E-Blast Archive Issue

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
October 19, 2010
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at

The So
uth Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

Bar Conference Center opening ceremony to be held October 28
Bar members are invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the S.C. Bar Conference Center to be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 28.
Hon. Jean Toal, Hon. Michelle Childs and Hon. Steve Benjamin will present remarks, and President Carl Solomon will preside. Click here to view the invitation and to RSVP. The building is located at 1501 Park St. in downtown Columbia near the current Bar Building. For more information about the new conference center visit the Bar's website. To see pictures of the building process, view the album created on the Bar's Facebook page.

JQC report released
The Judicial Qualifications Committee has released its report on the qualifications of candidates for Circuit Court, At-Large, Seat 9. The report is available here. On September 30, 2010, the Committee released its report on qualifications of candidates for the following judicial positions: Court of Appeals, Seat 1; Court of Appeals, Seat 2; Circuit Court, Fifth Circuit, Seat 1; Circuit Court, 13th Circuit, Seat 2; and Family Court, Ninth Circuit, Seat 1. The report may be downloaded from the Bar’s website here.

Input requested on proposed changes to Rule 6.1
The S.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee and the Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission (SCATJ) continue to seek input on proposed changes to Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct
(SCACR 407). This rule concerns the provision of pro bono service to individuals of limited means or public service/charitable organizations. The proposed changes include the creation of a reporting mechanism for pro bono hours and a requirement that those hours be reported to the Bar. Pro bono participation remains voluntary.  Should Rule 6.1 be amended in the future, the Bar would provide additional information to facilitate the reporting. Please send comments on the proposed changes to Cindy Coker, Public Services Director or Stuart Andrews, Vice-Chair of the SCATJ. Comments should be received no later than Friday, November 5.

Ethics advisory opinion issued
The Ethics Advisory Committee has issued a new opinion. The text of all opinions is available online at
10-08  When services of a contract attorney are billed as fees for legal services, S.C. Rule 1.5(a) governs the amount that may be charged to the client for those services in that the total fee must be reasonable. The amount of that fee that is paid by the Lawyer to the contract attorney for his services is a matter of contract between the Lawyer and the contract attorney and need not be disclosed to the client. When the legal services of the contract attorney are billed to the client as an expense or cost, the Lawyer may not add a surcharge to the expense or cost absent a retainer agreement with the client that permits such surcharges. In order for the Lawyer to bill the contract attorney's services as fees for legal services, the Lawyer must adopt it as his own and be responsible to the client for it or must supervise the contract attorney. If the Lawyer does neither, the services of the contract attorney must be billed as a cost and the details of the arrangement disclosed and consented to by the client.   
Call for Nominations: Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Lawyer of the Year
It is time to nominate for the Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Lawyer of the Year Award. The award, in memory of Ellen Hines Smith of Spartanburg, recognizes a lawyer who has demonstrated commitment to the development and delivery of quality legal services to the poor in South Carolina. Members of the Bar are encouraged to nominate a lawyer who is employed at S.C. Legal Services. Nominations will be accepted through November 15. Additional information and a nomination form may be found here. The award winner will be presented jointly with the S.C. Access to Justice Commission at the Bar Foundation's Gala on Thursday, March 3, 2011. Your Bar Foundation is the only statewide entity that funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability. Please join us.

Trustee appointed
By order of October 15 the Court has appointed Nat B. Benson to serve as trustee for the law practice of Jayne G. Helm.

Firm announcement
Law Office of Jennifer Mook, LLC announces that it has relocated to 100 Park Ave. SW, Aiken 29801. (803) 644-2225.

Hunter W. Morris announces the opening of Hunter W. Morris, LLC, Attorney At Law located at 1201 E. Washington St., Greenville 29601. (864) 312-4444.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP announces that Thomas A. Simpson has become an associate in the Greenville office located at 104 S. Main St., 29601. (864) 250-2300.

October 21
Family Law Section Council meeting, Conference Call

October 22
Professional Responsibility Committee meeting, Nelson Mullins

October 24
Administrative & Regulatory Law Committee meeting, Labor, Licensing and Regulation Commission, Columbia

October 29
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board meeting, Nelson Mullins

November 3
Senior Lawyers Division Nominating Committee meeting, Bar Building

November 8
Government Law Section Council meeting, Conference Call