Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
October 21, 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.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit argument session
On Oct. 31 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hold an argument session at Charlotte School of Law. Three arguments will be heard by the court with each case taking about 40 minutes. After the final case, the panel will entertain questions from the audience. Case summaries will be posted after Oct. 20 and can be accessed in WestLaw. The session will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to the public; however, seating is limited and registration is required. The argument session will be broadcast to additional rooms within Charlotte School of Law as needed based on registration. Anyone who cannot attend the entire session will be asked to view the proceedings from one of the overflow rooms, so as not to disturb the court. Entering or exiting during an argument session will not be permitted. Attire should be consistent with what would be worn to an official proceeding at the courthouse; cell phones and audio/video recordings are not permitted in the courtroom. Charlotte School of Law is located in the Charlotte Plaza building at 201 S. College St. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to Charlotte Plaza. If you have questions or concerns, contact Rachel Widener at rwidener@charlottelaw.edu.

PMAP Tech Tip
Several small firms in SC have been hit by a new ransomware virus called CryptoWall 2.0. This type of ransomware typically comes disguised as an invitation to open a Google Doc or Dropbox file. When you click the link to open the shared file, the virus infects your computer. Since firewalls and antivirus programs are often not adequate in protecting against this type of attack, prevention is your best defense. Tell your employees not to open any shared files that arrive via e-mail from senders they do not know. If a recipient is in doubt, they should call the person they believe sent the link to confirm it is legitimate prior to opening the file. Also make sure your office has adequate backups. Contact PMAP for free assistance with your law practice at pmap@scbar.org.

Task Force searching for fit partners!
Do you love your gym? Does your Zumba instructor make you move in ways you never thought possible? Do you think your trainer should have his own video series? Do you think everyone could be as zen as you are if they just went to your yoga studio? If so, the Attorney Wellness Task Force would love to hear from you! The Attorney Wellness Task Force is looking for fit partners to help roll out the Bar’s wellness plan across the state. Please e-mail Lindsay Joyner, ljoyner@GWBlawfirm.com, if you have ideas and comments about potential fit partners in your area. The task force is especially interested in hearing from the state’s smaller cities and counties. Questions about the statewide wellness plan are also welcome.

Celebrating Pro Bono Week

This week the Foundation joins in Celebrate Pro Bono Week. Thank you to the men and women who provide pro bono service to those who are in need. The Foundation applauds its grantees, in civil legal aid and beyond, who are involved in pro bono in a variety of ways. Make a gift to the Foundation to help support pro bono service in our state. Your gift will be a part of the “BUCK-IT” campaign!

Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Support the S.C. Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by participating in the 10th annual Columbia Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Oct. 26 at Columbia Riverfront Park (312 Laurel St.) from 2 to 4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs. To register, donate or learn more, visit www.outofthedarkness.org or call (803) 667-9853.

Advance Sheet update

October 15, 2014

In affirming the decision of the Administrative Law Court (ALC), the S.C. Court of Appeals determined: (1) the county tax assessor had the authority to levy the taxes at issue in this case; and (2) the new construction constituted omitted property under S.C. Code Section 12-39-220.
Mitul Enterprises v. Beaufort County Assessor, Op. No. 5275 (S.C. Ct. App. filed October 15, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 41 at 20), is available online.

Firm announcements

Stephanie R. Fajardo announces the opening of The Fajardo Law Firm, LLC located at 7588 Woodrow St., Ste. 5, Irmo 29063. (803) 391-8980.

Mitchell Ramseur, LLC
announces that Danielle Metoyer Mitchell has joined the firm as a partner located at 217 E. Park Ave., Greenville 29601. (864) 233-4566.

Nexsen Pruet announces that Nicole Ewing has joined the firm's Charleston office as special counsel located at 205 King St., Ste. 400, 29401. (843) 577-9440.


October 23
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estate and Probate (West Columbia)
Nominating Committee Meeting, Bar Building

October 24
Education Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
SC Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Conference Center

October 28
Free legal clinic: Torts Law Issues (Spartanburg)

October 30
Senior Lawyers Division Nominating Committee Meeting, Conference Call

November 3
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Conference Center
Free legal clinic: Landlord/Tenant Law Issues (Lexington)

November 4
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estate and Probate (Chesnee)
Free legal clinic: Landlord/Tenant Law Issues

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