles have been damaged by potholes and crumbling roads. Through the SCAJ.com website, residents with damaged vehicles will be connected with SCAJ member attorneys who can offer information on the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) damage claims process.

The following is a statement from South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) President R. Alexander Murdaugh regarding the new program:

“Many of our roads, bridges and highways are in a state of severe disrepair. The State of South Carolina has neglected its responsibility to properly repair our roadways, invest in our transportation infrastructure and keep our drivers safe.

“The SCDOT has a fund to compensate drivers for damages resulting from poor roadway conditions, but few people know about it. Our goal is to raise awareness of this fund and ensure every resident has access to the claims process.

“As trial lawyers, we are leaders of our communities. As an association, we fight tirelessly to protect the rights of the individual, including property rights. We felt this safety issue was too important to ignore, so we are lending our expertise to those impacted by the current roads crisis.

“In the long term, we hope lawmakers can set aside their political differences to pass a bill with a stable source of funding that will fix our roads once and for all. Until that happens, the ‘Payment for Potholes’ web portal will temporarily ease the burden on drivers at no cost to them.”


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Disclaimer: This offer to provide free legal services is limited to claims against SCDOT for property damages to vehicles as a result of road defects.  This is not an offer of free legal representation against any other responsible parties or for claims of damage other than damage to vehicles. Although this service is pro-bono, you may wish to consult your lawyer or another lawyer instead of me (us). You may obtain information about other lawyers by consulting directories, seeking the advice of others, or calling the South Carolina Bar Lawyer Referral Service at 799-7100 in Columbia or toll free at 1-800-868-2284. If you have already engaged a lawyer in connection with the legal matter referred to in this communication, you should direct any questions you have to that lawyer. The exact nature of your legal situation will depend on many facts not known to me (us) at this time. You should understand that the advice and information in this communication is general and that your own situation may vary.

 

SC's Top Legal Group: Restore Supreme Court to Full Strength, Consider SC Justice- March 3, 2016

(COLUMBIA, SC) The following is a statement from South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) President R. Alexander Murdaugh regarding the continued politicization of the present vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court:
 
“The Constitution is very clear about this. The President of the United States has a duty to appoint a candidate to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, whether it’s on the first day of his term or the last. Further, the United States Senate has a Constitutional obligation to advise and consent on whomever the president chooses. Having the potential of a 4-4 tie on the highest court in the land could have grave and unintended consequences.
 
“Our organization is devoted to fighting for fairness under the law and upholding the rights guaranteed us by our Constitution. That is why we must take a stand and urge everyone involved in this process to put the American people above election year bickering and pandering. The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of our rights in the civil justice system, and a gridlocked High Court puts the outcomes of fundamental consumer, employment, environmental and civil rights cases in jeopardy.
 
“I would also like to encourage President Obama to consider appointing a justice from the great State of South Carolina. From John Rutledge to the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr., the Palmetto State has a long and rich history of judges with impeccable credentials deserving of a seat on the Supreme Court. That tradition continues to this day, with some of our nation’s finest judges currently serving on the bench in South Carolina. Many of them would make a fine appointment to America’s highest court.
 
“No matter how you look it at it, there is no precedent whatsoever for the United States Senate refusing to even hold a hearing on a Supreme Court nominee. The record shows that one-third of all U.S. presidents have appointed a Supreme Court justice in an election year. A half-dozen of those presidents filled Supreme Court seats even though their successors had already been elected, a point which is still eight months away.
 
“Most recently, a Democrat-controlled Senate unanimously confirmed Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1988, an election year and the last year of President Reagan’s term. At the time, Senator Mitch McConnell, who is now leading the effort to block an Obama nominee, voted to approve Justice Kennedy’s appointment to the High Court.
 
“The longest Supreme Court confirmation ever was 125 days and 19 public hearings, for Justice Louis D. Brandeis in 1916, an election year. President Obama still has over 300 days left in office.
 
