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From BigLaw to big dreams (access required)

Sawaya, Nathan

For anyone who spent their childhood building make-believe worlds out of Lego bricks, the creations of artist Nathan Sawaya are awe-inspiring. Each work in “The Art of The Brick,” an exhibition of Sawaya’s work, sparks amazement at what can be ...

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Forget the Joneses (access required)

Kanye West was right when he rapped, “Having money isn’t everything – not having it is.” But having too much money is not always a good thing, at least when lawyers are concerned.

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Another week, another OK for non-attorneys to perform law-like tasks (access required)

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the South Carolina Supreme Court as it declares things not to be the practice of law. One week after the high court ruled that non-attorneys could present claims against an estate in probate court on behalf of businesses, it found that modifying a loan likewise did not constitute the unauthorized practice of law.

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SC in middle of pack for new-lawyer hiring (access required)

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South Carolina isn’t the worst place in the country for a law grad seeking an entry-level position. That dubious distinction, if you believe the Law School Tuition Bubble blog, belongs to Mississippi, where there were 10.53 law grads for every job in 2011. The Palmetto State clocked in at No. 22, with 2.09 grads per job.

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‘They can’t replace ME with a computer’

We have frequently written about how computer technology is a two-edged sword that can offer cost-efficient advantages to the law firm that leverages it, or can be the death knell to the law firm that does not keep pace. Nowhere was this duality been better illustrated than in a recent story in The New York Times. Its headline alone should give any member of the profession pause: "Armies of Expensive Lawyers Replaced by Cheaper Software."

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Retailoring the profession: S.C. Bar study on lawyer dissatisfaction garners national attention, approval (access required)

A 2009 study detailing Palmetto State lawyers' dissatisfaction with the legal profession is not only getting attention within the State Bar but is also drawing kudos nationwide. The study is becoming a model for other state bars that are doing their own assessments of their members' feelings about the legal profession, said Barbara George Barton, a Columbia lawyer who chairs the S.C. Bar's Professional Potential Task Force. And a nationally recognized expert on lawyer retention said she is touting the study as an unusually effective instrument for measuring the depth of lawyer dissatisfaction. "I can say that if I have my way it will have an impact around the country. I have already mentioned it in a blog," said Cynthia Calvert, senior advisor and co-founder of the San Francisco-based nonprofit Project for Attorney Retention.

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Bar takes on anti-lawyer rhetoric, nixes pro bono reporting (access required)

An effort by the S.C. Bar to reach out to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley in the wake of an election season that jarred the image of lawyers surfaced as members met in Hilton Head Island for their annual convention. In a Jan. 21 videotaped speech to the House of Delegates, Bar President Carl Solomon (pictured) praised Haley for appointing lawyers to her cabinet and said he had written her a letter congratulating her on the appointments. "She sought out attorneys to handle very difficult issues in difficult situations," Solomon said of the governor.

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