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November 23, 2011

November 18, 2011

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast, CLE-Edition! 
November 23, 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.

S.C. Bar Convention spotlight
Consumer Law Section
This year’s seminar will start with a spirited discussion of the Supreme Court's Administrative Order from May 2, 2011, and the August 2011 Matrix Fin. Servs. Corp. v. Frazer opinion. Barbara Brunson will then address preventing abusive financial practices that affect the elderly, and Shawn French will discuss issue spotting in order to advise clients in financial distress of available options, with a focus on short sales and how they compare to a borrower’s more traditional options. To end the afternoon, John Hearn and Jason Wyman will have 30 answers to 30 questions about the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. Don’t miss this unique seminar! To view the full agenda and a complete list of all Convention seminars, click 
here. Online Convention registration is now open! Register today!  

Convention sponsor spotlight

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. If you place your order online, any applicable discount will be applied at the time of processing. Mailed orders must be post-marked by Friday, Dec. 9, for sale prices to apply.

Featured seminar
Keeping Your Nose Clean: Stress and Ethical Decision-Making for Real Estate Attorneys 
The practice of real estate law has always included its share of stress, but the climate in recent years has been described by many as nothing short of brutal. To help real estate practitioners guard against the ethical downfalls that have plagued many of their colleagues, ReelTime CLE has developed this engaging seminar to examine the links between ethical and professional demands of real estate practice and an attorney’s mental health. Using clips from the legal thriller Changing Lanes, this presentation provides a powerful and entertaining forum for exploring the manifold sources of stress often in play during the course of a real estate transaction and the corresponding toll they can take on an attorney’s mental health and psychological well being.

Related resource:
Handbook for S.C. Dirt Lawyers, 2nd Edition. This practical, straightforward manual, beneficial for every S.C. real estate practitioner and their staff members, was written with the intent of keeping "dirt lawyers" out of the Advance Sheets and in their closing conference rooms. Author Claire T. Manning will be in attendance on Dec. 13 to answer any “Dirt Law” questions you may have.

More upcoming seminars
2011 S.C. Family Court Bench Bar

Loss Mitigation–The Essential Tool Kit for Working with Distressed Property

“U North or True North?” The Challenges of Ethical Decision-Making for In-House Counsel

Motor Carrier Claims: From Wreck to Trial

S.C. Bar and The Ritter Academy offer e-discovery training
The S.C. Bar and 
The Ritter Academy announce that S.C. Bar members have the opportunity to enroll in The Ritter Academy's online, self-paced training course on the complex and challenging field of electronic discovery. Bar members have the option of either enrolling for unlimited access to all of the Academy's courses at an annual cost of $489 ($1,199 after Jan. 15, 2012), or enrolling in the “S.C. Six-Pack,” which allows a lawyer to obtain a package of six hours of self-paced CLE for $329 (through March 1, 2012). For more information or to register, click here.

Upcoming live webcasts
Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More

Avoiding Critical Financial Errors in Divorce Settlements

Preparing the Financial Declaration: Ethics and Best Practices

The Art of Advocacy–What Can Lawyers Learn from Actors?

On-demand, online CLE programs
2011 S.C. Investor's Title Insurance Seminar co-sponsored by S.C. Investor's Title

Take to the Cloud: Virtual Law Offices and Cloud Computing

Appointed: What You Need to Know About Court Appointments and PCR

Trust Accounting 101: Everything You Need to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

The Attainable Paperless Office

Marketing Tips: From Analog to Digital

Best Practices for a Successful Law Firm

How Not to Commit Malpractice with Your Computer

Sixty Tips for Small Firm Lawyers in 60 Minutes

Recent releases
The Alimony Calculator 2011, Version 1.x by Thomas Traxler (new purchasers) 

If you are an existing user of this software and would like to purchase the 2011 program, click

Lawyers as Employers: A Guide to S.C. Employment Law for Small Firms and Solo Practitioners
 edited by William L. Duda, Benjamin P. Glass and Michael M. Shetterly

The Fourth Amendment: A Step-by-Step Guide to Search and Seizure Jurisprudence in South Carolina
 by Melanie M. Yenovkian

Coming soon

The S.C. Law of Torts, Fourth Edition by Professors F. Patrick Hubbard and Robert L. Felix

Need answers to a publication question or invoice? Want to place an order by phone? Contact Kristie Haustovich at or (803) 771-0333, ext. 126.


Trust Alternatives

Employment Tax Planning Across Entities

For a complete listing of upcoming teleseminars, visit If you have any difficulty registering for these teleseminars, please e-mail or call 1-800-694-9747.

To be added or deleted from the E-Blast mailing list, please contact Donna Oelhafen in Membership Services at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 171. 

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