E-Blast
 

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
September 30, 2014
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at 
www.scbar.orgClick here for the most recent CLE Edition, which highlights upcoming CLE opportunities.

Exciting news about the Bar’s free legal research benefit!
Beginning Oct. 1, Bar members will be able to try out Fastcase, the free online legal research program that will soon be replacing Casemaker. During October, Bar members will be able to access both Fastcase and Casemaker research products! To access Fastcase, just login to the Bar’s website and click on Casemaker. On the old Casemaker page, you will see the links to go to Fastcase as well as training and support information. Sign up for free webinars or visit the training page, where you can find short video tutorials and one-page cheat sheets. iPad and mobile device users can also download Fastcase’s popular app!
Please Note: after November 1, 2014, the Bar will only offer Fastcase (still free). Transfer or download any searches you have saved in Casemaker using these instructions. In the meantime, if you have questions about researching in Fastcase, call (866) 773-2782,
toll free. Please remember, your SC Bar login will not change. E-mail Shelby or Courtney at casemaker@scbar.org if you have login issues.

Get involved!
Looking for new ways to get involved with the Bar? Bar divisions and programs are regularly seeking volunteers. Check your inbox for the most recent Get Involved e-mail, sent yesterday or view the current list online.

University of South Carolina School of Law ground-breaking

More than 400 law alumni, faculty and students gathered last Friday to celebrate the ground-breaking of the new home of the University of South Carolina School of Law that will open in 2017. Hear remarks from University president Harris Pastides, Law School Dean Robert Wilcox, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal online.


Amendments to Rules of the Board of Law Examiners
The Court approved proposed amendments to the Rules of the Board of Law Examiners found at Appendix A to Part IV of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules. Read the amendments online.

Bar petition declined
The Court declined to approve the Bar’s proposal to amend Rule 17 of Rule 413, SCACR. The proposal was to amend the process for interim disciplinary suspensions.


Advance Sheet update

September 29, 2014
After granting a petition for writ of certiorari, the S.C. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals. The Court held the consent to adopt agreement at issue in this case was invalid and ordered the transfer of the child to the birth mother. In arriving at its holding, the Court held that substantial compliance cannot cure the failure to comply with relevant requirements for the formal execution of a consent agreement when the defects in the execution are material and egregious.
Brown v. Baby Girl Harper, Op. 27448 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed September 29, 2014), is available online.


In memoriam
Andrew David Grimes, 44, of Charleston died on September 23, 2014. An obituary is available here.

George Michael Sullivan, 69, of Columbia died on September 25, 2014.

Member discipline
By order of September 23, the S.C. Supreme Court placed William Isaac Diggs on interim suspension. Peyre Lumpkin, receiver, was appointed pursuant to Rule 31, RLDE.

By order of September 25, the Court placed Justin John Trapp on interim suspension.


Firm announcements
Buxton & Collie, LLC
announces that Meredith Guthrie Maxwell has joined the firm as Special Counsel located at 1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Ste. B-8, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 606-2397.

McAngus Goudelock & Courie
announces that Adam Ribock has joined the firm's Columbia office located at 1320 Main St., Meridian, 10th Floor, 29201. (803) 227-2254.

McGee Law Firm announces that Maria Kiehling Brees has joined the firm located at 105 Wappoo Creek Dr., Ste. 1B, Charleston 29412. (843) 724-7707.

Nexsen Pruet
announces that Ron Jones has joined the firm's Charleston office as a partner located at 205 King St., Ste. 400, 29401. (843) 577-9440.


Calendar

October 2
Free legal clinic: Torts Law Issues (Columbia)

October 3
Children’s Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

October 6
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estate and Probate (Inman)

October 7

Task Force on Lawyer Wellness Meeting, Bar Building
Free legal clinic: Landlord/Tenant Law Issues (Boiling Springs)
Free legal clinic: Real Estate Issues (Spartanburg)
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estate and Probate (Lexington)


October 9
Community Association Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Free legal clinic: Landlord/Tenant Law Issues (Pelion)
Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (Gilbert)
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estate and Probate (Myrtle Beach)

October 13
Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (Cowpens)

October 14

Free legal clinic: Family Law Issues (Boiling Springs)
Free legal clinic: Family Law Issues (Myrtle Beach)
Free legal clinic: Criminal Law Issues (Spartanburg)

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