About the Seminar
One of the critical components in representing clients is making sure that they know what they are paying for and how they are being billed. One of the most common complaints received by the Bar is “my lawyer didn't do anything to earn that fee” or its first cousin “my lawyer didn't tell me I had to pay for that/charged me too much.” Taking a close look at Rule 1.5 and ensuring understanding of what needs to go into a fee agreement is one step in minimizing the risk of a client filing a fee dispute or an ethics complaint. Spend an hour taking a close look at Rule 1.5, it just might help you avoid a fee dispute.
  
About the Speaker
A lawyer by training and a teacher by genetics, Cindy Coker is the Public Services Director for the S.C. Bar. Ms. Coker is a 1988 graduate of University of South Carolina School of Law. She also received her A.A. from Emmanuel College (1979) and her B.A. from Francis Marion College (1982). Prior to attending law school, Ms. Coker was a middle school social studies teacher. Ms. Coker has taught at Florence Darlington Technical College, where she was recognized as the Outstanding Faculty Member in 1991, and the University of South Carolina, College of Criminal Justice. She first joined the Bar staff in 1992 as the Law Related Education Director and became the Public Services Director in 2001. She briefly left the Bar to serve as in-house counsel for a local corporation before returning to the Bar in March 2009 to launch the Mentor Program. She resumed the role of Public Services Director in June 2009. She is currently staffing the Vulnerable Adult Task Force and the Guardian ad litem Task Force.
 
Ms. Coker has extensive experience in staff development and training and is a frequent presenter for such organizations as S.C. Government Finance Officers Association and the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs.
 
This program qualifies for 1.0 MCLE credit hour, including up to 1.0 LEPR credit hour.
 
This seminar is an Intermediate level program.
  
Note: When submitting your compliance reports to the SC Commission on CLE and Specialization for 2018, use this course code: 187798ADO.