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January 26, 2012

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January 26, 2012
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The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

Chief Justice Toal's presentation to the S.C. House Ways and Means Subcommittee
Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal delivered a presentation to the S.C. House Ways and Means Subcommittee today
. To view the complete presentation, click

In case you missed it …

This year’s Convention plenary luncheon featured a special performance of Hootie and the Blowfish’s classic “Hold My Hand” by the Benedict College Gospel Choir, with an introduction by Hootie and the Blowfish band member Jim Sonefield. The song’s adaptation is part of a community movement to improve the quality of life for the working poor. For more information or to download the song, visit

Compleat Lawyer honorees announced
The USC School of Law has announced its 2012 Compleat Lawyer Award recipients: Platinum (30 or more years in profession): Thomas L. Bruce, Kermit S. King and William 
“Billy” W. Wilkins; Gold (15-29 years in profession): Deborah “Debbie” B. Barbier, Margaret “Marti” M. Bluestein and John Calhoun “Cal” Land IV; Silver (14 years or less in profession): Kathleen McColl McDaniel, Stephanie A. Nye and James H. “Jeddie” Suddeth III. The awards dinner will be held Thursday, April 19, in Columbia.

YLD volunteers needed for Community Law Week

Community Law Week 2012 is shaping up to be one of the best yet, and volunteers are needed to ensure its success. Cocky’s Reading Express returns this year to promote reading throughout the state’s elementary schools. Volunteers are needed in all circuits to read to children and give them books to take home. For more information or to sign up, contact Foster Girard at New to Law Week this year are Community Law Week Ask-A-Lawyer phone banks and the Protect Our Youth program. Ask-A-Lawyer will be held April 30 through May 2, during which time volunteers will assist the public with various legal issues on evening newscasts in Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Spartanburg. For more information, contact Ryan Neville at Protect Our Youth is designed to help at-risk youths through in-school discussions about the dangers and consequences of criminal behavior. Contact Jennifer Kinzeler at to volunteer. Stay tuned for additional Law Week plans.

New Ethics Advisory Opinion issued

The Ethics Advisory Committee has issued a new opinion. The text of all opinions is available
12-01 Absent an agreement to the contrary, a law firm is not authorized to use remaining funds received as a retainer in an initial matter to cover a portion of an amount due on a second matter. The law firm should treat any additional funds held in the trust account from the first matter as it would any other client funds, taking appropriate steps to notify the client of its right to recover the surplus. If the lawyer’s fee agreement sets forth that any funds remaining in trust may be applied to other matters, then the lawyer may apply the remainder to those matters as specified and agreed to by the client.

Changes to filing and release of opinions
Published and unpublished opinions of the S.C. Supreme Court and the S.C. Court of Appeals will now be filed and released to the parties, counsel and the public on the Judicial Department website on Wednesdays. An opinion in an individual case may be filed and released at such other times as the issuing court may direct. For the complete order and to sign up for e-mail notifications, click 
here. Opinions of the Court of Appeals will be summarized in E-Blast on Tuesdays, and those of the Supreme Court will be summarized on Thursdays.

Legislative report
Don't forget to check out tomorrow's Weekly Legislative Report! Updates will be posted every Friday throughout the legislative session.

Call for judges
Furman University is hosting the Carol N. Ney National Mock Trial Tournament March 23-25 and is seeking volunteers to serve as judges. This year's case, State v. Dawson, will explore the Model Penal Code’s “extreme recklessness” standard. For more information or t
o register, click
here. If you have any questions, contact Paige Blankenship at

Law and Society Symposium
The Charleston Law Review and The Riley Institute at Furman are hosting the Fourth Annual Law and Society Symposium Feb. 9-10 at the Charleston Music Hall. This year's topic is "The Role of Government." For more information, click
here or contact Prof. Sheila B. Scheuerman at

Interim suspension
By order of January 25 the Court placed Allan Riley Holmes Jr. on interim suspension.

Firm announcement
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP announces that Sean Faulkner has joined the Greenville office as Of Counsel located at 104 S. Main St., Ste 900, 29601. (864) 250-2300.

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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