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February 21, 2012

February 17, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
February 21, 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.

Call for authors!
The South Carolina Lawyer is seeking authors to write articles that appeal to a broad range of lawyers. If you are interested in writing an article, view the
Memorandum for Authors and submit a proposal to Authors may receive two MCLE credit hours for articles that are at least 2000 words in length.

Compliance reporting deadline quickly approaching
All active attorneys licensed before March 1, 2011, must file their 2011-2012 compliance reports with the Supreme Court Commission on CLE & Specialization on or before Thursday, March 1. Currently, less than 50 percent of Bar members have filed their reports. Reports can be mailed to the Commission at P.O. Box 2138, Columbia, SC 29202. Bar members may also hand-deliver (or overnight) their reports to the Commission’s office located at 950 Taylor Street, Ste. 120, Columbia, SC 29201. Reports postmarked after March 1 must include the late fee. Questions should be directed to the Commission at (803) 799-5578 or

New Ethics Advisory Opinions issued
The Ethics Advisory Committee has issued two new opinions. The text of all opinions is available here.
12-02 A contingent fee, payable to a lawyer as a partial ownership interest in real property with the client, may be permissible subject to the lawyer’s compliance with: Rule 1.8(a), regarding entering into business transactions with a client; Rule 1.8(i), regarding acquisition of a proprietary interest in the subject matter of litigation; Rule 1.5(c), regarding contingency fees; and Rule 1.5’s reasonableness requirement.

12-03 If a question-answering website complies with all communications and advertising rules, a lawyer may participate in such a program, but with specific caution against inadvertently forming an attorney-client relationship by offering more than basic information of general applicability.

However, a lawyer’s participation in a website that uses the word “expert,” invites specific questions about specific legal matters, and offers specific legal advice but uses buried small-type statements to attempt to disclaim the creation of attorney/client relationships is prohibited.

PMAP–Your guide to …
E-mail spam. Most people know that junk e-mail is also known as spam, and sometimes legitimate e-mails get caught in spam filters. Knowing why can help ensure your critical business e-mail won’t be thwarted before it reaches its recipient. Pay attention to the words used in your subject line. Certain words are known as “spam triggers” that will cause e-mail to be blocked by Internet service providers and anti-spam software. Among these are “congratulations” and “legal.” For a list of potential spam triggers, see
ProCopyTips or HubSpot. Practice management questions? PMAP is free! Contact Courtney Kennaday at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 183.

Columbia Attorney Basketball League returns
The third season of the Columbia Attorney Basketball League begins March 12, 2012! Games are played on Monday nights. If you are interested in entering a team of your own or joining an existing team, contact Jared H. Garraux at by Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Firm announcements
Jamie C. Cade announces the opening of Jamie C. Cade, Attorney At Law located at 23 Broad St., Charleston 29401. (843) 697-6555.

Grier, Cox & Cranshaw, LLC announces that J. Rhodes Bailey has joined the firm located at 2999 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 200, W. Columbia 29169. (803) 731-0030.

February 23-24
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building

March 2
Bar Foundation Board of Directors Meeting, Bar Building
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Bar Building

March 5
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

March 8
Government Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 9
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

March 13
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 15
Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

March 16
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

March 16-17
Senior Lawyers Division Retreat, The Mills House (Charleston)

March 20
Law Related Education Project Citizen Training, Bar Building

March 22
Law Related Education Street Law Training, Bar Building

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