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April 14, 2011
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The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

Help improve CLE programming!
The Continuing Legal Education Division of the Bar is evaluating its live seminar programs. We are asking Bar members to fill out a brief survey regarding live seminar programs.  
As thanks for completing the few brief questions, the Bar will credit you with a $20 discount off of your next LIVE SEMINAR purchase, for any seminar held before August 31, 2011 (excluding the S.C. Supreme Court Historical Society Colloquium and the 10th Annual N.C. & S.C. Tax Section Workshop).
Please click here to take the short survey.

Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met today at the Bar Conference Center.

The Board approved a request from the Family Law Section to resubmit its proposed SCRFC Rule 14, Rule to Show Cause.

The Board received a presentation on proposed messaging for an online video initiative designed to emphasize the positive work lawyers perform. The Board voted to move forward with the proposed messaging and identification of featured Bar members. 

The Collaborative Law Task Force and the Judicial Elections Task Force were sunsetted.

The following were elected to seats in the House of Delegates for 2011-13 (beginning after the May 5 meeting): Douglas Jennings and Elizabeth B. York, Fourth Circuit; James G. (Tripp) Padgett III, Eighth Circuit; and Rangeley B. Chewning, 12th Circuit.

The Board voted to refer to the Pro Bono Committee the continued consideration of whether data should be collected on member pro bono activity.

The Board approved the addition of a member benefit offering discounts on EasySoft legal software products.

The Board approved Bar and CLE Division budgets for presentation to the House of Delegates in May.

Dean of USC School of Law selected
Robert M. Wilcox, a legal-ethics scholar and the associate dean for academic affairs at the University of South Carolina School of Law, has been named dean of USC’s law school. For more information, visit

YLD & South Carolina Special Olympics
Young lawyers will volunteer as a group for the bowling competition at Ivey Lanes on Saturday, May 7, during the 2011 Summer Games in Columbia. 
Click here to learn more and register today!  Please contact Will Johnson at if you have any questions.

District seat to stay in S.C.
South Carolina young lawyers will continue to hold the District 10 seat in the ABA Young Lawyers Division. The seat is presently held by Tyson Nettles of the Hood Law Firm. An election will be held to fill the seat for the 2011-13 term, which begins at the close of the ABA meeting in August. The seat is scheduled to be filled by a Virgin Islands young lawyer for the next term, 2013-15.

Enjoy twice the savings with FedEx Office
Bar members are eligible to receive savings of up to 20 percent off select FedEx Office copy and print services and 10 percent off other select services at more than 1,800 locations nationwide. For a limited time, you can double your savings on select services! Use your South Carolina Bar FedEx Office discount today, and you can save up to 40 percent on select copy and print services through May 31, 2011. Click
here and enter passcode V44Q8D to enroll online. If you have questions, call 1-800-MEMBERS (800-636-2377, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., M-F).

Assisting disabled veterans
Project SALUTE, a national service project to assist low-income veterans with their denied Federal Veterans Disability and Pension Benefits claims, is returning to South Carolina to help disabled veterans. A free introductory training webinar will be conducted on May 5 and 6 on the basics of Veterans Federal Disability Benefits Law. Attorneys participating must agree to take at least one pre-screened veterans’ benefits matter pro bono. To register, click
here. Contact Alesa Silver at or (313) 596-0258 with questions.

Advance Sheet update
April 13, 2011

The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the trial court determining Frazier's motion to suppress evidence emanating from his detention was properly denied because (1) the pertinent analysis would not be "reasonable and articulable suspicion" but rather "totality of circumstances;" (2) while the trial court erred in its determination that the show-ups were not unduly suggestive, the court made a proper finding that the identifications were nevertheless admissible because they were sufficiently reliable such that no substantial likelihood of misinformation occurred; and (3) there was no prejudice to be remedied since both the State and Frazier elicited favorable testimony from the witness in question.
State v. Frazier, No. 4818, is available online.

The court held that the trial court properly granted Taillon and the JUA's motion for summary judgment in this equitable indemnification action.  Allowing Providence Hospital's claim for equitable indemnification predicated on proving Taillon's liability would, in effect, allow the hospital to subject Taillon to liability for malpractice after the legislatively proscribed six-year statute of repose and would run afoul of the policy considerations supporting Section 15-3-545(a) of the S.C. Code.
Providence Hospital v. Medical Malpractice JUA and Taillon, No. 4819, is available online.

By order of April 11 the Court reinstated Katherine Elizabeth Crosby to Inactive Member status.

By order of April 13 the Court placed James Michael Brown on interim suspension.

Firm announcements
Buist Moore Smythe McGee announces its merger with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. After April 30, the firm will be be known as Womble Carlyle with offices remaining at 5 Exchange St., Charleston 29401-2593. (843) 722-3400.

The Law Office of Fletcher M. Johnson, LLC announces that Robert Craig Smith has become a member of the firm located at 14 Westbury Park Way, Ste. 100, Bluffton 29910. (843) 757-6444.

Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, PA announces that Michael J. O’Sullivan has become an associate in the Myrtle Beach office located at 2103 Farlow St., Ste. B, Myrtle Beach 29577. (843) 448-1008.

In memoriam
Phillip D. Sasser, 76, of Conway died on April 11. His obituary can be found at The Sun News website.

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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