Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
November 20, 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.

2015 License Fee Statements
2015 License Fee Statements are being mailed this week and are due Jan. 1, 2015. Avoid delays and pay online today at www.scbar.org/renewdues. You will receive instant confirmation of your payment! Don’t forget that you must verify your contact information in the Court’s Attorney Information System before your fees can be paid. If you have questions about your license fees contact Libby Breitenbaugh at (803) 799-6653, ext. 165.

Protect clients from wire fraud – Now!
Law firms around the country, especially those that handle real estate transactions, have been falling victim to a simple but successful scam. Either the law firm, the real estate broker, the buyer or the lender have had their email compromised by a hacker who can intercept any e-mail sent, including e-mails containing wiring instructions for payments to bank accounts. The hacker then alters the wiring instructions so that the buyer’s funds are misdirected into the hacker’s account. By the time parties discover the funds have not been received, it’s too late – the hacker has withdrawn the money. South Carolina firms are being hit by this scam, so please be vigilant. Buyers and sellers should confirm all e-mail wiring instructions by calling the escrow officer to confirm the account information before transferring any funds. Read this article for more information on the scam. For more on cyber security and how to report cyber crime, check out the resources on PMAP’s Cyber Security page. Contact PMAP for free assistance with your law practice at pmap@scbar.org.

Wanted: Your photos for the SC Lawyer magazine!
Be sure to check out pages 54-55 of the November issue of the SC Lawyer for photos of your colleagues in action. We want to hear from you, too! Send an "action" photo of your community service or pro bono work to lthomas@scbar.org for inclusion in an upcoming issue. To view the feature online, click here.

University of South Carolina School of Law employer registration
University of South Carolina School of Law is registering employers for on-campus interviews for the spring semester. 1L on-campus interviews will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 21. Please register for 1L interviews by Jan. 9. On-campus interviews for 2Ls and 3Ls are scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 23 and will be ongoing throughout the semester. If you are an employer and would like to participate in on-campus interviews or would like to post a job, please call (803) 777-8479 or fill out the registration form.

Horry County Adult Drug Court Program
By order of November 19, Hon. Kathy Ward, Judge-Elect of the Probate Court for Horry County, has been assigned to preside over the Horry County Adult Drug Court Program
commencing on February 1, 2015. Read more online.

Sleeping Beauty and Santa, too!

Come see Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids at Town Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m., and after the show, receive complimentary photos of your kids with the big guy in red — Santa! No mall lines and a fun show to boot! Tickets are $10 general admission with a portion of sales benefitting the Bar Foundation’s Children’s Fund. To purchase seats for you or to give as a gift, call (803) 765-0517 or visit here.

Advance Sheet update

By order of October 9, 2014, the S.C. Supreme Court enjoined respondent and all other probate court judges from issuing any licenses for same-sex marriages pending a decision by U.S. District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs in Bradacs v. Haley, 3:13-CV-02351-JMC. Because a decision has since been rendered in that case, the Court lifted its injunction by order dated November 19, 2014.
State v. Condon, 2014-11-19-01 (S.C. Sup. Ct. dated November 19, 2014), is available online.

Firm announcements
Collins & Lacy, PC announces that Christopher Huber has joined the firm’s Columbia office located at 1330 Lady St., Floor 6, 29201. (803) 256-2660.

Nexsen Pruet announces that Will Lewis, Chandler Martin and Sara Svedberg have joined the firm's Columbia office located at 1230 Main St., Ste. 700, 29201. (803) 771-8900.

Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC
announces that Jennifer Cooke and Andrew McLeod have joined the firm as associates located at 1330 Lady St., Ste. 400, Columbia 29201. (803) 256-1268.

Smith, Watts and Associates, LLC announces that Christopher D. Usher has joined the firm as an associate located at 508 S. 4th St., Hartsville 29550. (843) 332-4700.

November 21
Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Conference Center

Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building

November 25
Free legal clinic: Workers' Compensation (Chesnee)

December 2
Task Force on Lawyer Wellness Meeting, Bar Building

December 3
Senior Lawyers Division Council Meeting, Conference Call

December 4
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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