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May 15, 2012

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May 15, 2012
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Have you ever wondered where to look for practice management and technology advice, discounts on office products, free legal research or networking opportunities? Well, we do that, and a whole lot more! The Bar is launching a promotion of its programs and services offered to you through your Bar membership. Beginning next week, look for the We Do That! logo (above) in Bar communications to learn more about the benefits available to you.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Organizing your replies in Outlook. If you’ve ever tried to find a reply you sent to a client by searching your "sent" folder, you know that it’s no easy task! There is a much easier way to keep track of your replies in Outlook; simply save the replies with the original message! If you have created personal folders in Outlook, you can save replies to the folder where the original message is stored automatically. This is simple to set up, only takes a few seconds and can save you a ton of time. Check out this TechRepublic article for step-by-step instructions. PMAP is practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Check out OfficeDepot deals for May!
The Bar has a program with OfficeDepot to provide discounts to members. Click here to see this month’s specials. Visit to learn more about this discount program.

Advance Sheet update
May 9, 2012
After a family court required the husband to pay the wife a lump sum of $20,000 and $500 per month in periodic alimony, the S.C. Court of Appeals held that the proper steps for equitable distribution were not followed and struck the $20,000 lump sum. The court found no evidence to support such an award and no evidence that the husband would be able to pay it. However, the court affirmed the equitable division of marital property and the award of alimony based on the preponderance of the evidence.
Way v. Way, No. 4968, is available

In this case arising from a broken engagement and a dispute over ownership of the engagement ring, the court held that it was proper to deny the plaintiff’s directed verdict motion for breach of promise to marry, as South Carolina has not abolished this claim. In determining ownership of the engagement ring, the court further held that fault has no place in determining ownership and that gift law dictates. Thus, the case was remanded to determine if the ring was given as a gift conditioned on marriage or was an absolute gift. Finally, the court held that an inconsistent jury verdict does not allow for an award of damages; instead, the appropriate remedies are to resubmit the case to the jury or to grant a new trial.
Campbell v. Robinson, No. 4969, is available

The court affirmed the circuit court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the City of Spartanburg in this inverse condemnation case. After failed hostage negotiations, the City used a bulldozer to free a hostage in the plaintiff’s convenience store. The court held this action did not constitute a taking of private property because the property was not physically appropriated for public use and the actions were a legitimate exercise of police power.
Carolina Convenience Stores v. City of Spartanburg, No. 4970, is available

The court held that denial of the appellants’ motion to dismiss based on forum non conveniens is not immediately appealable based on S.C. Code Section 14-3-330’s limits on the ability of the court to hear appeals. Thus, the appeal was dismissed.
Burkey v. Noce, No. 4971, is available

Firm announcement
Robert Pohl announces the opening of Pohl, P.A. The mailing address is P.O. Box 27290, Greenville 29616. (864) 361-4827.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announces that W. Marshall Taylor Jr. has joined the agency as general counsel located at 2600 Bull St., Columbia 29201. (803) 898-3432.

May 16
Community Works Training, Bar Building

May 17
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

May 18
Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Conference Center
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Elder Law Guardianship/Conservatorship Subcommittee Meeting, Conference Call
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins (Columbia)
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

May 25
Trial and Appellate Advocacy Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

June 8
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

June 12
Project Citizen Training, Bar Building

June 15
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

June 21
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

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