November 2009 Minutes

Consumer Law Section
November 17, 2009
12:00 p.m.
Conference Call
877-797-2227 Ext. 390
Local: 576-3836
Thomas E. Lydon, Chair


Members Present             Bar Staff
Thomas Lydon, Chair      Dana Kurtz
David Alford
Sue Berkowitz
John Hearn
Susan Ingles
Carri Lybarker
Steve Moskos
Kathy Smith

I. Call to Order
Chairperson Lydon called the meeting to order.

II. Approval of August 18, 2009, Minutes
Mr. Lydon asked for a motion to approve the minutes from August 18, 2009. Ms. Smith moved approval, and Ms. Berkowitz seconded. The minutes were passed by acclamation.

III. Section Balance - $3231.27 (as of October 31, 2009)

IV. Other Business ??" New and Old
Mr. Lydon reported on the plans for the Consumer Law Section’s seminar at the SC Bar Convention on January 21, 2010. The topics and speakers were to be:

• Consumer Law Update ??" Ms. Lybarker
• Current Issues in Residential Foreclosure Actions ??" Lender’s Perspective ??" Mr. Hearn
• Current issues in Residential Foreclosure Actions ??" Borrower’s Perspective ??" Ms. Berkowitz
• Ethical Issues for Consumer Law Practitioners ??" Mr. Lydon
• Course Planner/Moderator ??" Mr. Lydon

Mr. Lydon reminded everyone that the Bar’s deadline for materials was December 4, 2009.

Mr. Lydon discussed the Council’s previous approval of covering the cost of producing brochures on foreclosure and bankruptcy. The brochures were to be produced by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center. Ms. Berkowitz reported that the draft of the brochure on foreclosure had been sent to Steve Suggs for review. Ms. Berkowitz was to email the draft to either Mr. Lydon or Ms. Kurtz for circulation to the Council. A bankruptcy brochure had been completed and was on SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center’s website. The Council was encouraged to look at the bankruptcy brochure at The brochures were to be distributed to legal services, non-profit organizations, family services that offer foreclosure counseling, and magistrate’s offices. The brochures were also to be available on the SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center’s website.

The Council had a lengthy discussion about mandatory binding arbitration. It was decided that no action would be taken.

V. Next Meeting
The next meeting was to be held on February 9, 2010, at noon.

VI. Adjournment
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.