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

New publication available in three formats!
South Carolina Criminal Offenses and Penalties – 2011 Edition by Douglas S. Strickler includes all legislative changes through the 2010 legislative session. The massive changes in the substantive law contained in the Omnibus Crime Reduction and Sentencing Reform Act of 2010 are included in the new edition. The Pocket Edition contains all classified offenses and exempt felonies of the classified offenses, as well all offenses found in Title 16 and all lesser degrees of classified offenses as specified in the 1994 Crime Classifications Act. The comprehensive All Offenses Edition, listing every S.C. criminal offense and penalty arranged sequentially by Code section, is available on CD only. Click on the following links to purchase yours today!

S.C. Criminal Offenses and Penalties Combo (Pocket and All Offenses on CD)

S.C. Criminal Offenses and Penalties 2011 (All Offenses on CD)

S.C. Criminal Offenses and Penalties 2011 Pocket Edition

Wills clinic for Habitat for Humanity homeowners
The Young Lawyers Division has created a Habitat for Humanity Wills Clinics Committee to provide free wills for Habitat for Humanity homeowners. The first clinic is scheduled for Saturday, July 30, at the Bar Conference Center located at 1501 Park St. in Columbia. During wills clinics, attorneys set up workstations to provide this service. Guidelines, forms and a training session are provided prior to clinics, and no previous wills experience is necessary. To volunteer, contact Kayla Smith at (803) 799-6653, ext. 135.

Join the Lawyer Referral Service today!

The Lawyer Referral Service is a public service of the Bar offering a simple, inexpensive and practical method of introducing people with legal problems to qualified lawyers. Members who have not renewed by June 30 will be taken off rotation automatically. Current members may renew through the Case Manager System; click on "My Profile" to update areas of practice and counties for referral, then click on "Membership Dues" to begin the checkout process. Renewal fees may be paid by mailed check, VISA or Mastercard. New members (and current members who prefer to renew the traditional way) may complete the application and submit it to the LRS with a check for $50 per county designated for referrals and a copy of their professional liability insurance policy's declarations page. New applicants and those not renewing through the Case Manager System must pay by check. If you have any problems or questions, please contact Joan Brown at (803) 576-3794.

PMAP--Your guide to...
Dropbox. Many lawyers are discovering a service called Dropbox. Dropbox syncs files on all your computers or smart phones. Save a file on your work PC to Dropbox, and when you go to your laptop, the file is synced there too. Dropbox is convenient -- you don't have to save a document to a flashdrive or e-mail it to home to work on it. You can also give someone access to your Dropbox and share files with a client. But is it secure? For a recent discussion on Dropbox security, see this article at TechRepublic. PMAP is free practice management assistance for Bar members. Contact Courtney Kennaday at (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or

Teachers to learn the fundamentals of law
The S.C. Supreme Court Institute will take place in Columbia June 20-22. The statewide, interactive learning institute for middle and high school teachers will encourage a better understanding and appreciation of the Supreme Court, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and Separation of Powers. The Institute is a program of the Law Related Education Division of the Bar. The program is full, but interested parties can contact Cynthia Conthran to be added to the waiting list.

Advance Sheet update
June 8, 2011
The S.C. Court of Appeals found that the master did have subject matter jurisdiction once the Appellant filed this action to quiet title. The circuit court was required by Section 15-67-60 to refer the action to a master-in-equity to first determine rightful ownership of the property and then to enter final judgment. The court affirmed the master's decision since the evidence reasonably supported the finding that Respondent possessed fee simple title to the property.
Major v. Penn Cmty. Serv. Inc., No. 4838, is available online.

June 13, 2011

The S.C. Supreme Court dismissed this appeal as moot. Appellants objected to and opted out of the class action and therefore have no stake in the issues they raise regarding the class action settlement. Appellants reached an independent settlement with Respondents and received the funds due to them under the opt-out agreement. Pursuant to that settlement, Appellants executed releases that explicitly discharged all claims against the Respondents. 
Doe #53 v. Bishop of Charleston, No. 26984, is available online.

This is an appeal from a circuit court order affirming a decision by Respondent, Town of Rockville Design Review Board, declining to allow Appellants to construct a dock and walkway for which they had obtained a permit. The Court found no evidence to support the finding that the proposed dock and walkway would impede a scenic view and reversed.
Rockville Haven v. Town of Rockville, No. 26985, is available online.

This is an appeal from an award of attorney's fees pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, S.C. Code Ann. Sections 30-4-10 to -165. The Court concluded that Respondent Edward D. Sloan Jr. was a "prevailing party" and the trial court properly awarded Sloan attorney's fees. However, in view of the law of this case in Sloan v. Friends of the Hunley, Inc. (Sloan I), 369 S.C. 20, 630 S.E.2d 474 (2006), the Court found the trial court erred in awarding fees beyond the time that Appellant Friends of the Hunley, Inc. provided the requested information to Sloan.
Sloan v. Friends of Hunley, Inc., No. 26986, is available online.

By order of June 13 the Court reinstated William Jefferson McMillian III with conditions which include a prohibition on solo practice for three years, quarterly reports from a supervising attorney, malpractice coverage and completion of the Bar's Legal Ethics and Practice Program Trust Account School.

By order of June 13 the Court imposed a public reprimand on William Edwin Griffin for misconduct which included lack of candor in a discipline investigation, a letter conveying a settlement offer seeking to avoid reporting alleged unprofessional conduct, failure to supervise disbursement by a law office staff person and failure to record a mortgage or confirm its recording.

Firm announcements
Gallivan White & Boyd PA announces the opening of an office in Columbia located at 1201 Main St., Ste. 1110, 29201. (864) 271-9580. John T. Lay Jr., Johnston Cox, John Hudson and Shelley Montague join as partners in the Columbia office. James Brogdon, Childs Thrasher and Breon Walker will serve as associates.

Harvey & Vallini, LLC announces that Matthew D. Sullivan has become an associate of the firm located at 211 W. Main St., Lexington 29072. (803) 212-1010.

Moore & Van Allen announces that Amy Jowers has joined the Charleston office located at 40 Calhoun St., Ste. 300, 29401. (843) 579-7000.

Rikard, Moses and Protopapas LLC announces that it has dissolved. Robert G. Rikard and Peter D. Protopapas have formed Rikard & Protopapas LLC, and Allyson M. Carbaugh and Brian D. Newman have joined the firm with offices located at 1803 Hampton St., Columbia 29201 (803) 978-6111. Marion M. Moses announces the opening of The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses located at P.O. Box 5615, Columbia 29205 (803) 771-7011.

Standeffer & Harbin, LLP announces that T. Matthew Bradley has joined the firm located at 1000 N. Main St., Anderson 29621. (864) 964-0333.

In memoriam
George Golson, 97, of Las Vegas died on June 2, 2011. His obituary can be viewed here.

June 15
Lawyer Image Task Force Meeting, Bar Conference Center
S.C. Access to Justice Commission Meeting, Nelson Mullins

June 17
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins, Columbia

June 20-22
S.C. Supreme Court Institute, Bar Conference Center and S.C. Supreme Court

June 23
Real Estate Practices Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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

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