HON. KRISTI HARRINGTON (RET.)

Arbitrator | Mediator

Biography

Judge Harrington became the youngest Circuit Court judge and one of only six female circuit judges in the state of South Carolina on February 6, 2008, when she was unanimously elected by the state legislature. During her tenure on the bench, she tried to verdict over 250 jury trials and completed numerous non-jury criminal and civil matters. 

Judge Harrington is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Charleston School of Law where she teaches a variety of classes, such as Advanced Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, and Alternatives to Incarceration, Cannabis Law and Policy. She is the Director of Advocacy Programs at CSOL.

In 2012, Judge Harrington was honored to be selected as Adjunct Faculty for the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. She teaches an annual course on Selected Issues in Evidence to national and international judges and has designed a class specifically to train new judges as they transition to the bench. She is the past Chair of the Faculty Council of the NJC. After working towards her Master’s Degree in Judicial Studies, she received her Certificate in Judicial Development in General Jurisdiction Trial Skills from NJC in 2018. 

On June 30, 2018, Judge Harrington retired from the bench after serving two terms.

Expertise Areas
Education
  • B.A. Francis Marion University
  • J.D. University of Tulsa, College of Law
  • Certificate, Civil Mediation, The National Judicial College
  • Court Admissions
  • Oklahoma Bar
  • South Carolina Bar
  • United States District Court, District Court of South Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Legal Employment
  • South Carolina Circuit Judge
  • Ninth Judicial Circuit, Office of the Solicitor
  • Affiliations
    American Bar Association
    American Inns of Court - James Petigru Chapter - Founding Member
    American Inns of Court - W. Lee Johnson Chapter 1997-98
    Arbitral Women
    Atlanta Arbitration Society
    Charleston County Bar Association
    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Associate
    Mediators Beyond Borders International - Board Member
    National Judicial College - Berkeley County Bar Association
    South Carolina Women’s Lawyer Association
    Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • “Finding Words Advanced Course.” Columbia, SC. June 22, 2004.
  • “DUI Trial Advocacy From “A” to V.” Charleston, SC. June 24-25, 2004.
  • “Intimate Violence-CDV Training.” Charleston, SC. July 30, 2004.
  • “Finding Words”. Columbia, SC. August 4, 2004.
  • Trial Advocacy I. NAC, Columbia, SC. August 15-20, 2004.
  • Cross-examination. NAC, Columbia, SC. February 22-25, 2005.
  • “Protecting Our Children.” People Against Rape. Charleston, SC. April 18, 2005.
  • National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence. Las Vegas, NV August 15-18, 2006.
  • Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. Presenter. “Emerging Leaders Network” Moncks Corner, SC. October 20, 2009.
  • The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area. Speaker. Charleston, SC. June 9, 2010.
  • Charleston Lawyers Club CLE. Presenter. Professionalism Series. February 2, 2011.
  • Berkeley County Bar Association. Presenter. “Tips from a Judge’s Perspective.” Moncks Corner, SC. February 11, 2011.
  • Charleston School of Law. Presenter. Professionalism Series. Charleston, SC March 3, 2011.
  • Charleston School of Law. Presenter. "Perspective from the Bench." Charleston, SC. March 23, 2011.
  • Nexsen Pruet. Presenter. iCivics. Charleston, SC. April 8, 2011.
  • Charleston School of Law. Presenter. Trial Advocacy. Charleston, SC. April 21, 2011.
  • Charleston School of Law. Presenter. "Critical Lawyering Skills Initiative." Charleston, SC. April 25, 2011.
  • Investiture of Judge Stephanie McDonald: Benediction. Charleston, SC. June 30, 2011.
  • Adult Drug Court Commencement Ceremony. Commencement Speaker. Charleston, SC. July 27, 2011.
  • National Judicial College. Discussion Leader. “Fourth Amendment for Trial Judges.” Oxford, MS. September 12-15, 2011.
  • Charleston School of Law. Presenter. Student Trial Lawyers Association. Charleston, SC. September 27, 2011.
  • National Center for State Courts. Contributor. “Short, Summary & Expedited: The Evolution of Civil Jury Trials.” Charleston, SC. October, 2011.
  • Berkeley County Bar Association. Presenter. “An Interesting Case from a Judge’s Perspective.” Moncks Corner, SC. January 20, 2012.
