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January 12, 2012

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January 12, 2012
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Judicial Merit Selection Commission releases report
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission has released its Draft Report of Fall 2011 Judicial Candidates. Members of the General Assembly are not permitted to issue letters of introduction, announcements of candidacy, statements detailing a candidate’s qualifications or commitments to vote for a candidate until Jan. 17, when the report becomes final. To view the report, click 

Luncheon with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justices Scalia and Breyer
Please note that a limited number of tickets are remaining for the Convention luncheon with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justices Scalia and Breyer taking place Saturday, Jan. 21, at noon. In order to purchase a ticket you must register for the Convention. You may purchase tickets at the Convention. No tickets will be sold after Friday, Jan. 20, at 5 p.m.

Nominations sought for Young Lawyer of the Year Award
YLD is seeking nominations for the Young Lawyer of the Year Award, given annually to a young lawyer for his or her contributions to the community and/or the legal profession in South Carolina. Do you know someone that deserves to be recognized?
Nominate by April 2. 

Free domestic violence CLE
YLD's Voices Against Violence Committee is hosting a free CLE titled "Domestic Violence: What Every Attorney Should Know" on Friday, Feb. 3, that will address the civil and criminal aspects of domestic violence representation, as well as ethical considerations. While this CLE is free to attend, all attendees must commit to representing two pro bono clients in Order of Protection actions. For more information, contact Caroline Raines at (803) 758-6000 or

GAL study report released
The report of the Guardian ad Litem Study Committee has been released. The General Assembly included a proviso in the present budget to undertake the study. The report notes that the present statewide GAL system (which covers all counties except Richland) served over 10,000 children in fiscal year 2010-11 and accepted 100 percent of the cases filed by DSS. The Committee proposes creation of a Division of Guardian ad Litem to oversee both the present program and GALs appointed in private custody and visitation disputes. The report can be found here.

Firm announcements
Deborah B. Barbier announces the opening of 
Deborah B. Barbier, LLC located at 1531 Laurel St., Columbia 29201. (803) 445-1032. 

Paul A. Cain
announces the opening of The Cain Law Firm, PC located at 107 N. Fairplay St., Seneca 29678. (864) 784-2270.

Dority & Manning, PA announces that Allison L. Richmond has joined the firm as an associate located at 55 Beattie Place, Ste. 1600, Greenville 29601. (864) 271-1592.

Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, PC announces that Allison P. Dunham has been named partner in the firm located at 178 W. Main St., Spartanburg 29306. (864) 585-5100.

McNair Law Firm, PA announces that Susan Taylor Wall and Amanda C. Williams have joined the firm located at 100 Calhoun St., Ste. 400, Charleston 29401. (843) 723-7831.

Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, PA announces that Emily R. Gifford and Shelton W. Haile have been named shareholders in the firm located at 1900 Barnwell St., Columbia 29201. (803) 771-4400.

Todd W. Smyth and Joshua S. Whitley announce the opening of Smyth Whitley, LLC located at 234 Seven Farms Dr., Ste. 215, Charleston 29492. (843) 606-5635.

Ian Taylor announces the opening of Taylor Law Office, LLC located at 239 Business Center Dr., Pawleys Island 29585. (843) 314-4313.

January 13
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Member Involvement Task Force Meeting, Conference Call

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
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins
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

February 10
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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