“We applaud President Obama for promising to act quickly to nominate a replacement for Justice Scalia. Once the president has nominated a candidate, we call on the Senate to do their job by holding a hearing with an up-or-down vote to consider that individual.”
 
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SC's Top Legal Group Recognizes Award Recipients- August 13, 2015

(HILTON HEAD, SC) The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the leading voice for plaintiff’s attorneys in the Palmetto State, honored four of the state’s top legal leaders at their 2015 Annual Convention during a presentation held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa.

The award recipients included:

The Honorable Judge Timothy M. Cain, United States District Court – The Outstanding Contribution to Justice Award (Portrait Fund Honoree), recognizing excellence as a state or federal judge of general or appellate jurisdiction or the family courts.

Douglas F. Patrick of Greenville, SC – The Founders Award, recognizing a lawyer who has demonstrated great skill and confidence as a trial advocate for at least 30 years and is recognized as a leader with the highest ethical reputation.

Matthew T. Richardson of Columbia, SC – The Matthew J. Perry Public Service Award, recognizing a lawyer who has made a monumental sacrifice and efforts in public service over the course of their career and made a significant difference to the community with their endeavors. 

William E. Shaughnessy of Greenville, SC – The Worthy Adversary Award, recognizing a defense attorney who displays exemplary professionalism, honesty and ethical behavior.

Michael E. Gunn of Columbia, SC, K. Douglas Harris of Cayce, SC, and Jennifer Burnett of Anderson, SC – The Presidents Award, recognizing individuals who have been of particular service to the president during his term.

The South Carolina Association for Justice was founded over 50 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers.  With a membership that now spans all of South Carolina, SCAJ is a strong and growing organization serving as advocates for fairness under the law.  SCAJ’s new mission was unveiled in December and places an emphasis on the organization’s efforts to bring more fairness and accountability to the state’s civil justice system.

The SCAJ mission statement reads: “We are advocates for those who are harmed by the actions of others no matter how powerful, wealthy or well-connected. 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 justice system through education and action; and to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in the legal profession.”

Visit SCAJ.com for more information on the Association.

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South Carolina's Top Legal Organization Backs Police Body Cam Legislation - April 15, 2015

(COLUMBIA, SC) The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the leading voice for plaintiff’s attorneys in the Palmetto State, on Wednesday formally endorsed a bipartisan bill in the State Senate that would require law enforcement officers to be equipped with body-worn cameras. SCAJ President Anthony Harbin issued the following statement regarding the Association's decision to back the legislation:

“No one works harder for the cause of justice than the police officers who risk their lives every day to preserve and protect the law. But recent events nationally and here in South Carolina have shown the need for reforms that would add greater accountability to law enforcement, and S. 47 is a good start.

“This bill, in its current state, would not only strengthen false claims against police, but would also help resolve — and maybe even prevent — tragic cases like that of Walter Scott. Obviously this legislation is currently in the skeletal stage and there are still some details that need to be worked out, but this concept is something positive we should all get behind.”

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SC's Top Legal Group Recognizes Award Recipients- August 11, 2014

(HILTON HEAD, SC) The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the leading voice for plaintiff’s attorneys in the Palmetto State, honored seven of the state’s top legal leaders at their 2014 Annual Convention during a presentation held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa.

“These individuals represent some of the very best legal minds in our state,” said outgoing SCAJ President Rodney Jernigan, Jr.  “But more than that, they have each proven time and again that they are willing to go above and beyond in the service of others and in advocating for fairness under the law.”

The award recipients included:

The Honorable Judge Diane Schafer Goodstein – The Outstanding Contribution to Justice Award (Portrait Fund Honoree), recognizing excellence as a state or federal judge of general or appellate jurisdiction or the family courts.

A. Camden Lewis of Columbia, SC – The Founders Award, recognizing a lawyer who has demonstrated great skill and confidence as a trial advocate for at least 30 years and is recognized as a leader with the highest ethical reputation.

