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November 22, 2011

November 22, 2011

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
November 22, 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.

Bar offices closed
The Bar will be closed Nov. 24-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. E-Blast will resume its regular schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

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 here

PMAP–Your guide to …
Phone systems for your law office. A lawyer's need for a phone system varies based on the size and complexity of the practice, and choosing among the available phone system options can be confusing! If you are in the market for an office phone, check out this helpful
blog post from ABA Site-tation. Get a simple definition of the different systems and explore links to additional resources. PMAP offers a free help-desk for office management questions. For more information, e-mail or call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183. 

Court approves FAQs
The S.C. Supreme Court approved "Frequently Asked Questions in S.C. Criminal Court" and "Frequently Asked Questions About Expungements and Pardons in South Carolina Courts." To view the complete order and link to the FAQs, click

February 2012 Bar exam laptop usage
The Board of Law Examiners will allow a limited number of applicants to use laptops to complete their answers to the essay sections of the February 2012 Bar Examination. One hundred and sixty applicants will be randomly selected from those applicants whose completed 
Request to Participate forms are received no later than Friday, Dec. 16. 

Advance Sheet update
November 21, 2011
The appellant appealed a ruling by the Appellate Panel of the S.C. Workers' Compensation Commission denying the appellant’s claim for repetitive trauma injuries to his shoulders. The appellant challenged the Commission's interpretation and application of S.C. Code Ann. Section 42-1-172 (Supp. 2010). The Court reversed and remanded on the grounds that the Commission erred in admitting a medical opinion that was not stated to a reasonable degree of medical certainty as required under Section 42-1-172.
Michau v. Georgetown Cnty., No. 27064, is available

In this land management case, the Court reversed and remanded an administrative order permitting construction of erosion control devices on a narrow peninsula near Seabrook Island on the basis of several errors of law.
Kiawah Development v. SCDHEC, No. 27065, is available
Chief Justice Toal dissented in a separate opinion.

The Court previously granted a writ of certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision to order a new trial after the trial judge refused to charge the jury on the law of self-defense. The Court dismissed the writ as improvidently granted.
State v. Jackson, No. 27068, is available

Member reinstatement 
By order of November 16 the Court reinstated Rose Marie Cooper.

Member discipline

By order of November 17 the Court placed Wilton Darnell Newton on interim suspension. Adam R. Artigliere is the trustee. 

By order of November 21 the Court imposed a two year suspension (retroactive to September 27, 2005, and with additional conditions) 
on James H. Dickey for misconduct which included creating a document which appeared to be a medical record, willfully failing to comply with a final decision of the Resolution of Fee Disputes Board and failing to prosecute a client’s case.

By order of November 21 the Court disbarred Ivan N. Walters based upon his disbarment by the North Carolina State Bar.

Firm announcements
Columbia Collaborative Law Center announces that its Columbia office's new phone number is (803) 699-7770. The office remains located at 1700 Woodcreek Farms Rd., 29045.

Davis, Frawley, Anderson, McCauley, Ayer, Fisher & Smith, LLC announces that Erica M. Parker has become an associate at the firm located at 140 E. Main St., Lexington 29072. (803) 359-2512.

Howser, Newman & Besley, LLC announces the relocation of its Charleston office to 215 E. Bay St., Ste. 303, 29401. (843) 216-6940.

Joye Law Firm announces that Melissa Fried has joined the firm located at 5861 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston 29406. (843) 554-3100.

The Lovely Law Firm, LLC announces that its name is now The Lovely Law Firm, Inc. The office remains located at 3541 Fountain Ln., Ste. A, Myrtle Beach 29577. (843) 839-4111.

Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC announces that Joshua A. Bennett and Jason Wyman have joined the firm located at 220 Executive Center Dr., Columbia 29210. (803) 771-7900.

The S.C. Court of Appeals announces that Carlyle Cromer, Andrew DeHoll, Jon Eggert, Lesley Firestone, Elizabeth Gailey, Caroline Leary, Leigh Mooney, Jennifer Roberts, Randi Lynn Roberts and Sharon Ward have joined the court staff located at 1015 Sumter St., Columbia 29201. (803) 734-1890. 

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 9
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

December 12
Senior Lawyers Division Law Day Committee Meeting with Local County Bar Presidents, Bar Building

December 15

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

December 16
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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