South Carolina Supreme Court - Associate Justice


James Edward Moore

Associate Justice 1991 - 2008

Justice James Edward Moore was born in Laurens, SC on March 13, 1936, the son of Roy E. Moore and Marie (Hill) Moore, he attended the public schools in Greenwood, SC and graduated from Greenwood High School in 1954 where he served as president of the student body.

James Edward Moore received his bachelor degree from Duke University in 1958 and his juris doctor degree from Duke University School of Law in 1961. While at Duke he was member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.

Upon graduation from law school, Justice Moore engaged in the private practice of law for fifteen years in Greenwood and served four terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

In 1968, James Edward Moore was first elected as one of two men to represent Greenwood County in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 98th General Assembly that met from 1969 to 1970
- 99th General Assembly that met from 1971 to 1972
- 100th General Assembly that met from 1972 to 1974

In 1974, the SC House of Representatives was reapportioned into 124 districts, and James Edward Moore was elected to represent the 13th House District (part of Greenwood County) in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 101st General Assembly that met from 1975 to 1976

In 1976, James Edward Moore was elected resident Circuit Court Judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit, a position he retained until 1991.

On May 29, 1991, James Edward Moore was elected as an Associate Justice on the SC Supreme Court, replacing David Walker Harwell, who had just been elected Chief Justice. He was re-elected in 1998, and he remained on the SC Supreme Court until he reached the mandatory retirement age in 2008.

While serving as a Circuit Court Judge for fifteen years Justice Moore served as President of the South Carolina Circuit Judges Association, Chairman of the Circuit Court Advisory Committee, Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners on Judicial Standards, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on SC Rules of Civil Procedure, Delegate to the National Conference of State Trial Judges, and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Trial Judges. He attended the National College of the State Judiciary at the University of Nevada and later served as faculty advisor.

He is a member of the South Carolina and American Bar Associations, the American Judicature Society, and the First Baptist Church of Greenwood. He received the Outstanding Contribution to Justice award from the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association in 1996, and the Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Lander University in 1997. He serves as the Supreme Court liaison to the South Carolina Board of Law Examiners, the Board of Commissioners on Judicial Conduct, and the Board of Commissioners on Attorney Conduct, Chairman of the Chief Justice's Commission on the Profession, and is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal and Judicial Education Seminars.

Justice Moore and his wife, Mary Deadwyler Moore, live in Greenwood, SC and have two children, Erin Moore Yates and Travis W. Moore, and four grandchildren.

(Greenwood Co.) — b. Mar. 13, 1936 in Laurens; son of the late Roy E. and Marie (Hill) Moore of Laurens; g. Greenwood High School, 1954; Duke Univ., B.A., 1958, J.D., 1961; Jan. 27, 1963 m. Mary Alicia
Deadwyler, 2 children, Erin Alicia Yates and Travis Warren; Baptist; mem.: S.C. & Amer. Bar Assns.; Amer. Judicature Soc.; Kappa Sigma Frat.; Phi Delta Phi Legal Frat.; Bd. of Visitors, Lander Univ., 1976–77; Bd. of Trustees, The Lander Foundation, 1985–91; Natl. Coll. of State Jud., Univ. of Nevada, 1977; faculty advisor,
1985; Chm., Adv. Com., Circuit Court Judges, 1984–91; Chm., S.C. Circuit Judges Assn., 1987–91; VC, Bd. of Comrs. on Judicial Standards, 1981–91; Ad Hoc Com. on S.C. Rules of Civil Procedure, 1982–96; Del. to Natl. Conf. of State Trial Judges, 1980–82, 1985, 1988–91, Exec. Com., 1989–91; Outstanding Contribution to Justice Award, S.C. Trial Lawyers Assn., 1996; Hon. Doctor of Humanities Degree, Lander
SUPREME COURT 343 Univ., 1997; Chm., Chief Justice’s Comm. on the Profession, 2001–; private law practice, 1961–76; mem., S.C. House of Reps., 1968–76; VC, Jud. Com., 1975–76; elected Judge of the
Eighth Judicial Circuit July 22, 1976; qualified Nov. 13, 1976, serving continuously until elected Assoc. Justice May 29, 1991 to fill the unexpired term of David W. Harwell, elected Chief Justice; qualified Dec. 31, 1991, serving continuously since.

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