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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
May 24, 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.

Disaster relief still needed
In an earlier E-Blast you were invited to forward donations to the Alabama Law Foundation in the wake of the hurricane devastation in that state. The Bar has been advised by the local American Red Cross of the continuing need for donations, including the need for relief due to the present flooding along the Mississippi River. 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 or $20 so that the collected funds can be sent to the American Red Cross. Checks should be made payable to the YLD Foundation and mailed to YLD Foundation, Attn: Kayla Smith, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202.

PMAP -- Your guide to...
Business Card Strategies. Even in the digital world we inhabit, business cards still have an important place for lawyers. Having a good card is a goal for all lawyers. For example, you should make sure someone can read your card easily without glasses or a magnifying glass (the "over age 40" rule). For more tips, see the new S.C. Small Firm post. PMAP offers practice management advice to Bar members. Contact Courtney Kennaday at pmap@scbar.org or (803) 799-6653, ext. 183.

Court form revised
Form SCCA/218, Conditional Discharge Form, has been revised and is approved for use. To view the full text of the order, click here. All forms can be found on the Court's website at www.scccourts.org/forms.

Action on petitions
The Court has declined to adopt two proposals forwarded after action by the House of Delegates in January. The Court declined to increase the time interval in Rule 208(a)(3), SCACR, from 10 days to 30 days as was recommended by the Bar's Practice & Procedure Committee. The Court declined to adopt a rule to govern client files as was proposed by the Professional Responsibility Committee. With respect to the latter, the Court noted several areas to be addressed by the Bar should it wish to submit a revised version.
 
Advance Sheet update
May 23, 2011

In this case, the Supreme Court reversed petitioner's conviction, finding that an objection to certain hearsay testimony at trial was properly preserved for appellate review, as it was both timely and specific. The Court then determined the admission of that evidence was prejudicial to the criminal defendant, as the hearsay testimony was the only solid evidence placing the defendant at the scene of the crime.
State v. Byers, No. 26976, is available online.
Justice Pleicones concurred in result only.

The Court affirmed the circuit court's denial of post-conviction relief to the Petitioner, finding there was evidence to support the circuit court's finding that Petitioner's trial counsel was not deficient in failing to call Petitioner's co-defendant as a witness at trial and, in any event, Petitioner suffered no prejudice.
Edwards v. State, No. 26977, is available online.
Justice Beatty concurred in a separate opinion.
Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion.

Firm announcements
Jones, Simpson & Newton, PA announces that Dean S. Haskell has joined the firm located at 18 Pope Ave., P.O. Drawer 7049, Hilton Head Island 29938. (843) 842-6111.

Moore & Van Allen announces that Welles Campbell has joined the firm located at 100 N. Tryon St., Ste. 4700, Charlotte 28202. (704) 331-2321.

Zach S. Naert announces the opening of Naert Law Firm, LLC located at 1514 Mathis Ferry Rd., Ste. A-102, P.O. Box 412 (29465), Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 603-1307.

Savage & Savage, PA announces that Thomas J. Rode has joined the firm located at 15 Prioleau St., Charleston 29401. (843) 720-7470.

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Educational Trust and University Specialty Clinics announces that Hedy Zaragoza has become general counsel and director of legal services located at University Specialty Clinics, Columbia 29203. (803) 545-5218.

Calendar
June 10
Criminal Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

June 14
We the People Training, Bar Building

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

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