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March 13, 2012

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March 13, 2012
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Strom Thurmond High School wins state mock trial competition
Congratulations to the Strom Thurmond High School mock trial team, which will advance to the national competition in May! Bob Jones Academy placed first runner-up. Special thanks goes to the 2012 State High School Mock Trial volunteers. The mock trial program is made possible through an IOLTA grant from the S.C. Bar Foundation.

Nominations sought for Distinguished Lawyer Award
The Employment and Labor Law Section is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Lawyer Award, which recognizes meritorious service to employment and labor law practice in South Carolina. The 2012 recipient will be honored at the Section mid-year seminar, scheduled for May 18 at the Bar Conference Center in Columbia. Click
here for the nomination packet. Nominations must be submitted by March 23.

Paint and landscape with YLD’s Voices Against Violence Committee!
The YLD Voices Against Violence Committee needs volunteers to assist with painting and landscaping makeover projects at various domestic violence shelters throughout the state. If you can hold a paint brush or a garden tool, you are qualified to do the job! Donations of paint supplies, outdoor furniture and landscaping materials are also needed. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible if made directly to the agency or S.C. Bar YLD Foundation. For the list of upcoming opportunities and contact information, click

Appointments to Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution
Pamela E. Deal and the Hon. Patricia C. Grant have been appointed to the Commission 
on Alternative Dispute Resolution, with terms ending Sept. 1, 2014. Additionally, the following have been reappointed to the Commission with terms ending Sept. 1, 2014: Hon. Debora Faulkner, Hon. John D. Geathers and James W. Patterson.  

Judicial portrait unveiling
The Richland County and Kershaw County Bar Associations invite Bar members to the judicial portrait unveiling for the Hon. J. Ernest Kinard Jr. on Thursday, March 15, at 5 p.m. The event will take place in the Kershaw County Courthouse located at 1121 Broad St. in Camden.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Android Apps for Lawyers. If you think the “i” guys are the only ones with apps to brag about, think again. The AttorneyatWork blog just asked several smartphone gurus to share their favorite Android apps for lawyers. There’s also a bonus download of 40 more free apps for lawyers. Read about it here. PMAP offers free practice management advice. For more information, contact Courtney Kennaday at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 183.

Advance Sheet update

March 7, 2012
The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the family court’s order in which the husband was to pay alimony to the wife for consideration of potential social security benefits that the wife could be earning but had not tried to claim. The court further reversed the family court’s award to the wife of 40 percent of the marital estate because the husband made disproportionately greater contributions to the assets during the marriage. Consequently, an order of payment of the wife’s attorney’s fees was reversed. However, the court affirmed the family court’s valuation of an annuity fund and its use of an amended order instead of the final order.
Crossland v. Crossland, No. 4949, is available

In this appeal arising out of the trial court’s order denying a motion to compel arbitration, the court affirmed the trial court’s ruling that the Federal Arbitration Act did not apply to the parties’ employment agreement because their dispute did not implicate interstate commerce. While a precedent case was based upon a recruiting contract rather than an employment contract as in this case, the court found this error was not prejudicial.
Flexon v. PHC-Jasper, No. 4950, is available

In this dispute arising from a bequest in a will to establish a scholarship fund, the court affirmed the special referee’s rulings and held that there was no error in failure to consider extrinsic evidence because the issue was not preserved for appeal; there was no error in prohibiting testimony because it did not qualify as an exception to the hearsay rule; there was no error in refusal to make a factual finding because the will was unambiguous; the written beneficiary designation in the IRA Agreement did not satisfy the contemporaneous writing requirement; and the funds were correctly administered.
Estate of Gill v. Clemson University, No. 4951, is available

Member resignation
By order of March 12 the Court accepted the resignation from the Bar of Brett Andrew Nelson.

Firm announcements
Latonya Dilligard Edwards announces the opening of Dilligard Edwards, LLC located at 3790 Fernandina Rd., Ste. 103, Columbia 29210. (803) 750-2214.

The Floyd Law Firm, PC announces that Brittney J. Farish has joined the firm located at 15 Hwy. 17 S., Surfside Beach 29575. (843) 238-5141.

Angela M. Kirby
announces the opening of Kirby Law, LLC located at 1531 Laurel St., Columbia 29201. (803) 256-6401.

Sanders Law Firm, LLC announces that Michael A. Whitsitt has joined the firm located at 1738 Three Oaks Ave., Charleston 29407. (843) 573-8828.

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

March 23
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

April 4
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

April 5
Community Association Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

April 10
LRE Awards Subcommittee Meeting, Bar Building
Tax Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

April 12
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building

April 13
Mock Trial Evaluation Meeting, Bar Building

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