About the Seminar
This seminar will introduce “The Law of Legal Malpractice in South Carolina,” a newly released publication that discusses legal malpractice decisions rendered by South Carolina courts.  The seminar will be divided into three sections.  The first section will feature leading practitioners who will discuss differing perspectives on certain legal malpractice issues, including the relevant standard for deciding the case-within-the-case, the role of expert testimony, and the interaction between the Rules of Professional Conduct and the legal malpractice cause of action.  The second section will address evolving legal malpractice issues related to changing technology and lawyers' use of social media both in marketing and litigation and how such use should be guided by the Rules of Professional Conduct.  The final section will feature the newly appointed Disciplinary Counsel, John Nichols, who will speak on the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and its approach to ethical issues facing South Carolina lawyers.
  
Seminar Agenda 
Welcome and Opening Remarks 

J. Calhoun Watson - Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC 
  
One Issue, Two Perspectives: Legal Malpractice in South Carolina
Moderator: William H. Jordan - Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC 
Eric S. Bland - Bland Richter, LLP 
Peter D. Protopapas - Rikard & Protopapas, LLC    
Elizabeth Van Doren Gray - Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC 
Robert E.  Stepp - Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC 
  
Technology:  New Frontier in Legal Malpractice?
Moderator: Alexis K. Lindsay - Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC 
Tina M. Cundari - Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC 
William H. Jordan - Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC 
J. Calhoun Watson - Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC 
  
Office of Disciplinary Counsel:  Ethics and Legal Malpractice 
John S. Nichols - Deputy Disciplinary Counsel, South Carolina Supreme Court
  
About the Book 
The Law of Legal Malpractice in South Carolina 
 
Elizabeth Van Doren Gray, William H. Jordan, Alexis K. Lindsay, Robert E. Stepp and J. Calhoun Watson
Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC 
 
While it is not clear exactly when South Carolina courts first recognized a client's malpractice cause of action against his attorney, the legal malpractice claim in our state dates back to at least the early-to-mid-1800s. In the more than 180 years since the court decided the case of Johnson v. Monro there have been significant developments in the law of legal malpractice in South Carolina. Much of that development has taken place in the last twenty years and, based upon trends in legal malpractice cases across the country, it is likely that appellate courts will continue to be called upon to decide issues relating to attorney malpractice. 

For better or worse, it appears legal malpractice claims- both in South Carolina and across the nation- are here to stay. This book will serve as a useful and accessible resource for attorneys and insurance professionals addressing issues related to legal malpractice in South Carolina.
  
Summary of Contents:
CHAPTER 1 - Elements of a Claim for Legal Malpractice
CHAPTER 2 - The Attorney-Client Relationship
CHAPTER 3 - Breach of Duty
CHAPTER 4 - Proximate Causation
CHAPTER 5 - Damages
CHAPTER 6 - Relationship to Other Causes of Action
CHAPTER 7 - Third Party Claims
CHAPTER 8 - Defenses
CHAPTER 9 - Law Firm and Partner Vicarious Liability
CHAPTER 10 - Assignability of Claims
CHAPTER 11 - Federal Jurisdiction
 
This seminar qualifies for 3.0 MCLE credit hours, including up to 3.0 LEPR credit hours.
 
This seminar is an Intermediate level program.

Note: When submitting your compliance reports to the SC Commission on CLE and Specialization, please use this course code if you completed the program in 2018: 182418ADO