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Bar leaders hit the road to tackle profession’s issues (access required)

When he took office at the end of May, South Carolina Bar President Carl Solomon pledged to hit "the streets" as an advocate for better judicial funding. Now, six months later, he's on the road, traveling across the state to have frank conversations with lawyers about the funding crisis and other concerns they have about the state of the profession.

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Justices toss Greenville street preacher’s ‘disturbance’ conviction (access required)

The S.C. Supreme Court struck down a Greenville city prohibition against comments that "humiliate," "insult" and "scare" people, ruling it was too vague to be enforced and overturning the conviction of a man arrested while preaching against homosexuality. Samuel Harms (pictured), a Greenville lawyer who represented Bane, said the police officer testified that she arrested Bane because he was preaching against homosexuality. The officer testified she spent about an hour telling the preacher "what he could say under the city code and what he could not say under the city code," Harms said. "This is nothing more than the city of Greenville taking sides in the cultural debate over homosexuality, and they've sided with the homosexuals and they want to shut down any Christians that want to preach that homosexuality is a sin," Harms said.

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Artistic justice: Pro bono program aims to help artists with legal issues (access required)

Clients are few and lawyer participation is still ramping up, but a fledgling, unfunded pro bono program is ready to help low-income Palmetto State artists who can't afford to pay for legal representation. From contracts to copyright infringement to business plans, such artists now can go online to get assistance from the S.C. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a program that kicked off in October. "We think this program has been a long time coming," said Harriett Green, director of visual arts at the S.C. Arts Commission.

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