Probate Judge Debora Faulkner
Judge Debora Faulkner
Judge Debora Faulkner
Judge Debora Faulkner is serving her fourth consecutive term as Greenville County Probate Judge. She was first elected in November 1998.

Greenville County is the most populous county in the state, having over 460,000 residents. As such, under the direction of Judge Faulkner the Probate Court office has implemented numerous measures to increase efficiency while guaranteeing unparalleled customer service and access to the court.

The Greenville County Probate Court was awarded the Department of the Year Award by Greenville County. Judge Faulkner was awarded the Scales of Justice Award by the National Association of Legal Staff Professionals for her dedication and service to the legal profession. The National College of Probate judges voted her website (www.greenvillecounty.org/probate) as one of the Top 10 probate websites in the nation in 2005. In 2011, she was awarded special recognition from the South Carolina Lt. Governor's Office on Aging for her continued dedication to ensuring that our courts are responsive to the legal needs of South Carolina's senior citizens.

Her office sponsors many educational forums designed to educate citizens about the probate process, including weekly classes, and an annual training for legal professionals. Judge Faulkner is regularly asked to speak before professional organizations as well as churches, schools, and civic/community groups.

Judge Faulkner graduated Magna Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa from the University of South Carolina. She was admitted to the S. C. Bar in November, 1982. Subsequently, she was admitted to the US Federal Court Fourth District and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to her election to the office of Probate Judge, Judge Faulkner practiced law for 13 years, working as a legal aid attorney, an S. C. Assistant Attorney General, a solo practitioner and a part time Associate Probate Judge.

She has been a continuous member in good standing of both the South Carolina Bar and the Greenville County Bar since 1982. Other professional organizations include the S.C. Probate Judges Association, the National College of Probate Judges, the S. C. Women Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the American Judges Association, and the National Association of Women Judges.

She has served in many leadership roles in her profession. In 2001, the S. C. Association of Probate Judges elected her to serve as President. By appointment of the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, she serves on Probate Court Advisory Committee to the Supreme Court, the S.C. Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, the S.C. Judicial Council, and the S.C. Supreme Court Commission on Judicial Conduct, the SC Court Rules Committee, and the Access to Justice Commission. Chief Justice Toal appointed her to serve as chairperson of the S.C. Supreme Court Task Force on State Courts and the Elderly in 2010. The Task Force was comprised of Judges, legislators, law enforcement, social service agencies, SC Court Administration and other leaders in state government. The result was a comprehensive report that has been accepted nationally as a resource for the American Bar Association and other state courts and organizations (Z:\Task Force Report.pdf )

Judge Faulkner previously served on the Task Force on Public Access to Court Records and the S. C. Bar's Elder Law Subcommittee on Probate Mediation. With her leadership, the S. C. Probate Courts, as of spring, 2012, joined other state courts in using Mediation as an alternative to trials. Judge Faulkner currently serves as Chair of the S. C. Probate Judges' Association's committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Judge Faulkner currently serves as South Carolina state representative to the National College of Probate Judges and serves as a member of the NCPJ nominating committee. She was selected by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging as a delegate in 2011 to the Third National Summit on Guardianship. She played a key role in the development of national standards in Adult Guardianship Proceedings.

She has been a presenter for the S. C. Bar and the Greenville County Bar. She has been published on the topic of "Redefining Probate Court" and in various newsletters.

She has served on numerous community boards including the Advisory Council to the Greenville Technical College's Paralegal program, the Mountain to Midlands Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and various United Way boards. She currently serves as a board member on the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum. She is a member of the Greenville Professional Women's Forum and a member of Greenville First Baptist Church. She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Class XXVI, and a graduate of Furman University's Riley Institute for Diversity, and a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International.