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Ronnie Cole CLE Scholarship Fund

ColeMany lawyers may know Ronnie Cole. His practice covers upstate South Carolina and focuses on criminal defense. Ronnie spends time as an instructor for SC Court Administration where he trains Magistrates and Municipal Court Judges in the areas of traffic and criminal law. He is a published author – many times over – writing for national publications as well as for the SC Bar Continuing Legal Education Division. He is an avid collector of civil war memorabilia and hosts an annual birthday party for his dog, Fred. (The party doubles as a fundraiser for various charities that Ronnie supports.)

Ronnie is now adding another facet to his life – providing support for a scholarship fund that will benefit lawyers who need help with the cost of the required continuing legal education seminars needed to maintain their law license.

“I am very appreciative of what I have and credit a great deal of my success to the education that I received through various CLE courses. I want to be able to help attorneys who could use some assistance in getting the continued education they need. This economy has presented the profession with issues we have not seen before. Many of our colleagues are struggling. This is just one way that I can help.” Ronnie Cole

Then looking for a way to turn his idea into a reality, Ronnie came to the SC Bar Foundation. Wallace Lightsey, Foundation president said, “We are extremely grateful that Ronnie has chosen the Foundation to administer this scholarship fund. We believe that helping those in our profession to benefit from CLE coursework, particularly public service attorneys, is something that certainly improves the administration of justice.”

“While we are not able to give grantees everything that they need in terms of IOLTA funding, we are committed to finding creative ways that we can be of assistance. Ronnie’s generous gift comes at the perfect time,” said Lightsey.

Priority will be given to attorneys who practice with Foundation grantees, past and present.

The Foundation is eternally grateful to Ronnie and his generous gift – one that will reach so many people – the lawyers who receive the assistance as well as the clients that they serve.

Complete the application and return as noted below:

·         Applications for seminars held in July are accepted through Friday, June 27.

·         Applications for August seminars are accepted Monday, June 30 through Monday, July 28.

·         Applications for September seminars are accepted Tuesday, July 29 through Monday, August 25.



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