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January 24, 2012

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January 24, 2012
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The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

Convention 2012 breaks records!
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2012 Convention and made it a huge success! The numbers are in, and more than 1,500 people attended, including more than 1,000 attorneys and judges. We hope you enjoyed it and are looking forward to the 2013 Convention Jan. 24-27 at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes.

Help Cinderella get to the ball
YLD is collecting gently worn formal, bridesmaid and prom dresses for young women who lack the financial resources to buy a gown for their high school prom. Evening bags, jewelry, shoes and other accessories are also needed. 
Students will be invited to attend boutiques held in the spring to "shop" for a dress and other items at no cost. For more information and the complete list of drop-off locations, click 
here. This page will be updated as locations are confirmed.

Volunteers needed for Habitat for Humanity Wills Clinics

YLD’s Habitat for Humanity Wills Clinics Committee is seeking volunteers to help provide free wills for Habitat for Humanity homeowners. Guidelines, forms and training sessions are provided prior to each clinic, and no previous wills experience is necessary. The following clinics are in need of volunteers: Jan. 28 (Darlington), Feb. 18 (Orangeburg), Feb. 25 (Summerville), March 17 (York) and March 31 (Oconee). 
Through this rewarding experience, 55 homeowners were assisted in last year's clinic. To volunteer, contact Jennifer Ashburn at or (803) 708-7445. 

Thank you from the S.C. Bar Foundation

The decorations have been put away and the band has played its last song, but it's not too late for you to be part of Gala 2012. More than 400 people celebrated the Nifty Fifty of the Bar and the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Lawyers of the Year: Bradford T. Cunningham of the Town of Lexington; Louis T. (Tom) Runge of Ellis, Lawhorne & Sims; and the firm of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC. The Gala also recognized 
Jack E. Cohoon as the Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Lawyer of the Year. If you did not get a chance to make your donation or did not attend the gala, you can still show your support by completing 
this form and returning it to the Bar Foundation. Thank you to everyone that made Gala 2012 a huge success. See you next year! 

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PMAP–Your guide to …

Picking the tablet that’s right for you. As 2012 promises to be yet another year of the computer tablet, many lawyers are asking which one is right for them. The most consistently popular are the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, and you can compare features of all three at
The Verge or CNET. CNET also has reviews of other tablets on the market, from the Blackberry Playbook to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. For free practice management advice, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Legislative report
See what happened last week in the
Weekly Legislative Report! Updates will be posted every Friday throughout the legislative session.

Foreclosure Intervention and Mediation Symposium 
Resolved: Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution, in conjunction with the 
Charleston School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution, is hosting a symposium on March 23 that will evaluate foreclosure intervention practice and theory. The event will feature Keith Seat, Andrea Schneider and the Hon. William Howard, and will address S.C. intervention requirements, lending complications, developments in foreclosure mediation theory, challenges and criticisms, ethical foundations and social justice concerns. For more information, click
here or contact Adam Owensby at or (843) 530-2232.

Advance Sheet update
January 18, 2012

In this appeal of a criminal conviction, the S.C. Court of Appeals concluded that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting identification testimonies, the defendant's statement or evidence of two of Fripp's prior burglary convictions. Furthermore, the trial court did not err in refusing to strike a juror for cause, and the trial court's ruling that Fripp opened the door to hearsay testimony is the law of the case.
State v. Fripp, No. 4928, is available

Firm announcements
Colleen O'Herlihy Brunson announces the opening of Brunson Law, LLC located at 1612 Marion St., Ste. 310, Columbia 29201. (803) 403-1955.

Davidson & Lindemann, PA announces that Justin T. Bagwell has become an associate in the firm located at 1611 Devonshire Dr., Second Floor, Columbia 29204. (803) 806-8222.

Ellis, Lawhorne & Sims, PA announces that Kirby Shealy has joined the firm as shareholder located at 1501 Main St., 5th Floor, Columbia 29201. (803) 254-4190.

Fisher & Phillips, LLP announces the relocation of its Columbia office to 1320 Main St., Ste. 750, 29201. (803) 255-0000.

Wilkes Law Firm, PA announces that Lindsay L. Builder has joined the firm's Spartanburg office located at 127 Dunbar St., Ste. 200, 29306. (864) 591-1113.

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

February 23-24
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building

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