E-Blast Archive Issue

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
October 14, 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.

Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met today via conference call.
The Board approved a request from the Law Related Education Committee to provide a Middle School Mock Trial Summer Camp Pilot.
A request from the Bar Foundation to support the position to delay the implementation of the notification provision in the Frank-Dodd Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was approved.
The Board approved rental car discounts with Enterprise, National, Budget and Avis as a member benefit.
Bissell award ceremony recognizes Justice Hearn
The S.C. Women Lawyers Association cordially invites all members of the Bar to the Jean Galloway Bissell Award Ceremony honoring Supreme Court Justice Kaye G. Hearn on Friday, October 22, from 5.30 to 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center located at 1101 Lincoln St. Please RSVP to Angel Warren at

Bar receives Luminary Award
The S.C. Bar Communications Division was recognized with a Luminary Award for Excellence in Marketing at the National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section Workshop in October.  The award recognized the Discover Distance Learning--Marketing Campaign, which was designed to introduce Bar members to the CLE Division's distance learning program and to increase the number of members both familiar with the program and using the program. Congratulations to the Bar's Communications Division.

Convention 2010 -- Join us at Robert Irvine's eat!
Join your colleagues and guests on Saturday, January 22, at Robert Irvine's eat! This restaurant is owned by Robert Irvine, a celebrity chef who has appeared on numerous Food Network programs, including hosting Dinner: Impossible. The day includes a cooking demonstration and a wine tasting with 16 wines to sample and stationary food and passed hors d'oeuvres provided. The evening will conclude with the ever popular wine dinner, which will feature a champagne reception, five to six courses of custom cuisine and paired wine offerings. The chef will explain and answer questions for each course, and a special wine guest will fill the evening with insightful and fun regional, industry and pallet information. For up-to-date Convention information, visit 

YLD and Young Bankers host joint event
The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division and the S.C. Bankers Association, Young Bankers Division, will host a joint event on Wednesday, November 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd located at 1201 Main St. in Columbia. Dr. Timothy W. Koch, Professor of Banking and Finance at the Moore School of Business, will provide commentary on the current state of the banking industry and the overall economy. The presentation will be approximately 30 minutes, followed by a cocktail reception from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Ed Robinson Laundry & Dry Cleaning. Space may be limited. Please RSVP to Will Johnson at

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, we have created a supplement available for download. Please refer to the table of contents in your Desk Book for masters-in-equity, magistrate judges, probate judges, solicitors and public defenders.

Take advantage of MeetingBridge member benefit
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Scams continue
The Bar continues to receive word from lawyers about scam attempts. The Bar has created a page on the website where scam alerts will be posted for at least four weeks. We will continue to notify members through E-Blast. To view the most recent scam attempt, click here.

Advance Sheet update
October 13, 2010
The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's conviction of Lanier for escape. The court determined the statutory phrase "lawfully confined in prison" includes a prisoner on work release and not on prison grounds at the time of the escape, and under this definition the State provided sufficient evidence that Lanier escaped while "lawfully confined in prison."
State v. Lanier, No. 4751, is available online.

In the primary appeal, the Florence County Sheriff's Office argued the trial judge erred in ordering the return of allegedly counterfeit items confiscated from Farmer. The court disagreed, holding the Sheriff's Office did not provide any concrete reasons to justify its refusal to return Farmer's merchandise or its delay in instituting forfeiture proceedings. In his cross-appeal, Farmer argued he should have been allowed to pursue several private causes of action for damages against the Sheriff's Office. Based on the court's uncertainty in discerning how the trial judge intended to dispose of Farmer's private causes of action, the court remanded the issue for a definitive ruling on the matter.
Farmer v. Florence Cnty. Sheriff's Office, No. 4752, is available online.

Husband filed for divorce in Alabama, and Wife subsequently filed for divorce in South Carolina. The principal issue in this case was whether the Alabama court's division of marital property was void under Alabama law for lack of personal jurisdiction over Wife. The court was not required to give full faith and credit to the Alabama court's judgment in determining its own jurisdiction because under Alabama law, Wife's special appearance before the Alabama court to contest the court's jurisdiction did not subject her to the jurisdiction of the Alabama court. Further, the denial of a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction is not a final ruling on the issue, so the issue of the Alabama court's personal jurisdiction over Wife was not fully litigated. The court held the Alabama court's division of marital property outside Alabama was void under Alabama law because there was no evidence of contacts with Alabama by Wife sufficient to establish personal jurisdiction over her.
Ware v. Ware, No. 4753, is available online.

Firm announcement
Susan Trout Kinard announces the opening of the Kinard Law Firm located at 1156 Bowman Rd., Ste. 200, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 416.1163.

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 Committee meeting, Labor, Licensing and Regulation Commission, Columbia

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