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The Supreme Court of South Carolina

In the Matter of James L. Bell, Petitioner.

Appellate Case No. 2018-000941


By opinion dated December 20, 2017, this Court suspended petitioner from the practice of law for nine months, retroactive to the date of his interim suspension.  In re Bell, 421 S.C. 520, 809 S.E.2d 54 (2017).1  Petitioner filed a petition for reinstatement pursuant to Rule 33, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.  After referral to the Committee on Character and Fitness (the Committee), the Committee has filed a report and recommendation recommending the Court reinstate petitioner to the practice of law.  We find petitioner has met the requirements of Rule 33(f), RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.  Accordingly, we grant the petition for reinstatement.


s/Donald W. Beatty                        C.J.

s/John W. Kittredge                           J.

s/Kaye G. Hearn                                J.

s/John Cannon Few                           J.

s/George C. James, Jr.                      J.

Columbia, South Carolina
February 20, 2019

1 Petitioner was placed on interim suspension on November 18, 2016.  In re Bell, 418 S.C. 398, 793 S.E.2d 314 (2016).