March 18, 2014
March 17, 2014
Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
March 18, 2014
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at www.scbar.org. Click here for the most recent CLE Edition, which highlights upcoming CLE opportunities.
BallotBox survey on behalf of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission for judicial candidates
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission requests input in the General Assembly's screening of the spring 2014 judicial candidates listed in this media release. The Commission must determine whether each candidate is qualified to serve, and in this regard, seeks the opinion of practicing attorneys, members of the judiciary and clerks of court as to each candidate's fitness for the bench. Please note that this request is separate and distinct from the phone survey responses which will still be requested of Bar members by the Bar's Judicial Qualifications Committee. However, the Commission will share the tabulated results with the JQC for this screening. BallotBox Online, LLC sent the electronic survey to Bar members on Monday, March 17.
JQC phone interviews regarding judicial candidates
The Judicial Qualifications Committee (JQC) began its calls to the bench and bar on Monday, March 17. The information compiled by JQC is not attributed to those interviewed and is used to determine a collective opinion of the candidate. JQC policies provide that committee members complete at least 30 calls per candidate. Participation from Bar members who have experience with any of the candidates is highly encouraged and valued. You may be asked about multiple candidates in order to avoid duplicate calls. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.
New Ethics Advisory Opinion issued
The Ethics Advisory Committee has issued a new opinion. The text of all opinions is available online.
14-01 An attorney–matching contract that includes a clause preventing discussion of the particulars of the agreement with the client, including payment between attorney and the matching company, violates Rule 1.8(f).
Administrative suspensions for failure to pay license fees
The Court has posted the list of lawyers who failed to pay their license fees for 2014. Pursuant to Rule 419(d)(1), SCACR, these lawyers are hereby suspended from the practice of law.
Application period open for Rule 608 Criminal Conflict contracts
Attorneys interested in contracting with the S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense to provide representation for indigent clients in criminal conflict cases are invited to submit applications for consideration. This notice pertains to all 46 counties in the state. The link for the application and other important information about the contract program can be found online. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on April 4, 2014, to be considered. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to SCCID.
PMAP Practice Pointer
Are you unsure if the way you run your practice is efficient? If you're hoping to increase productivity and profitability by eliminating wasted time, join us for the next PMAP webinar March 26 at noon. Affinity Partner Debbie Foster will present Eight Things Killing Your Law Firm—and How to Stop Them, covering topics such as getting rid of those “piles of files” and how to reduce small mistakes that lead to big problems. This webinar is free (no CLE credit) and will last approximately 45-60 minutes. If you’ve never taken a webinar, read these easy instructions; all you need is a computer and an Internet connection! Contact PMAP for free assistance with your law practice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See what happened last week in the Weekly Legislative Report! Updates are posted every Friday throughout the legislative session. For questions regarding pending legislation, contact Lindsey Pitts at email@example.com.
Cole scholarship applications for April CLE seminars due March 27
Applications for Ronnie M. Cole Scholarships for April seminars are due March 27. The fund provides scholarships to lawyers who need help with the cost of required CLE seminars necessary to maintain their law licenses. The scholarships will be used to attend qualifying courses offered by the S.C. Bar CLE Division. Any member of the S.C. Bar, in good standing, is eligible for a scholarship. Download the application and submit it to Juliana Sobey.
Join your colleagues for the 2014 Black Law Students' Association Banquet March 20, featuring the Hon. Casey L. Manning as the keynote speaker. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at The Hall at Senate's End in Columbia. For more information, click here.
Joyce Farr Cheeks and Rosalyn Henderson announce the opening of Cheeks & Henderson, LLC located at 269 S. Church St., Spartanburg 29306. (864) 345-2221.
Kuhn & Kuhn, LLC announces that Kristin Millonzi has joined the firm located at 39 Broad St., Charleston 29401. (843) 577-3700.
Reeves, Aiken and Hightower announces that J. Tyler Burns has become a partner in the Ft. Mill office located at 1012 Market St., Ste. 205, 29708, (803) 548-4444 and that it is now Reeves, Aiken, Hightower & Burns.
C. Lawrence Simmons III and Karen C. Simmons announce the relocation of The Simmons Law Office, PA to 1315 N. Lake Dr., Lexington 29072. (803) 939-0820.
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Bar Foundation Gala, The Hall at Senate's End (Columbia)
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Free legal clinics: Wills, Estate and Probate (Batesburg); Real Estate Issues and Foreclosures (Spartanburg)
Free legal clinics: Criminal Law (Lyman); Family Law (Columbia); Bankruptcy Law (Florence)
Environment and Natural Resources Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Workers' Compensation Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Free legal clinic: Criminal Law Issues (Columbia)
Tax Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Professional Responsibilitiy Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Battle of the Carolinas Mock Trial Competition, Conway
Free legal clinic: Criminal Law Issues (Spartanburg)
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