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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
May 26, 2011
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The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

Judicial election results
Judicial elections were held on Wednesday, May 25. Congratulations to the following new family court judges: 4th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2, Salley Huggins McIntyre; 13th Judicial Circuit, Seat 3, Harry L. "Don" Phillips Jr.; 14th Judicial Circuit, Seat 3, Deborah Ann Malphrus.

Summer E-Blast schedule
Beginning next week, the regular edition of E-Blast will be distributed on Tuesdays only. Continue to look for the CLE edition every Wednesday.

Bar offices closed
The Bar offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

Advance Sheet update
May 25, 2011

In this appeal from a conviction and sentence for second-degree arson, the Court of Appeals affirmed the circuit court's refusal to direct a verdict because Appellant's argument that the abandonment of the mobile home prior to the fire changed its status from a dwelling was meritless. The court reversed the sentence of life without the possibility of parole and remanded for resentencing because it opined that the State failed to establish that Appellant's 1979 conviction was for a serious offense. 
State v. Phillips, No. 4833, is available online

The court affirmed the circuit court's affirmance of the magistrate's order finding a Speedmaster machine confiscated from a convenience store was not an illegal gaming device pursuant to Section 12-21-2710 of the S.C. Code because it constituted a game of skill as opposed to a game of chance and it was not used for gambling under the statute. Issues not preserved for review were whether any machine with a free play feature should be automatically deemed illegal and whether SLED was entitled to a new post-seizure hearing because the tapes of the original proceeding were lost. 
SLED v. 1-Speedmaster, No. 4834, is available online

Firm announcement
Zimmerman and Shealy LLC
announces that Patricia Bolen has joined the firm as an associate located at 1207 Friend St., Newberry 29108. (803) 321-0000.

June 7
HELP Task Force Meeting, Bar Building

June 10

Criminal Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Richardson Plowden & Robinson, Columbia

June 14
We the People Training, Bar Building

June 15
Lawyer Image Task Force Meeting, Bar Conference Center

June 19-21
S.C. Supreme Court Institute, Bar Conference Center and S.C. Supreme Court

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