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October 20, 2011

October 20, 2011

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October 20, 2011
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Court issues order requiring Bar members to register with AIS
The Supreme Court issued an order Monday requiring all South Carolina lawyers to log on to the new SCJD Attorney Information System (AIS) to validate their contact information by November 18, 2011. Attorney contact information from AIS will be used by the South Carolina trial courts, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court to send attorney notices and court correspondence. Each attorney has a unique account that is password protected and will receive a personalized letter from Chief Justice Toal dated October 17, 2011, that contains the specific logon procedures. Please note that attorneys will be unable to renew their 2012 South Carolina Bar license without first validating their contact information in AIS at the Supreme Court.  

To view the complete order, click 
here. All changes in contact information, including name, organization, address, phone number and e-mail will be handled by AIS exclusively. AIS is the first step to electronic filing of court documents in South Carolina. The Bar will continue to collect and maintain Rule 608 court appointment information, including list designations and county for appointment, through the license fee renewal process.

Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met today by conference call. The Board received a report on the success of the Solo and Small Firm CLE & Annual Meeting. It approved the remittance of a portion of the license fee opt out funds collected last winter to the SC Bar Foundation.
The Board received reports on a change in Casemaker legal research management, the launch of the Supreme Court’s Attorney Information System, civil case court appointment funding and the annual group medical plan renewal. It approved the creation of a task force to review the Bar’s professional liability insurer endorsement. It also received an update on activity from the Lawyer Image Task Force.

Results of the July 2011 Bar Examination
The results of the July 2011 Bar Examination will be posted on the Supreme Court's website at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2011. Additionally, a letter notifying each bar applicant of the results will be mailed on Friday, October 21, 2011. Telephonic requests for information about these results will not be accepted until 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 2011.

Help make Mock Trial rock! 
It is that time of year again! The Law Related Education (LRE) Division is seeking volunteers for its growing Mock Trial programs, which teach middle and high school students about the legal system through trial role playing. Mock Trial volunteers enjoy the thrill of competition while scoring and presiding over trials. LRE needs attorney volunteers to score the competitions, attorney coaches to help prepare the teams and student volunteers to help behind the scenes. Competition dates and locations are as follows: Nov. 5, Middle School Mock Trial Regional Competitions (Conway, Greenville and Lexington); Dec. 9-10, Middle School Mock Trial State Competition (Lexington); Feb. 25, High School Mock Trial Regional Competitions (Charleston, Conway, Greenville and Lexington); and March 9-10, High School Mock Trial State Competition (Columbia). All attorney volunteers earn pro bono credit for their hours dedicated to the Mock Trial program. To learn more or volunteer, contact Cynthia H. Cothran at or at (803) 252-5139.

Advance Sheet update
In this workers’ compensation case, the S.C. Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the Appellate Panel on compensability and reinstated the benefits awarded by the single commissioner. The evidence in the record demonstrated that Appellant had no reason to discover his injury was compensable before April 2008 and his report of his injury to Respondent in May 2008 fell well within the ninety-day notice period.
King v. Int’l Knife & Saw, No. 4895, is available online.

In this workers’ compensation case, the Court reversed and remanded to the Appellate Panel for the purpose of amending its award and to make specific findings on Appellant’s understanding of the restrictions and his entitlement to temporary total disability for the thirteen-and-a-half-week period. Since the traditional primary method of calculation of wages was inappropriate in this case, due to the short amount of time the Appellant worked, the Panel was allowed to use an alternative method. The first alternative method of wage calculation adopted by the Appellate Panel's order, was proper if two “predicate conditions” exist: (1) it is “practicable” to use the alternative method and (2) the calculation yields a result “fair and just” to both parties. The court found the Appellate Panel failed to satisfy the second predicate condition, therefore making the use of the first alternative method of calculation an error of law. 
Pugh v. Piedmont Mech., No. 4856, is available online.

Reinstatement sought
The Committee on Character and Fitness invites comments by December 12 on the petition for reinstatement of Jack L. Schoer.

October 21
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins, Columbia
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

October 25
Real Estate Practices Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

October 28
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building

November 1
Senior Lawyers Division Nominating Committee Meeting, Conference Call

November 17
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

November 18
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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