E-Blast Archive Issue

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
October 21, 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.

Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection releases annual report
The Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Committee reimburses, to the extent deemed by the Committee proper and feasible, losses caused by the dishonest conduct of members of the Bar. The report details the number of claims paid and the amounts paid on individual lawyers. To view the report, click here.

Bar members offer public service
The Bar extends appreciation to the following members for offering to serve in public office. Complete information about elections in your area can be found at
U.S. House of Representatives, District 2: Congressman Joe Wilson; U.S. House of Representatives, District 4: Trey Gowdy; and U.S. House of Representatives, District 5: Congressman John M. Spratt. Governor: Vincent Sheheen; Lt. Governor: Ashley Cooper; Attorney General: Matthew Richardson and Alan Wilson; Superintendent of Education: Frank S. Holleman III; S.C. House of Representatives, District 11: Rep. Paul Agnew; District 24: Rep. Bruce Bannister; District 25: Rep. Karl Allen; District 32: Rep. Derham Cole Jr.; District 38: Doug Brannon; District 40: Rep. Walton J. McLeod; District 43: Rep. Greg Delleney; District 47: Tommy Pope; District 51: Rep. David Weeks; District 52: Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk; District 54: Elizabeth Munnerlyn; District 65: Rep. Jay Lucas; District 67: Rep. Murrell Smith; District 68: Rep. Thad Viers; District 72: Rep. James E. Smith; District 73: Rep. Chris Hart; District 74: Rep. Todd Rutherford; District 75: Rep. Jim Harrison; District 78: Paige Blaire George; District 81: Rep. Tom Young; District 87: Todd Atwater; District 90: Rep. Bakari Sellers; District 94: Rep. Jenny Horne; District 98: Chris Murphy; District 101: Ronnie Sabb; District 105: Rep. George Hearn; District 107: Rep. Alan Clemmons; District 113: Rep. Seth Whipper; District 115: Rep. Anne Peterson Hutto and Peter McCoy; and District 119: Rep. Leon Stavrinakis.

Navigating the Bar's website
Be sure to check out the Bar's website for up-to-date news and important information. On the homepage there are rotating banners which highlight important events and information--currently these banners feature the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Bar Conference Center; the Bar Convention website; and the supplement for the County Offices section of the Lawyers Desk Book. The calendar on the homepage may be helpful to members searching for CLE events on a certain day, or the quick member search may be helpful to find out a phone number of a colleague if you can't find your Lawyers Desk Book. The Bar's website is a valuable resource for all Bar members!

Support your team and Children's Chance!
Bar members and their guests are invited to join YLD on Friday, November 26, from 7-10 p.m., at The Westin Poinsett in Greenville for a Carolina/Clemson Pep Rally Fundraiser which will benefit Children's Chance, a non-profit organization that raises money to fund a variety of programs designed to meet the financial, emotional and psychological needs of children with cancer and their families. The cost to attend is $15 in advance or $25 at the door. Click here to view the flyer, and contact Kayla Smith at (803) 799-6653, ext. 135 for more information.

Advance Sheet update
October 20, 2010

The Court of Appeals affirmed the circuit court's grant of summary judgment for Respondents. There were no genuine issues of material fact, and Respondents had no duty to make the parking lot accident proof or to guard against the possibility that an improperly operated vehicle would injure Appellant. Appellant's injury was legally unforeseeable and beyond the realm of any duty Respondents owed to Appellant.
Nelson v. Piggly Wiggly Central, Inc., No. 4754, is available online.

On this novel issue, the court held strict liability should not be imposed on the owners of livestock for personal injury when livestock strays onto a highway or a roadway and liability should be found only upon negligence. Because Appellant conceded any issues of negligence in the trial court, the court did not consider what conduct would sufficiently support such a claim.
Williams v. Smalls, No. 4755, is available online.

Firm announcement
Kernodle, Root & Coleman announce that Amy L. Walton has joined the firm located at 914 Folly Rd., James Island 29412. (843) 795-7800. 

In memoriam
Joseph Francis Munnerlyn Jr., 58, of Columbia died on October 18. His obituary can be found at The State website.

October 22
Professional Responsibility Committee meeting, Nelson Mullins

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

October 29
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board meeting, Bar Building

November 4
Senior Lawyers Division Nominating Committee meeting, Bar Building

November 8
Government Law Section Council meeting, Conference Call

November 9
Employment Law Section Council meeting, Conference Call