The business meeting began at 7:00 and included a President's Report, Election of 2013-2014 officers and directors, and Adoption of Program and Action for the coming year.
Keynote Speaker -- Constitutional Law Professor John L.S. Simpkins: With history as a guide, Prof. Simpkins explained how South Carolina continues to struggle with a legislative-dominated state government, a legacy of underfunded schools, and an uneven playing field for the "haves" and "have nots." He stressed the importance of pushing for clean governance and political accountability so that all South Carolinians, no matter their beliefs, have the opportunity to make their voices heard by their elected officials.
The evening concluded with the Presentation of the third annual Spirit of Democracy Award:
The Charleston League of Women Voters presented Armand G. Derfner, nationally renowned civil rights attorney, with its third Spirit of Democracy Award. Dr. Derfner is now constitutional law scholar in residence at Charleston School of Law.