The Supreme Court of South Carolina

JEAN HOEFER TOAL
CHIEF JUSTICE
 
POST OFFICE DRAWER 12456
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 29211
TELEPHONE: (803) 734-1584
FAX: (803) 734-1167

MEMORANDUM

TO:
Middle School and High School Teachers
FROM:
Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal
RE: Educational Resources

The Class Action Program

The Class Action Program is designed to bring middle school and high school students to the Supreme Court to hear oral argument and interact with the Justices and attorneys involved with the case.  Following the argument, the Justices and the attorneys who argued the case meet with students for approximately 20 to 30 minutes to discuss law-related issues and answer questions.  The Justices do not, however, discuss cases pending before the Court. 

Participating schools will be sent a packet of materials prior to their scheduled visit that includes information about the Court, the briefs of the parties involved in the case that will be heard at oral argument, and other law-related information.  You may wish to contact local attorneys and/or judges in your area to help prepare your class their visit.  In order to get the most out of this opportunity, it is important that the students be prepared, especially for the question and answer session with the Justices.

If you are interested, a staff member will be available to take your class on a tour of the Supreme Court Building following the question and answer session with the Justices.  These tours can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on any time constraints your class may have as well as interest level.

The following dates are available for Class Action Program visits:

2015
October 7
November 4
December 2

2016
January 13
February 10
March 2
April 13
May 6
June 15

September 7
October 19
November 9
November 30

All Class Action Program arguments are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. 

Reservations

If you would like to take part in the program, you may request a reservation by contacting Elizabeth Leverette at (803) 734-1077 or eleverette@sccourts.org. Please indicate the number of students you anticipate bringing and whether you would like a tour of the building following oral argument. 

Please note: reservations are made on a first come, first serve basis and the above dates may be unavailable due to prior reservations.

Additional Information

If you have any additional questions about these programs, please contact Elizabeth Leverette at (803) 734-1077 or eleverette@sccourts.org. or Della White at (803) 734-1059 at dwhite@sccourts.org.

Because the Court is located across the street from the State House and the Capitol Complex, you may want to make this a daylong event and visit other places in the capitol city.  If the Legislature is in session, you may want to consider visiting your legislator during your time in Columbia.  You can arrange for a tour of the State House by calling (803) 734-2430.

We are excited about this program and hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to bring your class to the Supreme Court!