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South Carolina Lawyer Mentoring Pilot Program

Supreme Court of South Carolina

September 14, 2006

South Carolina Lawyer Mentoring Pilot Program

          ORDER

          JEAN H. TOAL C.J.

         The Chief Justice's Commission on the Profession has submitted to this Court a South Carolina Lawyer Mentoring Pilot Program for consideration to assist beginning lawyers in their transition from student to professional. This Court has reviewed the pilot program and is of the opinion that this program would be of great benefit to lawyers just commencing the practice of law in the formation of professional habits, practices, and character. A copy of the proposed Pilot Program is attached hereto along with its attachments. It is, therefore,

         ORDERED that all persons who successfully complete the July 2006 bar exam and subsequently are admitted to the South Carolina Bar as their state of first admission, who are engaged in the active practice of law with their principal office in South Carolina, and who have last names beginning with the letters A through F will be required to participate in the Pilot Program.

         IT IS SO ORDERED.

          James E. Moore J., John H. Waller, Jr. J., E.C. Burnett, III J., Costa M. Pleicones J.

         Objective of a Pilot Mentoring Program

         The first years of a lawyer's practice are a critical time for the formation of professional habits, practices, and character. It is important that, during this time, a new lawyer receive appropriate guidance from a more experienced lawyer. The more experienced mentor can assist with the transition of the new lawyer into practice, help the new lawyer in developing practices that are appropriate and ethical, and provide valuable guidance as to the development of healthy relationships with colleagues, clients, other counsel and parties, and the courts. Although some lawyers already have mentors, the nature and quality of these experiences vary widely. A uniform mandatory mentoring program offers the promise of a more thorough, universal, and meaningful mentoring experience.

         The purposes of a pilot program are as follows: (1) to evaluate the effectiveness of the methods means used to recruit mentors; (2) to ascertain whether the proposed elements of a uniform mentoring plan are both appropriate and adequate for all types of legal practice; (3) to identify staff requirements for effective administration of the program; and (4) to identify any other issues that must be addressed in order to create and administer an effective mandatory mentoring program.

         Participants

         Persons who successfully complete the July 2006 bar exam and subsequently are admitted to the South Carolina Bar as their state of first admission, who are engaged in the active practice of law with their principal office in South Carolina, and who have last names beginning with the letters A through F will be required to participate in the Pilot Program. Each person participating in the program will be required to have a mentor who has been an active member of the South Carolina Bar for at least five years and is currently an active or retired member of the South Carolina Bar.

         Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

         Each new lawyer participating in the Pilot Program must successfully complete the pilot program by submitting to the South Carolina Bar, not later than December 31, 2007, a certificate signed by both the mentor and the new lawyer, listing all completed elements of the Uniform Mentoring Plan and explaining why any uncompleted elements could not be completed prior to the end of the pilot program. During the pilot program, both the mentor and the new lawyer will be asked, in connection with their certification, to recommend additional components of a Uniform Mentoring Plan and to identify any elements of the Uniform Mentoring Plan that may not be appropriate to particular practice settings. Failure to complete all elements of the proposed mentoring plan during the pilot program will not result in sanction of the participants, provided that the explanatory certificate set forth above is completed and filed in a timely manner.

         Responsibilities of the Mentor and New Lawyer

         During the pilot program, the mentor and new lawyer shall attempt to complete all activities set ...


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