S.C. lawyers, judges to meet for annual Bar Convention Jan. 23-26

January 16, 2014

Columbia, S.C. (January 16, 2014) —South Carolina lawyers will convene Thursday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort for the annual S.C. Bar Convention.

The Bar’s House of Delegates meets in conjunction with the Convention on Thursday at 11 a.m. During its meeting, the House is expected to debate:

• Recommendations from the Practice and Procedure Committee to amend Rules 37 (empowering clerks of court to compel discovery) and 45(b)(1) (requiring tendering of a witness fee only after the person arrives);

• Recommendations from the Professional Responsibility Committee on allowing electronic transfer of recording fees from trust accounts and requiring advertising disclaimers to be legible/audible;

• A request to adopt a resolution addressing expectations of law schools and a study of options before the Charleston School of Law;

• A request to create diversity scholarships at the USC School of Law;

• A recommendation to restrict the shackling of juveniles in court;

• A request from the Elder Law Committee to support legislation creating the Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Program;

• A request to support legislation requiring audio/video recording of questioning and interrogation of criminal suspects; and

• Requests to raise member license fees and raise the assessment for the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection.

The House will also nominate members of the S.C. Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Bar President Alice Paylor will report on issues being addressed during her term.

Other Convention highlights are as follows:

The annual Memory Hold the Door ceremony takes place on Thursday evening, treating attendees and their guests to an account of the lives and contributions of selected honored, deceased Bar members. This year’s honorees are: Jackson L. Barwick Jr., Justice A. Lee Chandler, David H. Crum, Martha B. Dicus, T. Allen Legare Jr., Hon. Berry L. Mobley, William B. Regan, Melvin L. Roberts, Morris D. Rosen and J.D. Todd Jr.

During Friday’s Plenary Luncheon, Convention attendees will hear remarks from William Hubbard, the first ABA President-Elect from South Carolina, as well as S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal’s State of the Judiciary address. In addition, the S.C. Bar Foundation’s prestigious DuRant Award will be presented to Mark Buyck of Florence. The statewide winner of the Senior Lawyer Division’s 2013 Law Day Essay Contest will also be recognized. Ben Coomes of Dorman High School in Spartanburg is the recipient of the $1,000 award in recognition of his essay on the 2013 theme, Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.

Sunday’s Breakfast Ethics speaker is Former Nixon White House Counsel John W. Dean, who will present “The Watergate CLE: Ethics of Representing an Entity Under the Current Model Rules,” including clips from White House tapes and historic video from the Senate hearings and the Frost/Nixon interviews. This unique and widely acclaimed seminar is a live account of the Watergate break-in and the many ethical aspects associated with this significant event in our nation’s history.

Former S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice David W. Harwell has been selected to receive the Peace Award from the Bar’s Dispute Resolution Section. This award is presented periodically to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of alternative dispute resolution in South Carolina. The award will be presented on Thursday, January 23, at 1:30 p.m. during the Dispute Resolution Section seminar.

The annual Bar Convention is an opportunity for South Carolina lawyers to attend a variety of continuing legal education programs, network with colleagues and members of the judiciary, and enhance their practices through technology demonstrations and programs and services offered by Convention vendors. For a complete Convention itinerary, please visit www.scbar.org/convention.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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Note: A complete House of Delegates agenda with supporting materials is available upon request. If you plan to attend any Convention events, please contact Leigh Thomas at lthomas@scbar.org or (803) 799-6653, ext. 161 so that we may plan accordingly.