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32 Transcript S.C. B. 1 (1988)

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VOLUME 32 NO. I

Desk Book Corrections
Since the printing of the recent Supplement to the La wers Desk
Book, the Bar has been notified of some additional changes and
corrections. The deadline for submitting any further changes or
corrections to be printed In The 7ranscript is January 31. Please
make a note of the following changes In your Desk Book.
Section A - South Carolina Bar
Pg. B-5   BANKS, Leon Charles, P.O. Drawer 99, Camden, SC
2020..,803-432-5111
Pg. B-6   BEARD, T. Alexander, P.O. Drawer 99, Camden, SC
29020..803-432-5111
Pg. B-17 - COOPER, G. Thomas, Jr., P.O. Drawer 99, Camden, SC
29020..803-432-5111
Pg. B-2I - DIBBLE, Charles L., P.O. Drawer 99, Camden, SC
29020...803432-5111
Pg. B-48. LUNDBERG, Carl Norman, 746 Poinsettia St.,
Columbia, SC 29205...803-799-3069
Attorneys Disciplined

Disbarment
On November 9, 1987 the
Supreme Court of South
Carolina  issued   Opinion
Number 22791 by which it-
disbarred Harry Windell Drotor,
it of Murretts Inlet from the
practice of law.
The Hearing Panel and Ex-
ecutive Committee of the Board
of    Commissioners    on
Grievances and Discipline had
found earlier that Droor had
committed acts of misconduct
and recommended disbarment.
Droor was charged with
misappropriating client trust
account funds and using them
for personal and business ex-
penses. As a result of the misap-
propriations, more than $150,000
In trust funds could not be paid
on behalf of four of his clients.
It was determined that his trust
account, having a balance of
$23,486.89, was his only asset of
substantial value
The Court found Drotor in
violation of Disciplinary Rules
t- u2 (A) (3) and (4) and 9-102
(Aand (B) (4) by engaging in il-
legal and dishonest conduct,
failing to preserve the identity of
trust funds a-d diverting trust
funds for his own use. The Court
Rhodes to
Be Remembered
Former South    Carolina
Supreme Court Associate
Justice William L. Rhodes, Jr. of
Varnville will be remembered
during a memorial ceremony
and portrait unveiling at 3:00
p.m. on February 3 at the
Supreme Court building in
Columbia.
Justice Rhodes was a resident
judge of the Fourteenth Judicial
Circuit for 15 years. lie com-
pleted his judicial career as an
associate justice from 1975-1900.
lie died In 1986.
All members of the S. C. Bar
and guests are invited.

also said that Drotor had
polluted the administration of
justice and brought the legal
profession Into disrepute in
violation of paragraph 5 of the
Rule of Displinary Procedure.
The Supreme Court also af-
firmed a recommendation of the
Board that Drotor'ss assets be
disbursed as recommended In
the Thustee's ReporL
Disbarment
On November 9, 1987 the
Supreme Court of South
Carolina issued Oplninn No.
22789 by which It ordered the
permanent disbarment of
Nicolas  C. Lempesis    of
Charleston from the practice of
law.
Lempesis was charged with
misconduct resulting from his
mishandling of monies belong-
Ing to the firm In which he was
an associate. A complaint was
brought to the attention of the
Grievance Committee of the
Board of Commissioners on
Grievances and Discipline
which alleged that Lempesis
had, on several occasions, forg-
ed the senior partner's endorse-
ment on checks payable to the
firm, cashed the checks and
converted the funds to his own
use. Lempesis readily admitted
to six separate actions Involving
forgery and conversion of funds.
Lempesis also admitted to ex-
cessive use of alcohol to the ex-
tent that it impaired his judg-
ment and ability to practice law.
Both the Hearing Panel of the
Board of Commissioners on
Grievances and Discipline and
the Executive Committee
unanimously recommended
that Lempesis be disbarred and
the Supreme Court agreed.
Respondent's conduct went
far beyond neglect. The miscon-
duct here was not an Isolated
act, but a series of Intentional
forgeries and breaches of trust
occurring over many months.
See Lawyers, p. 16

The Ser
Carolina I
Trial Camp
the South C
In early II
teams have
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JANUARY, 1988

Mock Trial Approaches
enth Annual South   Americans are infected with the  competition has
ligh School Mock   virus and are capable of presented questlc
elition, sponsored by  transmitting It to others. How Is  with the media's rl
arolina Bar, begins  the virus transmitted? Is it taln the confident
March. Already, 42  dangerous  to  work   with  source, contract I
stated an Interest to  someone who has AIDS? How  host's liability for t
In this year's com- about working with a carrier of  toxicated guests,
ginning in February,  the virus? Can an employer fire  other topics taken
ma will begin to    a person because he or she has  headlines.
strategies   and  AIDS? What are some of the     Thsyear'scasd
which they will pre-  ways the legal system deals wIth  er te
panel of judges   AIDS and related Issues?      I       the mock

selected from among the South
Carolina  Bar   and  state
educators.
The problem of AIDS is being
posed to high school students
from throughout the state in a
case which deals with AIDS and
employment discrimination.
As of February 1987, there
were approximately 30,000
reported cases of persons with
AIDS in the United States, ac-
cording to the Center for
Disease Control. It is projected
that cumulatively about 270,000
Americans will have contracted
AIDS by 1991, with 179,000
deaths from the disease.
An estimated 1.5 million

The objective of the Mock
Trial Competition is to help
students gain a basic understan-
ding of the legal mechanism
through which society chooses
to resolve many of Its disputes.
While learning the details of the
trial process and procedures,
students will also develop a
number of critical skills that are
universally necessary: critical
analysis of problems; strategic
thinking and questioning skills;
listening skills; skills In oral
presentation  and   extem-
poraneous argument; and skills
in preparing and organizing
material. The single elimination

previously
ins dealing
ght to main-
ality of their
aw, a social
he acts of in-
and various
from news
emonstrates
trial format

knowledge outside of the law.
The discussions will enable
students to gain accurate Infor-
mation about the cause and
prevention of AIDS, and ways of
responding rationally and com-
passionately to Issues the
disease creates.
Judges for the competition
are needed In areas throughout
the state, beginning the week of
March 7. Those members of the
Bar willing to participate in this
worthwhile effort by volunteer-
ing their time to judge one of the
rounds are asked to contact Karl
louslon at the South Carolina
Bar (803-799-665).

Nominations Sought for DuRant Award
Nominations are being sought special associate justice of the  ed, past service in such post-
for the DuRant Distinguished  South Carolina Supreme Court. tions may be considered. Selec-
Public Service Award by theS.C.  The recipient Is selected an- tion is based upon the quantity
Bar Foundation.             nually by the Board of Directors  and quality of public service
of the S.C. Bar Foundation, and  rendered to the legal profession
The DuRant Distinguished  the award is formally presented  and the community.
Public Service Award was    during the Annual Meeting of
established In 1980, in memory  the South Carolina Bar.  Nominations may be mailed
of Charlton DuRant, a well   Eligibility Is limited to living  to the South Carolina Bar Foun.
known attorney who practiced  members of the South Carolina  dation, Inc., P.O. Box 11039, Col-
In Manning for over 55 years, Bar. While active judges and  umbla, 29211 and should arrive
was a state senator and a   public officeholders are exclud- not later than May 2.

Building Takes Shape
Construction of the new headquarters at Park and Taylor Streets In Columbia continues. The
anticipated date for completion of the building Is April 22.

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