Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Attorney James Chellis took the oath of office last Thursday to begin serving as the county’s new master-in-equity.
Chellis said he’s long thought of public service, but had needed to earn a living.
He’s excited about the position, he said, and intends to work hard, while seeking wisdom from above.
“We are servants of God first,” he said.
Masters-in-equity serve six-year terms. They hear most foreclosure cases and non-jury cases referred by the circuit court.
They are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the General Assembly.
Rep. Jenny Horne praised Chellis as a “lawyer’s lawyer” with integrity, experience and wisdom who is known for advising younger lawyers.
First Circuit Court Judge Diane Goodstein advised Chellis to be kind, patient, and dignified; to not be dismayed if his rulings are reversed; and to remember there are “no unimportant cases.”
Chellis has had a longtime law practice with John Frampton, who has been serving as the county attorney on a part-time basis and will become the county’s full-time attorney July 1.
Chellis thanked Frampton for their long, smooth partnership and thanked his former partner G.W. Parker, who now serves as town attorney for Summerville.
He also thanked his brother Converse Chellis, former state representative and state treasurer, who introduced him around Columbia.