Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
March 3, 2015
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at
www.scbar.org. Click here for the most recent CLE Edition, which highlights upcoming CLE opportunities.

Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met February 27 at Isle of Palms.

The Board approved: a request from the Animal Law Committee for funding for networking lunches; a request from the Community Association Law Committee to provide input to improve draft legislation affecting homeowners and community associations; and requests to create committees for Future of the Profession and Wellness to further address these initiatives.

The Board considered amendments to the constitution and bylaws concerning the manner in which at-large members of the House of Delegates shall be elected. Two proposals will be presented to the House in May. The Board also considered member requests for waiver of the license fee penalty.

Bringing lawyers & technology together
The ABA TECHSHOW Conference and EXPO is where lawyers, legal professionals and technology all come together. For three days,
April 16-18, learn and network with legal technology experts from across the country at the Hilton Chicago. Attendees learn about the most useful and practical technologies available. As a member of the SC Bar, you can get a discount on ABA TECHSHOW 2015. Register online and include unique code TECHSHOWEP15 to receive a discount. The low early bird rate of $695 ends this Friday, March 6. Call 800-285-2221 if you have registration questions.

Magistrate eligibility examination

By order of February 25, the Court approved recommendations by the Magistrates Advisory Council and the technical college system that the eligibility examination for the initial appointment of magistrates shall consist of the Wonderlic Personnel Test and the Watson-Glasser Critical Thinking Appraisal Test. In order to successfully complete the eligibility examination and be considered for an initial appointment as a magistrate, an individual must achieve a minimum aggregate point score of 68 on the two tests. Read more online.

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals summaries

Members of the South Carolina Law Review have summarized newly published cases from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The summaries can be found here.

Spring into spring!
Refresh. Renew. Rejuvenate. Springtime is a good time for change and reinvention. The Attorney Wellness Task Force invites you to check out www.scbar.org/livingabovethebar to read blog posts about changing careers or retiring, try the springtime recipe of the month, or find avenues for refreshing your workout routines and eating habits. Want to share your thoughts on wellness? Send your blog post to livingabovethebar@outlook.com.

Legislative report
See what happened last week in the Weekly Legislative Report! Updates are posted every Friday throughout the legislative session. For questions regarding pending legislation, contact Lindsey Pitts at lpitts@scbar.org.

Law School hosts national experts on access to justice
The NMRS Center on Professionalism at the USC School of Law is hosting a research roundtable for national experts on the delivery of civil legal services to low- and middle-income individuals. Hear the most recent findings driving professional and policy debates followed by a reception with roundtable participants. Click here to register.

Tuesday Tale: Providing Direction

In this week’s Tuesday Tale, read more about one of the Bar Foundation’s grantees, the SC Bar Law Related Education Division, and its efforts to lead the way in civic education in South Carolina. You can help guide the next grantee success story by making your gift to the Bar Foundation.

Advance Sheet update
February 25, 2015

This opinion, originally filed December 23, 2014, was withdrawn, substituted and refiled on February 25, 2015. In this divorce action, the S.C. Court of Appeals held that the wife did not preserve her arguments that the family court erred by failing to either impute income to the husband or deviate from the child support guidelines in its child support award. The court also found unpreserved the wife’s argument regarding the family court’s alleged error in giving credit to the husband for excess child support payments. The court found the family court erred in awarding $50,000 to the husband and remanded for reconsideration regarding attorney’s fees. The court reversed the family court’s finding that the husband did not condone the wife’s adultery and remanded for reconsideration of alimony. The court further held the family court did not err in fashioning the equitable distribution award. Finally, the court found the wife’s allegations of bias on the part of the family court were without merit.
Srivastava v. Srivastava, Op. No. 5287 (S.C. Ct. App. refiled February 25, 2015) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 8 at 98), is available online.

Member resignations
By orders of February 25 the Court has accepted the resignations from the Bar of Andrea Hall Duenas, Elizabeth P. Paul, Patricia A. Small and Keith Robert Thornberg.

In memoriam
Horace Leland Bomar III, 66, of Spartanburg died on February 10. An obituary is available online.

Brac Hylton Turnipseed, 37, of Spartanburg died on February 24. An obituary is available online.

David A. Merline, 81, of Greenville died on February 26. Mr. Merline was a past president of the SC Bar and the recipient of the 2011 DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award. An obituary is available online.

Firm announcements
Cofield Law Firm announces that Jeffrey Haladay has joined the firm as an associate located at 809 S. Lake Dr., Lexington 29072. (803) 951-0389.

Howser, Newman and Besley, LLC
announces that Trevor P. Eddy has joined the firm’s Columbia office as an associate located at 1508 Washington St., 29201. (803) 758-6000.

Herman “Rick” F. Richardson Jr.
and Mary R. Powers announce the opening of Richardson & Powers, Attorneys at Law. Mr. Richardson is located in the firm's Prosperity office. Mrs. Powers is located in the firm's new Columbia office located at 6326 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia 29212. (803) 569-1564.

RTO National, LLC announces that William "Bill" T. Young III has joined the company as general counsel located at 104 Mauldin Rd., Greenville 29605. (864) 326-4091, ext. 118.

March 6
Bar Foundation Board of Directors Meeting, Bar Building
Tax Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 7
Cinderella Project Boutique (Aiken, Greenwood, Orangeburg)

March 9
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Conference Center
Free legal clinic: Criminal Law Issues (Pacolet)

March 10
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estates and Probate (Myrtle Beach)

March 11
Real Estate Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 12
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estates and Probate (Edgefield & Charleston)
Free legal clinic:
End of Life Issues (Columbia)
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

March 13
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

March 13-14
High School Mock Trial State Competition, Columbia
Senior Lawyers Division Retreat, Charleston

March 16
Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (St. Helena)

March 17

Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (Lyman)

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