John S. Nichols of Columbia, SC – The Matthew J. Perry Public Service Award, recognizing a lawyer who has made a monumental sacrifice and efforts in public service over the course of their career and made a significant difference to the community with their endeavors. 

J. Boone Aiken III of Florence SC – The Worthy Adversary Award, recognizing a defense attorney who displays exemplary professionalism, honesty and ethical behavior.

Badge Humphries (Mt. Pleasant), Daniel S. Haltiwanger (Barnwell), and Ed "Punky" Holler (Columbia) – The Presidents Award, recognizing individuals who have been of particular service to the president during his administration.

The South Carolina Association for Justice was founded over 50 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers.  With a membership that now spans all of South Carolina, SCAJ is a strong and growing organization serving as advocates for fairness under the law.  SCAJ’s new mission was unveiled in December and places an emphasis on the organization’s efforts to bring more fairness and accountability to the state’s civil justice system.

The new mission statement reads: “We are advocates for those who are harmed by the actions of others no matter how powerful, wealthy or well-connected. 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 justice system through education and action; and to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in the legal profession.”

Visit SCAJ.com for more information on the Association.

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Harbin Steps Into Role As Head of SC's Top Legal Group- August 11, 2014

(COLUMBIA, SC) Anderson Attorney Anthony “Tony” L. Harbin is the new President of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the leading voice for plaintiff’s attorneys in the Palmetto State.

Harbin, of the law offices of Standeffer and Harbin, LLC, officially took over SCAJ’s top post on August 9 at the organization’s Annual Convention in Hilton Head.  He will lead the 1,200 member legal association for the upcoming year.  Harbin replaces Florence Attorney Rodney C. Jernigan, who helped guide SCAJ through a transformative period of growth over the past year.

"There’s a lot of energy and excitement right now,” Harbin said.  “Under Rod’s leadership, we’ve renewed our focus with a new mission that’s allowed us to better serve our members and those they are sworn to protect.  I’m excited to continue that effort and I look forward to the many great things we will accomplish for the people of South Carolina over the next 12 months.”

SCAJ’s new mission was unveiled in December and places an emphasis on the organization’s efforts to bring more fairness and accountability to the state’s civil justice system.

The new mission statement reads: “We are advocates for those who are harmed by the actions of others no matter how powerful, wealthy or well-connected. 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 justice system through education and action; and to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in the legal profession.”

Named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Association for Justice, Harbin has helped the families of those killed in motor vehicle wrongful death cases, as well as victims in numerous Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect cases and serious burn cases.  Harbin also assisted those injured in the Charlotte Motor Speedway bridge collapse of 2000.

Harbin is a graduate of Clemson University, where he serves on the Board of Visitors, and the University of South Carolina School of Law and is a former Marine. He is married with three children.

Other officers on the SCAJ board have also changed.  R. Alexander Murdaugh steps in as the Association's new President-Elect, Alexander Cash takes over as the new Vice President, and Hugh McAngus was announced as the new Secretary/Treasurer.

The South Carolina Association for Justice was founded over 50 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers.  With a membership that spans all of South Carolina, SCAJ is a strong and growing organization serving as advocates for fairness under the law.

Visit SCAJ.com for more information on the Association.

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Hampton Attorney To Serve As President-Elect of Top Legal Group - August 11, 2014

(COLUMBIA, SC) Hampton attorney, R. Alexander Murdaugh of the Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick law firm is next in line to take over as President of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the leading voice for plaintiff’s attorneys in the Palmetto State.

Murdaugh served as SCAJ Vice President for the past year and officially became President-Elect on August 9, at the organization’s Annual Convention in Hilton Head.  He will serve on the Board of Directors of the 1,200 member legal association for the upcoming year and take over as president of SCAJ next August.

"We as an organization have come so far in the past year and I can’t wait to make even more advances for our members in the year ahead,” Murdaugh said.  “SCAJ is an organization built around putting people first and helping others.  I’m excited to volunteer my experience and my Hampton County roots to help advocate for the great people of our state.”

