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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
April 7, 2011
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at
The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

Call for authors
The South Carolina Lawyer is looking for articles that appeal to a broad range of lawyers. Articles may focus on recent changes in the law, cases and rulings about which members of the Bar need to be informed, ethical considerations, quality of life issues and law practice management. If you are interested in writing an article, view the Memorandum for Authors and submit a proposal to Authors may receive two MCLE credit hours for articles that are at least 2000 words in length. Click on the following links for the Memorandum for Authors and subject index.

Mark your calendars for Community Law Week the first week in May!
Law Week is designed to promote the legal profession and provide the public with information about their legal rights. Law Week will include, but is not limited to, the following projects: Children's Book Drive, DSS Playroom, Kids' Identification, Lawsuits Project and Speakers-in-Schools. For more information, contact Kayla Smith at

Featured projects
--Wills Clinic for Anderson County Law Enforcement on May 6
--Speakers in Schools in Horry and Georgetown counties (lawyers will travel to area high school to speak about the legal profession)

Stay tuned for more information about the exciting events coming during Law Week 2011!

Columbia attorney receives employment law award
The Employment and Labor Law Section Council announces M. Malissa Burnette has been named the Distinguished Lawyer of 2011. Burnette is the first recipient of this award and will be recognized at the Section's mid-year meeting on May 13 at the S.C. Bar Conference Center in Columbia.

"Roast and Toast" former Chief Justice Finney on July 2
The Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Museum Development Association is hosting a "Roast & Toast" to honor S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney Jr. on Saturday, July 2, at the Sumter Civic Exhibition Center located at 700 W. Liberty St. With your participation in the "Roast and Toast," you will honor the legacy of the first African-American Supreme Court Chief Justice in South Carolina. Click here for a sponsorship form. For more information, contact Elizabeth Dixon at (803) 453-5014.

Advance Sheet update
April 7, 2011

The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed the master's determination that Appellant and Respondent were each entitled to one-half of the tax sale overage. The court found Appellant's purchase money mortgage had priority over Respondent's. Thus, Appellant was entitled to the entire overage.
SunTrust Bank v. Bryant, No. 4815, is available online.

The court affirmed the Appellant's conviction for DUI. The court found the plain language of Section 56-5-2953(A) did not require that the recording capture a continuous full view of the accused or capture all field sobriety tests. Provided all other requirements are met, the video need only record the accused's conduct. The State met its burden under Landon and demonstrated evidence that the Datamaster in question was working properly prior and subsequent to the Appellant's breath test.
State v. Murphy, No. 4816, is available online.
Judge Pieper concurred in a separate opinion.

The court reversed the Administrative Law Court's (ALC) decision that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction. When the S.C. Department of Revenue (Department) has timely moved for revocation of an alcoholic beverage license, the surrender of that license does not deprive the ALC of subject matter jurisdiction over the revocation proceedings. The court found the prospective collateral consequences of revocation prevented the Club's relinquishment of its license from mooting the revocation issue. Therefore, the court also reversed the ALC's finding of mootness.
SCDOR v. Club Rio, No. 4817, is available online.

Firm announcements
The Hawkins Law Firm announces that C. Logan Rollins has joined the firm located at 5506 Reidville Rd., Moore 29369. (864) 574-8801.

Adam Howell
and Rebecca Epstein announce the formation of Epstein & Howell, LLC located at 720 Dupont Rd., # A, Charleston 29407, with a mailing address of P.O. Box 31517, 29417. (843) 735-8423,

In memoriam
Neal Steven Steinert, 65, of Charleston, died on April 6. An article honoring his life can be found here.

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

April 14
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building

April 15
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins, Columbia
Mock Trial Subcommittee Meeting, Bar Building
Project Citizen Showcase, Bar Building

April 25
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

April 29
Law Related Education Committee Meeting, Bar Building
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Bar Building

May 4
Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

May 6
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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