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Sen. Sheheen remembers Judge Ernest Kinard

Posted: May 21, 2015 4:27 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Camden, Kershaw County and South Carolina lost one of its greats this week. Judge Ernest Kinard was one of a kind who loved his family, his community and his work.

I am proud Judge Kinard worked with and helped lead the Savage Law Firm for many years. He then ascended to the bench as a judge for the state of South Carolina where he became known as one of the smartest, hardest working and enjoyable judges in our State. And he wasn’t afraid to let you know it. 

Judge Kinard was a real lawyer and a real judge. The kind who liked interacting with people, liked what he did, and believed the courtroom was a place critical to the success of civilization. Judge Kinard was the kind of judge who presided with strength and competence, but without arrogance; a mix sometimes difficult to master. And he always had a small bit of dry humor to keep things moving along.

Judge Kinard’s work was so respected, he was frequently sent to other parts of the state to clean up long dockets, move cases and bring the local court systems up to speed. And he always approached his work with a sense of enjoyment and thanksgiving. Judge Kinard was not only a judge, but a teacher in the courtroom. I know I have learned from him during my legal career, and for that I am thankful. Our state will miss him.

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