E-Blast Archive Issue

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
November 30, 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.


Post-Thanksgiving sale on CLE publications underway!
The CLE Division's post-Thanksgiving publications sale began yesterday and will conclude Friday, December 10, at 5 p.m. You can purchase up to four publications and take 15 percent off your order, or purchase five or more publications and take 25 percent off your order. Any orders received after 5 p.m. on December 10 will be filled at the regular sale price, and no other discounts will apply. No exceptions. Start making your list now by visiting the online publications store. Click here to see a list of exclusions. NOTE: The CLE Division of the Bar is now located in the new Bar Conference Center located at 1501 Park Street. Please be sure to go to the new building when purchasing books in person.


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


Year end plans

As you consider the many options for year-end giving, please keep the

Bar's charitable arm

in mind! Contributions to the Bar Foundation are tax deductible. To receive credit in 2010 for IRS purposes, your gift should be received or postmarked by December 31. Want a quicker method?

Contribute online

. Your Bar Foundation is the only statewide entity that funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability. Please join us.

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.

PMAP -- Your guide to...
Solos and small firm lawyers. If you are interested in networking with other lawyers in small firms, be sure to sign up now for the Solo & Small Firm Section on your license fee statement from the S.C. Bar. Membership has its privileges! Section members get first dibs on available books from the Bar Book Exchange, special discounts on select CLE. a members-only listserv and more. For questions, contact section liaison Courtney Kennaday at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 183.

Advance Sheet Update
November 24, 2010

The Court of Appeals affirmed Geer's conviction for possession of crack cocaine. The court held the trial court did not err by failing to dismiss the charges against Geer. There was no error in failing to grant a continuance in order to give Geer time to request and review exculpatory evidence withheld by the State because Geer did not establish a Brady violation occurred such that there was a reasonable probability the result of her trial would have been different had she received the evidence earlier. Geer’s selective prosecution argument failed on the merits because she did not establish that she was singled out for prosecution on unconstitutional grounds. The trial court properly denied Geer’s motion to suppress drug evidence because although the beneath-the-skin search was conducted without a search warrant, it was supported by probable cause and the state established a sufficient chain of custody.
State v. Geer, No. 4760, is available online.
Justice Lockemy dissented in a separate opinion.

Firm announcements

Banks & Associates, PC

announces that

Bradford M. Owensby

has joined the firm located at 319 Park Ave. SE, Aiken 29801. (803) 648-5777.

James M. Robbins

announces the opening of

Robbins Law Firm, LLC,

located at 2411 N. Oak St., Ste. 305, Myrtle Beach 29577. (843) 448-7397.

In memoriam

H.F. Bell, 89, of Chesterfield died on November 26. His obituary can be viewed at

The Charlotte Observer's website.