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19 Transcript S.C. B. 1 (1975)

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Volunin 19, Number 1

January 1975

Meeting To Decide Merger

Presidet s
Your I'resident wishes all a
Ilappy New Year aiid hopes
that 1975 will see the or-
ganized liar make great pro-
gress. I ami convinced that we
are headed In the right direc-
fihis may tie my last letter in
the Transcript, as within the
month, if all goes as expected,
the 91 year old South Carnlina
liar Association goesout orex-
istence, snd I shall have the
iuestionable distinction of
being  its last president. I re-
call having heard a iiulher of
)ast presidents vow that
tiey,' wounl not preside over
tie demise of this arganiza-
tiIll. nod  no1w  that is exactly
what I ad toing. I am not sorry
about this because of my sin-
cere belief that our new or-
gallizat iii The South Cirrtiina
lar, will [etter s.erve the
lawyers of tihe State, our
Coutnts and nur clients than we
have treiu aile lit through our
volunttary SouI Carolina liar
A iiciaiOl, and our colmpul-
sory South Carolina State liar.
While my term as president
is ealling early, I will coutinue
to serve as Chairman of the
IlIlse of iDelegates of tile
Sooth Caldiiia liar until onr
antual ,lleetil,  ill May. a d  I
look forward with great in-
terest Il tile first  n this  lur-
lig which tie ,low orgaoiza.
tion will take shape and start
functinn ge11,
It tiak you for Ilavintg given
lite this honor and for ilavilg
allowed  lIn tparticipate ac-
tively in affairs of the Associa-
tiit as I ieuiier of tile EsecU-
tive Colllltee and officer.
Make your plans ti come to
our specill   leeting oIl
,hJlary 30 31 and February I
ii iltohn Ilead wilere I look
firward it seeilg you
deltosset Myers

Attendance Urged

January 30-31 and February
I will be tile dates of what
probably will be the most sig-
nificant bar meeting in the
state's history.
The occasion is a special
joint meeting at Ililton Ilead
Island of both the South
Carolina Bar Association and
tile South Carolina State Bar,
called for the purpose of ac-
tions which would either lead
to tie creation or a unified bar

or leave the parallel bars in-
Leaders of both bar groups
have strongly recommended
tie dissolution of tile SCBA
snd  tile St!Sit in  favor of a
single organized bar to be
name(] TIle South Carolina
liar. A joint committee has
been working on the details of
the merger for over two
Tie unification plan re-
ceived tile approval of tile

South Cnrolina Supreme Court
in November. Because of the
many administrative details
unification if approved will
involve, the meeting was
scheduled at the earliest prac-
ticable late.
Because of the lasting m-
portance, for ninlny years to
come, to our system of justice,
the people of our state and to
the legal profession, the lead-
ershipof both bar groups have
urged every attorney i the
state to attend tile meeting if

Lewis Expected To Become Chief
Justice As Moss Retires In July

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At tile tile tile Transcript
goes to press, tile South
Carolina (eneral Assemhly is
expected to elect the Supreme
Court's senior associate jus-
tice,James Woodrnw Lewis, to
beconle tile twentieth Chief
Justice of South Carolina, to
succeed Joseph Rodney Moss
who retires ill July.
Chief Justice Moss just days
earlier notified tile (overnor
formally that lie would retire

oil July 15th. Judge Moss in a
two page letter said that he
was giving tile notice so that
tile 1975 Geueral Assembly
could elect his successor.
Associate Justice James
\%% oodrow Iewis of IDarlington,
South Carolina, the sa1 of W. J.
and Mary Aletha Liewis, was
born il Darlington Counly on
Marci 8, 1912. Afler receiving
his A. B. degree from the Uni-
versity of South Carolina in
1932. he read law and was ad-
mitted to practice on lie-
cumber 9, 1935. lie and Alice
Ice, Ilis wife of38 years, have
a daughter, Barbara Lewis
Itayies, and two grandchil-
In 19.35, Justice Iewiswas
elected to tile Ilouse of Rep-
resentatives where l1e served
until 1936 when tie tecale i
melber of tile Sooth Carolina
State I lighway Comllission, i
post he held until 19-10.
Reelected to tIle Ilnuse of
Representatives in 19,13, 11e
served  in  that positlin  until
April 26, 1945, when lie was
elected Judge of the Fourth
Judicial Circuit. Onl February
23, 1961 after 16 years of con-
tiuinus service as Jniige of tile


