Senior Lawyers Division
The South Carolina Bar Senior Lawyers Division is the section of the South Carolina Bar which all Bar members who are at least 60 years of age shall be members.

Recognition of 2013 Statewide Essay Contest Winner Ben Coomes of Dorman High School (pictured at right with Judge Mark Hayes) 

Congratulations to the following 2014 Spartanburg County Bar Association Law Day Essay essay winners. These students were recognized at the annual Spartanburg County Bar Association’s Law Day Celebration program May 1. This year’s Law Day Essay topic was “Why should every American Vote?” Statewide participants have until Friday, June 6, to submit the essays to Judge Hayes’ office to be considered for the S.C. Bar Senior Lawyer’s Division Law Day Essay contest.

9th Grade:
Winner: Devin Srivastava, Spartanburg Day School
Runner Up: Wade Furnas, Broome High School

10th Grade:
Winner: Michaela Mabry, Broome High School
Runner Up: Taylor Nguyen, Broome High School

11th Grade:
Winner: Navpreet Kaur, Byrnes High School
Runners Up: Megan Powell, Byrnes High School (TIE); Meredith Boyce, Spartanburg High School (TIE)

12th Grade:
Winner: Aryn Aiken, Spartanburg Day School
Runner Up: Brandon Chamberland, Byrnes High School

Overall Winner: Lyric Crow, Byrnes High School

Eric Moe of Dorman High School and Charmaine Littlejohn of Gaffney High School received recognition as having the highest total average from their respective schools.

Visiting Professorships for Senior Lawyers 
The Center for International Legal Studies places experienced practitioners in visiting professorships at institutions in East Europe and the former republics of the Soviet Union. The Center will offer short-term appointments to as many as 90 senior lawyers in spring and autumn 2015. Click here for additional information.
Senior lawyers sworn in before U.S. Supreme Court
The Senior Lawyers Division hosted its annual trip to Washington, D.C. for members to be sworn in before the U.S. Supreme Court. On April 22, 2013, the following members participated in the ceremony: Hon. Thomas F. Batson, Anne B. Howard (Ms. Howard was also sworn in to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces), Carroll H. “Pete” Roe Jr., Walter M. “Wally” Safrit and William M. Spillane. Admittees and their guests were invited to attend a cocktail party the night before the ceremony at the Washington Court Hotel. During that time, Division Coordinator Ruth W. Cupp provided an overview of the ceremony and gave instructions for entering the U.S. Supreme Court building. A breakfast was also held for admittees and their guests prior to the swearing-in ceremony. 

New senior handbook released!
S.C. Senior Citizens Handbook (PDF) (UPDATED!)

E-Help at Your Desk
In coordination with the USC School of Law Pro Bono Program, volunteers will teach the latest technology to members of the Division. If you need assistance or would like to serve as a volunteer that responds to E-Help at Your Desk requests, please click here. For more information, please contact Pam Robinson at or (803) 777-3405.  
SC Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Legal assistance is needed for the following, and volunteer law clerks are available through the Carolina Clerks Program. To accept one of these cases and for additional information, please contact Pamela Robinson at
City Organization Type General Needs
Little River Arts collaborative 501(c)(3) application, basic nonprofit incorporation, bylaws
Charleston Theater company sales tax questions, nonprofit law questions, intellectual property questions
Charleston Theater company 501(c)(3) application, basic nonprofit incorporation
Charleston Handbell choir 501(c)(3) review, bylaws review
Charleston Dance ensemble Nonprofit vs sole proprietorship
Charleston Breast cancer awareness band 501(c)(3) review
Columbia Jazz performance, educational outreach 501(c)(3) application, basic nonprofit incorporation

Commission on CLE & Specialization Request for Exemption
Active members of the Bar who are at least 60 years of age and who have been admitted to practice law for 30 years or more may submit an affidavit to include year of birth, year of admission (this does not have to be with the S.C. Bar) and the desire to be exempt (exempt status pursuant to Section III. A of the Commission’s regulations shall apply to both the CLE and LEPR requirements). Requests should be submitted to the S.C. Supreme Court Commission on CLE & Specialization, P.O. Box 2138, Columbia, SC 29202. For more information, visit or contact the Commission at (803) 799-5578 or

Travel Opportunities
The Division is exploring travel destinations for its members. For additional information, please contact Nancy Layman at or (803) 776-6999.
Quality of Life Resources

2014-15 Executive Council

Staff Contact:
Tara Caine
(803) 799-6653, ext. 146