Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
September 5, 2013
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at www.scbar.org.
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Solo & Small Firm Conference early bird pricing ends tomorrow!
There are just two business days left to receive great early bird discounts for 2013 Solo & Small Firm Conference & Tech Expo registration! The Bar is offering special prices for legal assistants and law students, and a combo rate for lawyer plus assistant. Solo & Small Firm Section members receive a discount as well. Join us Friday, Sept. 20, at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Boulevard. You can still register up to the day of the conference, but you will pay more than the early bird price. Don’t wait; register now!
Ethics Advisory Opinions issued
The Ethics Advisory Committee has issued two new opinions. The text of all opinions is available online.
13-07 A law firm may request attorney fees at default foreclosure hearings based upon a percentage of the total debt, despite the fact that the firm’s contract rate with its clients is a flat fee for a lesser amount. Lawyers also must comply fully with Rule 3.3 when responding to inquiries of the Court. The attorney’s fee affidavit, if required, should accurately reflect the amount actually paid as well as the value of the services, if different.
13-08 Attorney A may defend clients or serve as guardian for clients against whom attorney A’s spouse (Attorney B) litigated on behalf of DSS. Attorney A is not prohibited from such representation by Rule 1.8(k) since his spouse (Attorney B) is no longer employed by DSS. Attorney A is not prohibited from such representation by Rule 1.9, as Attorney A was not previously employed as counsel by DSS. Finally, Attorney A is not prohibited from such representation by Rule 1.11(b) since Attorney A and Attorney B do not practice in the same firm.
September Bar Foundation grantee activities
Swing into September with these Bar Foundation grantee activities: use your drive home from work next Monday to listen to S.C. Legal Services discuss legal services on Frank Knapp’s “U Need 2 Know” radio program on WOIC; hear the community’s take on efforts to help abused children at Richland County CASA’s community forum; or donate your time by volunteering at one of the many help clinics this month. View the full list of events for dates, locations and persons to contact. Help us help them by downloading our donor form or making a gift online.
By order of September 4 the Court suspended Harvey Breece Breland for one year, with additional conditions, for violations of the S.C. Rules of Professional Conduct including failure to provide competent representation, failure to keep clients reasonably informed about the status of a matter and failure to promptly deliver funds.
By order of September 4 the Court suspended Robert A. Gamble for a period of 18 months (retroactive to August 24, 2011) for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct including failure to make reasonable efforts to supervise other attorneys and committing a criminal act which reflects on the lawyer’s honesty.
By order of September 4 the Court issued a public reprimand to former Aiken County Magistrate Donald Louis Hatcher for violation of Canon 1, including avoiding the appearance of impropriety.
By order of September 4 the Court imposed a six-month suspension as reciprocal discipline on Robert W. Mance, based on misconduct set forth in an opinion from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
By order of September 3 the Court accepted the resignation of Charles I. Gandy from the Bar.
Jacquelyn Lee Bartley, 53, of Columbia died August 29. Her obituary can be found here.
Hamilton Martens Ballou & Carroll, LLC announces that Ruth Flinn Cunnup has joined the firm as an associate located at 130 E. Main St., Ste. 201, Rock Hill 29731. (803) 329-7672.
James M. Holly announces the opening of James M. Holly, Attorney located at 190 Aberdeen Dr., Aiken 29803. (803) 221-4276.
Naert and DuBois, LLC announces that Ali Diercks has joined the firm as an associate located at 22 New Orleans Rd., Hilton Head Island 29938. (843) 686-5500.
Chris Paton announces the opening of Chris Paton, LLC located at 40 Calhoun St., Ste. 411, Charleston 29401. (843) 968-0761.
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Law Student Involvement Task Force Meeting, Conference Center
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building
Mock Trial Training, Bar Building
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Conference Center
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Trial and Appellate Advocacy Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Meeting, Conference Center
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Mock Trial Skills Workshop, USC School of Law
Project Citizen Training, Bar Building
Judicial Qualifications Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Judicial Qualifications Committee Meeting, Bar Building
International Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Torts and Insurance Practices Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
We The People Training, Bar Building
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
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