Administrative Law Judges
Each of the six administrative law judges of the Court are elected
by a joint session of the General Assembly for a term of office of five
years. Candidates for each seat must be screened by the Judicial Merit
Selection Commission and must meet the qualifications required of justices
and judges set forth in Article V of the South Carolina Constitution: each
candidate must be a resident of the United States and of South Carolina,
be at least 32 years of age, have been licensed to practice law for a minimum
of eight years, and have been a resident of South Carolina for at least
five years preceding election.
Because administrative law judges exercise quasi-judicial powers, they
are subject to the Code of Judicial Conduct found in Rule 501 of the South
Carolina Appellate Court Rules. Additionally, because administrative law
judges are "public officials" within the meaning of South Carolina's Ethics
Reform Act, they are bound by these requirements as well.
“Tripp” Anderson, III (Seat 1, 2014) b. Florence, SC; s.
Ralph K., Jr. and the late Loretta Anderson; g. Frances Marion
University, B.A. cum laude, 1980; University of South Carolina School of
Law, J.D., 1984; m. Linda Corley; admitted to South Carolina Bar, 1984;
Assistant Attorney General for the State of South Carolina, 1984–1995; mem. Shandon Baptist Church; Alpha Tau Omega; Phi Kappa Phi Honor
Society; selected as one of Francis Marion University's most
distinguished alumni; elected to ALC seat no. 6, May 25, 1994, serving
continuously until June 30, 2009; elected as Chief Judge May 13, 2009,
serving continuously since July 1, 2009.
John D. McLeod (Seat 2, 2017) b. 1942
Springs, CO; s. John A. McLeod, Jr. and Patsie Davis McLeod; g.
Fairfield County, S.C. public schools, 1960, USC, B.A., 1964, and USC,
J.D., 1967; m. June 1, 1968, Virginia Martin Ingram of Florence; 2
children, 5 grandchildren; Staff Attorney, Legal Department, S.C. Public
Service Authority, 1967–1969; sole, general practice in Winnsboro,
SC, 1969–2005; past Pres. Fairfield County Bar, former Chairman of
Chester-Fairfield Public Defender Corp.; past mem. Sixth Circuit Fee
Disputes Bd., past mem. S.C. Bar Committee on Practice and Procedure; past
Pres. Fairfield County Historical Society; mem., elder and former Clerk
of Session, Sion Presbyterian Church, Winnsboro, SC; Eagle Scout; US
Naval Reserve, SA, 1962; elected to ALC seat no. 2, February 2, 2005,
serving continuously since.
Carolyn Cason Matthews (Seat 3, 2015) b. Columbia,
d. the late Walter Richardson and Martha Matthews;
g. Furman University, B.A. 1972; University of South Carolina
School of Law, J.D., 1978; m. John Andrew McAllister, Jr.; 3
children, Austin Adams Bruner, Anne Leigh McAllister and Sarah Elizabeth
McAllister; 2 granddaughters; Order of Wig and Robe; American
Jurisprudence Award, Torts, Fall, 1975; Supreme Court Staff Attorney
1978–1981; Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice George T. Gregory, Jr.
1981–1982; Assistant Attorney General, State of South Carolina 1982–1986;
Counsel, South Carolina House of Representatives Judiciary Committee
1986–1988; Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough 1988–1996;
Partner, Woodward Cothran and Herndon 1996–1998; S.C. Bar House of
Delegates 1998–1999; Chair, Richland County Bar Program Committee
1996–1999; President, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
2012–2013; Board of Directors, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
1995–2001, 2006–2014; 1993 Graduate, Leadership South Carolina;
Recipient, Woman of Distinction Award by South Carolina Girl Scouts,
2012; Board of Directors, National Conference of Women's Bar Associations
2012–2013; elected to ALC seat no. 3, June 2, 1999, serving continuously
Deborah Brooks Durden (Seat 4, 2015) b. 1961 in Columbia, SC; d. John Joseph Brooks, Sr. and Jane
Brooks; g. Columbia College, B.A. English, magna cum laude;
University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D.; m. W. Kevin Durden; 3
children; Order of the Wig and Robe; American Jurisprudence Awards in
evidence and estate planning; Law clerk to the Honorable Karen Hunt,
Alaska Superior Court Judge; Law Clerk to the Honorable John Reese,
Alaska Superior Court; Faulkner, Banfied, Doogan & Holmes, Anchorage,
Alaska, 1993–1994; Gergel, Nickles & Grant, 1994–1997; South Carolina
Department of Transportation, Assistant Chief Counsel, 1998–2009;
admitted to South Carolina Bar 1992; admitted to Alaska bar 1993; Girl Scout leader;
member Trenholm Road United Methodist Church; elected to ALC seat no. 4,
February 11, 2009, serving continuously since.
Shirley Canty Robinson (Seat 5, 2018) b. 1951 in Greeleyville, SC; g.
University of South Carolina, B.S., 1984; University of South Carolina
School of Law, J.D., 1990; admitted to South Carolina Bar, 1991;
Assistant 8th Circuit Solicitor, 1991–1992; Executive
Director, SC Legislative Black Caucus, 1992–1994; Associate, Law Offices
of Newman & Sabb, 1995–2000; Hearing Advisor, S.C. Department of Labor
Licensing & Regulation, 2000–2009; elected to ALC seat no. 5, May 13,
2009, serving continuously since.
Phillip (“Phil”) Lenski (Seat 6, 2016) b. 1963
in Iola, KS; s.
Dr. Frank X. Lenski, Jr. and Carol Lenski; g. University of Denver, B.A.
cum laude, 1986; Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1989; m. Laura
Brant; three sons; admitted to South Carolina Bar, 1995; admitted to
Colorado Bar, 1989; Judge Advocate, United States Army, 1990–1995;
Assistant General Counsel for South Carolina Department of Insurance
1996–1997; Assistant General Counsel for South Carolina Department of
Labor, Licensing and Regulation, 1997–2002; Counsel to Clerk of South
Carolina Senate, 2002–2005; Senior Staff Attorney to South Carolina
Senate Judiciary Committee, 2005–2010; mem. St. Joseph Catholic
Church; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; mil. serv.: U.S. Army and U.S.
Army Reserves 1983– ; service in Kuwait and Iraq, 2003; elected to ALC
seat no. 6, February 3, 2010, serving continuously since.
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