E-Blast Archive Issue

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
November 18, 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.


Middle School Mock Trial regional competition results

The 2010 State Middle School Mock Trial Regional Competitions were held this past weekend. Congratulations to Crayton Middle School, Dutch Fork
Middle School, Forestbrook Middle School, Hand Middle School, Gold Hill Middle School, Greenville Middle Academy, Johnsonville Middle School, Lexington Middle School, Ocean Bay Middle School and St. Anne's Catholic School. These schools will compete in the State Competition on Saturday, December 4, in Lexington. The Law Related Education (LRE) Division would like to thank all of the attorney volunteers that made the 2010 Middle School Mock Trial Regional Competitions a success. Attorney volunteers served in the roles of mock trial regional coordinators, attorney coaches, scoring judges and presiding judges. Click here for a list of the attorney volunteers. If you are interested in starting or coaching a mock trial team, or if you are interested in judging one of the upcoming high school competitions scheduled for February 26 (Charleston, Conway, Columbia, Greenville), March 11 (Columbia) and/or March 12 (Columbia), please contact Cynthia H. Cothran at

JMSC releases report
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission has released a report on its findings after the Fall 2010 Public Hearings. To view the report click here.

Recertification applications for mediators and arbitrators due December 31

ADR recertification applications were mailed early this month. Applications and accompanying fees are due no later than December 31. To avoid late fees or loss of certification, all neutrals with active certificates issued before October 1, must return the application postmarked no later than Friday, December 31. Be sure to include pages two through four, a signature and a $50 fee for each certificate. Fees paid after December 31 must be accompanied by a late penalty of $50 per certificate. Any fees unpaid after January 15, 2011, will result in loss of certification. To verify your certification status, or if you have questions, contact Joan Brown at (803) 576-3794 or at

Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year nominations

The Bar's Pro Bono Committee is seeking nominations for the 2011 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. Nominations are due by December 15. The award will be presented at the S.C. Bar Foundation Gala in March. To nominate an attorney or a law firm, complete the application and return to the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program by December 15.

Members invited to New Admittees Receptions
Congratulations to all new admittees! Please join YLD and other Bar members, along with sponsors, to celebrate at three new admittee receptions. To view the invitation, click here.

Casemaker makes the case!
Lawyers who learned to do legal research using books instead of electronics will love the browse feature in Casemaker. Browse is most useful for finding code sections and ethics or attorney general opinions by number. For example, in the South Carolina library, choose the code, then click the browse button above the search options on the left hand side. This will take you to a view similar to the code index; scroll down the list of titles and click. This is also useful when you are having trouble finding something by key words. Instead of trying to predict the exact code language, use browse. For assistance logging in to Casemaker, e-mail or call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183. Research assistance is also available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekly at 877-659-0801 (toll free).

Seminar location updates
Myrtle Beach and Rock Hill sites have been canceled for tomorrow's seminar From File to Trial: Eight Keys to Success in Court and Beyond. CLE-video sites are still available in Charleston, Florence, Greenville, Spartanburg (Wofford) and Greenwood. The Charleston site has been canceled for the Bankruptcy Practices in the District of South Carolina seminar on December 17.

New officers inducted in SCDTAA

The S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys' Association (SCDTAA) announces its new officers: President, Gray T. Culbreath of Collins & Lacy of Columbia; President-elect, Molly H. Craig of the Hood Law Firm of Charleston; Treasurer, Sterling G. Davies of McAngus, Goudelock & Courie of Columbia; and Secretary, Curtis L. Ott of Turner Padget Graham & Laney of Columbia. The purpose of the SCDTAA is to promote justice, professionalism and integrity in the civil justice system by bringing together S.C. attorneys dedicated to the defense of civil actions.

Firm announcements

Ira D. Levy
announces the opening of Ira D. Levy, LLC, Attorney at Law, located at 764 Saint Andrews Blvd., Charleston 29407. (843) 571-5000.

Anne Mjaatvedt
announces the opening of the Anne Mjaatvedt Law Firm, LLC, located at 39 Broad St., Ste. 208, Charleston 29401. (843) 793-4240.

Chisa J. Putman
announces the opening of
Chisa J. Putman, Attorney at Law, LLC, located at 156 E. Main St., Rock Hill 29730. (864) 494-2442.