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May 8, 2012

May 07, 2012

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

Have you ever wondered where to look for answers to ethics questions, advice on new software products, CLE offerings, counseling services or health insurance products for lawyers and their staff? Well, we do that, and a whole lot more! The Bar is launching a promotion of all its programs and services offered to you through your Bar membership. In the weeks to come, look for the We Do That! logo (above) in Bar communications to learn more about the benefits available to you.

Remarks from Bar leaders
New officers and board members were sworn in during last Thursday’s House of Delegates meeting at the Bar Conference Center. You can hear remarks from President Angus H. Macaulay and Immediate Past President A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr. through the Bar’s YouTube Channel at

Important notice about your information in the Lawyers Desk Book
Production of the 2012-13 Lawyers Desk Book is underway, and address changes made by June 1 will be reflected in the new edition. All changes in contact information are handled by the S.C. Attorney Information System (AIS) exclusively, and you must log on to AIS to update your information. Complete contact information will be published for all Bar members, to include name, organization, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. 

If you have not entered your fax number in AIS, the Bar does not have it on file
. While AIS does not require fax numbers, you must enter one if you would like it to appear in the Lawyers Desk Book. In order to ensure your zip code matches the address published, please do not enter two addresses (P.O. Box and Street) in a single address field. Please review your information carefully, as it will be published as entered in AIS.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Speed testing. Is your Internet connection really as fast as your ISP claims? If you suspect it may be a little slower than advertised, you might be correct. Sometimes ISPs can be a little misleading about the download/upload speed of the service they offer. Fortunately, you can find out if you are really getting less than you paid for by using
SpeedTest, a free service that tests how fast your Internet connection is. For free practice management advice, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Casemaker online legal research from the Bar
Did you know there’s a new version of Casemaker available? We’d like to hear from you–what do you think of it? Go to the Casemaker login page and click on the “Let us know!” button. We value your opinion!

May grantee events
It's almost summertime, but before you hit the beaches be sure to check out some of the
events that Foundation grantees are holding in May. Interested parties should follow up with the event host listed. The Foundation is the only statewide entity that funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability. Please join us.

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals summaries
Members of the South Carolina Law Review have summarized newly published cases from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The summaries can be found

Amendments to S.C. Appellate Court Rules 
The S.C. Judicial Department has posted amendments to Rules 405, 409, 410, 414, 415, 419 and 424 of the S.C. Appellate Court, effective January 1, 2013. To view the complete order, click

Court forms approved
The S.C. Judicial Department has approved the following forms for use in South Carolina: Form SCADR/108C, Consent to Selection of Uncertified Mediator; Form SCADR/108F, Consent to Selection of Uncertified Mediator; and Form SCADR/108PC, Proof of Mediation. The forms can be retrieved

Advance Sheet update
May 2, 2012
In this appeal regarding a workers’ compensation hearing, the S.C. Court of Appeals held that procedural due process requires that the parties to a rehearing must be provided an opportunity to be heard and to confront and cross-examine witnesses. When a rehearing was conducted in front of the Commission because a portion of the original transcript was missing, the commissioner allowed the plaintiff an opportunity to "amplify" the responses he provided at the first hearing, while the defendants were not provided the opportunity to cross-examine the plaintiff on his new responses. This “hybrid” approach to a rehearing violated due process.
Adams v. H.R. Allen, No. 4967, is available

Interim suspension
By order of May 7 the Court placed Spartanburg County Magistrate Keith Allen Sherlin (not a Bar member) on interim suspension.

Firm announcements
Bluestein, Johnson & Burke, LLC announces its relocation to 1024 eWall St., Ste. 101, Mt. Pleasant 29464, (843) 571-7161, and that Angela J. Johnson has joined the firm.

Pflug Law Firm, LLC announces that Sarah B. Pflug has joined the firm located at 159 Civitas St., Ste. 210, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 647-7774.

Nathaniel B. Senn announces the relocation of the Law Offices of N.B. Senn, LLC to One Carriage Ln., Bldg. D, Charleston 29403. (843) 608-9529.

In memoriam
Judge Mary Thomasine Grayson Mason, 93, of Summerton died May 4. Her obituary can be found

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

June 8
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

June 12
Project Citizen Training, Bar Building

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