E-Blast Archive Issue

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! January 18, 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. 

Law Day Essay Contest underway
The ABA's theme for 2011 Law Day is "The Legacy of John Adams, From Boston to Guantanamo." The Senior Lawyers Division of the Bar is sponsoring a statewide Law Day Essay Contest. Each local overall and grade winning essay will be considered to determine statewide essay winners. To enter, students must write an essay of 1,000 words or less explaining why the right to an attorney is considered a fundamental principle of the rule of law. Contact Tara Smith at (803) 799-6653, ext. 146, for more information.

Jury duty scam
Identity thieves are tricking victims into revealing personal information by telling them they've failed to report for jury duty and that warrants are being issued for their arrest. This is an e-mail scam that has been appearing in inboxes since August 2005. Please visit for further details. Remember to never give out personal information over the phone if you didn't initiate the call.

Adoption expo to be held in Greenville
YLD and the S.C. Adoption Coalition for Education and Support are teaming up to host the Ninth Annual S.C. Adoption Expo at the Greenville Family Fair coordinated through the YLD's Families Forever committee on Saturday, January 29. The event will take place at the YWCA of Greenville from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Visit to register. For more information contact Tamika Cannon (YLD) at (864) 699-0309.

Advance Sheet update
January 18, 2011
In this appeal of a special referee's decision on a declaratory judgment action, the Court affirmed that the S.C. Department of Transportation holds an easement by way of a 1930 deed from Horry County and equitable principles do not prevent it from exercising its rights to that easement.
SCDOT v. Horry County, No. 26911, is available online.         

In this case, the Court answered a question certified by the U.S. District Court. While a certified educator who is employed as an administrator on an annual or multi-year contract retains her rights as a teacher under the Teacher Act, those rights are not granted to the position or salary of administrator. 
Henry-Davenport v. Fairfield County, No. 26912, is available online.

The Court affirmed the ruling of the Administrative Law Court (ALC) that internet travel companies, such as Travelscape, must remit sales tax on the gross proceeds they receive from providing hotel reservations in South Carolina. The Court also affirmed the ALC's finding that as applied this tax does not violate the Dormant Commerce Clause. Finally, the Court clarified that ALCs have the ability to hear as-applied constitutional challenges to statutes and regulations.
Travelscape v. SCDOR, No. 26913, is available online.

In memoriam
John Kevin Crout, 43, died on January 14. His obituary can be found at The State website.

Firm announcements
Ellis Lawhorne & Sims, PA announces that Michael H. Quinn Jr. has become a shareholder in the firm located at 1501 Main St., 5th Floor, Columbia 29201. (803) 254-4190.

W. Barney Giese announces the opening of The Giese Law Firm, LLC at 1315 Blanding St., Columbia 29201. (803) 708-6767. Justin Martin Kata has become an associate in the firm.

Harrison & Radeker, PA announces that Kathryn B. Beighley has become an associate of the firm located at 923 Calhoun St., P.O. Box 50143, Columbia 29250. (803) 779-2211.

G. Martin Hunter announces the opening of G. Martin Hunter, Attorney at Law, located at 301 S. McDowell St., Ste. 1014, Charlotte 28204. (704) 377-8764.

Motley Rice LLC announces that Kimberly Barone Baden, V. Brian Bevon, Samuel B. Cothran Jr., James M. Hughes, Ph.D., Gregg S. Levin, Vincent I. Parrett and Carmen S. Scott have become members of the firm located at 28 Bridgeside Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, 29464. (843) 532-7011.

elson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP announces that Jody A. Bedenbaugh and Alana Odom Williams have become partners and Paul T. Collins has become of counsel to the firm located at 1320 Main St., 17th Floor, Columbia 29201. (803) 799-2000. The firm also announces that Marci Tuten Greci has become a partner of the firm located at 104 S. Main St., Ste. 900, Greenville 29601. (864) 250-2300.

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP announces that Joshua W. Dixon and Jennifer K. Dunlap have been elected partners in the firm located at 1201 Main St., Ste. 1450, Columbia 29201. (803) 255-8000.
Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC announces that Nina Hunter Fields has become a partner of the firm located at 1037 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 727-6500.

Stevens Law Firm, PC announces that Natalie S. Stevens-Graziani has become a partner of the firm located at 3341 Broad St., Loris 29569. (843) 756-7652.