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South Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society
J. Waties Waring and the Dissent that Changed America
Thursday, May 19, 2011
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception & Dinner - $100 per person
Charleston Place Hotel, 205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Friday, May 20, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
CLE Seminar - $250 per person
Charleston Federal Courthouse, 85 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 http://www.scd.uscourts.gov/court/Charleston.asp
Includes the Thursday night Cocktail Reception & Dinner and Friday CLE Seminar - $300
Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal and US District Court Judge Richard M. Gergel, on behalf of the South Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society, are pleased to invite you to a memorable and compelling Colloquium on May 19-20, 2011, in Charleston to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the landmark school desegregation decision, Briggs v. Elliott.
In May 1951, a three judge panel convened in the Charleston Federal Courthouse to address a challenge to the State’s laws mandating segregation of school children by race. From its initial filing, the case had the mark of history upon it. Plaintiffs were represented by the legendary Thurgood Marshall and proposed to offer groundbreaking sociological testimony by Dr. Kenneth Clark, which came to be known as the “black doll studies.”
The panel’s majority decision upholding the State’s system of segregated public schools was expected; the passionate dissent of US District Judge J. Waties Waring of Charleston was not. Judge Waring, finding that segregation by race left a stigmatizing and damaging effect upon black children, declared that “segregation is per se inequality.” Judge Waring’s remarkable dissent and the compelling trial record laid the foundation for the United States Supreme Court’s unanimous reversal of Briggs in the consolidated Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas decision. Legal historians regard Judge Waring’s dissent as one of the most influential in American history, and his original order is now preserved at the National Archives.
The Colloquium will commence on Thursday evening, May 19, 2011, with a cocktail reception and elegant dinner at the beautiful Charleston Place. The dinner will feature a keynote address by renowned Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. author of the classic work, All Deliberate Speed.
An extraordinary CLE seminar has been planned for May 20, 2011, at the Charleston Federal Courthouse, in the same historic courtroom where the Briggs case was tried. Our distinguished faculty includes Professor Ogletree, Dr. Patricia Sullivan of the USC Department of History and Dr. Vernon Burton of the Clemson University Department of History. The seminar will also feature stellar jurists which include Senior US District Court Judge Matthew J. Perry, South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal, and US District Court Judges Richard M. Gergel and J. Michelle Childs. As a special seminar feature, Professor Ogletree will be available to sign copies of his remarkable publication, All Deliberate Speed which has been called a superb analysis of the complex effects of the Brown decision on American society.
Chief Justice Toal will host and moderate the Thursday evening event, and Judge Richard M. Gergel will moderate the Friday CLE seminar.
Accreditation pending for 6.0 MCLE credit hours.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the French Quarter Inn (www.fqicharleston.com). The rate for Thursday night, May 19 is $219 plus tax. This rate includes: Champagne and lady fingers upon check in; afternoon wine and cheese reception; freshly baked cookies and milk in the evening; turndown service; and continental breakfast delivered to the room each morning. Call the hotel directly, 1-866-812-1900 or 843-722-1900, and reference the SC Supreme Court Historical Society Colloquium. You must secure your reservation by April 15 to receive this discounted rate.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Mills House Hotel (www.millshouse.com). The rate for Thursday night, May 19, is $245 plus tax. Call the hotel directly, 800-874-9600 or 843-577-2400, and reference the SC Supreme Court Historical Society Colloquium. You must secure your reservation by April 4 to receive this discounted rate.