Posts Tagged ‘Attorneys/Lawyers’

Who you calling crazy?

Today the South Carolina Supreme Court, at the request of our state bar, promulgated new rules requiring all attorneys and judges to attend one hour of legal ethics/professional responsibility education every three years “devoted exclusively to instruction in substance abuse or mental health issues and the legal profession.”  The Supreme Court’s rationale was that “members […]

Frequently Asked Question on organizing a family court file

Having had one more potential client show up today with a stack of disorganized paperwork, I finally decided to publish a memo I had drafted years ago: Suggestions for Organizing Family Court Files.  I hope it’s useful.

Rule 11 affirmations for family court motions

A colleague of mine has asked me to blog on when a Rule 11 affirmation is required for a family court motion.  The requirement for such affirmations is set forth in South Carolina Rule of Civil Procedure 11(a): All motions filed shall contain an affirmation that the movant’s counsel prior to filing the motion has […]

The culture’s misconceptions about condonation

Condonation (a legal term meaning “conditional forgiveness”) is a powerful defense to a fault divorce in South Carolina.  If proven, condonation revives an alimony claim despite a spouse’s adultery and notwithstanding South Carolina’s statutory bar [S.C. Code Ann. § 20-3-130(A)] to awarding alimony to an adulterous spouse.  See, Grubbs v. Grubbs, 272 S.C. 138, 140, […]

Entrepreneurial cognizance within the professions

Last week Thomas L. Friedman, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist, wrote a piece describing the current recession as largely caused by “an education breakdown on Main Street.”  He singled out the legal profession, noting: A Washington lawyer friend recently told me about layoffs at his firm. I asked him who was […]

Risking one’s law license

Just this month, one of my local family law colleagues was placed on interim suspension by the South Carolina Supreme Court.  Not only did this attorney handle the closing of my house, he is one of a handful of attorneys to flat-out smoke me in a family court trial in the past half decade.  I […]

Mentoring newly licensed attorneys

In December 2008, the South Carolina Supreme Court reestablished a second pilot mentoring program, in which all qualifying lawyers admitted to the Bar between March 1, 2009, and January 1, 2011 are required to have a mentor.  Since I attribute much of my professional success to the numerous informal mentors early in my career [kudos to The Honorable […]

Buying one’s way out of court appointments

Under South Carolina Appellate Court Rule 608, most South Carolina attorneys are required to be on either the criminal or civil court appointment list, in which they are required to represent indigents.  Most attorneys, myself included, are on the civil appointment list, which means we are appointed to represent defendants in post-conviction relief matters, Department […]


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