South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn to Speak at Bethany College Darline Nicholson Breakfast

BETHANY, W.Va. — Kaye Hearn, a 1972 Bethany graduate and the second woman to serve on the South Carolina Supreme Court, will address Bethany College senior women at this year’s Darline Nicholson Breakfast. The event, scheduled for April 30 at 9:30 a.m. in Benedum Commons as part of the College’s Alumni Weekend 2011, is a long-standing tradition at Bethany and was established to honor female students, faculty and community members.
“Justice Kaye Hearn is a remarkable example of a Bethany alumna who has diligently and skillfully pursued her passion to make a positive difference — from her work as an undergraduate at Bethany through her steady rise in her profession,” stated Bethany College President Scott D. Miller. “Refusing to accept boundaries that might have deterred others, she serves as an inspiring role model for all students, including those senior women of Bethany with whom she will share her story.”
Hearn serves as an elected justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. She was elected to the position in 2009 and was sworn in on January 14, 2010. She joined Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal, the first woman to serve on the court.
After graduating cum laude from Bethany, Hearn went on to earn her J.D. degree, again graduating cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1977. She received her L.L.M. from the University of Virginia’s Graduate Program for Judges in 1998.
Following her time in law school, Hearn clerked with Julius B. Ness, former member of the South Carolina Supreme Court. She then went into private practice and, in 1986, joined the 15th District Family Court. She became the chief administrative judge on the court a year later and continued in the position until she was elected to the South Carolina Court of Appeals in 1995. She was elected chief judge there in 1999.
Hearn has served as an adjunct professor at Charleston Law School and was the 2004 South Carolina Trial Lawyers’ portrait honoree. She is a member of the Nelson Mullis Riley & Scarborough Professionalism Committee, The Chief Justice’s Commission on the Profession, and the Alternate Dispute Resolution Commission. She is a past member of the South Carolina Board of Bar Examiners and the Partnership Board of the University of South Carolina Law School.
Sponsored by the Panhellenic Council at Bethany College, the Darline Nicholson Breakfast dates back to 1947. In addition to Hearn’s address, highlighting the program will be the presentation of the Aleece C. Gresham Award. This prize is given to a senior woman who has exhibited sound academic accomplishment, participated in and displayed leadership in a variety of co-curricular activities and shown dedication and commitment to the College.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.