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Re: Waiver of Distance Learning Limitations

Appellate Case No. 2020-000447



Lawyers who failed to comply with 2019-2020 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements will be suspended if they do not file reports of compliance and pay the filing fee and any penalty by April 15, 2020.  Rule 419(c)(2), SCACR.  Based on the continued development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control urging against public gatherings, this Court finds it appropriate to waive the restriction in paragraph V(B)(3) of Appendix C to Part IV, SCACR, stating lawyers may obtain no more than eight credit hours of CLE via online or telephonic courses. 

Effective immediately, lawyers may earn all or any portion of the required fourteen hours of CLE credit for the 2019-2020 annual reporting year through online or telephonic programs. 

s/Donald W. Beatty                                               C. J.

Columbia, South Carolina
March 17, 2020