Ethics Opinions Every South Carolina Attorney Should Know: Part XI, Misusing Influence

June 11, 2010

The powers that lawyers have are substantial.  We can use our training to influence policy in all three branches of government.  We can use our

Ethics Opinions Every South Carolina Attorney Should Know: Part X, Having Sex with Clients

June 11, 2010

Much harm can come to an attorney who has a sexual relationship with a client.  South Carolina Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(m) states: A lawyer

Ethics Opinions Every South Carolina Attorney Should Know: Part IX, Committing Crimes

June 11, 2010

As part of the oath lawyers take upon their admission to the South Carolina bar, they swear to “maintain the dignity of the legal system.”

Ethics Opinions Every South Carolina Attorney Should Know: Part VIII, Substance Abuse

June 11, 2010

Attorneys are as prone to addiction issues or depression as any other group of humans.  The South Carolina Bar even has a support group, Lawyers

Ethics Opinions Every South Carolina Attorney Should Know: Part VII, Suborning Perjury or Presenting False Evidence

June 10, 2010

Attorneys are frequently referred to in case law as officers of the court. “Since attorneys are officers of the court, their conduct, if dishonest, would

Ethics Opinions Every South Carolina Attorney Should Know: Part VI, Lack of Diligence

June 10, 2010

I started this blog by doing a chronological search of cases of attorney discipline for failure to diligently handle client matters.  Most cases involved attorneys

Ethics Opinions Every South Carolina Attorney Should Know: Part V, Failing to Pay the Court Reporter

June 10, 2010

There are a number of reported disciplinary opinions in which failure to pay a court reporter was part of the basis for the discipline.  The

Ethics Opinions Every South Carolina Attorney Should Know: Part IV, Incivility

June 10, 2010

With one exception, I am always saddened when an attorney I know is disciplined or suspended from the practice of law, even if the attorney is

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