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March 8, 2012

March 06, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
March 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.

Buyer beware
The Bar has not recommended an organization known as Legal Authority, which purports to be a career resource. Advertising representing such has been received by the Bar. The Bar has contacted the organization and received no response as of mid-day on March 8.

Member Involvement Task Force survey
The Bar’s Member Involvement Task Force is asking Bar members to complete a brief, eight-question survey regarding incentives and barriers to participation in Bar work. To date, 444 members have completed the survey. Thank you for your participation. If you haven’t completed this short survey yet, please consider doing so. A few members who completed the survey and indicated that they would like to be contacted about Bar involvement neglected to provide their contact information. If you would like to be contacted, please send your name and phone number or e-mail address to Click here for the survey. 

Nominate your colleagues for the Young Lawyer of the Year Award
YLD is seeking nominations for the Young Lawyer of the Year Award, given annually to a young lawyer for his or her contribution to the community and/or the legal profession in South Carolina. Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized?
Nominate by April 2! 

Young lawyers invited to YLD/SBA Pig Cook-Off and service project!
YLD and the USC School of Law Student Bar Association are hosting the First Pig Cook-Off on Friday, March 23, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the University House (911 S. Stadium Rd.). There will be free t-shirts and koozies, cold beverages, award-winning cook-off BBQ and plenty of tasty sides from Doc's. This year begins the rivalry between SBA and YLD, so come cheer on your team and enjoy some great BBQ! Admission for YLD members and their guests is free, but please RSVP to by March 19. The service project will be Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with
HomeWorks. Volunteers will pressure wash homes and load and deliver ladders to homes. To volunteer, contact Allison Humen at

Remember your discount on car rentals through Avis
Rent from Avis twice before June 30, 2012, and get a free Rental Reward Day certificate. Just follow these quick and simple steps: register online at, rent two times for two consecutive days on each rental by June 30, 2012, and within two weeks of completing two qualifying rentals, receive a Rental Reward Day certificate via e-mail to be used on a weekday, weekly, weekend or monthly rental. Remember to use your Avis Wizard number when reserving. Don’t have a Wizard number? Enroll here. Always use AWD number H856000 to get your special member discount!

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

Lawyers suspended by the S.C. Bar
The S.C. Bar has furnished to the Court, pursuant to Rule 419, SCACR, 
this list of lawyers who have been administratively suspended from the practice of law since Feb. 1, 2012. 

Advance Sheet update
March 7, 2012
The S.C. Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the Administrative Law Court in this case arising out of a DHEC certification issued to School District 5 to fill a portion of a stream, allowing for renovations to Chapin High School. The Court agreed that the project would not damage the ecosystem per Regulation 61-101 and that there were no feasible alternatives to the project.
Murphy v. SCDHEC, No. 27099, is available

In this case arising from a family court proceeding, the Court overturned Webb v. Sowell and held that an order requiring the father to pay college expenses for his son did not violate the Equal Protection Clause because there is a rational basis to ensure that children of divorce have the benefit of the college education they would have received had their parents remained together. Additionally, the Court held that the family court erred in awarding the father a credit for an alleged overpayment in child support and in not awarding the mother her attorney’s fees and costs.
McLeod v. Starnes, No. 27100, is available
Justice Beatty dissented in part in a separate opinion, in which Justice Pleicones joined.

Court actions
By order of February 27 Barton W. Fordham Jr. was placed on disability inactive status. Richard C. Detwiler is the trustee.

By order of February 29 the Court appointed Margaret A. Collins to protect the interests of Richard Lee Eaton Jr. and his clients.

By order of February 29 the Court appointed Catherine West Olivetti to protect the interests of Eugene J. Laurich and his clients.

By order of March 7 the Court suspended William H. Jordan of Charleston for 18 months (retroactive to October 26, 2009 and with additional conditions) for misconduct which included counter withdrawals from his trust account, unidentified withdrawals from the trust account, an inaccurate HUD-1 settlement statement which led to failure to disburse funds, failing to supervise the reconciliation of trust account records (which facilitated forgeries by his assistant) and failing to comply with disclosure and consent requirements when borrowing funds from a client. The Court noted several circumstances in mitigation. Click
here for the opinion.

By order of March 7 the Court placed C. Kevin Miller on interim suspension. Jason Michael Imhoff is the trustee.

Firm announcements
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP announces that J. Ashley Cooper has been named partner in the Charleston office and Bill Holley and Krista McGuire have joined the Charleston office as special counsel located at 200 Meeting St., Ste. 301, 29401. (843) 727-2650.

Pope Zeigler, LLC announces that Matt Davis and Brent Jeffcoat have joined the firm as partners located at 1411 Gervais St., Ste. 300, Columbia 29201. (803) 354-4900.

Teresa A. Knox announces the opening of Knox Law Office, LLC located at 2537 Gervais St., Columbia 29204. (803) 250-5290.


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

April 5
Community Association Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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