State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal was honored over the weekend by a regional association of trial lawyers.
Toal received the 2011 Jurist of the Year award, by the Southeastern Region of the American Board of Trial Advocates at its annual convention in Charleston.
The group, part of a national association of plaintiff and defense lawyers, has chapters in 10 Southern states, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama.
Columbia lawyer Luther Battiste, immediate past president of the regional group, said today Toal was honored for her lifetime achievements. They include bringing the state’s judicial system into the 21st century by linking court records digitally for all 46 S.C. counties on the Internet, he said.
“She’s used her political skills, her vision, and her love and understanding of the law to modernize our courts and have them work efficiently in a time of dwindling resources,” said Battiste.