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Scalia, Breyer confirmed for 2012 S.C. Bar convention (access required)

Two U.S. Supreme Court justices will be attending the S.C. Bar's annual convention next January in Columbia. Leigh Thomas, communications director for the Bar, told Lawyers Weekly that Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer will attend the convention, which is set for Jan. 19-22, 2012. No specifics about their visit were immediately available. In an announcement emailed to members Tuesday, the Bar said it would announce details such as the justices' schedules as the justices' offices make them public.

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Ready, aim, CLE: Course combines primer on gun law with target practice, weapons permits (access required)

Get ready to channel your inner Daniel Boone or Annie Oakley. There's still time to sign up for two South Carolina Bar-sponsored courses that will teach attorneys the ins and outs of gun law - and allow them to spend their afternoons firing weapons to qualify for concealed-weapons permits. Incorporating target practice is a newfangled twist on the average firearms CLE, which is offered by bars in several states. But "the South really likes their guns," said Doug Kim, an intellectual property attorney who is helping coordinate the May 6 CLE in Greenville.

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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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Disclosure form is one more hurdle for lawyer candidates (access required)

Disclosing economic interests on a form may be a turnoff for some lawyers contemplating a run for statewide office, but at least two who ran said the form was the least of their worries. Bigger deterrents to seeking office are the time and effort devoted to campaigning, the loss of earnings and the chance of political mudslinging, said a lawyer who ran for attorney general in 2010. "Running for office is really, really tough, and you're asking someone to take a professional sacrifice, a pay sacrifice, and it's tough to get people from big law firms to do it," said Leighton Lord (pictured).

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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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