The Supreme Court of South Carolina
Re: Amendments to South Carolina Bar Constitution
O R D E R
Pursuant to Rule 410(c), South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, we approve amendments to the South Carolina Bar Constitution submitted by the South Carolina Bar. The amendments reduce the number of At Large Members of the Board of Governors from three members to two members, and reduce the terms of each At Large Member from three years to two years.
These amendments shall be effective immediately. A copy of the amended portions of the South Carolina Bar Constitution is attached.
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.
Hearn, J., not participating.
Columbia, South Carolina
June 23, 2011
Sections 7.2 and 7.3 of the South Carolina Bar Constitution are hereby amended as follows:
Section 7.2 Composition. The Board of Governors is composed of the President, the President-Elect, the Immediate Past President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the president-elect and immediate past president of the Young Lawyers Division, a representative of the Senior Lawyers Division, and the Chair of the House of Delegates, all of whom shall be members ex officio, together with two members (the "elected members") from each judicial region and two additional members (the "at large members") who shall be elected as hereinafter provided.
Section 7.3 Eligibility and Term. To be eligible for election to the Board of Governors a member must be a resident (as qualified by Section 2.2) of the judicial region from which he is elected. The term of an elected member of the Board is three organization years, beginning the day after the close of the Annual Meeting following his election. The elected members of the Board shall serve staggered terms of three years each, i.e., two or three new members of the Board of Governors shall be elected each year to replace the members whose terms expire, and shall not be eligible to succeed themselves except as provided in Section 7.4 below. The at large members shall serve staggered terms of two years each and shall not be eligible to succeed themselves. Before assuming the office of President, the President-Elect shall appoint with the approval of the Board of Governors an at large member whose term will begin on the day after the close of the Annual Meeting. The representative from the Senior Lawyers Division shall serve a term of two years and shall be elected by a vote of two-thirds or more of the Division's Executive Council.