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November 2008 Minutes

Consumer Law Section
November 19, 2008
10:00 a.m.
Conference Call, Ext. 390

 

MINUTES

Members Participating: Bar Staff:
David Maxfield, Chair Dana Kurtz, Liaison
Danny Collins
John Hearn
Sarah Kistler
Carolyn Lybarker
Thomas Lydon
Kathleen Smith
Steven Moskos

 

1. Call to Order
Mr. Maxfield welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

2. Approval of November 30, 2007 Minutes
A motion was made and seconded to approve the November 30, 2007 minutes and passed by acclamation.

3. Section Balance - $3406.55

4. Discussion of 2008-2009 Goals
The Council discussed the following as the goals for 2008-2009. Approval of the goals will take place at the December meeting.

? Provide volunteers to work with the Bankruptcy Court and the schools to provide much-needed information to the students about credit use and abuse.

? Become a presence at law schools in South Carolina developing relationships with both professors of consumer law and law students. Extend invitations to law students to attend seminars as well as asking them to write articles on consumer issues targeted to the Bar members.

? Continue to offer education to the Bar conducting CLE’s at the South Carolina Bar Convention.

? Look at consumer law information currently available to the public and determine if there are issues that are not being addressed and if so establish ways of providing education to the public.

5. New Business
- Bar Convention
The Consumer Law Section has put together a program for the 2009 Bar Convention in Myrtle Beach, January 22 ??" 25, 2009. The focus will be on issues pertaining to car dealerships: lemon law, dealer fraud cases, lending issues, finance and insurance. Mr. Moskos and Mr. Maxfield will be among the speakers. Marketing information is completed.

- 2009-2010 Council Vacancies
After discussion of the open council positions (3) for 2009-2010 it was decided that Mr. Maxfield will send an email to all council members for their recommendations for nominees. Mr. Maxfield will forward nominees to Ms. Kurtz within the next week so that the nominees can be put to vote via email. A follow-up discussion will be held at December’s meeting.

- Newsletter
Ms. Lybarker stated that she would be glad to write a short article for a newsletter about the new identity theft law from the regulatory perspective. Mr. Maxfield added that law students could be asked to write articles as well.

- Other Business
Mr. Maxfield brought to the Council’s attention an item for discussion from Ms. Berkowitz who was unable to attend the meeting. Any Council members interested in providing pro bono assistance in foreclosure cases may contact Ms. Berkowitz at South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center.

6. Next Meeting
The next meeting will be December 17, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.

7. Adjournment
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned