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Former SC Supreme Court justice will be awarded by SC Women in Leadership

Originally published by Charles Hastings for ABC News 4

SC Women in Leadership (SC WIL) has announced former state Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn for the 2024 Leading Woman award.

Hearn will receive the Leading Woman Award at the annual Leading Women Dinner on Sept. 24, which is meant to celebrate the accomplishments of women in politics across the state. It also advocates further for women’s involvement in civic institutions at the state and local level, according to SC WIL.

Hearn was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court in 2009, becoming the second female member in the court’s history. She was the longest-serving member of the South Carolina State Court Judiciary at the time of her retirement last year. Her absence left the South Carolina Supreme Court as the only all-male state Supreme Court in the nation, although it will be joined by Letitia Verdin, its third female member, on July 31.

According to SC WIL, Hearn’s connections and influence with the Judicial Merit selection committee and South Carolina General Assembly was instrumental in securing the unanimous election of Verdin.

“The election of Justice Verdin is a great victory toward equal justice for all South Carolinians,” SC WIL Board President Barbara Rackes said in a statement. “The victory would not have been ours if Justice Hearn had not been closely watching the judicial selection process and called for the representation of half of our population on the court.”

“We celebrate her personal achievements as an example to aspiring women and girls that there is a place for them in the judiciary,” Rackes continued in her statement. “We commend her belief in upholding the civil rights of all South Carolinians.”

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