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March 31, 2011
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at www.scbar.org.
The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

Finalists named for USC School of Law dean
Three candidates have been identified as finalists for dean of the University of South Carolina School of Law. They are: Stephen W. Mazza, Interim Dean and Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas; Susan M. Richey, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Concord, New Hampshire; and Robert M. Wilcox, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law. For more information, visit the USC School of Law's website.

YLD wants you to paint and donate!
On April 23, YLD needs volunteers to assist in painting hallways and rooms at the Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands located at 3700 Forest Dr., Ste. 350, in Columbia. If you can hold a paint brush, you are qualified to do the job! Paint supplies or monetary assistance are needed to complete this effort. If made directly to the agency, the donation is tax-deductible. To participate in this great opportunity to serve your local community, contact Diana Coada at (803) 354-2185.

Volunteers needed to represent Medicaid recipients
Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities (P&A), a statewide nonprofit, is seeking volunteer attorneys to represent children and adults with disabilities whose Medicaid benefits are being reduced or terminated. P&A attorneys are available to provide technical assistance. Attorneys representing indigent clients will be eligible for malpractice coverage through the Bar's Pro Bono Program. Please contact Kathy Martin at (803) 217-6726 or martin@pandasc.org for more information.

Advance Sheet update
March 29, 2011

The S.C. Supreme Court held the Public Service Commission (PSC) retained its fundamental role as fact-finder. The Court reversed and remanded the case because it found the PSC's evaluation of Appellant's rate application was affected by three errors of law: the PSC was required to provide Appellant with a meaningful opportunity to supplement its application with the information the PSC requested; the PSC erred in failing to accord Appellant the presumption of reasonableness applicable to its expenses; and the PSC erred in denying the rate application as a whole where only some of Appellant's expenditures were brought into question. 
Utilities Services v. Regulatory Staff, No. 26952, is available online.

The Court held that the grant of summary judgment to the negligent misrepresentation claim was inappropriate because there was evidence that met the scintilla of evidence standard. However, due to the clear and convincing evidence standard of review applied to fraud claims, the grant of summary judgment was appropriate.     
Turner v. Milliman, No. 26953, is available online.

March 31, 2011
The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed the family court's imposition of post-judgment interest and remanded for continued supervision of the home sale. The court opined that the family court erred in clarifying the divorce decree under Rule 60(a) since the judge's ruling modified the substance of the judgment. However, the family court did not err in clarifying the divorce decree to require automatic reductions in the selling price of the marital home. The issue of jurisdiction was not preserved for review. The wife abandoned her remaining issues on appeal by failing to cite to relevant legal authority in her brief.      
Brown v. Brown, No. 4814, is available online.

Firm announcements
Anderson & Associates, PA announces that Marilyn E. Gartley has joined the firm located at 208-B Candi Lane, Columbia 29210. (803) 252-8600.

The Rosen Law Firm, LLC announces that David A. Haselden has joined the firm located at 18 Broad St., Ste. 201, Charleston 29401. (843) 377-1700.

Shunna T. Vance announces that she has become Chief Operations/Risk Management Officer for GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission, Inc. located at 237 N. Hospital St., Greenwood 29648. (864) 223-8434.

Calendar
April 1
Criminal Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Resolution of Fee Disputes Board Meeting, Bar Building

April 5
YLD Committee Chairs Meeting, Bar Building

April 8
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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