Date:  7 PM, October 12, 2011

Location:  Visual Performing Arts Center at Hilton Head Island High School, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Event:  Panel Discussion

The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton sponsored a forum entitled “A Case for Diversity in South Carolina Courts,” featuring a panel of knowledgeable participants in the state judicial selection process. Panel members included State Senator Tom Davis; State Representative Andy Patrick; the Honorable Judge Carmen T. Mullen (14th Judicial Circuit); Kelly Jolley, Board member of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association; and State Representative David Mack III, member of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission.  Barbara Zia, Co-President of League of Women Voters of South Carolina, also presented an overview of the “Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary” campaign.  This event was free to the public and approved for 1.5 CLE credits from the South Carolina Bar Association.  

The coverage in The Beaufort Gazette noted that although there was not unanimous agreement on the League’s recommendations to reform South Carolina judicial selection, the event served to bring about needed dialogue.  State Rep. David Mack III, who serves on the Judicial Merit Selection Commission and was on the panel, said: "To me, the biggest thing about this is we're having the dialogue; we're having the discussion." 

The Brennan Center for Justice featured the forum in its Fair Courts E-lert, while the Justice at Stake Initiative featured it on its Gavel Grab blog