Minutes May 30

Friday, May 30, 2014, at 9:00 A.M.


The Council convened at the date, time and place indicated above.

Members Participating:
Sowell, Thornwell F. III, Chair
Brown, Henry
Cooke, M. Dawes
Crowe, Danny
Gallivan, H. Mills
HaLevi, Jill

Bar Staff:
Coker, Cindy
Bopp, Cheryl

Call to Order, Roll Call and Welcome

Section Chair Mr. Sowell called the meeting to order and welcomed those participating.

Approval of Prior Minutes
Mr. Crowe requested that the May 2, 2014, Minutes be amended as shown in italics in the following excerpts from the Minutes:

Mr. Mullis suggested that Mr. Crowe Mr. Massalon send him specific questions, and he would try to figure out the answers.

Mr. Massalon commented he had had no success with pre-litigation medical malpractice. Mr. Crowe and Mr. Sowell both reported that the pre-litigation medical malpractice cases were being treated cursorily.

Upon proper motion and second, the Commission unanimously adopted the Minutes of the May 2, 2014, meeting, as amended.

Old Business
Mr. Sowell proposed to approve and send the Ethics Advisory Opinion. Mr. Crowe reported a change to the language that narrowed the focus of the question. Mr. Crowe would send an email to Jill Rothstein.

Mr. Hinson was not present, so Mr. Sowell tabled the discussion on the proposed rule change until the next meeting.

Mr. Sowell confirmed with Ms. Coker that the Young Lawyers Guide to Dispute Resolution seminar was scheduled for August 28, 2014, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. He requested that Mr. Gallivan chair the committee that included Mr. Crowe, Ms. HaLevi and Mr. Hinson. Mr. Sowell offered his assistance if needed and mentioned that Mr. Keefer had offered to help, although he would be working on the annual meeting in January. Ms. Coker would report to Mr. Gallivan necessary information concerning deadlines and timelines. Mr. Crowe mentioned that Judge Kinon presented every year for Bridge the Gap on mediation and family court with Harry Goldberg and Kevin Barth.

Mr. Crowe reported that he received raw data concerning the success rates for ADR from Ann Kelly, Deputy Clerk for Richland County. The data covered January 2010 through May 2014 and was based on the proof of ADR forms and what they provided. Mr. Crowe would compile the information and email it to the Council or report at the next meeting.

Mr. Sowell reported that he had received an email from Ms. Brown concerning the Law Student Affiliate Division and would distribute this email to the distribution list. Ms. Coker would keep the Council informed of any kick-off activities that might happen in August.

In Mr. Keefer’s absence, Mr. Sowell reported the effort Mr. Keefer had devoted to planning for the Bar Convention CLE, having already lined up several speakers. Dedicated marketing to family law practitioners was mentioned.

Next Meeting
Mr. Sowell scheduled the next conference call meeting for June 20, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.

There being no further business, the Chair declared the meeting adjourned.