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April 10, 2012

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April 10, 2012
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The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

Volunteers needed for Habitat for Humanity Wills Clinics
YLD’s Habitat for Humanity Wills Clinics Committee is seeking volunteers to help provide free wills for Habitat for Humanity homeowners. Guidelines, forms and training sessions are provided prior to each clinic. No previous wills experience is necessary, and YLD membership is not required to volunteer. The following clinics are in need of volunteers: Greenwood (April 28); Spartanburg (May 5); and Beaufort/Hilton Head (June 2). Through this rewarding experience, nearly 100 homeowners have been assisted thus far. To volunteer, contact Jennifer Ashburn at or (803) 708-7445.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Helpful websites! The popular “60 Sites in 60 Minutes” seminar did not disappoint at this year’s ABA TECHSHOW®. The list included a little bit of everything, both useful (the Harvard Business School Elevator
Pitch Builder) and silly (Why, Siri, Why?). Included in the mix were sites to help you monitor current scams, examine your social media privacy and commission a design for your law firm logo. If This Then That details how to automate tasks and create triggers between applications that you use often (like Facebook and Dropbox), and Room77 lets you see what your hotel room view is like before you even book. View the entire list of websites from this year’s “60 Sites in 60 Minutes” here. PMAP is free practice management assistance from the Bar. For more information, contact or (803) 799-6653, ext. 183.

Advance Sheet update
April 4, 2012
Reversing the trial court’s order, the S.C. Court of Appeals held that the appellants were not in contempt of court because the respondents failed to present clear and convincing evidence that the appellants intentionally disregarded or willfully disobeyed a court-ordered injunction. The injunction forbade the appellants from discharging storm water onto the respondents’ property. The court found that the appellants made a good faith effort to abide by the terms of the injunction, even though they were not successful in doing so. The attorney’s fees assessed against the appellants were also reversed.
Ex parte: Lipscomb v. Stonington Development, No. 4961, is available

After a jury awarded the respondent forgiveness of the remaining amount in a loan account and attorney’s fees, the court held that a motion for a new trial absolute should have been granted because the jury award was grossly excessive, was based on matters outside of the evidence, and the jury did not follow instructions. The court also held that the trial court should have granted the appellant’s motion for directed verdict or JNOV as to setoff of the amount due under the bank note because the master limited the amendment of the respondents’ answer to assert a claim for setoff.
Wachovia v. Beane, No. 4962, is available
Judge Lockemy dissented in a separate opinion.

In this appeal arising from a conviction of driving under the influence, the court held that the respondent was given appropriate Miranda warnings and thus was not entitled to a new trial or suppression of evidence. While the police officer did not tell the respondent that he had the right to terminate the interrogation at any time and to not answer further questions, the court said that this was not a required Miranda warning.
State v. Hoyle, No. 4963, is available

Firm announcements
David Aylor and J. Stephen Schmutz announce the opening of their new offices located at 200 E. Washington St., Walterboro 29488. (843) 782-4221.

Jack Barnes
announces the relocation of Allen Jackson Barnes, Attorney at Law, LLC to 635 Henderson St., Sumter 29150. (803) 840-6327.

Collins and Lacy, PC
announces the opening of its Charleston office located at 200 Meeting St., Ste. 403, 29401. (888) 648-0526.

Wall Templeton & Haldrup, PA
announces that Tommy Boger has joined the Charleston office located at 145 King St., Ste. 300, 29401. (843) 329-9500.

In memoriam
George Eugene Lewis Sr., 86, of Columbia died April 7. His obituary can be found 

April 11
Pro Bono Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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

May 3
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building
House of Delegates Meeting and Swearing-In of New Officers, Conference Center

May 7
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

May 8
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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