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March 1, 2012

February 28, 2012

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March 1, 2012
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The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

High School Mock Trial Regional Competition results
The 2012 High School Mock Trial Regional Competitions were held on Saturday, Feb. 25. Congratulations to Bob Jones Academy (Greenville), Chapin High School, Fort Dorchester High School (N. Charleston), Greenwood High School, Lexington High School, the Montessori School of Anderson, N. Myrtle Beach High School, Socastee High School (Myrtle Beach), Spring Valley High School (Columbia), Strom Thurmond High School (Johnston), Wando High School (Mt. Pleasant) and Wilson High School (Florence). Students will compete in the State Competition March 9-10 at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse in Columbia. The Law Related Education (LRE) Division thanks all of the attorney volunteers that made the 2012 High School Mock Trial Regional Competitions a success. Attorney volunteers served in the roles of mock trial regional coordinators, attorney coaches, scoring judges and presiding judges. If you are interested in starting or coaching a mock trial team, contact Cynthia Cothran at

Member Involvement Task Force survey
The Bar’s Member Involvement Task Force is studying ways to increase member involvement in Bar activities. The task force is asking Bar members to complete a brief, eight-question survey regarding incentives and barriers to participation in Bar work. Click
here for the survey.

Client file destruction rule adopted
By order of March 1 the Court has amended Rule 1.15, RPC, Rule 407, SCACR, to create the timetable and terms under which a client file may be destroyed. The order can be found here.

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

Advance Sheet update
February 29, 2012
In this case arising from an unsuccessful merger leading to bankruptcy, the S.C. Supreme Court affirmed the defendant’s conviction of securities fraud with a five-year sentence and acquittal of making a false statement and conspiracy. The Court rejected the defendant’s assertion that it was error to allow investors to testify because the issue was not preserved for review. The Court also held that the trial court was correct in denying the defendant’s directed verdict motion and that the defendant did not preserve that motion for appeal. Finally, the Court concluded that there was no reversible error in the jury charge because there was abundant evidence that the defendant intentionally engaged in fraud.
State v. Sterling, No. 27096, is available
Justice Hearn concurred in part and dissented in part in a separate opinion.

Member discipline
By order of February 29 the Court imposed a public reprimand on Glenn Oliver Gray for misconduct which included lack of diligence in completing a client’s matter and practicing law while suspended from practice.

By order of February 29 the Court disbarred William R. Taylor (and ordered him to pay restitution) for misconduct which included failing to safeguard funds belonging to a bank in connection with real estate transactions, misappropriation of client funds, a guilty plea to breach of trust with fraudulent intent and incurring debt in his wife’s name without her knowledge and consent.

Member reinstatements
By order of February 22 the Court reinstated John Barry Kern to the practice of law.

By order of February 23 the Court reinstated Craig J. Poff to the practice of law.

Firm announcements
Clawson & Staubes, LLC announces that Laura G. Simons and Timothy C. Thompson have joined the Charleston office located at 126 Seven Farms Dr., Ste. 200, 29492. (843) 577-2026.

Michael Cullinan announces the opening of Michael Cullinan, LLC located at 522 N. Church St., Greenville 29601. (864) 331-1637.

Angela Frazier announces the opening of Elliott Frazier Law Firm, LLC located at 601 E. McBee Ave., Ste. 107, Greenville 29601. (864) 214-3621.

The Gardner Law Firm, PA announces that Angela D. Rayl Harrison has joined the firm located at 212 Main St., Conway 29526. (843) 248-7135.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA announces that Garrett D. Steck has joined the Greenville office located at 75 Beattie Place, 11th Floor, 29601. (864) 240-3200.

Mike Kelly Law Group, LLC announces that Richard H. Wallace Jr. has joined the Columbia office located at 500 Taylor St., Ste. 400, 29201. (803) 726-0123.

March 2
Bar Foundation Board of Directors Meeting, Bar Building
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Conference Center
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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