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Pleicones

Alumni Profile: The Hon. Costa M. Pleicones '65

Pleicones named chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court; other graduates named to judgeships

The South Carolina General Assembly unanimously elected The Hon. Costa M. Pleicones ’65 chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court on May 27. He will take office in January.

Pleicones, a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, began his career as an attorney with the U.S. Army. He then held positions as a public defender, municipal judge and county attorney before entering private practice. He was elected to the circuit court in 1991 and became an associate justice in 2000.

Pleicones has been a featured lecturer throughout the state, including several visits to Wofford to talk with students in the pre-law program.

In February the South Carolina legislature voted to elect two other alumni to new judgeships. The Hon. Roger E. Henderson ’71 of Chesterfield was elected to the South Carolina Circuit Court for the 4th Circuit. He most recently served as a family court judge. Also, The Hon. Perry H. Gravely ’83 from Pickens has been elected to the South Carolina Circuit Court for the 13th Circuit.