E-Blast Archive Issue

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
November 23, 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.


License fees reminder

License fee statements have been mailed, and fees are due by January 1, 2011. If you have questions about your statement or the payment process, please contact

Donna Oelhafen

at (803) 799-6653, ext. 171. To pay online, visit

Bar offices closed

The Bar will be closed November 25-26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. E-Blast will resume regular schedule on Tuesday, November 30.


2011 Leadership Academy application reminder

The Bar is accepting applications for the Leadership Academy 2010-11. The third installment of the Academy will focus on the following topics: Lawyers in Public Office, Professionalism, Career Development, Rainmaking, Work-Life Balance, Lawyers and the Judiciary, Pro Bono and Community Service, and Service to the Bar. Sessions will take place January 22-23 (at close of Bar Convention), February 17 (Columbia), March 18 (Greenville), April 15 (Charleston) and May 5 (Annual Meeting Graduation--Greenville); sessions may require overnight stay. CLE credit will be obtained for a portion of the Academy curriculum. Most sessions are a half day in length. The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to enhance the professional growth and leadership skills development of selected members to prepare them to make greater contributions to the legal profession and to the community. Interested applicants must meet the stated requirements and complete and submit the required application and supporting documents by 5 p.m. on Monday, December 6.

Please see the complete application packet for full details. For more information, contact at (803) 576-3765 or toll-free at 1-877-797-2227, ext. 145. Final session dates are being finalized and will be released soon.

Reminder to support your team and Children's Chance!
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. 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.

PMAP -- Your guide to…
Holiday gifts for lawyers. The 2010 edition of attorney Reid Trautz' 6th Annual Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers is now here. For many years, it has helped kick off the holiday gift giving season with its fun and practical gift items for lawyers. Be sure to see Reid when he speaks at the Law Office Technology seminar at the 2011 Bar Convention in Hilton Head on Thursday, January 20. Reid will present topics such as using social media in your practice, lawyer mobility and "50 Success Tips for Busy Lawyers in 50 Minutes." Make your reservations now! PMAP is free practice management assistance. Contact Courtney Kennaday at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 183.
Advance Sheet Update
November 22, 2010

Petitioner Nelson pled guilty to criminal domestic violence, third or subsequent offense (CDV 3rd). Petitioner filed an action in the Supreme Court's original jurisdiction seeking a writ of mandamus directing Respondent Ozmint in his official capacity as Director of the S.C. Department of Corrections to apply good time and earned work credits to reduce the actual time petitioner must serve. The Court found inmates convicted of CDV 3rd were required to actually be imprisoned for a mandatory one-year minimum.
Nelson v. Ozmint, No. 26894, is available online.

The Court held Respondent failed to timely exercise the option to purchase the real property. Respondent did not issue an unequivocal acceptance that was in exact compliance with the terms of the option, particularly the requirement that Respondent first close on the purchase of the business assets. Thus, Respondent did not have the right to exercise the option based on its failure to comply with the condition precedent. Further, the failure to satisfy the condition precedent is not a default under any of the agreements that would have been subject to a right-to-cure period.
Alexander's Land Co. v. M&M&K, No. 26895, is available online.

Reinstatement sought
The Committee on Character and Fitness invites comments by January 18 on the petition for reinstatement filed by William Jefferson McMillian III.

Firm announcements

The South Carolina Supreme Court Staff Attorneys Office

announces that

Lindsay Joyner

has joined the office as a staff attorney with mailing address P.O Box 11330, Columbia, SC 29211. (803) 734-1160.

In memoriam

Hon. Robert Lawrence McFadden, 81, of Rock Hill died on November 18. His obituary can be viewed at the

Rock Hill Herald website