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Morris retiring as family court judge

Posted: June 28, 2018 5:04 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Family Court Judge Dana Morris (center) in a May 2017 photo with several Kershaw County guardians ad litem he had recently sworn in. Morris has indicated his intent to retire from the Family Court Seat 3 bench at the end of his term on June 30, 2019. The legislature elected him to the seat in February 2008.

According to an email and press release from the S.C. Judicial Merit Selection Commission issued Tuesday, the Honorable Dana Morris plans to retire as of the end of his current term as a Family Court judge, which expires June 30, 2019.

“The Judicial Merit Selection Commission received notification today from … Morris, judge of the Family Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, Seat 3, indicating his decision to retire at the end of his term,” Erin B. Crawford, the commission’s chief counsel and staff attorney for the Senate Judiciary Committee, said.

The state legislature elected Morris to the Family Court bench 10 years ago, in February 2008. He previously served as a managing partner of Savage Royall & Sheheen, the law firm he joined in 1983 after receiving his law degree from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. According to his official court biography, as an attorney, he concentrated his practice “in the area of trial litigation in all courts with a heavy emphasis on family law.”

Morris has been a member of the South Carolina and Kershaw County bar associations. He is also an avid cyclist, diver, backpacker and woodworker, and a member of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, according to the court biography.

Morris also served for a number of years on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees, serving as its chairman prior to being elected to the bench.

With the pending vacancy, prospective candidates must notify the commission, in writing, of their intent to apply for Morris’ seat on the Family Court bench, according to the press release. The commission will not accept applications after noon on Wednesday, July 25. Those who wish to apply for Morris’ seat should notify the commission by contacting Crawford at P.O. Box 142, Columbia, SC 29202, or via email at ErinCrawford@scsenate.gov. Prospective candidates may call her to answer questions by calling her at (803) 212-6689.

Questions may also be asked of Lindi Legare, the commission’s administrative assistant at (803) 212-6623, or by emailing LindiLegare@scsenate.gov.

For more information about the commission and the judicial screening process, visit the commission’s website at www.scstatehouse.gov/JudicialMeritPage/JMSCMainPage.php.

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