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October 18, 2011

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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
October 18, 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.

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.

Amy Hill is proud to be a S.C. lawyer! 
Columbia lawyer Amy Hill is featured in the "Proud to be a South Carolina Lawyer" video series, designed to present a glimpse into the lives of S.C. lawyers. Click 
here to see the video, and "Like" the Bar on Facebook to see an additional video each week and share them with others.

Volunteers needed
Volunteers from all judicial circuits are needed for the Resolution of Fee Disputes Board. Members of the board are called on to investigate fee disputes filed against members of the Bar. Each member of the Fee Disputes Board who completes an investigation receives credit for a Rule 608 appointment. If you are interested in serving, please contact Michelle Dennis at or Cindy Coker at

Revised forms now mandatory
The use of the following revised family court forms is now mandatory, as of Monday, Oct. 17: SCRCP Form 4C, Judgment in a Civil Case, and SCRCP Form 4F, Judgment in a Family Court Case. To retrieve these forms, click

PMAP--Your guide to …
Figuring out the iPad. If you’re one of the many lawyers who has an iPad, you may have noticed it’s not like other computers. If you're struggling to learn the ins and outs of your device, there are resources available to help you. One option is the iPad User Guide bookmark, which comes preloaded on your iPad. Simply click on the bookmark icon in the Safari web browser to view the comprehensive online source that will help you master your iPad. Another user-friendly option is the complete PDF user manual available from Apple. From your iPad, click 
here to download, then touch the screen in the upper right-hand corner of your iPad for the option to open the manual in iBooks. Once saved into iBooks, the manual will be ready whenever you need it, regardless of Internet availability. PMAP is a free member benefit. For more information, contact Courtney Kennaday at (803) 206-2675 or

Appointment to Commission on Indigent Defense
Gov. Haley has appointed Steven W. Hamm to the Commission on Indigent Defense for a term expiring June 30, 2013. The Bar nominated Hamm.

Pro bono assistance needed for non-profit arts organizations
Non-profit arts organizations in the Charleston and Columbia areas are seeking assistance with non-profit related legal issues. Pro bono law clerks are available to assist with these cases through
Carolina Clerks: Pro Bono Clerks for Pro Bono Lawyers. If you are interested in taking on one of these pro bono cases or for more information, contact Pam Robinson at or (803) 777-3405.

Advance Sheet update
October 18, 2011
The S.C. Supreme Court concluded that the attorney owed a fiduciary duty to his former client, which included the obligation not to act in a manner adverse to her interests in matters substantially related to the prior representation. The Court agreed with the Court of Appeals that whether Wingate breached a duty regarding the insurance policy is a question of fact for jury determination. Thus, the Court upheld the decision of the Court of Appeals to reverse the grant of summary judgment and remand this matter for trial. To the extent that the Court of Appeals indicated whether a duty was owed was a question of fact for the jury, that decision was modified to recognize that whether a fiduciary relationship exists between two classes of persons is a matter to be determined by a court.
Spence v. Wingate, No. 27055, is available

Firm announcements

Millard Brock Medley announces the opening of Millard Brock Medley, Attorney at Law located at 3104 Grandview Dr., Ste. D, Simpsonville 29680. (864) 757-1511.

October 20

Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Asheville

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
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Bar Building

November 1
Senior Lawyers Division Nominating Committee Meeting, Conference Call

November 9
Member Involvement Task Force Meeting, Bar Building

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