Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
March 11, 2014
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.
N. Myrtle Beach High School wins state mock trial competition
Congratulations to the N. Myrtle Beach High School mock trial team, which will advance to the national competition in Wisconsin in May! Strom Thurmond High School was named first runner-up. Special thanks goes to the 2014 State High School Mock Trial volunteers. The mock trial program is made possible through an IOLTA grant from the S.C. Bar Foundation.
Legal Research Satisfaction Survey
As a member of the S.C. Bar, you are being invited to take a short satisfaction survey on the Bar’s legal research member benefit. This is your opportunity to tell us how you like the free legal research that is a benefit of your bar membership and how it can be improved. We urge you to take the survey as soon as possible. If you have questions, please contact Shelby Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public hearings for judicial candidates
Public hearings are scheduled to begin Monday, April 28, regarding the qualifications of the candidates listed in this media release. Persons desiring to testify shall furnish written notarized statements of proposed testimony. These statements must be received by Monday, April 14, at noon and should be mailed or delivered to the Judicial Merit Selection Commission: Jane O. Shuler, Chief Counsel, 104 Gressette Bldg., P.O. Box 142, Columbia, SC 29202.
Nominate your colleagues for the Young Lawyer of the Year Award
YLD is seeking nominations for the Young Lawyer of the Year Award, given annually to a young lawyer for his or her contribution to the community and/or the legal profession in South Carolina. Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate by April 2!
Application period open for Rule 608 Criminal Conflict contracts
Attorneys interested in contracting with the S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense to provide representation for indigent clients in criminal conflict cases are invited to submit applications for consideration. This notice pertains to all 46 counties in the state. The link for the application and other important information about the contract program can be found online. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on April 4, 2014, to be considered. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to SCCID.
PMAP Tech Tip
Law firms continue to be a major target for phishing scams—phony e-mails that try to trick users into revealing passwords or credit card information by appearing to be from a legitimate source like Microsoft, Gmail or your bank. There’s even a Netflix phishing scam going around. While you may feel confident you could easily spot these types of scams, it’s important to stay alert because phishing scams are becoming more sophisticated. Protect yourself and your firm by downloading software updates and patches, using antivirus tools on computers and mobile devices, and making sure all staff members are trained to recognize phishing scams. For more tips on protecting your firm from phishing scams, read this article. Contact PMAP for free assistance with your law practice at email@example.com.
Kimberly Shelton named 2013 Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Lawyer of the Year
The S.C. Bar Foundation and the S.C. Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission named S.C. Legal Services’ Kimberly P. Shelton the 2013 Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Lawyer of the Year. The award will be presented to Shelton by the Bar Foundation and the Commission at the 2014 Bar Foundation Gala on March 21 at The Hall at Senate’s End. Read the full release online. To make a tribute gift in honor of Ms. Shelton, download the Foundation’s donor form or give online.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 and are now tagged by area of law. Click on the categories on the right side of the page to see all related cases.
Call for judges
Furman University is hosting the 2014 Carol N. Ney National Mock Trial Tournament March 21-23 and is seeking volunteers to serve as judges. For more information or to register, click here. If you have any questions, contact Paige Blankenship at email@example.com.
Advance Sheet update
March 5, 2014
The S.C. Court of Appeals vacated and remanded an ALC order affirming the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s dismissal of Stubbs’ appeal as untimely. The court found ALC did not review the finding made by the appellate panel, but instead affirmed based on its own finding, which was in violation of the ALC’s standard of review.
Stubbs v. SCDEW, Op. No. 5202 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 5, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 9 at 26), is available online.
Judge Pieper concurred in result only.
The court affirmed the family court’s determination that certain rental properties were marital in nature as well as its decision to exclude evidence of the wife’s adultery. The court further affirmed the family court’s determinations as to the equity in the rental property, the husband’s entitlement to a credit for the wife’s occupation of the marital home and attorney’s fees. The court modified the family court’s ruling as to the value of the husband’s business and ordered the wife to pay the husband $31,751.95 to effectuate the equitable distribution between the parties.
Teeter v. Teeter, Op. No. 5203 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 5, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 9 at 32), is available online.
Brannon appealed an order that revoked his probation and required him to serve five months of his original sentence. The court remanded the matter to the circuit court to determine whether Brannon knowingly and voluntarily waived his rights to counsel and to a probation revocation hearing.
State v. Brannon, Op. No. 5204 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 5, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 9 at 44), is available online.
Bell Carrington & Price, LLC announces that Lauren Rounsville has joined the Charleston office as an associate located at 116 Church St., 29401. (843) 697-5067.
The Gruenloh Law Firm announces its relocation to 192 E. Bay St., Ste. 202, Charleston 29401. (843) 577-0027.
Rusty Infinger announces the relocation of Rusty Infinger Attorney at Law, LLC to 200 E. Camperdown Way, Ste. 101, Greenville 29601. (864) 346-4326.
Valerie R. Lowndes announces the relocation of Lowndes Law Firm, LLC to 400 Altman St., Ste F-2, Moncks Corner 29461. (843) 619-7444.
Mike Kelly Law Group, LLC announces that Michael Paul Swearingen has joined the Winnsboro office as of counsel located at 106 E. Washington St., 29180. (803) 712-9471.
Real Estate Practices Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Free legal clinics: Wills, Estate and Probate (Myrtle Beach); End of Life Issues (Columbia); Magistrate Court Issues (Spartanburg)
Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (Landrum)
Legal Research Benefit Analysis Meeting, Bar Building
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Bar Foundation Gala, The Hall at Senate's End (Columbia)
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Free legal clinics: Wills, Estate and Probate (Batesburg); Real Estate Issues and Foreclosures (Spartanburg)
Free legal clinics: Criminal Law (Lyman); Family Law (Columbia); Bankruptcy Law (Florence)
Environment and Natural Resources Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Workers' Compensation Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
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