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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
May 31, 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.

Save the date!
September 23, 2011. The Solo & Small Firm Section is sponsoring a one-day technology and law office management event for lawyers, paralegals and firm administrators. The event will be held at the Columbia Marriott hotel and will include technology exhibitors such as Tabs3, Clio, EasySoft and CaseLode/Morningstar. Six speakers from this year’s ABA TECHSHOW will present. A luncheon is included in the price. For more information, click here, or contact Courtney Kennaday at

Donate online for disaster relief
In earlier E-Blasts you were invited to forward donations in the wake of the recent natural disasters. The Bar has been advised by the local American Red Cross of the continuing need for donations. The Bar's Young Lawyers Division steps in to assist with relief in times of natural disasters in South Carolina. Whether you are a young lawyer or one who has "aged out" of the Division, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today of $10, $20 or even $100 so that the collected funds can be sent to the American Red Cross. Make a donation online by clicking here. Checks should be made payable to the YLD Foundation and mailed to YLD Foundation, Attn: Kayla Smith, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202.

Ethics Advisory Opinion summary
The Ethics Advisory Committee has issued a new opinion. The Committee provides opinions to Bar members on prospective conduct. No anonymous requests will be answered. For more information about the Ethics Advisory Committee or to view the full text of the opinions, visit
11-04  A federal investigator who is also a lawyer may directly contact a target of an investigation if the target is represented by counsel because the investigator is not "representing a client." Therefore, Rule 4.2, prohibiting communication with a represented party, does not apply. However, Inquirer should take care to avoid overreaching.

Invitation to reception
Bar members are invited to join the Carolina Patent Trademark and Copyright Law Association for a reception honoring Jacquelyn Austin, recently named Federal Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Greenville Division. The reception will be held June 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Village Green at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Greenville. To register, click
here or call (864) 239-5999 by June 10.

Provide free wills to first responders
The Young Lawyers Division needs volunteers to provide free wills to first responders on June 4 and June 11 in the Columbia area. You do not have to be a member of YLD to volunteer. During a clinic, attorneys set up workstations to provide this service. Guidelines, forms and a training session will be provided prior to each clinic. Please e-mail Kayla Smith at to volunteer for either clinic.


Applications for specialization certification
The Commission on CLE and Specialization will be accepting applications for specialization certification through June 24. Specialization may be acquired in the following fields of practice: bankruptcy and debtor/creditor law; employment and labor law; estate planning and probate law; and taxation law. Applications for certification may be found on the Commission's website at Questions should be directed to the Commission at (803) 799-5578 or e-mailed to

Magistrate disciplined
By order of May 31 the Court publicly reprimanded Horry County Magistrate James Oren Hughes Jr. (not a Bar member) for misconduct involving inappropriate conduct at a reception.

Advance Sheet update
May 31, 2011

This case arises out of the involuntary commitment of Appellant to a psychiatric facility. Since Appellant failed to timely and properly challenge the probate court's orders, they are presumed valid. Based on these valid orders, the Supreme Court found that Respondent's conduct toward Appellant was lawful, justified and reasonable. Thus, the Court affirmed the circuit court’s grant of summary judgment to Respondent since Appellant cannot maintain causes of action for false imprisonment, defamation or intentional infliction of emotional distress against Respondent. 
Argoe v. Three Rivers Behavioral Health, No. 26978, is available

The Court held that an agreement between the parties to maintain health insurance is a modifiable form of support, unless the agreement provides otherwise. The Court found that there was no language in this agreement limiting the court's power to modify it, so a modification is warranted based on a substantial change in circumstances. The case was remanded to the family court for a determination of what form this modification is to take and whether the party receiving the modification is entitled to reimbursement for excess support paid during the pendency of this appeal. 
Miles v. Miles, No. 26980, is available

Firm announcements
The ExxonMobil Law Department announces that Victor (Vic) Pyle III has joined the Environmental and Safety Section of the Law Department as counsel located at 800 Bell St., Houston, TX 77002. (713) 656-4469.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC
announces that Penny Wofford has become a shareholder in the firm's Greenville office located at 300 N. Main St., 29601. (864) 271-1300.

Richard J. Paul announces the relocation of his law office to 530 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Ste. 204, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 884-4445.

Daniel A. Selwa II announces the opening of Daniel A. Selwa II, Attorney at Law, LLC located at 1053 London St., Myrtle Beach 29577. (843) 450-7566.

Turner Padget Graham & Laney, PA announces that Anne R. Culbreath and J. Adam Russell have joined the firm's Greenville office located at 200 E. Broad St., Ste. 250, 29601.
(864) 552-4622.

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
Access to Justice Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins
Lawyer Image Task Force Meeting, Bar Conference Center

June 17
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins, Columbia

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

June 24
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Bar Building

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