E-Blast Archive Issue

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!

January 4, 2011
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. 

  Convention registrations should be received in the CLE Division by noon on Thursday, January 6. After this date, you must register at the door for an additional $50 charge. Registration at the Convention will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 20. Refunds, less $100 for administrative processing fee, will be made for cancellations received in writing by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 6. No refunds for Convention registration or event tickets will be issued after January 6.
To learn more about the seminars offered at the Convention, please click here for the seminar schedule.

Request for representation
The Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Committee has issued a request to members of the Bar to represent the Fund in an effort to recover from the Subject Attorney monies paid out by the Fund to the former clients of the Subject Attorney. To view the request in full, click here. Interested members of the Bar should forward a letter of interest, including the proposed percentage fee, to Cindy Coker, Public Services Director, at by January 31, 2011.

Judges designated for administrative purposes in summary courts
By order of December 30 the Supreme Court has designated judges as Chief Judge or Associate Chief Judge for administrative purposes of the summary courts in the counties in which they hold office. To view the full text of the order, including the list of judges, click here.

Dorchester County Master-in-Equity retires
By order of December 30 the Hon. Diane S. Goodstein was appointed to fulfill the duties of Dorchester County Master-in-Equity
Patrick R. Watts upon his retirement, in addition to her Circuit Court duties. To view the full text of the order, click here.

PMAP -- Your guide to...
Smartphone protection. Did you know smartphones can be targets of malware like viruses or trojans? When a mobile device becomes infected, it is not as easy to get rid of the infection as it is with a computer. To protect your phone, you should be as careful as possible when downloading and installing applications and games by reading reviews or researching them on the Internet first. If you have an Android, Blackberry or Windows Mobile phone, you also need an anti-virus or anti-malware program. One popular product is Lookout, which offers free anti-virus protection. Lookout Premium Version provides more services, including enhanced backups and a missing device locator for $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year. For practice management assistance, contact Courtney Kennaday at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 183.

Know someone who deserves a fresh start?
Bar Foundation grantees can help! Work keys testing/health screenings are available to low income fathers. Intake days will be held at S.C. Legal Services offices throughout the state. Pro se divorce clinics are being offered as well. To view the list of activities, click here. Interested parties should contact the event host directly. Your Bar Foundation is the only statewide entity that funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability. Please join us.

Advance Sheet update

December 29, 2010
The Supreme Court affirmed as modified the lower court's decision regarding the issuance of an order to execute and levy a judgment against Petitioners. The Court held the judgment was not invalid for lack of an affidavit because the judgment satisfied Section 15-35-60 and the submission of an affidavit was permissive and not mandatory. The Court determined Section 15-39-30 was not a statute of limitations but operated similar to one and that if a party takes action to enforce a judgment within the 10-year statutory period of active energy, the resulting order would be effective even if issued after the 10-year period had expired. The Court found there was no accord and satisfaction because there was never a meeting of the minds. The Court further held the expiration of the 10-year time limit did not render the case moot or affect the power of the circuit court to hear the dispute. The issues of estoppel and the establishment of an unworkable rule of procedure were not preserved for review.
Linda Mc Company, Inc. v. Shore, No. 26878, is available online.
Justice Beatty concurred in part and dissented in part in a separate opinion. Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion.

Firm announcements
Michael C. Abbott and Robert D. McKissick announce the formation of Abbott & McKissick Law Firm, LLC located at 702 W. Evans St., P.O. Box 148, Florence 29503. (843) 669-0089.

Kenneth Berger announces the opening of the Law Office of Kenneth E. Berger, LLC, 5205 Forest Dr., Ste. 2, Columbia 29206. (803) 790-2800.

Elmore & Wall, PA announces its relocation to 55 Beattie Place, Ste. 1050, Greenville 29601. (864) 255-9500.

Gallivan, White & Boyd announces that James M. Dedman IV has become partner of the firm located at 55 Beattie Place, Ste. 1200, Greenville 29601. (864) 271-9580.

Greenville & Western Railway Company, LLC announces that J. Marshall Lawson has joined the company as general counsel located at 3575 Rutherford Rd. Ext., Ste. G, Taylors 29687. (864) 236-7051.

Catherine E. Lafond announces that Ashley Andrews has joined the firm as an associate located at 44 Savannah Hwy., Charleston 29407. (843) 762-3554.

The Law Offices of Tara Dawn Shurling, PA announces that Christina Dixon Parnall has become an associate of the firm located at 3614 Landmark Dr., Ste. A, Columbia 29204. (803) 738-8622.

Nexsen Pruet announces that Dan Leonardi and Travis Wheeler have become partners in the firm's Columbia office located at 1230 Main St., Ste. 700, 29201. (803) 771-8900.

Pennington Law Firm, LLP
announces its restructuring from an LLP to an LLC and will now be Pennington Law Firm, LLC with offices remaining at 1501 Main St., Ste. 600, Columbia 29201. (803) 929-1070. The firm also announces that Jessica Clancy Crowson has become a member of the firm.

Aimee J. Zmroczek announces the opening of Van Wie & Zmroczek, LLC, located at 309 Arstook Court, Lexington 29072. (803) 957-9452.

In memoriam
Hon. Jamie Lee Murdock Jr., 58, of Darlington died on December 25. His obituary can be viewed at The State website.