E-Blast Archive Issue

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

February 17, 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. 

What every lawyer should know about domestic violence
The Voices Against Violence Committee of the Bar\'s Young Lawyers Division will host a CLE program on March 4 at the Bar Conference Center on what every attorney should know about domestic violence. Attendance is FREE; however, all attendees must commit to representing two pro bono clients in order of protection actions. The seminar is available for 5.17 MCLE credit hours. View the brochure for this seminar by clicking here. Contact Carrie Raines at (803) 758-600 for more information.
Students receive opportunity to learn about the justice system

The "Justice Case Files" project is a graphic-novel series designed to improve students\' knowledge of the justice system. South Carolina is one of the first states in the U.S. to offer these novels to students statewide. Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and Gallivan White & Boyd purchased more than 3,000 books for donation, and the Bar sent the books to teachers from 65 different schools around the state. To read more about the "Justice Case Files" series, click



Legal Services Corporation issues notice of availability of competitive grant funds

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announces the availability of competitive grant funds to provide civil legal services to eligible clients during calendar year 2012. A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be available at

on or around April 11, 2011. In accordance with LSC\'s multi-year funding policy, grants are available for only specified service areas. Services areas for each state and estimated grant amounts will be included in Appendix A of the RFP. Applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC) in order to participate in the competitive grants process. Instructions, filing dates and submission requirements will be posted at the website above. Please e-mail inquiries to


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2011 Women of Achievement Award nominations

The S.C. Governor\'s Commission on Women is calling for nominations for its 2011 Woman of Achievement Award, which recognizes and honors a woman whose work and life have made a significant impact on the quality of life for other women and all citizens of South Carolina. The deadline for completed nominations is February 25 at 5 p.m. Nominations can be submitted by e-mail to Michelle Kelley at

. For more information on the nomination process, visit


Advance Sheet update
February 16, 2011

In this breach of contract claim, the S.C. Court of Appeals found that the Appellants were unable to convey marketable title by general warranty deed because: Appellants were aware of the title defect and did not correct the error; third party claims could allow Ruth Street to be used for purposes other than a road; and commercial casino boat leases existed on the property. Appellants did not hold title to the 1.16 acres of the property below the mean high water mark, so they were unable to convey marketable title to at least 9.5 acres, which was required by the express terms of the contract. The court also found that the special referee did not err in finding title to the property was unmarketable because Judge Maring\'s order created a break in the chain of title.

Scalise Development v. Tidelands Investments

, No. 4791, is available



In this personal injury action, the trial judge did not err in allowing Respondent\'s wife to testify. The court found that the evidence presented at trial supported the jury verdict and the amount of damages awarded. Also, the court held that the trial judge properly determined the brevity of the jury deliberations did not warrant a new trial and acted within his discretion in denying a new trial under the 13th juror doctrine.

Curtis v. Blake

, No. 4792, is available



The court affirmed the trial court\'s order granting the Respondents an easement implied by prior use because there was evidence in the record to support the master\'s conclusion that the seven elements for establishing this type of easement were met. Because the court affirmed the finding of an easement implied by prior use, it did not need to decide the existence of a prescriptive easement.

Pendarvis v. Cook

, No. 4793, is available



Firm announcements
Davidson & Lindemann, PA

announces that

Michael B. Wren

has become a shareholder with the firm and

Lawrence S. Kerr, M.D.

has become special counsel with the firm, located at 1611 Devonshire Dr., Second Floor, Columbia 29204. (803) 806-8222.

February 18

ADR Commission Meeting, Mike Kelly Law Group, Columbia

Criminal Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins, Columbia

Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

February 24

Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

February 25

ADR Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building

February 25-26

Board of Governors Meeting, Greenville

February 26

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