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September 22, 2011
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The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

Nominations sought for the 2011 Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Attorney of the Year Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Attorney of the Year Award! Established in 1989, the award is given to a S.C. Bar member who is employed as an LSC grantee program lawyer, has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and has personally done significant work in extending legal services to the poor. The nomination form is available here or via e-mail request to Previous award winners are not eligible. The S.C. Bar Foundation and the S.C. Access to Justice Commission will present the award at the annual S.C. Bar Foundation Gala on Jan. 21, 2012, in Columbia, during the S.C. Bar Convention.

SCVAGAL seeking volunteers
The S.C. Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Program (SCVAGAL) is recruiting volunteers to serve as Guardians ad Litem for vulnerable adults in DSS abuse and neglect cases. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like more information, please contact Maria Patton at or (803) 777-0179.

Special Olympics S.C. 2011 Gala
The 12th Annual Special Night for the Special Olympics is right around the corner. The event is designed to raise awareness of Special Olympics athletes and raise money for the S.C. Special Olympics general operating fund. The event will take place at the Daniel Island Club on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. It will consist of both a live and silent auction, open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert bars. Tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Taylor Stair at (843) 329-9500 or

Portrait unveiling
Bar members are invited to the judicial portrait unveiling for the Hon. Julius H. Baggett on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. Remarks will be made by Chief Justice Jean H. Toal and the Hon. Joseph F. Anderson Jr. of the U.S. District Court. The event, hosted by the Julius H. Baggett Portrait Committee, will take place at the Old Lexington County Courthouse located at 139 E. Main St. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at the Town of Lexington Municipal Complex.

Court approves Pilot Program for the Voluntary Mediation of Workers' Compensation Appeals
The Supreme Court has adopted procedures for the Pilot Program for the Voluntary Mediation of Workers' Compensation Appeals. To view the complete order, click here. The Court also posted changes to the following forms: WCP001 Notice of Consent to Mediate, WCP002 Request for Extension of Time, WCP003 Notice of Partial Settlement and WCP004 Notice of Settlement. These forms can be retrieved here.

Advance Sheet update
September 22, 2011
In this family court case, the S.C. Court of Appeals deferred to the judgment of the family court on the identity of the child’s sexual abuser since there was ample evidence in the record. In the DSS action, the court reversed the family court’s order and held that the mother should not be required to pay attorney's fees because the General Assembly had already provided for payment of the GAL program's attorneys. In the private action, the family court erred in awarding $2,500 in GAL fees against the mother, since the family court explicitly reserved all custody issues for the subsequent and separate phase of the proceeding, and as such, did not follow the mandates of Section 63-3-850.
S.C. Dep’t of Soc. Servs. v. Mary C., No. 4891, is available online.

In this civil case, the court found the trial court properly dismissed the respondents pursuant to their motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. Even with a liberal construction of the long-arm statute and the complaint, the appellant failed to allege any facts to sustain a 12(b)(2) challenge. Additionally, the trial court was within its discretion to deny both jurisdictional discovery and the appellant’s motion to amend his complaint for a second time.
Sullivan v. Hawker Beechcraft Corp., No. 4892, is available online.

Firm announcements
H. Steven Deberry IV announces the opening of Deberry Law Firm, LLC located at 129 S. Coit St., Florence 29501. (843) 676-6289.

Gallivan White & Boyd, PA announces that James H. Burns has joined the firm located at 1201 Main St., Ste. 1110, Columbia 29201. (803) 779-1833.

McCarthy Law Firm, LLC
announces its relocation to 1517 Laurel St., Columbia 29201. (803) 771-8836.

Timothy E. "Tim" Moses announces the opening of Moses Law Group, LLC located at 6 George C. Wilson Ct., Ste. B, Augusta, GA 30909. (706) 860-8030.

Server Technology, Inc. announces that George F. Holman has been promoted to Senior Vice President and General Counsel with offices located at 1040 Sandhill Dr., Reno, NV 89521. (775) 284-2000.

September 23
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building

September 28
Pro Bono Committee Meeting, Conference Center
Senior Lawyers Division Executive Council Meeting, Bar Building

October 7
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

October 13
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

October 14
Resolution of Fee Disputes Circuit Chairs Meeting, Bar Building

October 20
Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Asheville

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