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December 1, 2011

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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
December 1, 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.

Call for authors!
Want to see your name in print? The South Carolina Lawyer is seeking authors to write articles that appeal to a broad range of lawyers. If you are interested in writing an article, view the
Memorandum for Authors and submit a proposal to Authors may receive two MCLE credit hours for articles that are at least 2000 words in length.

SLD recognizes winners of the 2011 Law Day Essay Contest
Congratulations to the following statewide winners of the 2011 Law Day Essay Contest, sponsored by the Senior Lawyers Division: Eve Hoffman, best overall essay (Spartanburg High School); Grace Stonecypher, best 12th grade essay (S.C. Homeschool Association); Shelby Leeanna Parris, best 11th grade essay (James F. Byrnes High School); Ryan Brooks, best 10th grade essay (Bamberg Ehrhardt High School); and Bryan Adams, best ninth grade essay (Fort Mill High School). The ninth through 12th grade awards will be presented at upcoming programs at the students' respective schools. Ms. Hoffman will receive her award on Jan. 20, in conjunction with the 2012 S.C. Bar Convention. 

Judge Mark Hayes attended a Law Day program at the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind to present students in Ms. Cindy P. Watson's age 14-21 class with a certificate of appreciation for their Law Day essay contest submission. Click
here to watch the video.

Court approves Business Court Pilot Program extension
The S.C. Supreme Court approved the extension of the Business Court Pilot Program (in Charleston, Greenville and Richland counties) for an additional two years, effective Dec. 1. To view the complete order, click

LRE Division judges student presentations via Skype
Yesterday, the Law Related Education (LRE) Division conducted Project Citizen in-school hearings via Skype with Early College High School in Conway. Principal Joan Grimmett and Horry County Social Studies Learning Specialist Jeanie Dailey joined LRE staff in judging the presentations. Three classes, led by teacher Samantha Lohr, presented projects concerning public policy, including education on nutrition, teenage drinking and driving, and high school dropout prevention. Project Citizen encourages students to research a public policy they believe should be revised or created, and in doing so, become inspired to make changes in their communities.

DSS announces the Adoption Finalization Incentive Program
The S.C. Department of Social Services has implemented a financial incentive to encourage members of the private bar who represent people adopting children in the Department’s custody to process those adoptions quickly. Effective immediately, the Adoption Finalization Incentive Program will award private attorneys who are representing prospective adoptive parents of children in foster care a monetary incentive to finalize their adoptions. If you wish to pursue the incentive payment or would like more information, click 
here or contact Amanda Redding at or (803) 898-7615. 

Advance Sheet update
December 1, 2011

The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to the respondent since there was still a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was a contract. The court reversed the circuit court's decision to grant summary judgment on the quantum meruit claim since it does not believe it is possible to rule, as a matter of law, that the alleged benefit to the respondent had no value. The court opined that the circuit court correctly found that the MOU did not contain an unambiguous promise by the respondent to pay the appellants and, therefore, properly granted summary judgment on the promissory estoppel claim.
Stevens & Wilkinson, Inc. v. City of Columbia, No. 4914, is available

Firm announcements
Brownyard Law Firm, PA announces that Jennifer S. Smith has joined the firm located at 1017 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Ste. 200, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 884-1658.

Odom Terry & Cantrell announces that Jerry A. Gaines has joined the firm and that it is now Odom Terry Cantrell & Gaines located at 220 N. Church St., Ste. 1, Spartanburg 29306. (864) 582-6776.

The S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice announces that Elizabeth A. Hill has become General Counsel and Larry Vanderbilt has become Associate Deputy Director for Legal, Legislative and Policy Coordination of the office located at 4900 Broad River Rd., Columbia 29212. (803) 896-9749.

Schiller Law Firm announces that Brian R. Murphy has joined the firm's Rock Hill office located at 241 Oakland Ave., 29732. (803) 366-0333.

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
Environment and Natural Resources Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Senior Lawyers Division Law Day Committee Meeting with Local County Bar Presidents, Bar Building

December 14
Corporate Banking and Securities Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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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