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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
May 3, 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.


Contributions needed for disaster relief

It has been estimated that 5,000 structures have been destroyed or suffered major damage as a result of recent tornadoes in Alabama. As part of its relief effort, the Alabama Law Foundation is collecting funds for donation to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Please click here to contribute to 2011 Tornado Disaster Relief.

Committee Sign-Up in progress
If you have been searching for your own unique way to contribute to the Bar, consider signing up for a Bar committee. Nearly all committees are filled by appointment of the president-elect, and terms are for one year. Click here to view a list of committees or to sign up online. A Committee Sign-Up form is included in the May issue of the South Carolina Lawyer.

Order issued regarding foreclosure actions
Chief Justice Jean Toal has issued an order applicable to the disposition of mortgage foreclosure actions. Click here to view the complete order.

Chief Justice Toal honored at trial lawyers conference
On April 30, Chief Justice Toal received the 2011
Southeastern Region of the American Board of Trial Advocates (SEABOTA) Jurist of the Year Award at the SEABOTA annual conference. To read an article in The State newspaper about the award, click here.

Filing and document retrieval now available online
A new service offered by the S.C. Secretary of State’s Office allows businesses and citizens to file, search, amend and retrieve UCC documents electronically. The website offers 24/7 access, immediate filing confirmation and quicker UCC Search processing time. Click here to get started.

PMAP – Your guide to…
Improving your bottom line. Law Practice magazine featured the article, 25 Quick Tips for a Healthier Bottom Line, available free online. Integrate some of these tips into your practice to start on the road to an improved bottom line. Print the article and use it as the agenda for your next firm meeting. Use it as a check-off list—things you currently do and things you could do better—and use it to help prioritize planned improvements for 2011. At a minimum, take the time to read this article and incorporate the tips into your thinking. If you need assistance with managing your law practice, contact the Bar’s practice management advisor, Courtney Kennaday, at pmap@scbar.org or (803) 799-6653, ext. 183.

Which a-MAY-zing event will you attend?
More than 40 community education clinics with topics ranging from wills to immigration law are taking place this month. Be sure to note the upcoming Ask-A-Lawyer phone bank as well as the National High School Mock Trial Competition. The complete listing of the Bar Foundation’s grantee events may be viewed here. Interested in attending? Contact the person (or organization) listed next to the event for more information. Your Bar Foundation is the only statewide entity that funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability. Please join us.

Volunteers needed
The Veterans Justice Outreach Program is in need of volunteers to provide initial legal consultation to veterans. The program acts as a liaison between the VA and the judicial system and provides assessment and individual case management services for eligible veterans who would benefit from treatment as a sentencing option. Many eligible veterans who are unable to obtain assistance from the public defender's office are in need of legal consultation in order to understand the charges before them as well as guidance on how to proceed with their case. To volunteer, please contact Meredith Miller, Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator, at (843) 789-6657.

Advance Sheet update
May 3, 2011

The Supreme Court of South Carolina declined to offer relief to a certified class of state working retirees when the legislature amended the working retirees statute to require those retirees make retirement contributions without receiving additional serviceable credit. The Court found that no contract existed between the working retirees and the State by virtue of oral and written representations made by the state retirement agency. The Court reversed the circuit court's holding that the State is estopped from collecting retirement contributions from these workers on the ground that estoppel cannot lie against the State where the state retirement agency did not have the authority to make binding representations and on the ground that the working retirees failed to prove the necessary elements of estoppel.
Ahrens v. State, No. 26966, is available online.
Justice Hearn dissented in a separate opinion.

In this appeal from the family court, the Court reversed the family court's finding that the unwed father's consent was required for the adoption of his child. In particular, the Court held that the mother did not thwart the father's efforts and father did not provide sufficient support for mother or the child.
Roe v. Reeves, No. 26967, is available online.
Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion to which Justice Beatty concurred.

The Court affirmed as modified the order of the circuit court enjoining the Department of Corrections from forwarding certain information contained in a prisoner's records to the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.
Compton v. SCDC, No. 26968, is available online.

Reinstatement
By order of April 28 the Court reinstated Barrett O. Poppler as an Inactive Member.

Trustee appointed
Due to the current medical condition of Louis Gray Sullivan II, by order of April 27 the Court has appointed Kurt D. Gibson as trustee to protect Mr. Sullivan's clients.

In memoriam
William R. Medlin, 82, of Charleston died on April 26. Click here to view the obituary in the Post and Courier.

Firm announcements
Goodwyn Law Firm, LLC announces its relocation to 2519 Devine St., Ste. A, Columbia 29205. (803) 251-4517.

Turner Padget Graham & Laney, PA announces that Shawn R. Willis has joined the firm located at 40 Calhoun St., Ste. 200, Charleston 29401. (843) 576-2800.

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

May 5
Board of Governors Meeting, Greenville
House of Delegates and Assembly Meetings, Greenville

May 6
Health Care Law Section Council Lunch & Learn, Bar Building

May 12
Tax Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

May 13
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

May 19
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

May 20
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning & Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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