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The purpose of this Association shall be to bring together by association, communication and organization, lawyers of South Carolina who devote a substantial amount of their professional time to the handling of litigated cases and whose representation in such cases is primarily for the defense:

  • to provide for the exchange among the members of this association of such information, ideas, techniques or procedure and court rulings relating to the handling of litigation as are calculated to enhance the knowledge and improve the skills of defense lawyers

  • to elevate the standards of trial practice in this area and, in conjunction with similar associations in other areas

  • to develop, establish and secure court adoption or approval or a high standard code of trial conduct and courtroom manner

  • to support and work for the improvement of the adversary system of jurisprudence in our court

  • to work for the elimination of court congestion and delays in civil litigation

  • to promote improvements in the administration of justice and to increase the quantity and quality of service and contribution which the legal profession renders to the community, State and nation.

Diversity Statement

The South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association (SCDTAA) is committed to the goal of diversity in its membership. The SCDTAA recognizes the value of different perspectives and experiences which are found in a diverse membership. Diversity brings to any organization a broader and richer environment which produces creative thinking and solutions. As such, the SCDTAA embraces and encourages diversity in all aspects of its activities and is committed to creating and maintaining a culture that supports and promotes diversity.

SCDTAA Committees

The SCDTAA is comprised of several internal committees that maintain the mandate and mission statement of the association. The following committees may be appointed annually:

  • Amicus Curiae Committee
  • The Defense Line Committee
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Long Range Planning Committee
  • Annual Meeting Committee
  • Summer Meeting Committee
  • Diversity/Membership Committee
  • Sponsorship Committee
  • Young Lawyers Committee
  • Corporation Counsel Section
  • Website Committee
  • Substantive Law Committee(s)
  • Trial Academy Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Ethics Committee
  • By-Laws Committee
  • Deposition Boot Camp Committee