In a 2011 Order, the South Carolina Supreme Court required all lawyers admitted to practice in the state to update their contact information in the state’s Attorney Information System. The Order provides that all attorneys “admitted to the practice of law in South Carolina shall have a continuing duty to verify and update their information in the AIS, and must ensure that the AIS information is current and accurate at all times. At a minimum, the contact information must include a mailing address, an e-mail address and a telephone number.” (Rule 410(e), SCACR.) After years of refusing to comply with orders, directives and rules requiring her to maintain an email address, Cynthia E. Collie (aka Cynthia Homes), a regular member of the South Carolina Bar, has had her license suspended for posing “a substantial threat of serious harm to the public and to the administration of justice.”
Rule 1.11 of The Oregon State Bar Rules of Procedure (Revised 11/1/2013) requires that:
(b) All attorneys must also designate an e-mail address for receipt of bar notices and correspondence except attorneys who are over the age of 65 and fully retired from the practice of law and attorneys for whom reasonable accommodation is required by applicable law. For purposes of this rule an attorney is “fully retired from the practice of law” if the attorney does not engage at any time in any activity that constitutes the practice of law including, without limitation, activities described in OSB bylaws 6.100 and 20.0.
(c) An attorney seeking an exemption from the e-mail address requirement for the reasons stated in paragraph (b) must submit a written request to the Executive Director, whose decision on the request will be final.