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March 10, 2011
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The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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 Susan Richey, candidate for Dean of the USC School of Law, on Monday, March 14, 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.

Videoconferencing approved in 10th Judicial Circuit

S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal has approved a proposal from the Courts of General Sessions of the 10th Judicial Circuit for videoconferencing in that court. The order sets forth procedures for initial appearances, bond hearings, probation revocations, contested motions and acceptance of guilty pleas and sentencing when the defendant is not present in the courtroom, but will appear by videoconference.

Get published!
The South Carolina Lawyer is seeking articles that present practical and informative material that is of interest to a broad range of South Carolina Bar members. Authors may receive two MCLE credit hours for articles that are at least 2000 words in length. We want to hear from you! If you are interested in writing an article, please see the
Memorandum for Authors and e-mail

Bar Foundation grantee activities
No need for the luck of the Irish this month, as Bar Foundation grantees have many opportunities available: legal education clinics, Law School for Non-Lawyers and the statewide High School Mock Trial Competition. You may view the entire list of March events by clicking here. Contact information is provided so that interested parties may connect with the 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.

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Legislative report
Don't forget to check out tomorrow's Weekly Legislative Report! Updates will be posted every Friday throughout the legislative session.

Advance Sheet update
March 10, 2011
The S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of the Respondent in this personal injury cause of action. The Respondent’s employee was acting outside the scope of his employment; therefore, the Respondent was not vicariously liable for the employee’s actions. The employee’s single assault conviction more than 20 years ago was not sufficient to sustain a claim for negligent hiring. The Respondent was not liable, as a matter of law, for either negligent supervision or negligent retention because the incident did not occur in the Respondent’s chattel, and there was no additional evidence to prove the claims.
Kase v. Ebert, No. 4806, is available online.

The court found no reversible error in the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s finding that the Respondent gave proper and timely notice of her injury in compliance with the statute of limitations. The court found the Commission erred because it failed to address section 42-1-172, which stated that the Commission must determine the compensability of a repetitive trauma injury. Despite the Commission's error, the court affirmed the judgment because, although the Commission cited section 42-1-160, it made the findings required under section 42-1-172. The court affirmed the compensation for aggravation of a pre-existing condition because, even though the Commission did not refer to section 42-9-35 in its order, it made the necessary findings under the statute to award.
Murphy v. Owens Corning, No. 4807, is available online.

This civil case, initially filed in state court, was subsequently removed to federal district court. Upon motion of the respondent, the federal court remanded the matter back to state court, where default judgment was entered against the appellant. On appeal, the appellant alleged the trial court erred in: (1) exercising jurisdiction over the case, (2) failing to set aside the entry of default, (3) allegedly depriving the appellant of due process during the default damages trial, and (4) allowing an award of punitive damages. The court affirmed.
Limehouse v. Hulsey, No. 4805, is available online.

Trustee appointed
By order of March 7 the Court appointed Ian Douglas McVey as trustee for the practice of William Gary White III.

Firm announcements
Hanna Law, P.A. announces its relocation to 1661 Glenns Bay Rd., Surfside Beach 29575. (843) 651-9000.

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
Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call
Conventions Committee Meeting, Bar Conference Center
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

March 18
ADR Commission Meeting, Mike Kelly Law Group, Columbia
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins, Columbia
Probate, Estate Planning & Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 22
Real Estate Practices Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 25
Consumer Law Section CLE & Luncheon, Bar Building
Dispute Resolution Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building 

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