Born and raised in Hampton County, Murdaugh works as an attorney representing injured individuals in all areas of personal injury law, including trucking cases, products liability and wrongful death.  He also serves as a part-time Prosecutor for the 14th Judicial Circuit.

Murdaugh is a 1986 graduate of Wade Hampton High School and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Other officers on the SCAJ board have also changed.  Anthony Harbin steps in as the Association's new President, Alexander Cash takes over as the new Vice President, and Hugh McAngus was announced as the new Secretary/Treasurer.

The South Carolina Association for Justice was founded over 50 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers.  With a membership that now spans all of South Carolina, SCAJ is a strong and growing organization serving as advocates for fairness under the law.  SCAJ’s new mission was unveiled in December and places an emphasis on the organization’s efforts to bring more fairness and accountability to the state’s civil justice system.

The new mission statement reads: “We are advocates for those who are harmed by the actions of others no matter how powerful, wealthy or well-connected. 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 justice system through education and action; and to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in the legal profession.”

Visit SCAJ.com for more information on the Association.

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Charleston Attorney Named VP of SC's Top Legal Group - August 11, 2014

(COLUMBIA, SC) Charleston Attorney Alex B. Cash is the new Vice President of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the leading voice for plaintiff’s attorneys in the Palmetto State.

Cash served as SCAJ Secretary/Treasurer for the past year and officially became SCAJ Vice President on August 9 at the organization’s Annual Convention in Hilton Head.  He will serve on the Board of Directors of the 1,200 member legal association for the upcoming year and become the organization’s President-Elect next August.

“The past year has seen change and growth within our organization and we have a lot of great work still ahead of us,” Cash said.  “As Vice President of SCAJ I’m looking forward to helping our members continue their efforts to fight for families, defend our Constitutional rights and provide a voice for those who might not otherwise be heard.”

Cash has practiced law with Rosen Hagood since 1991 and concentrates his practice on representing individual clients in the areas of family law and personal injury cases.  He earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received a Master of Music with Distinction from Indiana University, and graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University.

Cash is a member of the Family Law Section of the South Carolina Bar, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association.  He has spoken at a variety of continuing legal education seminars on family law issues and for five straight years was named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers in South Carolina.

Other officers on the SCAJ board have also changed.  Anthony Harbin steps in as the Association's new President, R. Alexander Murdaugh takes over as the new President-Elect, and Hugh McAngus was announced as the new Secretary/Treasurer.

The South Carolina Association for Justice was founded over 50 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers.  With a membership that now spans all of South Carolina, SCAJ is a strong and growing organization serving as advocates for fairness under the law.  SCAJ’s new mission was unveiled in December and places an emphasis on the organization’s efforts to bring more fairness and accountability to the state’s civil justice system.

The new mission statement reads: “We are advocates for those who are harmed by the actions of others no matter how powerful, wealthy or well-connected. 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 justice system through education and action; and to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in the legal profession.”

Visit SCAJ.com for more information on the Association.

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Columbia Attorney Joins Board of SC's Top Legal Group - August 11, 2014

(COLUMBIA, SC) Columbia Attorney Hugh McAngus, Jr. is the new Secretary/Treasurer of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the leading voice for plaintiff’s attorneys in the Palmetto State.

McAngus, of the law firm Chappell, Smith & Arden, officially became Secretary/Treasurer on August 7, at the organization’s Annual Convention in Hilton Head.  He will serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the 1,200 member legal association for the upcoming year.  He will take over as the Association’s Vice President next August.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve such a great organization and help carry out our important mission serving as advocates for fairness under the law,” McAngus said.  “We have assembled a top-notch group of leaders to steer SCAJ for the next year.  I know we will make great strides for our members, the legal community and the citizens of South Carolina and I’m excited to be a part of this leadership team.”

