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July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012

Welcome to a special edition of the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast.
July 30, 2012

In memoriam: Billy A. Tunstall Jr.

The Hon. Billy A. Tunstall, 58, of Ninety Six died July 27. His obituary can be found
here. Judge Tunstall served as the Family Court Judge for the 8th Circuit, Seat 3, since July 1997. During his tenure, Judge Tunstall served as a Regional Vice President of the Family Court Judges Association. He was also a member of the S.C. Bar, Greenwood County Bar Association and the S.C. Association for Justice.

Rule amendments
The Court has amended Rule 1.5, Rule 1.15, and a Comment to Rule 1.16, RPC, Rule 407, SCACR. The amendments address the charging of advance fees by lawyers. The amendments, effective immediately, provide in part that a lawyer may charge an advance fee if the lawyer and client agree in advance in writing, subject to certain provisions. To view the complete order, click

Judicial vacancy
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission is accepting applications for the office formerly held by the late Hon. Billy A. Tunstall Jr. (Family Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, Seat 3). Correspondence and questions should be directed to the Judicial Merit Selection Commission: Jane O. Shuler, Chief Counsel, P.O. Box 142, Columbia, SC 29202, (803) 212-6629. The Commission will not accept applications after noon on Wednesday, Aug. 29. To view the media release, click 
here. The screening schedule can be found here.

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