E-Blast Archive Issue

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
October 5, 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.

Missing your county office pages?
In an effort to reduce printing costs and present the most accurate information available, the county offices section was eliminated from the 2010-11 Lawyers Desk Book. In response to feedback from Bar members, a supplement is available for download from the Bar's website. Please visit to download the supplement, and refer to the table of contents in your Desk Book for masters-in-equity, magistrate judges, probate judges, solicitors and public defenders. For the most up-to-date information regarding county offices, click here for a listing of individual county websites.

In case you missed it
The October issue of S.C. Bar News was distributed via e-mail October 1. The current issue, as well as a PDF version and description of tips and features, is available on the Bar's website at

Nominate your colleague
The Bar Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2010 DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award. Past recipients include G. Dewey Oxner Jr., David L. Freeman, Julian J. Nexsen, Hon. Ernest A. Finney Jr. and Alex M. Sanders Jr. Selection criteria are available at the Foundation website. To obtain a nomination form, visit the Foundation website, e-mail Dee Sanders or call (803) 765-0517. Nominations are due by November 1.

Join fellow YLD 5th Judicial Circuit members for Happy Hour
YLD  members in the 5th Judicial Circuit, along with USC School of Law Student Bar Association members, are invited to attend a Happy Hour on Thursday, October 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tin Roof located at 1022 Senate St. in Columbia. Drink specials and appetizers will be provided. Please bring an item to donate to Children's Garden, a non-profit childcare program with a focus on homeless and at-risk families. A list of donation items can be found on the Children's Garden wish list. For more information, contact Ashley McMahan or Philip Land.

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Advance Sheet update
October 4, 2010

The Supreme Court held the circuit court committed reversible error in striking the class allegations from Appellants' complaint based on its conclusion that class action lawsuits under Rule 23, SCRCP are incompatible with the Notice and Opportunity to Cure Construction Dwelling Defect Act (Right to Cure Act). The circuit court's ruling was based on its view that the stay provision in Section 40-59-830 applied only to those persons who mistakenly file an action prior to complying with the Right to Cure Act. The Court held this analysis had no statutory or case law basis. Respondents' argument that the Right to Cure Act did not provide for representative compliance with its notice provisions and is therefore incompatible with class action litigation was nothing more than a generalized argument against class action litigation. It is for the court to determine whether the action meets the prerequisites of class certification. The Court also noted the public policy behind the Right to Cure Act favors finding a way to reconcile the Act and Rule 23.
Grazia v. S.C. State Plastering, LLC, No. 26882, is available online.
Justice Pleicones concurred in a separate opinion. Justice Kittredge dissented in a separate opinion.

Firm announcements
Law Office of J. Bradley Baker announces that Lynn M. Baker has joined the firm and that the firm has moved to 403 E. Main St., Ste. E, Lexington 29702. (803) 356-2800.

The S.C. Environmental Law Project announces that Michael G. Corley has joined as a staff attorney with offices located at 430 Highmarket St., Georgetown 29440. (843) 527-0078.

The Governor's Office Children's Foster Care Review Board announces that L. Eden Hendrick has joined the agency as a staff attorney at 1205 Pendleton St., Ste. 436, Columbia 29201. (803) 734-0474.

Karolan F. Ohanesian has become a partner in the firm of Ohanesian & Ohanesian with offices located at 1293 Professional Dr., Ste. D, Myrtle Beach 29578. (843) 626-7193.

Pierce, Herns, Sloan & McLeod, LLC announces that Elizabeth R. Hamilton has joined the firm as an associate located at 321 E. Bay St., Charleston 29401. (843) 277-9824.

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. announces that Samantha M. Luck has joined its Columbia office at 3710 Landmark Dr., Ste. 208, Columbia 29204. (803) 782-0639.
October 7
Insurance Programs Committee meeting, Collins & Lacy, Columbia

October 8

Elder Law Committee meeting, Conference Call
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
Children's Law Committee meeting, Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Columbia
Ethics Advisory Committee meeting, Nelson Mullins, Columbia
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council meeting, Conference Call

October 21
Family Law Section Council meeting, Conference Call

October 24
Administrative & Regulatory Law Committe meeting, Labor, Licensing and Regulation Commission, Columbia

October 29
Professional Responsibility Committee meeting, Nelson Mullins
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board meeting, Nelson Mullins