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South Carolina
Judicial Branch
Judge DeeAnn B. Studebaker

Dee Studebaker, a South Carolinian since 2014 has a solid legal foundation built on early practice at a highly respected boutique business litigation, tax and estate planning law firm in her native state of Arkansas.  She interned for a federal district court judge and an appellate judge for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Judge Studebaker has over 25 years of experience in legal research and writing.  She regularly appeared at oral arguments before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Later she served as deputy prosecuting attorney, chief of the juvenile division.  She built a legal writing and consulting business from the ground up which grew into opportunities for her to write briefs and collaborate with attorneys across the country in nursing home litigation.  She shared writing responsibilities summarizing significant court decisions for the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.  She authored amicus curiae briefs, organized or spoke at various CLE seminars and taught on issues related to story-telling, jury selection, legal writing, analysis, arbitration & law office technology.

In 2013, she was recruited and tasked to build a legal clinic for poverty-stricken individuals.  She developed a revolutionary a hybrid legal referral service and justice center which efficiently utilized the existing pool of local lawyers in their areas of expertise; connected them with a desire to provide meaningful pro bono services to underprivileged individuals generating excellent representation to people in need.  She was appointed Lancaster County’s Associate Probate Judge in July 2016 and was elected the first Lancaster County Probate Judge with a legal degree on November 6, 2018.  She is also a professional artist.


The Honorable DeeAnn B. Studebaker
PO Box 1809
Lancaster, SC 29721
OFFICE: (803) 283-3379
FAX: (877) 636-7961