E-Blast Archive Issue

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
December 7, 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.



In case you missed it
The December issue of S.C. Bar News was distributed via e-mail December 6. The current issue, as well as a PDF version and description of tips and features, is available on the Bar's website at
In this issue:
• Middle School Mock Trial Competition results
• Upcoming LEAPP programs are explained
• License Fees reminder
• Memory Hold the Door ceremony details
• Upcoming CLE opportunities
• Much more!

Court amends rules

By order dated December 3, 2010, the Supreme Court has amended Rules 402, 405, 414(h), 415 and 424, SCACR.  Additionally, it has approved

a form for use by law schools

under Rule 402(n)(2), SCACR. To view the full text of the order,

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

Foundation releases FY 2010 annual report -- Join the TEAM!

It's a home run! Lawyers that you may know have suited up with Team S.C. Bar Foundation in the

FY 10 annual report.









atters -- join the team today and support your Bar's charitable arm. IOLTA revenues are not enough to sustain the work of the state's legal services organizations, law related education programs and administration of justice activities. It is the perfect time for Bar members to step up to the plate. Your Foundation is the only statewide entity that funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability. The ball's in your court.

Please join us


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PMAP -- Your guide to...

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. PMAP is free practice management assistance for Bar members. Contact Courtney Kennaday at (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or


Advance Sheet update
December 6, 2010

The Supreme Court dismissed the SCDMV's appeal from the circuit court order establishing Gillespie's right to a South Carolina driver's license because the SCDMV was not a party to the case.

Gillespie v. State

, No. 26901, is available




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

By order of December 6 the Court imposed a public reprimand on Harry Ennis Bodiford for misconduct which included not pursuing a claim diligently and misrepresenting the status to his client.


By order of December 6 the Court imposed a public reprimand on John E. Cheatam for misconduct which included errors in handling some orders submitted to judges and issuing a trust account check before the settlement funds were deposited.


By order of December 6 the Court imposed a public reprimand on Patrick James Thomas Kelley for misconduct which included failing to correct an error involving a deed which was not recorded and failing to respond to requests from his former client's new lawyer.


By order of December 6 the Court disbarred James Archie Patrick based upon criminal convictions in Montana.


By order of December 6 the Court imposed a public reprimand on Fred Wallace Woods Jr. for misconduct which included improper actions by his staff in notarizing documents and failing to communicate with a client on problems with recording a deed.

Inactive status

By order of November 24 the Court transferred George Randall Taylor to incapacity inactive status.


Firm announcements
Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA

announced today that

Nicholas A. Farr

has joined the firm located at 55 Beattie Place, Ste. 1200, Greenville 29601. (864) 271-9580.

Kolb & Murphy, Attorneys at Law, LLC

announces that

Glenn F. Givens

has joined the firm located at 107 N. Main St., Sumter 29150. (803) 418-0800.

Williams Law Firm, LLC

announces its relocation to 889 Inlet Square Dr., Murrells Inlet 29576. (843) 357-5100.