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March 1, 2011
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The So
uth Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law. 

Chief Justice Toal selected for Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Advancement of Civics Education

Chief Justice of South Carolina Jean Hoefer Toal has been named the first recipient of the National Center for State Courts' (NCSC) Sandra Day O'Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education. NCSC established the award in 2010 to honor an organization, court or individual who has promoted, inspired, improved or led an innovation or accomplishment in the field of civics education. To read the full text of the press release, click here.

Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met February 25 in Greenville.

The Board discussed recent negative political advertising regarding lawyers and whether the Bar should develop responses for use in future campaigns.

The Board received a presentation by regarding an online/video advertising initiative designed to emphasize the positive work lawyers perform. The Board voted to move forward with developing appropriate messaging. 

The Board approved a request from the Lawyer-Legislator Task Force to support legislation designed to require persons testifying before a committee or subcommittee of the S.C. Senate or House of Representatives to do so under oath. The Board also approved a request from the Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section to support amendment to Section 62-2-612 that would extend the time allowed to bring proceedings to determine a decedent’s intent regarding the application of certain federal tax formulas.

Bylaw amendments designed to recognize the status of persons admitted to the Bar under Rule 415, SCACR, were approved. A process for election to the Nominating Committee was also approved. The proposed bylaw amendments will go to the House of Delegates in May.

The Board received reports from the Charleston School of Law and from Board members who attended meetings with representatives from county bar associations.

Invitation to meet candidate for Dean of the USC School of Law
Members of the Bar are cordially invited to attend a reception for the purpose of meeting and greeting Stephen Mazza, candidate for Dean of the USC School of Law
, on Wednesday, March 2, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the South Carolina Bar Conference Center located at 1501 Park St. in downtown Columbia. For headcount purposes, please notify if you plan to attend.

Thanks to volunteers for High School Mock Trial regional competitions!
The Law Related Education (LRE) Division thanks the volunteer attorney coaches, scoring judges, presiding judges and mock trial coordinators who made the regional competitions such a success. To view the complete list of volunteers, click here. The state competition will be held March 11-12 at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse located at 901 Richland St. in Columbia. High schools advancing to the state competition are: Blythewood, Bob Jones Academy, Dutch Fork, Fort Dorchester, Fort Mill, Johnsonville, Lexington, Montessori High School of Anderson, North Myrtle Beach, Spring Valley, Strom Thurmond and Wando.

PMAP -- Your guide to...
E-mail security. This week,Gmail suffered a glitch that resulted in as many as 150,000 Gmail users losing access to their e-mail. In fact, their e-mail was wiped out. Google has apologized and is working to restore the e-mails from backup tapes. In January, Hotmail experienced a similar issue when 17,000 users found their e-mail and folders deleted. These news stories should give lawyers using online e-mail for their law practice serious concerns. If you are one of those lawyers, you should immediately make a backup of your e-mail. One way to do this is to set up Gmail to forward your e-mail to another account, such as Outlook on your PC. To learn more, click here. If you have questions about securing your firm's e-mail, contact Courtney Kennaday at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 183.

Bar members eligible for computer training discounts
Discounted rates for computer application training are available to Bar members from New Horizons Learning Centers, with locations in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville. During March, Microsoft Office Training Days are reduced from $275 to $99, and training vouchers are good for one year. Contact Tony Hendon at (803) 576-1213.

Court rule changes posted
Rule changes have been made to Amended Regulation II of Appendix C to Part IV of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules. The changes are posted on the Court's website.

Health care rationing and public debate
Bar members are invited to attend a health law and policy lecture entitled Health Care Rationing and Public Debate: Are American Citizens Capable of Making Hard Health Care Resource Decisions, and Should They Be Entrusted with This Weighty Task? The lecture and debate will be held at the USC School of Law Auditorium on March 18 at 5 p.m. An opportunity for public debate will follow these presentations. For more information, contact Professor Jacqueline R. Fox at (803) 777-8192 or

Trustee appointed
By order of February 18 the Court has appointed Catherine H. Dingle as trustee for the law practice of Louis M. Cook.

Firm announcements
McAngus Goudelock & Courie announces that Stephanie N. Lawrence has joined the firm's Columbia office located at 1320 Main St., 29201. (803) 779-2300.

Elizabeth M. McMillan has joined the firm's Greenville office located at 75 Beattie Place, Ste. 300, 29601. (864) 239-4000.

March 3
Insurance Programs Committee Meeting, Bar Building

March 4
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Bar Building
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
S.C. Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Bar Conference Center

March 9
Collaborative Law Committee Meeting, Teleconference

March 11
Elder Law Committee CLE & Luncheon, Bar Building
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

March 15
Employment and Labor Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 17
Conventions Committee Meeting, Bar Conference Center
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

March 18
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins, Columbia

March 25
Consumer Law Section CLE & Luncheon, Bar Building

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