The South Carolina Bar and the South Carolina Association of Ethics Counsel are pleased to present the Seventh Annual Everything You Need to Know about Ethics video replay! This powerful program features nine presentations and six exhilarating hours of “everything ethics”. Featuring a distinguished faculty, this annual program covers the hottest ethics topics with an emphasis on scholarship, practical application, and great advice on how to keep your law license right where it belongs – on your office wall! Some of this years’ topics include: implications of the Quicken opinion, legal and ethical guidelines to avoid electronic privacy violations during divorce, duties to those who may not be your clients, practical guidance on Rule 1.8, insights on the role of the character and fitness committee for disciplined attorneys, ethical obligations for attorneys to be competent in their use of technology in protecting sensitive client information and our annual ethics advisory and case law updates. We are also pleased to provide a Substance Abuse/Mental Health hour, as well as a special introduction to South Carolina’s new Disciplinary Counsel, John Nichols.   

No matter what your primary area of practice is, this is a program that you will find relevant, fresh, and most of all, practical! Register today!

8:00 a.m. Registration

8:25 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Desa Ballard 

8:30 a.m. Implications of Quicken Opinion
William “Bill” O. Higgins 
Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani, LLC

9:15 a.m. Duties to Others, Not Just Your Client
Harvey M. Watson III
Ballard & Watson, Attorneys at Law

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Electronic Privacy Violations during Divorce: Legal and Ethical Guidelines for Family Law Practitioners

Steve Abrams
Abrams CyberLaw & Forensics

11:00 a.m. Annual Ethics Roundup
Desa Ballard   
Ballard & Watson, Attorneys at Law

11:30 a.m. Ethics Advisory Opinions
Stephanie N. Weissenstein
McDonnell & Associates, P.A.

12:00 p.m.      Lunch (on your own)

1:15 p.m. Meet Your New Disciplinary Counsel
John Nichols
Office of Disciplinary Counsel

1:45 p.m. Rule 1.8
Desa Ballard
Ballard & Watson, Attorneys at Law

2:00 p.m. Character & Fitness
Harvey M. Watson III
Ballard & Watson, Attorneys at Law

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Competent Confidentiality    

Mara Ballard
Ballard & Watson, Attorneys at Law

3:30 p.m. What Resilient Lawyers Do Differently
Stuart Mauney
Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA

4:30 p.m. Adjourn


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 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