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June 21, 2012

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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
June 21, 2012
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at
here for the most recent CLE Edition, which highlights upcoming CLE opportunities.

Do you need updated material for your law library? We do that! The Bar's CLE Division offers 97 publications and software products spanning 20 practice areas to help you prepare for your next case. These resources are written by accomplished South Carolina practitioners on South Carolina law. Visit the Publications Store at to browse or make purchases.

Lawyer Referral Service renewals due June 29
The Lawyer Referral Service is a public service of the S.C. Bar, offering a simple, inexpensive and practical method of introducing people with legal problems to qualified lawyers. The LRS is now accepting renewal applications from its current members for the July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, year. Members who have not renewed by June 29 will automatically drop out of rotation. Please make sure to update the online referral system and submit your Annual Case Report, or you will not be allowed to renew. LRS thanks its current membership and reminds non-members that they may join at any time. For information on how to register, click

Election for 11th Circuit Public Defender Selection Panel member (Lexington County)
All licensed attorneys residing in Lexington County are encouraged to vote for the 11th Circuit Public Defender Selection Panel member for Lexington County. Voting will take place on Friday, June 29, at 2 p.m. in the main courtroom (second floor) of the Old Courthouse in Lexington (139 E. Main St.). For more information, contact Andrew Farley, president of the Lexington County Bar Association, Inc. at

No proxy votes will be allowed. All nominees, nominators and voters will be required to certify in writing that he or she meets the following eligibility requirements: they must actually reside in Lexington County and they must be active licensed attorneys in South Carolina. Nominees will have to further certify that they are not solicitors, employees of a solicitor's office, employees of the S.C. Prosecution Commission, members of the judiciary or members of the Commission on Indigent Defense.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Web conferencing with your smart phone. Did you know that several of the most common web conferencing providers have customized their applications to work on your smart phone? Now you can host or join a web conference using
WebEx, GoToMeeting, Join.Me or Adobe Connect without being locked in to a land line. PMAP is practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

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 

Advance Sheet update
June 20, 2012
The S.C. Supreme Court held that the petitioner was not exempt from the Sexually Violent Predator Act (SVPA) mental health evaluation procedure. Although he was not confined for a sexually violent offense, the plain and unambiguous language of the SVPA does not require the most recent offense to be classified as sexually violent, and since the petitioner had previously been convicted for a sexually violent offense, he was still subject to the evaluation.
In the Matter of the Care and Treatment of Bobbie Manigo, No. 27134, is available 
Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion.

In this case on appeal from a conviction for homicide by child abuse, the Court affirmed the conviction and held that it was not error for the circuit court to allow into evidence a photograph of the child when she was alive because it was relevant to proving that the child’s sickle cell trait was not outwardly apparent. However, the Court held that it was error for the court to allow into evidence two pieces of wood used to demonstrate the type of object that could have caused the child’s injuries because the evidence was more prejudicial than probative, but the admission was nonetheless harmless.
State v. Salley, No. 27135, is available 
Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion.

The Court affirmed the family court’s issuance of a restraining order prohibiting any contact between the mother’s boyfriend and the parties’ minor daughter until the daughter reaches the age of 18 because the boyfriend was a convicted sex offender who was convicted for lewd act upon a minor. The Court refused to draw a parallel between the mother’s boyfriend and parents who were convicted sex offenders having custody and visitation rights of their children.
Argabright v. Argabright, No. 27136, is available
Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion.

Interim suspension
By order of
June 15 the Court placed Fredrick Scott Pfeiffer on interim suspension.

Member reinstatements
By order of June 1 the Court reinstated Howard Hammer to the practice of law.

By order of June 14 the Court reinstated (with conditions) Jack L. Schoer to the practice of law.

Member resignation
The Court has accepted the resignation as a limited license member of Dylan Patrick Ahn.

Firm announcements
The Collins Law Firm announces the opening of its Greenville office located at 135 S. Main St., Ste. 300, 29601. (864) 990-3061.

Luzuriaga Mims, LLP announces that Amy E. Mathisen has joined the firm located at 50 Immigration St., Ste. 200, Charleston 29403. (843) 410-4713.

June 22
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

June 29
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Bar Building

July 12
Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call
Street Law Training, Bar Building

July 17
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Training, Bar Building

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