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14 S.C. B. News 1 (2002-2003)

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Death penalty forums to be held

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W ith the expectation that it will be
a spirited, informative debate, the
South Carolina Bar's first Law Related
Education Youth Summit on the Death
Penalty is scheduled for November 19 at
the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia. Bar
President Richard Rosen proposed the
forum as part of the strategic plan this
term. Rosen said, The South Carolina Bar
is uniquely situated to offer expertise on
complex legal issues, and this program is
part of our mission to advance public
understanding of the law.
How do we determine there is justice
in the death penalty process? is the ques-
tion that will fuel the debate between
police officers and lawyers on both sides of
the argument so that students will be able
to make informed opinions on the death
penalty. The audience will be made up of
students from 10 different schools across
the state. The LRE staff will choose the
teachers who in turn will each select eight
students to attend the debates. The Bar's

Public Services Director Cindy Coker says
the objective of the debate is to demon-
strate to the students that the law is not
black and white - but very often is grey.
The death penalty is not an absolute, and
we want students to learn to take on
tough issues and to rationalize what
they've heard in the discussions.
Surveys determining students' opinions
will be taken before and after the forum
which will include a panel discussion and
afternoon breakout sessions. The students
will be encouraged to have developed an
opinion on the death penalty question at
the end of the day.
The forum will be videotaped with
plans to edit some segments to give to Bar
members to use when making presenta-
tions at area schools.
The forum will be moderated by WIS-
TV anchor David Stanton,
Several other LRE forums are planned in
the spring. They include topics on the
environment and discrimination.

Practice management and technology
advice available for members

T he South Carolina Bar has created a
new service for its members to help
them with technology and law office man-
agement. Heading up this new service is
Practice Management Advisor Courtney
Kennaday.
Kennaday is a lawyer with experience as
an Information Technology Director/Man-
ager in law firms. She saw the value in
enhancing law offices through technology
starting in the early nineties and eventual-

ly left litigation to provide technological
services. She also chaired the Bar's
Technology Committee from 1995-1997.
In her new position, Kennaday will
answer basic technology questions over
the telephone, bur will not be making
onsite visits. She expects questions about
case management software to be a
frequent inquiry. While she won't endorse
a particular product, she will help
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