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08.16.19 Midlands CLE/Luncheon



Supreme Court of the United States 2019 Update
John Nichols, Esquire

The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC
Buffet & Registration Begin at 12:30 p.m.*
CLE Presentation 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.



RSVP by 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 13.  Cancellations made after that time are subject to invoicing, per the policy of the Palmetto Club.  If your plans change, please cancel your reservation promptly using the same link above so that our lunch order will be accurate.  Lunch is $15 for SCWLA members and the military, and $30 for nonmembers.  Luncheon discounts and CLE credit are provided as membership benefits to current SCWLA members only.  Nonmembers pay an undiscounted rate to cover the costs charged to SCWLA by the Palmetto Club.  Checks should be made payable to SCWLA.     

John Nichols, Esquire

John Nichols received a BS in mathematics from Francis Marion College in 1978 and his JD from the USC School of Law in 1985. He worked for Rogers and Koon focusing primarily on property law litigation. In 1986, the South Carolina Court of Appeals hired John as a staff attorney and he became chief staff counsel in 1993. John also served at times as a law clerk for Chief Judge Alex M. Sanders, Jr., Associate Judge Randall T. Bell, and Acting Associate Judge C. Bruce Littlejohn. From 1996 until 2000, John worked with Suggs & Kelly, PA, primarily on pharmaceutical mass tort litigation around the country. In 2000, John and Marti Bluestein formed Bluestein & Nichols which is now Bluestein Thompson & Sullivan. John’s primary focus was on appellate practice, general tort litigation and representing attorneys before the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. In 2018, the Supreme Court of SC appointed John to serve as Disciplinary Counsel.

John is admitted to practice in South Carolina’s state and federal courts as well as the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

From 2003 to 2018 John served as a member of the SC Board of Law Examiners by Supreme Court appointment. In 2012 Governor Nikki Haley appointed John to the SC Commission on Indigent Defense and he was reappointed in 2014 and 2018. From 2013 to 2017 he served as special counsel to the SC House Ethics Committee and from 2016 to 2017 the SC Senate Ethics Committee also hired him as special counsel.

John has spoken at a number of seminars for a number of groups, including the SC Bar, the SC Judicial Department, SCAJ/SCTLA and the SCIWA. He served on the Education Committee for the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Staff Attorneys and assisted the SC Judicial Department in developing orientation seminars for new Appellate Court and Circuit Court judges as well as attorneys employed by the Department. John has also authored or edited several books and other publications. From 1995 through 2000, John served as editor of “What’s New,” the case summaries prepared by law professors for the South Carolina Lawyer magazine (SC Bar). He also served on the South Carolina Lawyer’s magazine’s Editorial Board, serving as Editor-in-Chief from 2004 through 2006. John also served as editor of “The Bulletin,” the magazine for the SCAJ.

John serves on USC’s “B-Ball - Coaches versus Cancer” committee, and is an officer with the Columbia USC Tip-Off Club. He and his wife, Michelle, enjoy traveling, hiking, Gamecock sports, and spending time with their grandson, Max.          


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