E-Blast Archive Issue

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February 15, 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. 

CLE compliance reporting deadline March 1
All active attorneys licensed before March 1, 2010, must file their 2010-2011 compliance reports with the Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization on or before Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Reports postmarked after March 1 must include the late filing fee. Questions should be directed to the Commission at (803) 799-5578 or

Bar members invited to Foundation Gala 2011
Please plan to attend the S.C. Bar Foundation's annual gala on Thursday, March 3, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The evening includes a reception, seated dinner, presentation of this year's Nifty Fifty by Justice Kaye Hearn, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are $100 per person. Your Bar Foundation is the only statewide entity that funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability. Gala 2011 is just one effort to augment the Foundation's mission. To reserve your seat, please call (803) 765-0517 or e-mail

PMAP -- Your guide to...
Solos and small firm lawyers. More than half of the attorneys in private practice in South Carolina practice in small firms. If you are interested in networking with other lawyers in small firms, it is not too late to join the Solo & Small Firm Section for 2011. Membership has its privileges: section members get first dibs on available books from the Bar Book Exchange; special discounts on select CLE; a members-only listserv; and more. The cost is only $20 for the year. If you are interested in joining, contact section liaison Courtney Kennaday at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 183.

Court orders posted
The Court has posted two orders to its website: Disposition of Civil Magistrate Court Cases and Disposition of Criminal Summary Court Cases.    

Court reporter announcement
The Richland County Master-in-Equity announces that it has a full-time court reporter.

Advance Sheet update
February 15, 2011

Maurice and Marquise Stinney were expelled from Sumter High School for fighting. The boys' parents appealed to the Board of Trustees (Board), who affirmed the expulsion.  The Stinneys then filed suit in circuit court claiming a due process violation. The circuit court granted the Board's motion for summary judgment because the Stinneys did not exhaust their administrative remedies, and the Court of Appeals reversed. The S.C. Supreme Court held it was a legal error to apply the doctrine of exhaustion of administrative remedies in this case because the Stinneys were not appealing the expulsion but rather the new lawsuit regarding due process. Since the Court may affirm for any reason appearing in the record, the Court affirmed the circuit court's grant of summary judgment for the Board because the Stinneys were provided due process.
Stinney v. Sumter School District
, No. 26928, is available online.  

The Court affirmed the circuit court's holding that the Appellant was not entitled to interest under S.C. Code Section 34-31-20 because the Appellant had not met the requirements of Section 29-6-50 and Section 34-31-20(A) only applied in the absence of a contractually agreed upon interest provision. 
EllisDon Construction v. Clemson University, No. 26929, is available online.     
Justice Pleicones concurred in a separate opinion.

Firm announcements
Kristina L. Baker announces the relocation of KL Baker Law Firm, LLC to 1313 Elmwood Ave., Ste. A, Columbia 29201. (803) 234-0754.

Duffy & Young, LLC announces that J. Rutledge Young Jr. has joined the firm as Special Counsel located at 96 Broad St., Charleston 29401. (843) 720-2044.

Riesen Law Firm, LLP announces that Trip Riesen has joined the firm located at 3660 West Montague Ave., N. Charleston 29418. (843) 760-2450.

Patrick R. Watts
announces the opening of his new office located at 140 N. Main St., Ste. 203, Summerville 29483. (843) 851-7050.

In memoriam
Hon. Louis E. Condon, 83, of Mount Pleasant died on February 13. An article honoring his life can be viewed at The Post and Courier's website.

Oscar Eugene Savedge, 88, of Mount Pleasant died on February 12. An article honoring his life can be viewed at The Post and Courier's website.

Robert Ray Odom Jr., 89, of Spartanburg died on January 28. To view his obituary, visit The Spartanburg Herald-Journal website.

February 17
YLD Long Range Planning Committee Meeting, Bar Building

February 18
ADR Commission Meeting, Mike Kelly Law Group, Columbia
Criminal Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

February 21

Administrative and Regulatory Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

February 24

Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

February 25

ADR Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Building

February 25-26

Board of Governors Meeting, Greenville

February 26

High School Mock Trial Regional Competitions, Charleston, Columbia, Conway and Greenville