Fourth Circuit, he was elected
Associate Justice of tlie Sup-
reme Court to fill tile unex-
pired term of Claude A.
Taylor, who had been elected
Chie Justice.
Justice Lewis, has served as
vice-chairman of tile Joint
Committee to Make a Study of
tile Judicial System of South
Carolina to iplement ttie
New Constitutional Jtdicial
Article, since its inception.

Citizens Conf'erence H

Officials annoulnced ill Col-
unibia last week that the sec-
ound citJzen's cllference for
inotIernizing South Carlina
ci rIs will lie coivened ill
Columbia Fiebruary 27- March
I. The first of the coferences
was hell Ii March 1972 and
Was tile gelesis of Coturt Up-
(late. tile cilizeu's nrlanin7ation
which was pl'oinent ill er.

flirts to pass tile new Judicial
Article of tile South Caroliia
Constitutin il November
Governor James Edwards
and Chief Justice Joseph Moss
are tile sponsors of the confer-
ence which will be co-
slpnsored by Curt Update,
The Aiiericau Judicatiue Ste-
iety, The South Carolina liar

Association, Ti1e   South
Carolina State liar, Tile
League of Women Voters and
tile SC Federation of Business
and Professional Women.
Tile conferees will lie Ii-
llited to 150 in number and
will be nominated by a Coal-
Inittee of Court Update's
board ,silg priharily re-
(See CITIZENS p. 8)

The TRANSCRIPT has at-
templed to bring to the alien.
tion of the profession all ad-
vantages and disadvantagesof
the proposal, islng a major
port ion of tie last three issues,
for this purpose. Those who
are interested and who might
have missed it can refer to the
proposed constitution and by-
laws for the possible new bar
group ill tile pages of tile t)e-
cember issue of the TRANS-

For Attorneys
Sonhil Carilina attorneys
are being presented a unique
opportunity to better prepare
tIemselves for handllg aly
type of litigation ill which a
familiarity with the hulan
body laid medical terminology
is a factor. Tb Institue of Iuw
and Medicin of the U.S.C.
Law Center, and the C.L.E. Di)-
vision of the South Carolina
Bar Association, are sponsor-
ing a coarse of Instruct  in el-
tilled  All  Instructiinal Sur-
vey of Hluman Anatolny For
Lawyers. Designed espe-
cially for practicing altor-
neys, tile course will lie of-
fered li1t Wednesday evenings
from 7-9 p.m. at tile U.S.C. losw
Cenlter, Febrary 5 Ih ronugh
May 7. Each sessi.u ..-ill lie
conducted by a practicing
physician will) specializes in
that particular field of
As  its  title  ildicates, the
course is designed to survey
the field of human laitnly,
with emphasis being placed l
familarizing attorneys with
the human body and its major
systeis, and Riving tile atlIr-
ney a speaking acquaintalce
with medical t erminlogy as It
relates to tllose systels. For
tile attorney who has been
faced with the task of trying to
conprehend the Ilieaning of
the often cryptic language ofa
doctor's report, no to Imention
Iranslallng it into terms a
layman call understand, this
course is a must.
The cost of the course,
$300.00, covers tile text which
will lie provided and which ill
Itself will tie a vah(lbe addi-
tion to the attorney's library.
Allhough the fee for ile
course 1ay seem a bit steep at
(See ANATOMY p. 2)


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