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.
1. Continue to conduct a seminar, reception and Executive Council meeting in conjunction with the SC Bar Convention.
2. Arrange for members to be sworn in to practice before the US Supreme Court and the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, DC.
3. Continue to encourage active participation in the Supreme Court of SC Lawyer Mentoring program.
4. Continue to coordinate with local county bar associations on participating and promoting the Law Day Essay Contest. In addition, each statewide essay winner will be recognized and presented with a monetary contribution, medal and certificate, with the overall winner to be acknowledged at the SC Bar Convention.
5. Continue to coordinate efforts with the USC School of Law Pro Bono program by promoting and participating in the S.C. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts project, E-Help at Your Desk, My Wills and a variety of other potential programs.
6. Continue to promote participation in the Center for International Legal Studies program in cooperation with law faculties in Eastern Europe and the former republics of the Soviet Union.
7. Continue to explore travel destinations for members of the Division.
8. Continue to support and recognize the Nifty Fifty Honorees.
9. Continue to host a Fall Symposium to include networking opportunities and an educational seminar.
10. Identify and pursue methods to successfully market and enhance the benefits of being a member of the Division.
11. Provide regional networking opportunities for members of the Division.
12. Conduct statewide programs on topics to include but not limited to, competency issues, succession plans, health and retirement, technology, etc.
13. Pursuant to Rule 428, SCACR, in coordination with the SC Bar Executive Director, the Division created a SLD Lawyers Assistance Program, which assists legal professionals in a confidential manner who are exhibiting cognitive decline and impairment. The Division will continue to host statewide training sessions and solicit volunteers to serve as attorney intervenors. Goals include the following:
• Provide education and resources to assist legal professionals with the transition to retirement;
• Maintain the integrity of the legal professional in question and avoid disciplinary action to those who agree to the Bar’s recommendation(s) to address concerns;
• Provide assistance to individuals, law firms, and organizations in handling cases of cognitive decline or impairment in a manner that protects the public;
• Raise awareness of cognitive decline and impairment affecting legal professionals; and
• Reduce negative stigma and promote the benefits of retirement.
14. Provide input regarding senior attorney issues and support the SC Bar Wellness Committee. In addition, actively promote and assist with projects of interest to the Division.
15. Create a pro bono award that will acknowledge a senior Bar member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services and who has made a positive impact in the community.
16. Address issues and explore options to properly accommodate the hearing impaired within the court system.