Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
May 7, 2013
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at www.scbar.org.
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Free Counseling Services
Do you suspect a fellow attorney is in need of counseling for mental health-related issues? We do that—so please do not wait another day to encourage him or her to pick up the phone. CorpCare provides up to five free hours of intervention counseling for Bar members experiencing emotional or stress-related issues. Lawyers using the service will remain anonymous. Call CorpCare toll-free at (855) GET-HELP (438-4357) to be referred to a counselor 24 hours a day. The Lawyers Helping Lawyers Program is also available to help lawyers suffering from substance abuse or depression. Call the confidential, toll-free helpline at (866) 545-9590.
Two S.C. High schools to compete in National Mock Trial Competition
Students from N. Myrtle Beach High School and Strom Thurmond High School will compete in the 2013 National High School Mock Trial Competition May 9-11 in Indianapolis, Ind. N. Myrtle Beach High School placed first and Strom Thurmond High School place third in the 2013 S.C. Bar Law Related Education Division’s High School Mock Trial State Competition in March. The Strom Thurmond team was recently selected to fill a vacant spot at the national competition as it has been assisting N. Myrtle Beach High School in its preparations by participating in scrimmages.
Transitions manual presented to Oak Pointe Elementary School
On Monday, April 29, Bar President Angus Macaulay presented Transitions: Legal Issues for Parents and Caregivers of Special Needs Children Transitioning to Adulthood to Mrs. Cassandra Paschal, principal of Oak Pointe Elementary School in Irmo. View the presentation online.
See what happened last week in the Weekly Legislative Report! Updates will be posted every Monday throughout the legislative session. For questions regarding pending legislation, contact Catherine Scarlett at email@example.com.
PMAP–Your guide to …
Recovering from a hacker’s attack. Suddenly you’re unable to login to your e-mail account; your friends say they’re getting strange spam e-mails from you. Chances are, you’ve been hacked. What do you do now (besides panic)? Read this article from ZoneAlarm for steps you should take immediately after realizing your e-mail account has been compromised. This article from Wired.com also lists important first steps to control the damage whether you were hacked, phished or had malware installed. PMAP offers free advice to law firms; contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buildable Hours for Central S.C. Habitat for Humanity
The Richland County Bar Association invites you to participate in “Buildable Hours,” a program in conjunction with Central S.C. Habitat for Humanity that provides attorneys, firms and their staff the opportunity to construct a home for a family in need in the Midlands. Construction will be held May 20-24 at 1010 Lady St. in Columbia. To volunteer, register online or contact Laura Jeffcoat at email@example.com.
Preserving history with the Bar Foundation Oral History Program
Despite the best searches of past Bar publications, newspapers and other records, the Bar Foundation quickly discovered that the events and personalities surrounding some significant occurrences remained half hidden, like icebergs. To preserve history, the Bar Foundation began interviewing the legal legacies that were part of those events, immortalizing their work and experiences for today’s legal community. Visit the Bar Foundation’s website to learn about the men and women who left a lasting impression on the legal profession. Transcripts of the interviews can be found at the South Caroliniana Library under the S.C. Bar Foundation Oral History Collection.
Advance Sheet update
May 2, 2013
The mother appealed the family court's termination of her parental rights to her minor child. The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed and remanded this case for a permanency planning hearing pursuant to Section 63-7-1700 of the S.C. Code, holding that the family court erred in finding TPR was in the child’s best interest. The court found there was undisputed evidence of the child's bond with the mother, that the evidence suggested he was not a viable candidate for adoption, and that DSS had not identified a pre-adoptive home for the child. The court noted its cognizance of policy considerations that seek to prevent a child from languishing in foster care and distinguished this matter due to the child's strong bond with the mother and DSS's failure to identify a pre-adoptive home. The court made no finding as to whether reunification with the mother is in the child's best interest. The family court was urged to conduct a hearing as expeditiously as possible, including presentation of a new GAL report and an updated home evaluation of the mother's residence, allowing for the possibility of the family court to, inter alia, change custody, modify visitation and approve a treatment plan offering additional services to the mother.
SCDSS v. Cameron N.F.L., No. 5129, is available online.
By order of May 2 the Court reinstated Rochelle A. Oldfield to Inactive membership in the Bar.
Jocelyn T. Andino announces the opening of Andino Law Firm, LLC located at 7340 Parklane Rd., Ste. 104, Columbia 29223. (803) 462-4630.
McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC announces that Amanda Blundy has joined the Charleston office located at 735 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Ste. 200, 29464. (843) 576-2900.
Megan C. Hunt, Attorney at Law, LLC announces its relocation to 1180 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Ste. 200, Charleston 29407, (843) 242-7477 and that it is now Dell Family Law, LLC.
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Meeting, Conference Center
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Employment and Labor Law Section Immigration Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Board of Governors Meeting, Dunes Club, Sullivan's Island
House of Delegates Meeting, Dunes Club, Sullivan's Island
Swearing-In of New Officers, Dunes Club, Sullivan's Island
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building and Conference Call
Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Workers' Compensation Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
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