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November 15, 2011

November 10, 2011

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
November 15, 2011
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The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

Wanted: Your photos for the South Carolina Lawyer magazine!
Be sure to check out pages 48-49 of the November issue of the South Carolina Lawyer for photos of your colleagues in action. We want to hear from you, too! Send an "action" photo of your community service or pro bono work to for inclusion in an upcoming issue.

New Ethics Advisory Opinion issued
The Ethics Advisory Committee has issued a new opinion. The text of all opinions is available
11-08 The “Work Share Agreement” between the law firm and the real estate agency violates Rule 5.4(a) (fee sharing) and Rule 7.2(c) (payment for referral). The services to be performed by the parties are services that the parties would customarily perform in the absence of an agreement and where many of the services will not actually be performed directly by the real estate agency. In order for such an agreement to avoid ethical violations, the services provided to a law firm by a real estate agency must be in addition to those services that the real estate agency already provides, and $225 must be a reasonable charge for the additional services.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Technology tools for improving client communication. On any given day, most lawyers use a cell phone or smart phone, a desktop computer and the Internet. Many more also have iPads or other tablet devices and use social media to communicate with clients. For an exploration of six new and improved ways of communicating with your clients, read 
Six Technology Tools for Improving Client Communication by ABA author and former TECHSHOW Chair Dan Pinnington. The blog post includes helpful tips like how to use free long distance via the Internet. For your law practice technology questions, contact Courtney Kennaday at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 183.

Post-Thanksgiving sale on CLE publications!
The CLE Division is having a post-Thanksgiving publications sale beginning Monday, Nov. 28, and ending Friday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. Purchase up to four publications and take 15 percent off your order, or purchase five or more publications and take 25 percent off your order. Any orders received after 5 p.m. on Dec. 9 will be filled at the regular price, and no other discounts will apply. No exceptions. Preview now by visiting the online 
publications store. To view a list of titles not eligible for a discount during the sale, click 

ADR renewals 
ADR renewal applications were mailed Oct. 24, 2011, to all active neutrals. If you are a certified mediator or arbitrator and did not receive yours, contact Joan Brown at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 138.

Lawyer Discipline Report posted
The Commission on Lawyer Conduct has released its 2010-2011 Annual Report of Lawyer Discipline in South Carolina. The full report can be found

S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense seeking candidates
Candidates seeking to apply for a four-year term as the Circuit Public Defender of the 10th Judicial Circuit should go to to complete on online application and receive further details. This is a reposting of this position and will only remain open until Dec. 1. For more information, contact Hugh Ryan at (803) 734-1338.

Interim suspension
By order of November 15 the Court placed Gary D. James Sr. on interim suspension. Crystal Leigh Andrew is the trustee.

Firm announcements
Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC announces that George A. Taylor has joined the firm located at 1812 Lincoln St., Columbia 29201. (803) 404-6900.

The Cate Law Firm, PA announces that Margaret Hodge has joined the firm located at 383 S. Pine St., Spartanburg 29302. (864) 585-4226.

April Gremillion
announces the opening of The Law Office of April L. Gremillion, LLC. The mailing address is P.O. Box 5265, Columbia 29250. (803) 543-9667.

Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover, PC
announces that Alan Belcher and Elizabeth Corn have joined the firm located at 2113 Middle St., Ste. 305, Charleston 29482. (843) 883-7412.

Alton L. Martin Jr. and Laura E. Martin announce that Martin & Brasington, PA is now Martin & Martin, PA located at 1415 Augusta St., Greenville 29605. (864) 271-1822.

Laura McCall Saunders announces the opening of The Law Offices of Laura M. Saunders, LLC located at 102 Church St., Laurens 29360. (864) 984-7237.

Tyler, Cassell, Jackson, Peace and Silver, LLC announces that Taylor A. Peace has joined the firm located at 1331 Elmwood Ave., Ste. 300, Columbia 29201. (803) 779-4997.

November 16
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Meeting, Conference Center

November 17
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
S.C. Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Bar Building

November 18
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins (Columbia)
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

November 22
Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission Meeting, Conference Center

December 1
Community Association Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

December 2
Dispute Resolution Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building

December 15
Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call

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