E-Blast Archive Issue

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
September 28, 2010
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at

The So
uth Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

Task Force on State Courts and the Elderly releases final report
The Task Force on State Courts and the Elderly was created in October 2009 to study and make recommendations to the Supreme Court to improve court responses to elder abuse, adult guardianships and conservatorships. Click here to view the final report, which was submitted to the Supreme Court in July.

If it sounds too good to be true ... it is probably fraud!
The most recent batch of Internet scams involve the scammer sending an attorney a "real check" for deposit in the attorney's trust account or "inadvertently" sending a check greater than discussed and wanting an immediate return of the "excess" amount. Though the facts and circumstances vary from scam to scam, the attorney is burned if she releases a portion of the money from the trust account before the "real check" is discovered to be fraudulent. The lawyer is then on the hook to replace the funds with which the scammer has absconded because they belong to real clients. Think about it. No one is going to offer a large sum as a fee just to forward monies or sending a large sum by mistake.

Member benefit alert!
New Horizons Learning Centers, with locations in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, offers discounted rates for computer application training to Bar members. New Horizons is offering two training opportunities in October for Acrobat Pro 9.0 -- Level 1 with registration reduced from $400 to $199. This course is designed for office professionals who need to create and share PDF files and PDF Portfolios. For more information, contact Tony Hendon at (803) 576-1213.

October grantee events
It's no trick -- just treats in store from grantees of the Bar Foundation! October's list of activities is now posted. Events include several pro se divorce clinics, fatherhood core curriculum classes as well as an Ask-A-Lawyer phone blitz. Your Bar Foundation is the only statewide entity that funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability. Please join us.

PMAP -- Your guide to...             
Readability. Would you like to read articles on the Web without the surrounding clutter of ads, photo and navigation links? Would you like to control the relative size of the text in Web page articles?  Would you like to print only the article in a format that is truly readable? One option is to add Readability™ to your browser (like Firefox, Internet Explorer or Chrome). Readability is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the junk around what you're reading. Go to the Readability Web page and follow the steps there to install Readability™ in your browser. If you have questions about practice management, contact Courtney Kennaday at (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or

New Lawyers Desk Book available

Are you searching for updated contact information in one of the older editions of the Lawyers Desk Book? Be sure you have the most recent edition-- the 2010-2011 Lawyers Desk Book. Visit to place your order today!

Reinstatement sought
The Committee on Character and Fitness invites appearances on October 26 in support of or in opposition to the reinstatement of Derwin T. Brannon.

Trustee appointed
By order of September 20 the Court appointed David Mills as trustee for the law practice of William Ashley Boyd.

By order of September 24 the Court placed Christopher Blakeslee Roberts on interim suspension.

Firm announcements
Coffey, Chandler, Kent & McKenzie, PA announces that Blair C. Jennings has joined the firm located 4969 Centre Pointe Dr., Ste. 102, N. Charleston 29423. (843) 745-4542.

Richardson Plowden announces that Michelle Parsons Kelley has joined the firm's Columbia office located at 1900 Barnwell St., 29201. (803) 771-4400.

The Seibels Law Firm, PA announces that Scott Forster has joined the firm located at 127 King St., Ste. 100, Charleston 29401. (843) 722-6777.

Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, PA announces that David L. Barnes Jr. has joined the firm located at 15 Middle Atlantic Wharf, Ste. 101, Charleston 29401. (843) 937-8000.

Walker & Morgan announces that Chuck Slaughter has joined the firm located at 135 E. Main St., Lexington 29072. (803) 359-6194.


October 1
Workers' Compensation Section Council meeting, Conference Call

October 7
Insurance Programs Committee meeting, Collins & Lacy, Columbia

October 8

Practice and Procedure Committee meeting, Richardson Plowden and Robinson, Columbia
Real Estate Practices Section Council meeting, Conference Call

October 13
Criminal Law Section Council meeting, S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense, Columbia

October 14
Board of Governors meeting, Conference Call

October 15
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council meeting, Conference Call