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February 23, 2012

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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
February 23, 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.

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics Mid-Winter Games
Special Olympics S.C. needs YLD volunteers for its Mid-Winter Games on Saturday, March 3. YLD has reserved the basketball skills competition from 9 a.m. to noon, but volunteers are welcome to register for other events. Please list your group/organization as S.C. Bar YLD when registering, and feel free to recruit family members and friends to join us. Volunteers are invited to a happy hour on Saturday afternoon, details of which will be provided to registrants. To register, click
here. For more information, contact Cooper Wilson at (843) 577-1205 or

Paint and donate with the YLD Voices Against Violence Committee!
Join your colleagues and help refurbish domestic violence shelters in the Upstate.
Safe Harbor, Inc. helps victims of domestic violence in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson and Oconee counties, and YLD's Voices Against Violence Committee needs volunteers to assist with painting and room makeovers at Safe Harbor’s Greenville (March 24) and Spartanburg (April 28) locations. Donations of outdoor furniture are also needed and are tax-deductible if made directly to the agency. For more information and to learn how to participate, contact Joseph Rohe (864) 240-2468 or

Call for nominations
The ABA Criminal Justice Section is seeking nominations for the following three awards: the 
Charles R. English Award, the Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award and the Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award. Submissions are also being sought for the William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition. The chosen topic may be any timely and important issue of American criminal constitutional procedure of interest to practitioners of criminal law. For more information, including award descriptions and submission deadlines, click

Advance Sheet update
February 22, 2012
The S.C. Supreme Court dismissed this case as improvidently granted. The petitioner, an inmate at Ridgeland Correctional Institution, appealed the decision of the Court of Appeals finding that he is not an employee of Kwalu Furniture (Kwalu), a private sponsor, in a Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP); that he is not entitled to reimbursement of monies deducted from his gross prison industries pay for Victim Assistance programs; and that he is entitled to time-and-a-half pay for overtime hours he provided to Kwalu as part of the PIECP project.
SCDC v. Cartrette, No. 27094, is available

In this pension benefits case, the Court found that summary judgment was properly granted by the circuit court. The respondents successfully moved for summary judgment on the basis that the appellant could not establish the respondents’ willful and intentional disregard for the Court's order requiring past due benefits to be tendered. Because the underlying order and the Court's 1977 opinion do not unambiguously state the appellant is entitled to health insurance benefits, the appellant's mandamus and contempt claims were dismissed.
Knight v. Austin, No. 27095, is available

Firm announcements
Newby Sartip Masel & Casper, LLC announces that Matt Van Wie has become an associate in the firm located at 4593 Oleander Dr., Myrtle Beach 29577. (843) 449-9417.

The S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice announces that Sarah Darbee Smith has joined the agency as assistant legal counsel with a mailing address of P.O. Box 21069, Columbia 29221. (803) 896-7547.

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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