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The unauthorized practice of law threatens the quality of legal advice the public receives.  Under certain circumstances, the unauthorized practice of law might also have serious ethical or business implications for the attorney who supervises non-attorney staff, or whose clients provide advice or consulting services.  For example, could you have clients – perhaps consulting firms or other professionals – who provide legal advice without appreciating what they are doing? Are you or your clients being threatened by professionals who are unwittingly providing legal advice? Are those clients’ customer bases perhaps being threatened by competitors with good form books? Should an engineer be meeting with a municipal code enforcement officer to justify the drawings he is preparing for your client? Is an overly enthusiastic member of your staff saying a little too much to your clients? Once you’ve sued someone and she calls your staff to ask what the next step is in the process, what should your staff tell her? Learn the pros and cons, the ins and outs, and the ethical traps of UPL at this powerful and practical half-day seminar. The program will be a highly interactive panel discussion led by an experienced faculty of practitioners, as well as Judge Stephanie McDonald of the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

This program is geared to benefit lawyers whose paralegals speak with clients or the public, lawyers who’s clients are consultants, and lawyers whose own practices or those of their clients are threatened by consulting firms. 

8:30 a.m. Registration

8:55 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Robert “Bob” P. Wood           

9 a.m. What Constitutes UPL and How it Threatens Not Only the Public but Also Lawyers
Panel Leader: Robert P. Wood

9:10 a.m. Overview of Rogers Townsend & Thomas v. Peck
Panel Leader: Robert P. Wood

9:25 a.m. Options for Reporting UPL
Panel Leader: Tammy Besherse

9:30 a.m. Real Estate Closings
Panel Leader: Tammy Besherse

10 a.m. The “Access to Justice” Argument
Panel Leader: Hon. Stephanie P. McDonald

10:30 a.m. Industries at Risk of Being Accused of Practicing Law Without A License
Panel Leader: Robert P. Wood

10:45 a.m. Break

11 a.m. Lawyers Licensed Only in Other States
Panel Leader: Jill C. Rothstein

11:15 a.m. Immigration Law
Panel Leader: Tammy Besherse

11:30 a.m. Anti-trust Aspects of Restrictions on Who May Practice Law: NC State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC
Panel Leader: Robert P. Wood

11:45 a.m. When Non-lawyers May Practice Law and How These Rules Affect Paralegals and
Government Employees

Panel Leader: Jill C. Rothstein

12:15 p.m. Adjourn

Program Faculty:
Tammy Besherse
S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Columbia, SC

Hon. Stephanie P. McDonald
S.C. Court of Appeals
Charleston, SC

Jill C. Rothstein
Greenville County Sheriff's Office
Greenville, SC

Robert P. Wood
Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC
Columbia, SC


All registrations must be pre-paid. Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds, less $25 administrative fee, will be made for cancellations received in writing to the CLE Registrar at registrar@scbar.org by 5 p.m., one week prior to the seminar. Cancellations will not be accepted within one week of seminar date. One-time transfers to seminars of like value or to the live webcast of the seminar (if available) will be accepted for a $25 administrative fee in lieu of cancellations within one week of seminar. Requests to transfer to the live webcast must be received by 1 p.m. the day prior to the program. Designated substitutes may take the place of registrants unable to attend.

  • Columbia
    In-Person Seminar
    Bar Conference Center
    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201