E-Blast Archive Issue

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December 9, 2010
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uth Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.


Middle School Mock Trial competition results
Forestbrook Middle School won the S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, December 4, making this the second year in a row the team has won the title. Crayton Middle School was the runner-up.
Participating students included Jake Ammons, Kasey Anderson, McKenzie Blackburn, Jessica Cox, Calie Glasgow, Andrew Godfrey, Kaitlyn Justice, Robby Meese, Erin Murray, Alexis Oliver, Vanessa Romo-Perez, Zachary Pieterse, Mary Hanna Prock, Michael Riga, Riana Rush, Laura S
udowski, Peyton Sutley, James Vitale, Kaitlyn Ward and Cinithia Zavala-Ramos. The teacher coaches include Joseph Boswell, Linda Brubaker, Stephanie Necessary and Tess Vega. The attorney coaches include Gene P. Vaught III, Candice Lively and Scott Hucks. The S.C. Bar would like to thank the attorney volunteers, as well as the staff at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center, Lexington County Magistrate Court, Lexington Sheriff's Department and Lexington Police department, whose contributions helped make this competition a success. Click here to view a list of volunteers.

Last chance to get your discount on CLE Publications
The CLE Division post-Thanksgiving publications sale ends tomorrow 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. Shop 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.

Law school dean search continues
The University of South Carolina 
School of Law invites inquiries and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Law. The search committee is currently interviewing applicants; however, further nominations of qualified candidates are welcome. The job description and application process are available on the School's website.

Group medical plan to change
The Bar's group medical insurance plan through Carolina Care will not be accepting individual applicants after December 31.  The Bar had no option to continue that coverage under the proposal presented by Carolina Care. The Insurance Programs Committee will further explore the Bar's options in early 2011.  Other changes for the 2011 plan year have been conveyed to present plan participants.

Seminar changes

Bankruptcy Practice in the District of South Carolina originally scheduled for December 17 has been postponed. The seminar will now be held on February 25 at the South Carolina State Museum.

Attorney appointed to cabinet
Gov.-elect Nikki Haley has picked Charleston labor attorney Catherine Templeton to head the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Templeton is Haley's second cabinet appointment and must be confirmed by the state Senate. To read more, click here.

Advance Sheet update
December 8, 2010
The Court of Appeals held the destruction by Few of Jenkins' fertilizer truck caused loss of revenue for the nine days he could not operate his business and demonstrated special damages sufficient to overcome Few's motion for a directed verdict on civil conspiracy. The trial court did not err in allowing Stokes to testify as an expert witness. Because the verdict for actual damages was a general verdict, it was impossible for the court to determine how the jury allocated damages between civil conspiracy, conversion, and trespass to property, and therefore the court declined to disturb the trial court's ruling on that issue. The punitive damages award was not excessive because Few's conduct was highly reprehensible, the damages were proportionate to the harm, and the 3.6 to 1 punitive to actual ratio at issue in this case was within the range of comparable cases. The court held the trial court erred in denying Few's motion for a directed verdict on conversion because although Few interfered with Jenkins's fertilizer truck, this did not rise to the level of wrongfully assuming and exercising the right of ownership over the truck.
Jenkins v. Few, No. 4763, is available online.

Firm announcements
The McCarty Law Firm, LLC announces its relocation to 3924 Forest Drive, Ste. 9, Columbia 29204. (803) 771-8836.

McCravy Newlon & Sturkie Law Frim, PA announces that Lisa C. McMillan has become an associate of the firm located at 1629 Bypass 72 NE, Greenwood 29649. (864) 388-9100.

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, PA announces that Blakely L. Molitor has joined the firm as an associate in the Columbia office located at 1807 Hampton St., 29201. (803) 252-5523. The firm also announces that Cynthia K. Mason and Melissa G. Mosier have become associates in the Lexington office located at 119 E. Main St., 29072. (803) 359-5523.

Ross E. Miller announces the opening of Miller|Conway Attorneys located at 124C S. Goose Creek Blvd., Goose Creek 29445. (843) 764-3334.

The Weston Law Firm, PA announces that Johanna E. Serrano and Sarah L. Fragale have become associates at the firm located at 761 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Ste. 100, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 881-4995.

In memoriam
Clarke Wardlaw McCants Jr., 89, of Columbia died on December 3. His obituary can be viewed at The State website.
Burnie William Ballard, 60, of Pageland died on December 4. His obituary can be viewed at The Sutton Funeral Home website.