As the longest-serving state court judge in South Carolina history and serving as the second female member of the South Carolina Supreme Court from 2009-2023, Justice Kaye Hearn has paved the way for generations of women in the South Carolina legal system.

During Justice Hearn’s time on the Supreme Court, she authored countless opinions on landmark cases that continue to shape South Carolina law. As the high court’s lone female justice, she wrote the majority opinion overturning the state’s 2021 six-week abortion ban, which was reinstated upon her retirement by an all-male South Carolina Supreme Court.

This event featured an evening of conversation and reflections on the past, present, and future of South Carolina’s judicial system with Justice Hearn and Furman Politics and International Affairs faculty.

Event Details

  • March 27, 2024
  • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Watkins Room, Trone Student Center



Associate professor, Teresa Nesbit Cosby

Teresa Nesbitt Cosby is a professor of political science at Furman University, specializing in constitutional law and racial and ethnic politics. A former law clerk of retired United States Magistrate Judge William M. Catoe, Jr. and an Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, Professor Cosby brings a wealth of legal knowledge and experience to this discussion.


Glen Halva-Neubauer, Chair and Dana Professor of Politics and International Affairs

Glen Halva-Neubauer is the Dana Professor and chair of Politics and International Affairs, focusing on US state and local government and politics. A founder of Furman’s Mock Trial program, an acclaimed member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), and a specialist on responses to the 2022 Dobbs decision among Southern state legislatures, Dr. Halva-Neubauer brings tremendous experience and scholarly research to this event.