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Retired Chief Justice Harwell recognized for leadership in dispute resolution

January 27, 2014

Columbia, S.C. (January 27, 2014) — On Thursday, January 23, during the annual S.C. Bar Convention at Kiawah Island, Retired Chief Justice David W. Harwell was recognized for his leadership in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in South Carolina.

The C. C. “Cotton” Harness III Peace Award was presented to Harwell during the Bar’s Dispute Resolution Section seminar held in conjunction with the Convention. Prior recipients of the award are the late Cotton Harness, Judge William L. Howard, Capers Barr and Robert Erwin.

Justice Harwell has had a distinguished career as a lawyer, legislator, circuit court judge and Associate Justice and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina. A member of the bar since 1958, Justice Harwell served in the state House of Representatives from 1963 to 1973, as a circuit court judge from 1973 to 1980, as an Associate Justice from 1980 to 1991, and as Chief Justice from 1991 until his retirement in 1994. In addition to his current ADR practice, Justice Harwell is special counsel to The Bell Legal Group in Georgetown.

A fellow in the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, he enjoys a national reputation as a mediator, arbitrator and writer and speaker on ADR. He serves as a neutral in all areas of complex civil litigation. Justice Harwell is a former co-chair of the South Carolina Bar’s Dispute Resolution Section, a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution and has completed a number of mediation and arbitration training courses as well as many other ADR seminars and symposiums. Justice Harwell has served as a mediator trainer for the U.S. Department of Justice at the National Advocacy Center. He is a certified mediator and arbitrator in state and federal courts in South Carolina.

The annual Bar Convention is an opportunity for South Carolina lawyers to attend a variety of continuing legal education programs, network with colleagues and members of the judiciary, and enhance their practices through technology demonstrations and programs and services offered by Convention vendors.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.



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