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October 25, 2011

October 24, 2011

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
October 25, 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.

Pat Henry is proud to be a S.C. lawyer!

Conway lawyer Pat Henry 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
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Courts to expedite appeals

The S.C. Supreme Court issued an order, which includes the Court of Appeals, that will expedite consideration for any appeal or petition for a writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals from termination of parental rights proceedings, adoption proceedings and/or Department of Social Services actions involving custody of a minor child. The complete order can be viewed

Advance sheet update
October 25, 2011
The S.C. Supreme Court found that considering the record as a whole, there was substantial evidence that would allow reasonable minds to reach the conclusion that the petitioner should have known she had a compensable injury when first diagnosed with sarcoidosis. Based on that time, the petitioner's claim was barred by the statute of limitations. The Court declined to address the issue of compensability and causation.
Holmes v. Nat. Serv. Indus., No. 27059, is available
Justice Beatty dissented in a separate opinion in which Acting Justice James E. Moore concurred.

Member discipline
By order of October 24 the Court imposed a public reprimand (with additional conditions) on Michael Langford Brown Jr. for misconduct which resulted in a guilty plea to resisting arrest. The conditions include compliance with the contract with Lawyers Helping Lawyers.

By order of October 24 the Court imposed a 60 day suspension on Thomas Maurice Gagne for misconduct which included a person in his office endorsing a settlement check without the client's express authority to do so, contacting former clients who had selected an associate who left the firm to handle their matters and assigning his paralegal to attend a deposition (leaving the initial appearance that the paralegal was a licensed lawyer in the firm).

By order of October 24 the Court disbarred Amanda Graham Steinmeyer (retroactive to December 2, 2010) for misconduct which included depositing a settlement in her personal account rather than the law firm trust account, having insufficient funds in her trust account, failing to maintain required records, providing false testimony to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, paying non-client related expenses from a trust account, endorsing a client's name on a State Accident Fund check without the client's knowledge, pleading guilty to driving under the influence and completing PTI on other charges and failing to file an action in a dispute between neighbors.

Firm announcements
James B. Hindersman announces that Swick & Hindersman, LLC has become Hindersman Law Firm, LLC located at 1421 Bull St., Columbia 29201. (803) 253-8785.

Nexsen Pruet announces that Brian A. Autry has joined the firm located at 1230 Main St., Ste. 700, Columbia 29201. (803) 771-8900.

Williams, Hendrix, Steigner & Brink, PA announces that Benjamin A. Stitely has joined the firm located at 206 E. Main St., Lexington 29071. (803) 359-1550.

In memoriam
Keith A. Gatlin, 87, of Rock Hill died Oct. 21. His obituary can be found

Robert Dennis Jennings, 77, of Bishopville died Oct. 19. His obituary can be found

October 27
Community Association Law Committee Meeting, Conference Center

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 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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