COLUMBIA – Attorney Rodney C. Jernigan of Florence is the new President of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the leading voice for plaintiff’s attorneys in the Palmetto State. Jernigan takes over the top post from Matthew Richardson and will now lead the Board of Directors of the 1,100 member legal association for the upcoming year. He will be the first lawyer from Florence ever to serve as President of the Association. “It’s an honor to serve as President of a great organization with a long history of fighting for fairness and integrity in the judicial process,” Jernigan said. “We have so many wonderful opportunities in our state, but we also face regular threats to our justice system. I will be a strong voice for our members and continue to advance the cause of justice in our state.” Jernigan, an experienced trial lawyer with the Jernigan Law Firm, has been helping clients in the Florence and Greater Pee Dee region for almost 40 years. He received both his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina. Jernigan is a member and Past President of the Florence Rotary Club, Past President of the Florence Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Board of Directors of the Florence Airport Commission, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Florence United Way, former board member of the Florence YMCA and Florence Boys & Girls Club and former Municipal Judge for the City of Florence. Other officers on the SCAJ board have also changed. Anthony L. Harbin of Anderson steps in as the Association’s new President-Elect, R. Alexander Murdaugh of Hampton takes over as the new Vice President, and Alexander Cash of Charleston is the new Secretary/Treasurer. The South Carolina Association for Justice was founded over 50 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers seeking to be the voice for the working families of South Carolina. Since then, the Association’s mission has been to serve its members and those they are sworn to protect, and to stand up for the Constitutional rights of every American citizen. Visit SCAJ.com for more information on the Association.