By Jason Wiener Karen J. Williams was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina on August 4, 1951.[1] After receiving her B.A. from Columbia College in 1972, she taught social studies and English in local public schools.[2] She returned to school as a law student and received her J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1980, […]

By Agustin Martinez and Ashley Oldfield Born in 1954 in Tyler, Texas,[1] former Judge J. Michael Luttig attended Washington and Lee University for his undergraduate studies.[2] After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976,[3] Judge Luttig worked at the U.S. Supreme Court in the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice […]

By Elliott Beale and Cassidy Webb Senior Judge Clyde H. Hamilton was born in 1934 in the town of Edgefield, South Carolina.[1] After obtaining his B.S. from Wofford College in 1956, Judge Hamilton served as a U.S. Army Reserve Captain from 1956-1958.[2]  Judge Hamilton then attended George Washington University Law School, graduating with his J.D. with honors […]

By Sophia Pappalardo and Kenya Parrish Judge Paul V. Niemeyer was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1941.[1]  After completing his undergraduate studies at Kenyon College in 1962, Judge Niemeyer studied at the University of Munich from 1962-1963.[2]  Judge Niemeyer then went to Notre Dame Law School where he graduated with a J.D. in 1966.[3] […]

By Henry O. Hilston The Honorable William W. Wilkins, who goes by Billy in legal circles, was born in 1942 in Anderson, South Carolina.[1]  He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, where his father worked as an attorney.[2]  He enjoyed watching his father try cases in the county courthouse, which led to his childhood resolve […]

By Samuel D. Gilleran Robert F. Chapman was born April 24, 1926, in Inman, South Carolina.[1] Judge Chapman joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, while completing his B.S. at the University of South Carolina.[2] After the conclusion of the war, he attended law school at the University of South Carolina, receiving his LL.B. […]

By Elliott Beale and Cassidy Webb Samuel James Ervin III was born on March 2, 1926 in Morganton, North Carolina.[1] Judge Ervin joined the U.S. Army and served as a lieutenant from 1944 to 1946.[2] After Judge Ervin earned his Bachelor of Science from Davidson College in 1948, he received his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in […]

By: Jason Wiener Francis Dominic Murnaghan, Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 20, 1920.[1]  After he received an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1941, he served his country during World War II as a U.S. Naval Reserve Lieutenant from 1942 to 1946.[2]  Upon graduating from Harvard Law School in 1948, he […]

By Kenya Parrish & Sophia Pappalardo The Honorable James Dickson Phillips Jr. was born in Laurinburg, North Carolina on September 23, 1922.[1] Judge Phillips graduated as the salutatorian of his high school in 1939 and went on to attend Davidson College.[2] At Davidson, Judge Phillips was the captain of the baseball team and achieved Phi Beta Kappa […]