Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
October 23, 2012
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at www.scbar.org.
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From Bar President Angus Macaulay
Dear Bar Members:
Turn on your television or read the news, and you are likely to hear negative campaigns attacking the legal profession and candidates who are lawyers. As a result, your friends and neighbors may develop an incorrect impression about the legal profession.
The reality is that lawyers created the very freedoms that citizens across the United States are fighting to uphold. Everyone deserves legal representation, and we are duty-bound to represent the least among us and the victims who have no voice—a right guaranteed to us all by the Constitution. Members of the legal profession should not and cannot be defined by their clients any more than doctors by their patients or any other profession by its constituency.
One common target in political campaigns has been the "large" number of lawyers serving in the South Carolina Legislature. On the contrary, of the 46 members of the Senate, only 13 are lawyers, and of the 124 members of the House of Representatives, only 28 are lawyers. Lawyers bring a number of strengths to the law-making process, including training in constitutional issues and expertise in the rule of law. Further, their legal education and instruction in oral advocacy are well suited to the task of helping the legislature craft laws that benefit our state and its citizens.
Regrettably, the name-calling approach to the election process clouds the opportunity for honest public debate on the substantive issues important to our state. Irrespective of political party, South Carolina has historically been well served by lawyers in office, and the Bar commends those who have been called to this important public service. Each candidate should be judged on his or her experience and merits. I encourage all Bar members to remind our friends and neighbors across South Carolina of the critical role lawyers play in preserving our constitutional rights and defending our freedoms.
Wouldn't it be nice to receive discounts on the products and services you use regularly, both personally and professionally? We do that! S.C. Bar members are eligible for discounts on car rentals, auto insurance, answering services, computer training, conferencing services, overnight delivery services and much more! Visit www.scbar.org/benefits for a complete list and descriptions of discounts offered to you through your Bar membership.
Like free stuff?
Follow the Bar on Facebook for your chance to win great prizes! The CLE Division has introduced Free Publication Thursday and Free Seminar Friday. Simply like and share each post for your chance to win a copy of the featured publication or admittance to the featured seminar. Winners will be drawn at random the following week and notified via e-mail. Spread the word by sharing each post!
Have you tried MyBar?
Facebook has its place, but what about those times you want to share only with other lawyers and don’t want the whole world to see? Come on over to the Bar–MyBar, that is. It’s like LinkedIn, but just for S.C. Bar members. For help getting started, watch this how-to video.
Help those in need
There's still time to donate to the Necessities and Paper Products Drive! Volunteers with the YLD Voices Against Violence Committee are collecting personal care items, toiletries and other items through Oct. 31 for donation to domestic violence shelters throughout the state. Monetary donations can be made payable directly to the shelters or mailed to the S.C. Bar YLD Foundation, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202. The complete list of drop off locations, items needed and participating shelters can be found here. For more information, contact Carrie Raines at email@example.com or (803) 758-6000.
Deadline approaching for the 2013 Leadership Academy
The Bar is accepting applications for the 2013 Leadership Academy. This fifth installment of the Academy will address the following topics: lawyers in public service, professionalism, career/leadership development, work-life balance, the path to the judiciary, pro bono and community service and service to the Bar. Sessions will take place on the following dates: Jan. 26-27 (at the close of Bar Convention–Myrtle Beach), Feb. 21 (Columbia), March 22 (Greenville), April 26 (Charleston) and May 16 (Charleston, Annual Meeting). The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to enhance the professional growth and leadership skills development of selected members to prepare them to make greater contributions to the legal profession and to the community. Interested applicants must meet and agree to the stated requirements and submit the required application and supporting documents by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Please see the complete application packet for full details. For more information, contact Morgan Crouch at firstname.lastname@example.org, (803) 576-3835 or toll-free at 1-877-797-2227, ext. 135.
PMAP–Your guide to …
Backing up your data. With so much confidential data being stored electronically, it’s imperative that you have a good system in place for backing up your data. Even if your firm already has a backup strategy, it is important to periodically retest your systems to ensure your data is being backed up properly. Take a look at this article to learn how. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail email@example.com.
Celebrating Pro Bono Week
This week, the Foundation joins in Celebrate Pro Bono Week. The Foundation applauds its grantees, in civil legal aid and beyond, who are involved in pro bono in a variety of ways: through a working relationship with the Bar’s Pro Bono Program, developing their own mechanism for pro bono service and providing resources such as training and assistance so that attorneys are able to accept pro bono cases. Gov. Nikki Haley recognized, through the efforts of the S.C. Access to Justice Commission, the dedication of those attorneys who provide access to civil legal assistance in a pro bono spirit. Read the proclamation on the Foundation's Facebook page and be a part of the celebration. Your gift to the Foundation supports pro bono service in our state. Help us so we can help them.
Advance Sheet update
October 17, 2012
In this criminal appeal, the S.C. Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the decision of the circuit court. The appellant asserted, inter alia, that the circuit court erred in finding his reason for striking a juror was pretextual. Pursuant to State v. Adams, a defendant's reason for striking a juror does not have to be reasonably specific or legitimate, only race-neutral. The state was unable to prove the appellant's strike was purposeful race discrimination; therefore, the court found the appellant's reason race-neutral and remanded the case for a new trial.
State v. McMillan, No. 5038, is available online.
Hazel C. Poe, 89, of Clemson died October 21, 2012. Her obituary can be found here.
Charles Otis Warren Jr., 71, of Columbia died October 21, 2012. His obituary can be found here.
Tompkins & McMaster, LLP announces its relocation to 1530 Richland St., Columbia 29201. (803) 799-4499. Its mailing address remains P.O. Box 7337, Columbia 29202.
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Conference Center
Senior Lawyers Division Nominating Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Middle School Mock Trial Regional Competitions
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Workers' Compensation Committee Meeting, Conference Call
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