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Sep 14, 2022

Charleston attorney named to ABA committee 

By Jason Thomas [email protected]  Attorney Stephanie M. Brinkley has been appointed chair of the American Bar Association’s Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) Committee for the 2022-23 year.   Brinkley founded her Charleston-based practice, Brinkley Law Firm, in 2011, with the firm’s main areas of concentration including fertility law, family law, and the unique area of military fa[...]

Apr 29, 2022

ABA, state bar honor volunteers 

The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service recently recognized five South Carolina lawyers and two law firms for their contributions to Free Legal Answers, a virtual clinic offering free legal advice to income-eligible individuals across the country.   The individual honorees are Tommy Geddings of Manning; Rebecca Wray of Greenville, and […]

Jan 29, 2020

ABA reminds us to play nice when lawyers leave

By Erin K. Higgins and Thomas E. Peisch Monday morning for a firm’s managing partner brings a request from one of his partners for a sit-down. This is followed by an announcement from the partner that she is leaving the firm to open the new office of a larger regional firm. The partner presents the […]

Mar 7, 2016

ABA considering tougher bar passage standards

While bar passage rates are dipping steadily, the American Bar Association is considering amendments to Standard 316 that would reduce the time for law schools to show, for accreditation purposes, that enough of their graduates are passing a bar exam. While the mandatory passage rate would remain at 75 percent for the time being, the […]

Jun 2, 2015

American Bar Association investigating Charleston School of Law

Charleston School of Law students and the faculty members who survived a recent layoff should expect to see a new face on campus soon – an investigator from the American Bar Association.

Feb 27, 2014

ABA officials to address SC Law Review Symposium

Some top officers from the American Bar Association are participating in a discussion in Columbia on the future of legal education.

Oct 12, 2012

Group pushes ABA to mandate diversity

The American Bar Association should include diversity as part of the group’s model rules for attorneys, according to a recent request from the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. The IILP – a nonprofit with a goal of increasing diversity among lawyers – sent a letter to the ABA seeking to have the national legal organization update the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to p[...]

Feb 3, 2012

If laws go online-only, costly problems are sure to follow

The American Bar Association in February will be asked to endorse a proposed uniform law aiming at new standards for state government websites that host legal materials. The Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA) is proposed by the Uniform Laws Commission to address a trend, still in its infancy, of shuttering public printers and posting laws only online. But shifting an entire system of l[...]

Feb 3, 2012

ABA mulls stricter standards for law school job info

As American Bar Association leaders consider more exacting standards for law schools for reporting post-graduate salary and employment information, a new round of class action suits is ratcheting up the pressure on schools and the ABA to address allegations of fraud and misrepresentation. An ABA committee has recommended that an ABA council on legal education and bar admissions adjust its stand[...]

Jan 13, 2012

ABA study focuses new attention on legislation to allow nonlawyer firm ownership in NC

The American Bar Association is poised to endorse nonlawyer ownership of law firms, which could jump-start stalled legislation in North Carolina that calls for allowing alternative practice structures. The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 announced in early December that it was mulling tweaks to its model rules of professional conduct in response to U.S. firms increasingly doing business in count[...]

Feb 25, 2011

Value billing arrangements depend on lawyers and clients agreeing ‘We’re in this together’

The much-maligned billable hour is back under scrutiny. As attorneys continue to bounce back from the blows dealt by the recession, a client-driven fee structure known as value billing is beginning to gain traction across the country. It was a "standing room only" topic of discussion among lawyers at the American Bar Association's meeting earlier this month in Atlanta, according to ABA President S[...]

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