New Executive Director

The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission is thrilled to announce that Hannah C. Honeycutt will serve as the next Executive Director for the Commission. Hannah is a 2007 graduate of Wagner College in New York with a B.A., magna cum laude, in English and Spanish, and a 2013 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. She has an impressive resume of service-related employment and community involvement. For the last five years, Hannah served as an assistant public defender in the Richland County (SC) Public Defender’s Office.

The Access to Justice Commission was created by the Supreme Court of South Carolina in January 2007, to address barriers to legal representation. The Commission is charged to identify civil legal needs and develop a long-term plan to provide these services for South Carolinians with low incomes or of modest means. The chairman of the Commission—Justice John Cannon Few of the Supreme Court of South Carolina—said,

“We designed a thorough selection process through which we reviewed applications from dozens of qualified candidates. Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty, a panel of Commission members, and I interviewed five of the top candidates before we arrived at a consensus that Hannah will do a fabulous job in this tremendously important role.”

Like all states, South Carolina faces significant challenges in providing access to justice and to civil courts for hundreds of thousands of low to moderate income families. The Commission recently developed a strategic plan under the leadership of Judge John E. Waites of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and other Commission members. Hannah will lead the Commission on its work to execute the strategic plan to bring civil justice to all citizens of South Carolina. Hannah will begin this new leadership challenge at the Commission’s next meeting on June 17 at the Supreme Court Courthouse in Columbia.

Please follow the Commission and the great work Hannah will lead through the Commission’s Twitter page (@scatj), Facebook page (@scaccesstojustice), and website ( Email Hannah at

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