E-Blast Archive Issue

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March 15, 2011
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The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

JMSC conducts bench and bar survey
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission requests the input of Bar members in its screening of candidates for Family Court, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Seat 2, 13th Judicial Circuit, Seat 3 and 14th Judicial Circuit, Seat 3, in addition to candidates for masters-in-equity in Aiken and Dorchester counties. This request is separate from the survey and interviews conducted by the Bar's Judicial Qualifications Committee. Click here to review the JMSC's complete request and instructions; click here to access the survey form. Surveys must be returned by April 4.

N. Myrtle Beach High School wins state mock trial competition
Congratulations to the N. Myrtle Beach High School mock trial team, which will advance to the national competition in May! Strom Thurmond High School placed first runner-up. Special thanks goes to the 2011 State High School Mock Trial Volunteers. The mock trial program is made possible through an IOLTA grant from the S.C. Bar Foundation.

Court issues order for 14th Circuit Multi-Disciplinary Courts
Erin DuBose Dean has been assigned to preside over the Multi-Disciplinary Courts for the 14th Judicial Circuit in the absence of the Hon. Peter L. Fuge or the Hon. Gerald C. Smoak. Click here for the complete order.

Join young lawyers in their efforts to improve domestic violence shelters
The Young Lawyers Division Voices Against Violence Committee will refurbish rooms at Safe Harbor (Greenville) on March 19 and My Sister’s House (Charleston) on March 26. Safe Harbor, Inc. helps victims of domestic violence in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson and Oconee counties. My Sister's House, Inc. serves victims of domestic violence and their children in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. The committee needs volunteers to assist with room makeovers. If you can donate your time or supplies for this important cause, please contact Melissa Maddox-Barnes (for Greenville) at or Katie McElveen (for Charleston) at Monetary donations can be made directly to the agencies and are tax-deductible.

Advance Sheet update
March 15, 2011
The S.C. Supreme Court found that the solicitor intended to goad the defendant into moving for a mistrial and reversed the opinion of the S.C. Court of Appeals, which had affected the circuit court judge's denial of defense counsel's motion to dismiss the second trial based upon double jeopardy. The Court held that any further prosecution of the Appellant was barred under the federal and state double jeopardy clauses.
State v. Parker, No. 26940, is available online.
The Court found that the trial judge erred in refusing to suppress the Appellant's confessions as the product of the unlawful arrest. The Court held that the Lexington County officers were not authorized to arrest the Appellant in Calhoun County, as a 1999 multi-jurisdictional agreement did not confer this power and there was no ground statute that would support a citizen's arrest.  
State v. Boswell, No. 26941, is available online.

By order of March 11 the Court reinstated John Stephen Tracy as an Inactive Member.

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
Employment and Labor Law Section Selection Committee Meeting, Conference Call
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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