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24 Transcript S.C. B. 1 (1980)

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January, 1080

,)lunic 24, No. I

S.C. Bar License  Praised By President
Fees Are Low      Client Security Fund
Becomes Operative Program

ly Thomas S. Tisdale. Jr.
S. C. Bar Treasurer
Lawyers in only three
,tes pay less to their state
tar urganization than
riwyerd in South Carolina,
id two if those stoles have
Srilqsited increases that are
In an effort to see where
-   stand, the South
'arlina lar has  tarined
tfirmatioa as to payments
oide by lawyers practising
t ther stales.


Acurale comparison is made difficult by the great variety
,, functions, bervices and charges by state bar organizations.
F.r examle, some states have mandatry payments tThe
.utpreona Court, a Board of lar Oversetr  or othir
,,rganizationa in addition tastate bar dues. Threestates have
two irganizatiaons which together are the equivalent of the
SA.uth Carolina liar; therefore, dues to ith organizations
have livsm comimntd.
While Suth Carolina lawyers pay $65 annual license fees,
lie iniidium paid throughout the United States is $12.5.
The results of the survey indicated the following payments
by lawyers in other states:
Current Dues of State liar Associations

The State Bar of South Dakota
Alaska Bar Association
New Hampshire Bar Association
Ilawali State Bar Assocatialn
1   Dues
Supreme CL Fees
Iregon State Bar
iaho State liar
State Bar Association of North Dakota
The Slate liar of California
Massachusetts Bar Association

Dues    $100
Board of Bar Overseers  $ 50
State Bar of Nevada
State liar of Michigan
Stale liar of Arizona
Vet Virginia
Tie West Virginia Slate Bar $100
West Virginia liar Association  $ 50
Wastington State Bar Association
Kansas lar Association
l)ues   $100
Supreme Ct. Fees   $ 30
'lie Florida liar
I iah Stile liar
Wymoing State liar Asuociution
Nurtht Caroliiia
The North Curalinua Stle liar Assn. $ 75*
N,,rih Carolina liar Association  $ 50
Virginia Stile Bar            $ 75
The Virginia liar Association  $ 50
'i lorada liar Association

License Fees
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Supreme Ct. Disciplinary Assessment
Minnesota State liar Association
License Fees
Special Assessment
Ohio State Bar Association
tile Missouri liar

$ 75
$ 98    $173

$ 75
$ 40
$ 37.50
$ 45.0(
$ 30.01


See License Fees cont'd. p. 2

In South Carolina, it has
been very rare when a client
was financially wronged by
a dishonest lawyer. When it
did happen before there was
no remedy.
If it now happens, the
client will have recourse. A
hope which originated
voluntarily from within the
ranks of the Bar, becomes
reality this month as the
Client Security Fund
becomes operational.
Financed through annual
financial participation by
practicing lawyers. the fund
was established to reinburse
clients in cases in which
lawyers betray trusts and
mishandle client funds.
The order of the South
(7arolina  Supreme Court
which adds force to the plan
states: Attorneys at law in
this state, as officers of the
Court, have the professional
responsibility to prestrve
and protect the honor and
integrity of the profession
and have evidenced accep-
tance of this responsibility
by recommending to the
Court through the South
Carolina Bar the establish.
ment of a Clients' Security
Fund of the South Carolina
William  C. Boyd, Ill,
Columbia attorney, will
chair a committee given the
responsibility to disburse
funds and oversee the
program. Committee mem.
bers, each representing a
congressional district,
Include: William M. Morri-
son of Charleston, Ilerliert
W. I.oautilan of Columlia,
Milly S. Dufour of Aiken.
William    C. Lyles of
Spartanburg, C. W. F.
Spencer, Jr,. of hack Ilill and
David W. Keller, Jr., of
The Committee is now
prepared  to receive and
consider applications  for
reimbursement for lasses
which occurred after April
17, 1978.
Losses are limited to those
caused  by the dishonest
conduct of a South Carolina
Bar member who acts as a
lawyer or in a fiduciary
According to the order the
lawyer involved must have
died, been adjudicated a
bankrupt, have been
adjudicated mentally
incompetent, have been
disbarred or suspended from
the practice of law, have


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Morris lnsen           William lloyd, Ill
voluntarily resigned from   certified to the Conmnittee,
the practice of law, or have  by the Ioard of Conimis-
left time jurisdiction if this  sinners on Grievances and
state or cannot be found. or  Discipline of the Supreme
has become a judgement     Court or the Board of
debtoroftheapplicantbased   Governors of the South
upon lis dishonest cnduct  Carolina Bar as an
asalawyer;orprovidedthat    appropriate case for
the application has been    consideration  because the
See Program cont'd. p. 3
Rosen Comments On
Client Security Fund

I think It is time we took
just a moment to praise the
lawyers who practice in
South Carolina. These were
the wirds of Morris Rosen of
Charleston, President of the
South Carolina liar.
Rosen's comments came
during the preparation to
make public details on the
new Client Security Fund.
The iar's louse of Dele-
gates, which reflects the
views of the legal profession
in the state, recommended
the establishment of the
fund to the South Carolina
Supreme Court.
The Court in tieex erciseof
its exclusive imwcrs issued
the rule which adopled the
Client Security Fun.
Accomlnlishments (of tins
Bur in the last four years
have been great anti the
emplusis, I am proud to say.
has consistently been on
helping the public and the
public's problems with the
acquisition  of legal ser-
vices, Rosen said. The legal
leader pointed to the
mountains of work since
1975 which made the client
protection a reality and
which  also made other
innovations possible.
All South Carolina
lawyers can beproudofwhat
the unified lIar has been able

to do, Rosen added.
Since the unification of the
lar in 1975, according to
Rosen. the new services unit
efforts  added  include a
Lawyer Referral Service,
Consumer Law Refiirms, a
Resolution of Fee Disputes
mechanism, excellent
Continuing Legal Education
for all lawyers, some of
which is required, and the
opportunity on an optional
basis for lawyers to become
specialized and tiereby mre
Also there has been a
propised new South Care
lina Probate Code, the
Maodernization of Practices
fiii Procedures, the oicat.
Ilg iil an elective basis it(
high schol seniors uon tie
lusia of l'gal nitihri and
a proposed new Code of
Criminal Procedures.
In my opinion, Rose.m
added, I agree with son,
observers that the tiitt
Security Fund Is on' f the
most important If not the
most important slep we have
in  addition to the
innovations nid imderniza
tions listed, the liar
continues its efforts in Penal
Modernization, Uniform
Simplified Jury Charges,
Services to Indigents anit
PrePaid Legal Services.

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