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Addition to C. Bruce Littlejohn Papers, 1936-1996

A significant addition was made to the papers of C. Bruce Littlejohn, former South Carolina Chief Justice and Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Approximately three linear feet of papers, 1936-1996, are highlighted by campaign records, 1936-1958; correspondence, 1982-1996; and photographs.

The campaign records document Littlejohn's personal campaigns for office and those of others. Included are correspondence and memoranda, promotional items such as flyers and cards, and financial records.

Correspondents include leading jurists, attorneys and figures in government and business, such as Sol Blatt, Jr., Alex Sanders, and Charles E. Simons, Jr.; Wofford College classmate Ira Koger; and close friend Strom Thurmond. A frequent topic of Littlejohn's recent correspondence is the growing popularity of arbitration and mediation as alternative dispute resolution procedures. Littlejohn has long advocated these alternatives to costly and lengthy court trials. He remains active as an arbitrator and mediator. Typical of Littlejohn's forceful advocacy of these procedures are his remarks in a letter of 30 March 1992 to Owens Cobb-"Arbitration is the way of the future. It may be the only salvation of our court system," as well as those expressed in an 8 April 1993 letter to a California attorney-"In retirement I have held approximately fifty arbitrations and/or mediations for various organizations. I am convinced that the time has come to seek means other than jury trials to settle most disputes."

Littlejohn served on special assignment at both the trial and appellate levels from the time of his formal retirement in 1985 until the summer of 1994. On 14 May 1992, he wrote to his friend Frances Smith-"I continue to serve regularly with the Court of Appeals....There are nearly forty judges who have retired from the appelate court, the circuit courts and the family courts, but I believe Bristow, Eppes and I are the only ones holding court with any degree of regularity. When the retirement law was passed, we envisioned many judges rendering much service; but it just hasn't turned out that way."

In his letter of 18 August 1994, informing Chief Justice A. Lee Chandler that he would no longer accept special assignments, Littlejohn summarized-"I was admitted to the practice of law on June 2, 1936 and have been either practicing law or working within the judiciary since that time, a total of about fifty-eight years, with the exception of three years spent in the military in World War II. Since my retirement on July 22, 1985, I have taken assignments regularly and have worked substantially full time, responding to a total of one hundred seventy-five special orders assigning me to various court activities....While I do not momentarily contemplate the practice of law, I wish to reserve that right and wish to maintain my status as an active member of the Bar of this State effective upon completion of cases under advisement."

Papers of C. Bruce Littlejohn

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