Meet Amy McCulloch

Judge Amy McCulloch graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1987.  She attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating in May of 1990, and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in November of 1990.

Judge McCulloch began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Ervin, State Circuit Judge and Judge William Catoe, Federal Magistrate.  In 1991, she became an Assistant Solicitor for Richland County.  She worked as a prosecutor at the Richland County Solicitor’s Office until December of 1996, when she entered the private practice of law with her husband.  During this time Judge McCulloch was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College teaching courses in business law, civil law, criminal law, and ethics. 

Judge McCulloch was elected to her first term and was sworn in as the Probate Judge for Richland County in January of 1999.  Since that time, she has worked to make the probate office more accessible to the public including the creation of the Richland County Probate Court website that allows public access to information and forms needed to probate estates and the ability to search for estates and view estate documents. Estate records from 1994 through the present are available for viewing and printing online. She is currently working towards an interactive form completion process to make it easier for the public in the estate application process and the ability to file estate documents electronically.

She served as President of the South Carolina Association of Probate Judges from October of 2002 through 2003.  She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Counties, serving on their legislative committee and the National College of Probate Judges, serving on the Executive Committee. She is frequently called upon to interact with the General Assembly in legislative efforts that affect the Probate Courts. Beginning in 2008, she served on a 5 year state wide committee to review and revise the SC Probate Code.  The legislation was passed in 2013.

In 2003, Judge McCulloch assisted in and supported the creation of the Richland County Adult Mental Health Court to allow individuals arrested for a non-violent crime and diagnosed with a mental illness to be diverted from incarceration into intensive supervision and treatment.  Adult Mental Health Court in Richland County now accepts clients from Municipal Courts, Magistrate Courts and General Sessions.  Current statistics show that 76% of Mental Health Court graduates have not been re-arrested or admitted for emergency treatment.  In 2006, Judge McCulloch received the “Heroes in the Fight” award from Mental Health America of South Carolina for her efforts with the mentally ill in our community. In 2014, a similar Juvenile Mental Health Court was formed to serve our juveniles.

Judge McCulloch has been a frequent lecturer and instructor for the South Carolina Court Administration, Mandatory School for New Probate Judges and Magistrates and for the South Carolina Bar Bridge the Gap mandatory sessions for new lawyers. She serves on the Board for Midlands Technical College Legal Division, the SC Bar’s Vulnerable Adult Task Force, the SC Department of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Coalition, and the SC Hospital Association’s Behavioral Health Coalition.  Judge McCulloch also provides quarterly training for lawyers and court appointed Personal Representatives to help understand the process and the forms.

Judge McCulloch is married to Joseph M. McCulloch, Jr., an attorney, and they have one son, Matthew McCulloch who graduated from Wofford College in 2016 and is now working for a bank in Charleston.  They attend Shandon Methodist Church.

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