E-Blast Archive Issue

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
December 2, 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.




Call for authors
The South Carolina Lawyer is looking for articles that appeal to a broad range of lawyers. Articles may focus on recent changes in the law, cases and rulings about which members of the Bar need to be informed, ethical considerations, quality of life issues and law practice management. If you are interested in writing an article, view the Memorandum for Authors and submit a proposal to Elizabeth Martin. To view the subject index of previously published articles, click here. Authors may receive two MCLE credit hours for articles that are at least 2000 words in length.  

It's never too early for presents!
South Carolina Bar Foundation grantees will be holding a multitude of activities during the month of December -- and there is sure to be a gift with your name on it! Support local middle school students in the Mock Trial State Competition, Stuff a Court Room with Toys for CASA or attend one of several community education events. View the entire list. Contact information is provided so that you may follow up with the event host if you are interested in participating. Your Bar Foundation is the only statewide entity that funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability.
Please join us.

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Advance Sheet Updates
The Court of Appeals held the trial court erred as follows: (1) in granting Davis’s directed verdict motion regarding whether the Coakes reasonably inspected the property and (2) in failing to submit the issue of damages from Davis’s non-disclosures to the jury. The court found the evidence in each of these situations permitted more than one reasonable inference and were questions of fact to be decided by the jury. Coake v. Burt, No. 4761, is available online.

The court held the trial court properly admitted Franklin’s statement. The court noted that the invocation of the right to remain silent is not a permanent bar to police reinitiating contact with a suspect and that the police may resume questioning as long as the original request to cease questioning was scrupulously honored. Franklin was neither coerced nor threatened. State v. Franklin, No. 4762, is available online.

Supreme Court order extends lawyer mentoring second pilot program
By Order dated December 2, 2008, the Court adopted the Lawyer Mentoring Second Pilot Program, which was recommended by the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Profession. The Program is scheduled to end on December 31, 2011. After study, the Chief Justice's Commission on the Profession requested extending the Program to April 1, 2012. The court granted the request. The order is available online.

CLE Seminar location update
The Myrtle Beach site has been canceled for the Powerful Advocacy in the Most Difficult Cases seminar on December 10. 

Interim Suspension
By order of December 2 the Court has placed Amanda Graham Steinmeyer on interim suspension. Michael W. Tighe is the trustee.