Wednesday, October 23, 2013
No E-Mail, No License
The South Carolina Supreme Court has suspended an attorney who is on active status because
Respondent has repeatedly refused to comply with the explicit directives, orders, and rules of this Court and of requests by the Clerk of Court by refusing to maintain and monitor an operational email account. Moreover, in spite of the Court's order of June 19, 2013, specifically prohibiting her from filing additional motions with the Court until the underlying disciplinary matter has been considered by the Commission, respondent has nevertheless attempted to submit further motions with the Court. As a result of her persistent refusal to comply with this Court's directives, the Court finds respondent poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public and to the administration of justice. Therefore, pursuant to Rule 17(b) and (c), RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR, the Court places respondent on interim suspension. See Rule 17(b), RLDE ("[u]pon receipt of sufficient evidence demonstrating that a lawyer poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public or to the administration of justice, the Supreme Court may place the lawyer on interim suspension pending a final determination in any proceeding under these rules); Rule 17(c), RLDE ("[u]pon receipt of sufficient evidence demonstrating that a lawyer …has failed to respond to …inquiries or directives of …the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court may place that lawyer on interim suspension."). Respondent’s license to practice law in this state is suspended until further order of the Court.