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2011-04-22-01

The Supreme Court of South Carolina

In re: Amendments to Rule 424, SCACR


ORDER



Pursuant to Article V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, Rule 424, SCACR, is hereby amended as follows:

The term "$500" shall be amended to "$1,000" in Rule (b).

This amendment shall take effect immediately.

Further, Rule (e) shall state:

(e) Disciplinary Provisions:  A person licensed to practice as a foreign legal consultant under this Rule shall be subject to professional discipline in the same manner and to the same extent
as members of the Bar of this State and to this end:

(1) every person licensed to practice as a foreign legal      consultant under these Rules:

(A) shall be subject to control by the Supreme Court and to admonition, reprimand, or suspension of his or her license to practice by the Supreme Court of the State of South Carolina and shall otherwise be governed by Rule 407, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules; and

(B) shall execute and file with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, in such form and manner as such court may prescribe:

(i) his or her commitment to observe the Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 407, South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, to the extent applicable to the legal services authorized under Section (c) of this Rule;

(ii) a written undertaking to notify the Supreme Court of any change in such person's good standing as a member of the foreign legal profession referred to in Section (a)(1) of this Rule and of any final action of the professional body or public authority referred to in (b)(1) of this Rule imposing any disciplinary censure, suspension, or any other sanction upon such person; and

(iii) a duly acknowledged instrument, in writing, setting forth his or her address in this State and designating the Clerk of the Supreme Court as his or her agent upon whom process may be served, with like effect as if served personally upon him or her, in any action or proceeding thereafter brought against him or her and arising out of or based upon any legal services rendered or offered to be rendered by him or her within or to residents of this State whenever, after due diligence, service cannot be made upon him or her at such address or at such new address in this State as he or she shall have filed in the office of such Clerk by means of a duly acknowledged supplemental instrument in writing. 

This amendment shall take effect immediately and shall apply to all pending Applications for Certification as a Foreign Legal Consultant.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

s/Jean H. Toal                                    C.J.

s/Costa M. Pleicones                        J.

s/Donald W. Beatty                            J.

s/John W. Kittredge                           J.

s/Kaye G. Hearn                                 J.

Columbia, South Carolina
April 22, 2011

 

 

  s/Jean Hoefer Toal
Jean Hoefer Toal
Chief Justice