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February 8, 2012

February 08, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast, CLE Edition! 
February 8, 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.

2011-2012 compliance reports due March 1
The S.C. Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization has mailed all active attorneys their 2011-2012 compliance reports. The deadline for filing the reports is on or before March 1. Attorneys must complete three steps to establish compliance with the MCLE/LEPR regulations: during the reporting period, March 1, 2011, through Feb. 29, 2012, Bar members must take a minimum of 14 hours of approved MCLE credits (to include a minimum of 2 LEPR hours) or have sufficient carry forward hours from the last reporting period; the reports must be filed with the Commission by the filing deadline (March 1); and a $45 filing fee must be included when filing the report. Certified specialists must follow the standards and procedures for their specialties.

Effective in the 2011-2012 reporting period, at least once every three annual reporting periods, all active Bar members must take 1 hour of instruction devoted exclusively to substance abuse or mental health issues and the legal profession. To be in compliance, Bar members must satisfy this requirement by the end of the 2013-2014 reporting period (Feb. 28, 2014). The compliance reports indicate when each Bar member’s three-year cycle to earn this credit begins and ends. 

Do not file your compliance report until after you have attended all of the courses that you intend to take in this reporting period (ending Feb. 29, 2012). If you file your compliance report and then attend additional courses during this reporting period, you must file an amended compliance report to receive the additional credit ($45 amended filing fee is required). Questions should be directed to the Commission at or (803) 799-5578.

Looking to fulfill the Substance Abuse/Mental Health requirement?
The Bar is currently offering several opportunities to fulfill the new SA/MH CLE credit hour requirement. Click on one of the programs or locations below and sign up today! 

Consumer Debt Collections (Columbia and live webcast)

Night Falls Fast: 
SpartanburgRock Hill and Darlington

Professionalism at the Movies
ColumbiaCharleston and Greenville

Featured seminar
Consumer Debt Collections
In these tough economic times, the number of people requiring help with consumer debt collections is growing. This course will cover the nuts and bolts of debt collections cases, including essential client questions, getting information from the creditors, pleadings, discovery and how to approach settlement. The program will also explore the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, developments in North Carolina debt collections, the S.C. Consumer Protection Code and pending legislation, and includes one hour of substance abuse/ethics. Register today!

More upcoming seminars
The S.C. LLC: New and Current Drafting, Planning, Taxation, Litigation, Securities and Related Considerations

Legal Ethics and Practice Program (LEAPP)

Health Law Symposium

It’s All a Game–Top Trial Lawyers Tackle Evidence

Professionalism at the Movies: 
Charleston and Greenville (click a location to register)

21st Annual Criminal Practice in South Carolina

On-demand, online CLE programs
In the Best Interest of the Child: The 2012 Guardian ad Litem Training and Update

Advanced IRC Section 1031 Like Kind Exchanges--Avoiding Disasters and Capitalizing on Them featuring Lee D. Medinets 

Lions of the Bar featuring Mark Curriden

Everything You Need to Know About Ethics

Motor Carrier Essentials: Hours of Service featuring Michael L. Goldberg 

Technology and the Ethics Confidentiality featuring Prof. Nathan M. Crystal

Discovery of Insurance Claims Files: An Analysis of Attorney-Client and Work Product Privilege Defenses
 featuring Joseph W. Rohe and Jeffrey J. Wiseman

S.C. Tort Law Update

Dissecting QDROs
 featuring Emily A. Johnson

Getting What Your Expert Needs--Discovery Requests and Tactics to Assist Your Expert Witness
 featuring J. Benjamin Stevens 

Dollars and Sense in Family Court

Recent releases
The S.C. Law of Torts, Fourth Edition by Profs. F. Patrick Hubbard and Robert L. Felix  
The fourth edition has been substantially revised to include recent changes in the law as well as new textual analysis to provide a more extensive and up-to-date reference. This edition includes research current through June 30, 2011. 

The Alimony Calculator 2011, Version 1.0
 by Thomas Traxler (new purchasers) 

If you are an existing user of this software and would like to purchase the 2011 program, click 

Lawyers as Employers: A Guide to S.C. Employment Law for Small Firms and Solo Practitioners
 edited by William L. Duda, Benjamin P. Glass and Michael M. Shetterly

The Fourth Amendment: A Step-by-Step Guide to Search and Seizure Jurisprudence in South Carolina by Melanie M. Yenovkian

Coming soon

S.C. Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships, Fourth Edition by Scott Y. Barnes, Prof. James R. Burkhard, Joseph D. Clark, Richard C. Handel, Burnet R. Maybank III, Prof. Martin C. McWilliams Jr. and David A. Merline Jr.

S.C. Requests to Charge–Criminal, Second Edition
 by the Hon. Ralph King Anderson Jr.

Handling Traffic Cases in South Carolina, Fifth Edition by Ronnie M. Cole, James B. Huff and Candice K. Lapham

The Briefcase Lawyer: Essential Information for Every Practitioner

Need answers to a publication or invoice question? Want to place an order by phone? Contact Kristie Haustovich at or (803) 771-0333, ext. 126.

Ethics in Co-Counsel and Referral Relationships

Ethical Issues in Client Representation Agreements

Compensation and Other Techniques for Getting Money Out of a Closely Held Business

Title Insurance in Real Estate

For a complete listing of upcoming teleseminars, visit If you have any difficulty registering for these teleseminars, please e-mail or call 1-800-694-9747.

To be added or deleted from the E-Blast mailing list, please contact Donna Oelhafen in Membership Services at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 171. 

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