Other new officers on the SCAJ board include Anthony Harbin, who steps in as the Association's new President, R. Alexander Murdaugh, who takes over as the new President-Elect, and Alex B. Cash, who serves as the new Vice President.

McAngus’ practice focuses on various areas of law, including litigation for motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents and product liability.  In addition to his new role as SCAJ Secretary/Treasurer, McAngus serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice and is a member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.  McAngus has previously served as SCAJ Young Lawyers Section Chair.

The South Carolina Association for Justice was founded over 50 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers.  With a membership that now spans all of South Carolina, SCAJ is a strong and growing organization serving as advocates for fairness under the law.  SCAJ’s new mission was unveiled in December and places an emphasis on the organization’s efforts to bring more fairness and accountability to the state’s civil justice system.

The new mission statement reads: “We are advocates for those who are harmed by the actions of others no matter how powerful, wealthy or well-connected. 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 justice system through education and action; and to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in the legal profession.”

Visit SCAJ.com for more information on the Association.

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South Carolina Association for Justice Unveils New Logo and Mission - December 6, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC– The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the leading voice for plaintiff’s attorneys in the Palmetto State, officially unveiled a new look today.  The state’s oldest association of trial attorneys has completely redesigned its logo and adopted a new mission statement, designed to focus the organization on its core purpose of fighting for fairness under the law.

SCAJ has been an influential force of justice in South Carolina for nearly six decades.  “We are extremely excited about this fresh approach and the clarity the new mission sets for the future of this great organization,” said SCAJ President Rodney Jernigan.

The logo is designed visually to capture the various elements of justice, the legal profession, and the state of South Carolina. The new mission for the organization is an effort to clearly define its goals and purpose including the founding principles of the association.

This rebranding campaign is a first step in a more expansive outreach effort by the association to support its main functions, including public policy, advocacy and education.  A new, user-friendly website has been launched that offers more services to members. The group has also reaffirmed its commitment to community outreach, most recently creating a speaker’s bureau that holds talks in schools and other settings to help combat the dangers of distracted driving in South Carolina.  


NEW SCAJ MISSION:   ACCOUNTABILITY. INTEGRITY. ACTION.

Our mission is to serve our members and those they are sworn to protect. We are advocates for those who are harmed by the actions of others no matter how powerful, wealthy or well-connected. 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 justice system through education and action; and to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in the legal profession.

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Jernigan Takes Over As Head of State's Top Legal Group - August 12, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC -- Attorney Rodney C. Jernigan of Florence is the new President of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the leading voice for plaintiff’s attorneys in the Palmetto State.

Jernigan takes over the top post from Matthew Richardson and will now lead the Board of Directors of the 1,100 member legal association for the upcoming year. He will be the first lawyer from Florence ever to serve as President of the Association.

"It's an honor to serve as President of a great organization with a long history of fighting for fairness and integrity in the judicial process," Jernigan said. "We have so many wonderful opportunities in our state, but we also face regular threats to our justice system. I will be a strong voice for our members and continue to advance the cause of justice in our state."

Jernigan, an experienced trial lawyer with the Jernigan Law Firm, has been helping clients in the Florence and Greater Pee Dee region for almost 40 years.  He received both his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina.

Jernigan is a member and Past President of the Florence Rotary Club, Past President of the Florence Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Board of Directors of the Florence Airport Commission, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Florence United Way, former board member of the Florence YMCA and Florence Boys & Girls Club and former Municipal Judge for the City of Florence.

Other officers on the SCAJ board have also changed. Anthony L. Harbin of Anderson steps in as the Association's new President-Elect, R. Alexander Murdaugh of Hampton takes over as the new Vice President, and Alexander Cash of Charleston is the new Secretary/Treasurer.

The South Carolina Association for Justice was founded over 50 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers seeking to be the voice for the working families of South Carolina. Since then, the Association's mission has been to serve
its members and those they are sworn to protect, and to stand up for the Constitutional rights of every American citizen.

Visit SCAJ.com for more information on the Association.

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