South Carolina Bar House of Delegates information

The next meeting of the SC Bar House of Delegates will take place May 18 in Pinopolis.

Please take a few minutes of your time to review the summaries of key agenda items I have provided below.  For more detail, however, follow the link to the complete agenda packet and its supporting documents.

If you have any questions or concerns about an agenda item, please contact me by May 17. It is important to me to make sure your voices are heard during this decision-making process that impacts all attorneys. In order to achieve that goal, I need your input.

Please do not hesitate to call or email me at any time if you have questions or input.



m-smith1-web_mugMichael B. Smith
Morton & Gettys

Representing the attorneys of York and Union Counties in the SC Bar House of Delegates

Read our summary of key agenda items below.

You can download the full agenda here, along with supporting reports and documentation.

Presentation of various awards: Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Legal Services Lawyer of the Year, Young Lawyer of the Year, Law Related Education Lawyer of the Year, Mentor of the Year

Report from South Carolina Bar Foundation, Inc.: An update on financial reports through March 2017. Page 12 of agenda packet

President’s report: See full report

Request from Professional Responsibility Committee to enable court regulation of legal services:  Asks the South Carolina Supreme Court to require that legal forms available for self-completion or for completion through a software service be prepared or approved by a lawyer authorized to practice in South Carolina.  The proposal also would require the documents include certain language and disclaimers. Page 44 of agenda packet

Request from Practice and Procedure Committee to Amend Rule 13(a), SCRCrimP: A proposal to streamline the process for issuing subpoenas in criminal cases. The proposal would allow attorneys to sign subpoenas in criminal cases just as they can in civil cases. Currently, attorneys in criminal cases must get signed subpoenas from the court clerk.  Page 48 of agenda packet

Request from Elder Law Committee to Oppose H. 4013: The bill would make changes to Section 44-66-30, which covers healthcare decisions for adults unable to consent. The amendment would restore the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs’ authority in this area and give the department priority over parents, spouses, and other family members. The change could force family members to obtain guardianship in order to prevent the department from making healthcare decisions. Page 50 of agenda packet

Request from Limited Scope Task Force in re Limited Scope Representation:  The proposal simplifies the approach to limited representation. It’s a revision of a proposal the House of Delegates approved in January, after the South Carolina Supreme Court reviewed the suggested rule changes and outlined a few concerns. Page 69 of agenda packet

Election of the Members of the Nominating Committee:  Page 81 of agenda packet

Approval of Bar and CLE Division Budgets. Page 85, agenda packet

Installation of President, Officers, Board Members

President Elizabeth W. Warner
President-Elect M. Dawes Cooke Jr.
Treasurer Beverly A. Carroll
Secretary LeRoy F. Laney
Board, 1st Judicial Region Allen D. Fretwell
Board, 3rd Judicial Region John E. Roxon
Board, 4th Judicial Region R. Bruce Wallace
Board, At Large Shaheena R. Bennett
Board, YLD Representative I. Ryan Neville
Board, YLD Representative Ashleigh R. Wilson
ABA State Bar Delegate J. Steedley Bogan