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One of the significant challenges for newly admitted attorneys is navigating the minefield of ethical nuances presented in the “real life” practice of law. It's one thing to pass the MPRE; quite another to make correct ethical decisions under the pressures and stresses that can come from clients, opposing counsel, deadlines, competition and the financial pressures of everyday practice. Former Deputy Disciplinary Counsel attorney Barbara Seymour and a faculty of experienced and distinguished practitioners will lead you through a comprehensive program designed to provide you with the kind of practical guidance you need to understand and apply the SC Rules of Professional Conduct in the day-to-day practice of law. This program is not about “book learning” or memorizing rules. It's about application and process. From marketing to managing your staff, your time and your money, this full day seminar covers the “essentials” of ethical decision-making in the complex world that is the practice of law in 2018.

8:30 a.m. Registration

8:55 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Barbara M. Seymour, Clawson & Staubes, LLC   

9:00 a.m. Law Office Marketing
Traditional Advertising, Direct Solicitation, Social Media, Third-Party Marketing Services
Stephanie Weissenstein, McDonnell & Associates, P.A.

9:30 a.m. Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
Duties to Prospective Clients, Conflicts Checking Systems, Personal Transactions & Relationships, Conflict Waivers & Informed Consent
William O. Higgins, Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani, LLC                                                                       

10:15 a.m. Mid-morning Break

10:30 a.m. Beginning the Attorney-Client Relationship
Scope of Representation, Types of Fee Structures, Timekeeping & Billing           
Barbara M. Seymour, Clawson & Staubes, LLC                                                                          

11:30 a.m. Civility and Professionalism
Jill C. Rothstein, Greenville County Sheriff's Office                                   

12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:15 p.m. Managing Time
Client Communications, Calendaring & Docket Management, File Storage & Document Retention
Thomas A. Pendarvis, Pendarvis Law Offices, PC                                                                       

2:00 p.m. Confidentiality
Confidentiality vs. Attorney-Client Privilege, Disclosure & Informed Consent, Disclosure Exceptions, Confidentiality & Technology
Michael J. Virzi, University of South Carolina School of Law
2:45 p.m. Afternoon Break

3:00 p.m. Managing People
Hiring & Firing, Staff Supervision, Unauthorized Practice of Law
Amy L.B. Hill, Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA                                                                       

3:30 p.m. Managing Money
Record-keeping Requirements, Monthly Reconciliation, Detecting Misappropriation & Fraud  
Barbara M. Seymour                                     

4:30 p.m. Ending the Attorney-Client Relationship
Withdrawal from Pending Cases, File retention, Succession Planning
Barbara M. Seymour                                                                       

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Need to cancel or transfer your registration? Simply notify us in writing no later than 24 hours prior to the published start time of the seminar at registrar@scbar.org. You will be eligible to receive a full refund, be transferred to the live webcast or archived online version of the same seminar (if available), or to a live seminar of equal or lesser value - all with no cancellation or transfer fee.  Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made within 24 hours of a seminar start time, but all other options listed above are available with no transfer fee.

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