Senior Lawyers Division
The South Carolina Bar Senior Lawyers Division is the section of the South Carolina Bar which all Bar members who are at least 60 years of age shall be members.
Law Day Essay winners announced
Congratulations to the following students who won the 2014 Senior Lawyers Division (SLD) Law Day Essay Contest: Devin Srivastava, best overall essay, Spartanburg Day School; Thomas Broom, best 12th grade essay, York Comprehensive High School; Lyric Crow, best 11th grade essay, James F. Byrnes High School; Michaela Mabry, best 10th grade essay, Broome High School; and Wade Furnas, best 9th grade essay, Broome High School. A special recognition for excellence in essay writing was awarded to Taylor Nguyen, Broome High School. Mr. Srivastava will be awarded $1,000 and will be recognized at the 2015 Bar Convention. SLD thanks Hon. Mark Hayes for the time and effort he dedicates to coordinating the contest each year. View the winning essay here.
2015 Bar Convention
January 22-25
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
• SLD Reception (SLD Members & Guest): Friday, Jan. 23, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Hall of Fame Room, CMCC
• SLD Seminar: “Leading and Learning”, Saturday, Jan. 25, 8:30-11:45 a.m.
2014-15 Goals
• Conduct a seminar, reception and Executive Council meeting in conjunction with the S.C. Bar Convention.

• Arrange for members to be sworn in to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.

• Encourage active participation in the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s mentoring program.

• Coordinate with local county bar associations on participating and promoting the Law Day Essay Contest in addition to recognizing statewide essay winners and invited guests. The overall statewide winner will be acknowledged at the Bar Convention.

• Coordinate efforts with the USC School of Law Pro Bono program by promoting and participating in the S.C. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts project, E-Help at your Desk as well as a variety of other potential programs.

• Coordinate efforts with the Charleston School of Law on potential activities and programs.

• Promote participation in the Center for International Legal Studies program in cooperation with law faculties in Eastern Europe and the former republics of the Soviet Union.

• Explore travel destinations for members of the Division.

• Continue to support and recognize the Nifty Fifty Honorees at the S.C. Bar Foundation Gala.

• Host a Fall Symposium to include a social and seminar on a topic of interest to the members.

• Conduct a seminar on competency issues, succession plans, retirement, etc. with potential co-sponsorship with the Solo & Small Firm Section and the Elder Law Committee.

• Explore possible status change and license fee reduction for senior lawyers within the S.C. Bar.

Visiting Professorships for Senior Lawyers 
The Center for International Legal Studies places experienced practitioners in visiting professorships at institutions in East Europe and the former republics of the Soviet Union. The Center will offer short-term appointments to as many as 90 senior lawyers in spring and autumn 2015. Click here for additional information.
New senior handbook released!
S.C. Senior Citizens Handbook (PDF) (UPDATED!)

E-Help at Your Desk
In coordination with the USC School of Law Pro Bono Program, volunteers will teach the latest technology to members of the Division. If you need assistance or would like to serve as a volunteer that responds to E-Help at Your Desk requests, please click here. For more information, please contact Pam Robinson at or (803) 777-3405.  
SC Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Legal assistance is needed for the following, and volunteer law clerks are available through the Carolina Clerks Program. To accept one of these cases and for additional information, please contact Pamela Robinson at
City Organization Type General Needs
Little River Arts collaborative 501(c)(3) application, basic nonprofit incorporation, bylaws
Charleston Theater company sales tax questions, nonprofit law questions, intellectual property questions
Charleston Theater company 501(c)(3) application, basic nonprofit incorporation
Charleston Handbell choir 501(c)(3) review, bylaws review
Charleston Dance ensemble Nonprofit vs sole proprietorship
Charleston Breast cancer awareness band 501(c)(3) review
Columbia Jazz performance, educational outreach 501(c)(3) application, basic nonprofit incorporation

Commission on CLE & Specialization Request for Exemption
Active members of the Bar who are at least 60 years of age and who have been admitted to practice law for 30 years or more may submit an affidavit to include year of birth, year of admission (this does not have to be with the S.C. Bar) and the desire to be exempt (exempt status pursuant to Section III. A of the Commission’s regulations shall apply to both the CLE and LEPR requirements). Requests should be submitted to the S.C. Supreme Court Commission on CLE & Specialization, P.O. Box 2138, Columbia, SC 29202. For more information, visit or contact the Commission at (803) 799-5578 or

Travel Opportunities
The Division is exploring travel destinations for its members. For additional information, please contact Nancy Layman at or (803) 776-6999.
Quality of Life Resources

2014-15 Executive Council


Staff Contact:
Tara Caine
(803) 799-6653, ext. 146