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January 5, 2012

January 03, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
January 5, 2012
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.

You're invited!
Join your fellow Bar members and legislators for an evening of cocktails and light hors d' oeuvres at the Legislative Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 
from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be held in the downstairs atrium of the Capital City Center located at 1201 Main St. in Columbia. To RSVP, contact Catherine Scarlett at (803) 576-3782 or by Jan. 11.

Join us for the Bar Foundation's 2012 Gala!
Mark your calendars to attend the S.C. Bar Foundation's
annual gala on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. followed by a seated dinner and special presentations to this year's Nifty Fifty (classes of 1961 and 1962), the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Lawyers of the Year and the Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Lawyer of the Year, Jack E. Cohoon. Finally, dance the night away to the sounds of The Men of Distinction. Gala 2012 is being presented by Collins & Lacy, PC as well as many other generous sponsors. Your Bar Foundation is the only statewide entity that funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability. Gala 2012 is just one effort to augment the Foundation's mission. To reserve your seat, call (803) 765-0517 or e-mail

Looking for What's New?
What's New is now online and searchable! The What's New column, previously published in the South Carolina Lawyer magazine, summarizes recent developments in the law. Click
here to browse case summaries in your practice area and link to the complete opinions.

Have what it takes to win a fiction writing competition?
SEAK, Inc. is sponsoring the 2012 National Fiction Writing Competition for Physicians and Lawyers to encourage participants to become more interested in and adept at writing fiction. If you think you have what it takes, submit your short story by Aug. 1 to SEAK, Inc., Fiction Writing Competition, Attn: Steven Babitsky, P.O. Box 729, Falmouth, MA 02541. For the complete list of rules and more information, click

Interest rate on money judgments and decrees
For the period Jan. 15, 2012, through Jan 14, 2013, the legal rate of interest for judgments and money decrees is 7.25 percent compounded annually, as to comply with S.C. Code Ann. Section 34-31-20 (B) (Supp. 2010). To view the complete order, click

Advance Sheet update
January 4, 2012
In this workers' compensation action, the S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the circuit court’s ruling. The court found that, viewed appropriately in light of Ellison II, there was substantial evidence in the record to support the Appellate Panel's decision that the appellant did not have a greater disability as a result of the combined effects of his previous injuries and his current injury. Therefore, the court did not reach the remaining issues relating to loss of earning capacity.
Dinkins v. Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc., No. 4926, is available

The court reinstated the respondent’s conviction and reversed the circuit court order reversing the respondent’s conviction of driving under the influence (DUI) on the basis of an alleged insufficiency in the number of potential jurors from which to draw a jury for Johnson's trial in magistrate court. The court found that, in construing S.C. Code Sections 22-2-80 and 90, the presence of 33 jurors in this case was sufficient to select a qualified jury panel from the jury pool. The circuit court effectively read that Section 22-2-90 required that a minimum of 40 individuals appear and be available for jury selection, while the plain terms of the statute require only that 40 individual names be drawn and ordered to appear. The legislature has set forth no specified number of jurors required to be present and available in the jury pool before jury selection can proceed.
State v. Johnson, No. 4927, is available

Firm announcements
Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP announces that David J. Harmon and Lee C. Weatherly have become partners of the firm and John T. Floyd and C. Robin Graham have joined the firm as associates located at 40 Calhoun St., Ste. 400, Charleston 29401. (843) 727-0307.

Collins & Lacy, PC announces that Brian A. Comer and Rebecca K. Halberg have been elected shareholders of the firm located at 1330 Lady St., 6th Floor, Columbia 29201. (803) 256-2660.

Evans, Carter, Kunes & Bennett, PA announces that M. Jean Lee has become a shareholder in the firm located at 115 Church St., Charleston 29401. (843) 577-2300.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA announces that Lindsey Carlberg Livingston and Tigerron (Tiger) A. Wells have been elected shareholders in the Columbia office located at 1201 Main St., 22nd Floor, 29201, (803) 779-3080, and 
Charles M. Sprinkle III has been elected shareholder in the Greenville office located at 75 Beattie Place, 11th Floor, 29601, (864) 240-3200.

David C. Shea and Almand J. Barron announce the opening of The Law Offices of Shea & Barron located at 1916 Henderson St., Columbia 29201. (803) 779-3099.

Marne Sherman, PA announces that James C. Copeland has joined the firm as an associate located at 301 Stoneridge Dr., Columbia 29210. (803) 772-3242.

Nexsen Pruet, LLC announces that Andrea Easler has been elected member in the firm located at 400 Main St., Ste. 100A, Hilton Head Island 29926. (843) 689-6277.

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP announces that Jenna Kiziah McGee has been elected partner in the Charleston office located at 200 Meeting St., Ste. 301, 29401, (843) 727-2650, and Sam C. Moses has been elected partner in the Columbia office located at 1201 Main St., Ste. 1450, 29201, (803) 255-8000.

Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC announces that Francis Marion Ervin II has joined the firm located at 775 St. Andrews Blvd., 
Charleston  29407. (843) 556-5656.

Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP announces that Michael Hickerson has joined the firm located at 171 Church St., Ste. 210, Charleston 29401. (843) 577-9888.

Turner Padget Graham & Laney, PA announces that Nosizi Ralephata has been named shareholder in the Charleston office located at 40 Calhoun St., Ste. 200, 
Charleston 29401. (843) 577-3369.

January 6
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Bar Building

January 13
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

January 19
Board of Governors Meeting, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
House of Delegates Meeting, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Memory Hold the Door Ceremony, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

January 20
Family Law Section Publications Committee Meeting, Bar Building

January 21
Bar Foundation Gala, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

January 27
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Law Related Education Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building

February 2
Community Association Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

February 3
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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