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March 27, 2012

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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
March 27, 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.

On the website!
Members now have the ability to display a link to their firm website at! To add your website, simply log in at, click “Update My Profile” and add your firm’s website in the appropriate field. The website link will be displayed in the online member directory, which is available to both members and the public.

Sen. Martin announces appointment to Judicial Merit Selection Commission 
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin announced Monday his self-appointment to the Judicial Merit Selection Commission for the vacant seat of Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell.

MCLE compliance deadline March 31
To date, there are still more than 200 lawyers who have not established compliance with the 2011-2012 MCLE requirements. Pursuant to Rule 419, SCACR, if these lawyers do not earn sufficient accredited CLE hours (or have carry-forward hours from the previous reporting period), file their reports and pay the fees by March 31, they will be automatically suspended from the practice of law in South Carolina without further notice. Compliance reports and fees must be received in the Commission office by March 31. It is not sufficient if they are mailed by this date. The Commission office (located at 950 Taylor St., Ste. 120, in Columbia) will extend its office hours until 6 p.m. on March 30 to assist Bar members with filing their reports. Questions should be directed to the Commission at (803) 799-5578 or

Wanted: Your photos for the South Carolina Lawyer magazine!
Be sure to check out pages 48-49 of the March issue of the South Carolina Lawyer for photos of your colleagues in action. We want to hear from you, too! Send an "action" photo of your community service or pro bono work to for inclusion in an upcoming issue. To view the feature online, click here.

Remember your discount on car rentals through Budget
Rent from Budget twice before Dec. 31 and receive $25 in Budget Bucks, to be sent to the mailing address in your Fastbreak profile. To enroll, text "RRZ" to 38488 and include your RapidRez number and e-mail address, or fill out
this form. Fastbreak status is required to take part in this promotion. Not a Fastbreak member? Click here to enroll. Make sure to use Budget Customer Discount #D417500 when booking to get the maximum discount.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Phishing warnings for lawyers and staff.
Scam e-mails continue to be a problem for law firms. These fraudulent e-mails appear to be from legitimate websites, including Google, Yahoo!, Facebook and banks, and ask for personal information such as usernames, passwords and account numbers. To protect yourself, never respond to requests for your password via e-mail and avoid using links included in suspicious e-mails. Links may appear to take you to a trusted website, but really direct you to another. Instead of clicking through the link, type the name of the website in a new window. Reporting these scams will help stop their spread. Most e-mail providers, including Gmail and Yahoo!, have forms that allow you to report suspected phishing, and many of the big tech firms are teaming up to fight these scams. For free practice management advice, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Firm announcements
Hoover C. Blanton and Thomas E. McCutchen announce their retirement and the closing of McCutchen Blanton, LLP located at 1414 Lady St., Columbia 29201. (803) 255-0997.

Moore, Johnson & Saraniti Law Firm, PA
 announces that Jacqueline M. Bambach has joined the firm located at 1271 Glenns Bay Rd., Surfside Beach 29587. (843) 650-9757.

Smith, Jordan, Lavery & Lee, PA announces that David R. Price Jr. has become partner in the Easley office and Raymond T. Wooten has joined the firm located at 1810 E. Main St., 29640. (864) 855-1661.

April 4
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

April 5
Community Association Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Member Involvement Task Force Meeting, Conference Call

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

April 12
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building
Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

April 13
Mock Trial Evaluation Meeting, Bar Building
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Conference Center

April 18
Employment and Labor Law Section Selection Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

April 19
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

April 20
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
LRE Mock Trial Subcommittee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

April 27
Law Related Education Committee Meeting, Bar Building
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Bar Building

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