  • National Judicial College. Instructor. “Evidence.” Online Class. February 2012.
  • Charleston County School District Palmetto Program. “Citizen Participation: Rights and Responsibilities.” Charleston, SC. March 31, 2012.
  • National Judicial College. Discussion Leader. “Enhancing Judicial Bench Skills.” Charleston, SC. May 5-10, 2012.
  • SC Defense Trial Attorneys Association. Presenter. Charleston, SC. June 8, 2012.
  • Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. Presenter. “Emerging Leaders Network.” Summerville, SC. August 21, 2012.
  • Berkeley County Bar Association. Presenter. "Tips for the Courtroom Attorney." Moncks Corner, SC. February 15, 2013
  • National Judicial College. Instructor. "Fundamentals of Evidence: Child Witnesses." Online Class. March 20, 2013.
  • 7th Annual Public Defenders Best Practices Seminar. Presenter. "Gideon's Army at Work: 10 Do's and Don'ts in the Courtroom from a Judge's Perspective." Charleston, SC. March 25, 2013.
  • Charleston School of Law. "Professionalism Oath." Charleston, SC. August 12, 2014.
  • SC State Court Reporters Association Convention. Speaker. "Attorneys and Making the Record." Charleston, SC. August 20, 2014.
  • Women in Law, Charleston School of Law. Speaker. "The Importance of Continuing Education." Charleston, SC. January 28, 2015.
  • Charleston County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Speaker. "Preferences as Chief Administrative Judge." Charleston, SC. January 30, 2015.
  • Charleston County Bar. Presenter. "What Will Your Jury Do? Observations from the Bench." Charleston, SC. February 20, 2015.
  • Berkeley County Bar. Presenter. "Post-Conviction Relief Appointment." Moncks Corner, SC. February 27, 2015.
  • Berkeley County Bar. Speaker. Courthouse Keys Luncheon. Moncks Corner, SC. April 29, 2015.
  • Charleston School of Law Trial Advocacy. Guest Judge of Final Round. Charleston, SC. October 9, 2015.
  • Charleston School of Law. Commencement Speaker. Charleston, SC. December 13, 2015.
  • Charleston School of Law Professionalism Series. Presenter. "Becoming Practice Ready." Charleston, SC. February 11, 2016.
  • Berkeley County Bar Association. Presenter. "Courtroom Etiquette." Moncks Corner, SC. February 19, 2016.
  • National Judicial College. Instructor. "Special Issues: Child Witnesses." Via Webcast. March 11, 2016.
  • National Judicial College. Instructor. "Special Issues: Confessions." Via Webcast. March 24, 2016.
  • SC Bar Wellness Committee. Speaker. Wellness Luncheon. Charleston, SC. May 24, 2016.
  • Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce. Speaker. Leadership Berkeley Law Enforcement/Judiciary Session. Ridgeville, SC. June 16, 2016.
  • Charleston School of Law Phi Alpha Delta. Speaker. "Advice for First Year Law Students. Charleston, SC. September 20, 2016.
  • Charleston School of Law Women in Law. Speaker. Charleston, SC. November 16, 2016.
  • Charles Pinckney Elementary School. "Share Session." Charleston, SC. February 1, 2017.
  • Charleston County Bar. Speaker. "What Works" Continuing Legal Education. Charleston, SC. February 3, 2017.
  • National Judicial College. Instructor. "Selected Issues: Child Witnesses." Via Webcast. March 2, 2017.
  • National Judicial College. Instructor. "Selected Issues: Confessions." Via Webcast. March 23, 2017.
  • Charleston School of Law Judicial Observation and Experience Program Ethics Seminar. Speaker. Charleston, SC. April 5, 2017.
  • Charleston County Bar and Lawyers in Search of Soul. Moderator. Wellness Luncheon. Charleston, SC. April 25, 2017.
  • SC Bar iCivics Committee. Presenter. "iCivics" Program. Simmons Pinckney Middle School, Charleston, SC. May 9, 2017.
  • Leadership Berkeley. Speaker. Law Enforcement and Judiciary Session. Ridgeville, SC. July 20, 2017.
  • Improving Victimology: A Judicial Branch Perspective. Washington, DC September 2018
  • SC Bar Construction CLE. Panel Discussion on Best Practices in Construction Litigation. Charleston, SC. November 2019.
  • SC Bar CLE. Presenter. “Tips and Pitfalls in Mediation.” Columbia, SC February 2020
  • York County Bar Association. Presenter. “Tips, Techniques, and Pitfalls In Mediation.” Virtual. October 2021
  • National Judicial College. New Judges Class. Virtual. Ongoing
  • National Judicial College. “Selected Issues in Evidence.” Virtual. Spring 2021.
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