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May 1, 2012

April 26, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
May 1, 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.

E-Blast schedule change
Thursday’s E-Blast will be held until Friday, May 4, in order to include Board of Governors and House of Delegates actions from Thursday’s meetings.

Bar President, officers and board members take office May 3
Columbia attorney Angus H. Macaulay will be installed as the 2012-13 president of the Bar on Thursday, May 3, during the House of Delegates and Assembly meetings at the Bar Conference Center. Other officers and board members to be sworn in are: Alice F. Paylor, president-elect; J. Calhoun Watson, treasurer; Anne S. Ellefson, secretary; William Witherspoon, chair, House of Delegates; James Edward Bradley, George C. Johnson, William R. Johnson, Nancy S. Layman, Edward K. Pritchard III and Rebecca A. Roser, Board members; and Rosalyn W. Frierson and Daniel B. White, ABA State Bar Delegates. Bar members are invited to attend a reception honoring incoming President Angus Macaulay at 5 p.m. that day at 1230 Main St., 7th Floor, in Columbia.

Ashburn named 2012 Young Lawyer of the Year
Congratulations to Columbia attorney Jennifer Ashburn, who has been named Young Lawyer of the Year by the S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division. The award will be presented on Thursday, May 3, early during the Bar’s House of Delegates meeting at the S.C. Bar Conference Center in Columbia. That meeting begins at noon.

Bar exam results
The results of the
February 2012 Bar Exam were posted on April 27. The last page contains the pass rates for law schools. The swearing-in ceremony for applicants who have passed the Bar and have completed all other requirements for admission will be held at the Koger Center in Columbia on May 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Sign up for the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory
The deadline to sign up to be listed in the 2012 Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory is June 1. The directory is a list of lawyers who have experience in specific areas of the law and is available on the Bar’s website. Participating lawyers provide brief telephone consultations (up to 10 minutes) at no charge to other Bar members on specific areas of law. The directory is meant to encourage and facilitate appropriate lawyer-to-lawyer consultations, referrals and associations. It is not intended as a referral guide for the public.

To participate, complete the form at and fax to (803) 799-4118 or e-mail to Participants must have three or more years of practice in the areas they select. Those listed in prior years will continue to appear in the directory unless the Bar is otherwise notified.

iCivics seeking volunteers
The YLD is sponsoring the first iCivics Day on Monday, May 14, and needs your help in the Midlands! YLD is seeking volunteers to make a civics presentation to a group of 4th and 5th grade students in Richland and Lexington County schools. The presentation will last about an hour, and there will be a training session on Monday, May 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson and Delgado, LLC in Columbia (lunch will be provided). Contact Allison Sullivan at or (803) 454-3528 for more information.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Line spacing. The default line spacing in Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010 may seem a little different than what you’re used to. That's because the default setting for Word 2007 and 2010 is 1.15, while the default for Word 2003 was 1.0. Changing the line spacing to what you want can be a pain. Luckily, this article from Tech Republic gives you step-by-step instructions on how to change your default line spacing to exactly what you want. Also, check out this post on the S.C. Small Firm Blog for more tips on getting rid of the extra line space in Word. For free practice management advice, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Take advantage of GEICO discounts
Protecting your assets is very important to you. After all, you have worked your whole life to obtain them. As a S.C. Bar member benefit, GEICO offers exceptional insurance products and a great savings opportunity on auto insurance. Visit or call (800) 368-2734 to complete a simple, no-obligation rate quote. Don’t forget to mention your S.C. Bar affiliation to see how much you can save with your exclusive member discount. GEICO can help you with your insurance needs and help you obtain competitive rates on homeowner’s, renter’s, condo, motorcycle, boat, PWC, ATV and RV insurance. 

Rule amendments
Amendments to S.C. Court-Annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules, the S.C. Rules of Family Court and the S.C. Rules of Probate Court are now effective and can be found

Court form changes
The S.C. Judicial Department has posted the revised Civil Action Coversheet, SCCA/234, to its website. The complete order can be found
here, and the form can be retrieved here.

Firm announcements
Ballenger, Barth, Hoefer & Lewis, LLP
announces that Brendan P. Barth has joined the firm located at 205 N. Irby St., Florence 29501. (843) 662-6301.

Jamie C. Cade announces the relocation of Jamie C. Cade, Attorney At Law to 116 Church St., Ste. 1, Charleston 29401. (843) 697-6555.

Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA announces that Janice Holmes and Grayson Smith have joined the Columbia office located at 1201 Main St., Ste. 1200, 29201, (803) 779-1833, and Batten Farrar has joined the Greenville office located at 55 Beattie Place, Ste. 1200, 29601, (864) 271-9580.

Laura W. Moore announces the relocation of the Law Office of Laura W. Moore, LLC to 23 Broad St., Charleston 29401. (843) 442-6058.

May 3
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building
House of Delegates Meeting, Assembly 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

May 9
Military and Veterans’ Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

May 16
Community Works Training, Bar Building

May 17
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

May 18
Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Conference Center
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

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