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19 S.C. B. News 1 (2007-2008)

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Beatty sworn in

Former S.C. Court of Appeals Judge Donald
W. Beatty was sworn in as a justice of the
Supreme Court of South Carolina on
September 5.
  This is a very, very uplifting and great
day for us all, said Beatty. I come with
great anticipation. I am eager to embark
on this journey.
* The swearing-in ceremony was a proud
occasion, with Chief Justice Jean Toal,
Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter and
attorney Albert V. Smith giving Beatty their
blessings in the presence of jurists, family,
friends and supporters.
  After taking the oath, Beatty spoke from
his' new seat with commitment and
optimism. He acknowledged the first black
justice since Reconstruction, Chief justice
Ernest Finney, as well as other leaders like
:he Hon. Matthew Perry and the Hon.
[asper Cureton.
  If I am blessed with a modicum of the
nettle of these great men, then I'll be able
o continue to cut the path that they
started, said Beatty.
  Justice Beatty, 55, was elected to the

Beatty is accompanied by his wife Angela as he is sworn into office by S.C. Supreme Court
Justice Jean Toal. AP Images ©2007.

Supreme Court after four years at the state
Court of Appeals. He was a member of the
House from 1991 to 1995, when he was
elected as a Circuit Court judge. The Army
veteran and former Spartanburg city
councilman replaces E.C. Burnett III of
Spartanburg, who retired after 12 years of
service. Beatty will fill the remainder of
Burnett's term, which expires July 31, 2010.

  I would like to thank our legislature for
giving me the opportunity to serve, said
Beatty. I too long for a South Carolina that
lives up to its grand potential.


Bar Bytes

Attorney General receives

unauthorized practice funds

Bar Foundation News

  In September, the Office of the Attorney
General received a $250,000 grant made
'A;ailable through South Carolina Bar
Foundation to be used in the development
4nd support of enforcement efforts necessary
to address the harm caused by the unautho-
rized practice of law.
   This is a big step forward for consumer
protection, said Attorney General Henry
McMaster. These are some much-needed

resources, and we look forward to significant
  The funds, available November 1, are
expected to: advance the protection of the
public from the erroneous preparation and
otherwise worthless provision of legal
documents or inaccurate legal advice given
by persons untrained in the law; and
facilitate the prosecution of individuals
engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

CLE News

Firm Announcements

6-8, 21

Judicial Advisory Opinions  10
Legal Administrators News  16

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