Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
August 8, 2013
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at www.scbar.org.
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Solo & Small Firm Conference speaker changes
The Bar is saddened by the sudden passing of our Solo & Small Firm Conference’s featured speaker, Ross Kodner. Ross was a friend to the Bar for many years, as a Convention speaker, author for Bar publications and host of educational videos. Ross was nationally known as a legal technology pioneer, author and speaker. He left behind a wife, daughter, son and step-daughter. Read more about his incredible legacy at Law.com. For links to more tributes and to see a video interview with Ross, visit ABAJournal.com. Ross would be pleased to know that one of his oldest friends and colleagues, Bruce L. Dorner, has volunteered to take his place at the conference. Bruce will be joined by Catherine Sanders Reach of the Chicago Bar Association. Both Bruce and Catherine are ABA TECHSHOW speakers and former TECHSHOW Board members. To see more about Bruce and Catherine, visit the conference website. The Bar is fortunate that two experts the caliber of Bruce and Catherine are able to join us. We look forward to a great 2013 Conference in Charleston on Sept. 20.
Public hearings scheduled for judicial candidates
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission has scheduled public hearings beginning Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m. for the candidates for judicial positions listed on this media release. Persons desiring to testify at public hearings should furnish written notarized statements of proposed testimony by noon on Tuesday, Oct. 22, to the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, Jane O. Shuler, 104 Gressette Bldg., P.O. Box 142, Columbia 29202. View the screening schedule here.
ABA issues opinion on client due diligence, money laundering and terrorist financing
The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Ethics Opinion 463 on May 23, 2013, which encourages lawyers to engage in appropriate client due diligence to avoid inadvertently participating in or facilitating money laundering or terrorist financing activities. Read the complete opinion, Voluntary Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions online.
Attorneys needed for social security disability case referrals
S.C. Legal Services (SCLS) needs your help. If social security disability is a part of your law practice; you accept disability cases from most S.C. counties; your office has a toll-free number; your practice has a plan of action for low-income disability applicants to get transportation to your office; or your law firm wants to be referred to applicants seeking representation in disability cases, contact Andrea Loney at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the SCLS social security disability referral list.
PMAP Practice Pointer
Research shows that attorney bios are the most visited pages on a law firm’s website. Typical attorney bios include education, practice areas and awards. Should you include personal information as well? Check out the Attorney At Work article Beefing Up Your Lawyer Bio? What’s Appropriate for some ideas. You may also want to take a look at Toward Great Attorney Bios: Six Steps Every Lawyer Can Take Right Now for more tips to make your online bio stand out. Bar members can also display a link to their firm websites at www.scbar.org. Simply log in and choose "Update My Profile." Contact PMAP for free assistance with your law practice at email@example.com.
Attorney General names solicitor general
Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Aug. 1 the appointment of Robert D. Cook as the first Solicitor General for the Attorney General’s Office. Read the complete media release here.
SLED server restored
The restoration of SLED’s Implied Consent server, which houses all breath test records and breath test videos, has been completed. All of the test records and videos affected by the power outage in July are now accessible; no files were lost. Breath tests and videos stored locally during the server restoration process have been successfully uploaded through Aug. 5, 2013.
RSVP for the 2013 Bar Foundation Charleston Gathering
Join the Heart of the Bar on Aug. 28 for a free breakfast to celebrate and hear from our grantees—the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, Crisis Ministries and S.C. Legal Services’ Charleston office—as they share the impact their work has made on the people of the Lowcountry. The event also includes an ethics presentation by Beth Padgett, assistant director of the Bar's Lawyers Helping Lawyers program. The 2013 Charleston Gathering has been approved for 0.5 MCLE credit toward the mental health/substance abuse requirement. RSVP by Aug. 20 by calling (803) 765-0517 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance Sheet update
August 7, 2013
The S.C. Supreme Court concluded that the provisions in the Uniform Contribution Among Tortfeasors Act (UCATA), which govern the right of contribution, preclude Progressive’s claim against Floating Caps, Inc., d/b/a Silver Dollar Café. The Court opined that Progressive did not establish its entitlement to reformation. Consequently, the Court affirmed, finding no error in the circuit court’s grant of summary judgment to the Silver Dollar Café.
Progressive Max Insurance Co. v. Floating Caps, Inc., Op. No. 27293 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed August 7, 2013) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 35 at 20), is available online.
Although the respondent’s claims for alienation of affections and criminal conversation are against South Carolina’s public policy, the Court held that because the civil action was reduced to a money judgment in North Carolina, the judgment is entitled to full faith and credit in South Carolina.
Widenhouse v. Colson, Op. No. 27294 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed August 7, 2013) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 35 at 36), is available online.
Chief Justice Toal, Justice Beatty and Justice Kittredge concurred in result only.
By order of August 7 the Court publicly reprimanded Eugene Charles Fulton Jr. for misconduct including failure to act with reasonable diligence and failure to keep clients reasonably informed about the status of a matter.
Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, PC announces the opening of a South Carolina office and that Stephanie N. Lawrence and Kenya C. Miller have joined the firm located at 103-A S. Catawba St., Lancaster 29720. (803) 285-0004.
Guardian Building Products announces that Dwane H. Bryant has joined the corporation as general counsel located at 979 Batesville Rd., Greer 29651.
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA announces that Boyd B. "Nick" Nicholson Jr. has been elected managing director in the Greenville office located at 1 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, 29601. (864) 240-3200.
Hon. Joshua Queen announces the relocation of the Cherokee County Probate Court to 110 Railroad Ave., Ground Floor, Gaffney 29341, (864) 487-2583. The mailing address remains P.O. Box 22, Gaffney, SC 29342.
Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA announces that Richard A. “Trey” Jones III has joined the Columbia office located at 1900 Barnwell St., 29201. (803) 771-4400.
Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, PA announces that Joshua J. Hudson has joined the firm as an associate located at 1052 N. Church St., Greenville 29601. (864) 349-2600.
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Senior Lawyers Division Executive Council Meeting, Bar Building
CLE Seminars Committee Meeting, Conference Center
Employment and Labor Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Environment and Natural Resources Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Annual Meeting of Chairs, Embassy Suites (Columbia)
Memory Hold the Door Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Construction Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Military and Veterans' Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Tax Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Government Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
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