‘Force of nature,’ SC Supreme Court chief Jean Toal strode through history

-THE STATE, 5 DECEMBER 2015, FEAT. PROF. LEWIS BURKE & PROF. JAY BENDER:

Twenty-eight days before she retires from the court she has been a part of for 27 years and led for almost 16, Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal is content.

“I have been so fortunate to be a part of the generation into which I was born,” says Toal, 72, sitting in a chair at the front of the South Carolina Supreme Court courtroom, where she has heard and presided over some of the state’s biggest legal battles of the past quarter-century.

“We came to law school at a time when the Vietnam War was at its height, when the quest for equal opportunity for all people was on the front burner. It caused us to be very serious about what we wanted to do. We didn’t feel we should wait. We wanted to take the South Carolina that we loved, that wasn’t there yet, and create a new South Carolina.” <Read More>