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Attorneys and Foreign Legal Consultants Required to Update and Verify
Their Information in the Attorney Information System

Based on the order of the Supreme Court of South Carolina that appears below, attorneys (including those holding limited certificates) and foreign legal consults licensed in South Carolina must update and verify the information listed for them in the Attorney Information System (AIS) by December 13, 2012. A letter from Chief Justice Toal containing detailed instructions on completing this verification requirement will be included with the license fee statements that are being sent out by the South Carolina Bar later this month.


The Supreme Court of South Carolina

RE:    Attorney Information System


Last year, the first phase of the Attorney Information System (AIS) was implemented.  As part of the initial implementation, members of the South Carolina Bar (including those holding limited certificates to practice law) and foreign legal consultants licensed by this Court were required to update and verify their contact information before paying their license fees for 2012. 

On January 1, 2013, amendments to Rules 405, 409, 410, 414, 415, 419 and 424 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR) will become effective.  Under these amendments, attorneys and foreign legal consultants will have a membership class and status as defined by Rule 410, SCACR.  The license fees for 2013 for each attorney or foreign legal consultant will be based on this new membership class and status.  

In the second phase implementation of the AIS, the AIS information for each attorney or foreign legal consultant now includes the new membership class and status for that attorney or foreign legal consultant.  Further, in addition to the contact, admission, law school and certification information that was included in the first phase, AIS has been further enhanced to show specializations under Rule 408, SCACR, and any court actions such as suspensions, disbarments, transfers to incapacity inactive status and reinstatements that are related to the attorney or foreign legal consultant.

To facilitate the implementation of the second phase of the AIS, attorneys and foreign legal consultants licensed in this State shall, by December 13, 2012, log-on, update and verify their AIS information.  Instructions for doing so will be sent out with the 2013 license fee statements from the South Carolina Bar.  Attorneys and foreign legal consultants who have not verified their AIS information will not be allowed to pay their license fees for 2013 until they have done so.

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
November 13, 2012