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Amendment to Rule Governing Limited Certificates of Admission for the Retired and Inactive Attorney Pro Bono Participation Program

The Supreme Court has amended Rule 415 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules to eliminate the limitation that a retired or inactive attorney is not eligible for an limited certificate under that rule if the person has been in a retired or inactive status for more than seven years.


The Supreme Court of South Carolina

RE:  Amendment to the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules


Pursuant to Article V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution, Rule 415(a) of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR) is amended to read as shown in the attachment to this order.  This amendment is effective immediately.


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
May 4, 2012

Amendment to Rule 415(a), SCACR

(a)     The Supreme Court may issue a limited certificate to practice law in South Carolina to any person who:

(1) is or was admitted to practice law in South Carolina or any other state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia and is retired from the active practice of law or is on inactive status;

(2) has been a member in good standing in each jurisdiction in which the retired or inactive attorney is or was admitted to practice law;

(3) has not been disciplined for professional misconduct in any jurisdiction within the past fifteen (15) years and is not the subject of any pending disciplinary proceeding;

(4) is associated with an approved legal services organization (Legal Services) which receives, or is eligible to receive, funds from the Legal Services Corporation; is working on a case or project through the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program (the Program); or is working with a program funded in whole or in part by a grant from the South Carolina Bar Foundation, Inc. (the Grantee), using interest and dividends remitted under the procedure established in Rule 412, SCACR;

(5) performs all activities authorized by this Rule under the supervision of an attorney who is an active member of the South Carolina Bar employed by, or participating as a volunteer for, Legal Services, the Program or the Grantee and who assumes professional responsibility for the conduct of the matter, litigation, or administrative proceeding in which the retired or inactive attorney participates and;

(6) agrees to abide by the South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct and all other rules governing the practice of law in this State and to submit to the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court for disciplinary purposes.