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August 9, 2012

August 02, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
August 9, 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.

Young Lawyers Division receives five ABA Awards of Achievement
Congratulations to YLD, winner of five prestigious Awards of Achievement at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting! The awards included first place for Minority Service Project, Service to the Public and Newsletters, and second place for Service to the Bar and Comprehensive Projects and Programs.

Public hearings for judicial candidates
Public hearings have been scheduled to begin Monday, November 12, regarding the qualifications of the candidates for judicial positions listed in this media release. Persons desiring to testify shall furnish written notarized statements of proposed testimony. These statements must be received by Tuesday, October 30, at noon. Statements should be mailed or delivered to the Judicial Merit Selection Commission as follows: Jane O. Shuler, Chief Counsel, 104 Gressette Bldg., P.O. Box 142, Columbia, SC 29202.

Nominating Committee to meet
The Nominating Committee will meet Sept. 18. The Committee will be nominating persons to fill the offices of President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, one member each of the Board of Governors for Judicial Regions 1 (Circuits 7, 10, 13 and 16), 2 (Circuits 5, 6, 8 and 11) and 3 (Circuits 3, 4, 12 and 15) and one State Bar Delegate to the American Bar Association.

Members of the Bar are encouraged to forward names to a Committee member for consideration for nomination to these offices. Names may also be forwarded to the Committee through Executive Director Bob Wells. Persons seeking office will be asked to submit materials to the Committee which demonstrate their leadership abilities in Bar activities and in other capacities in service to the legal profession.

The Committee members are Marvin Quattlebaum, Greenville, Chair; Doug Jennings, Bennettsville; Stuart Mauney, Greenville; Marie-Louise Ramsdale, Mt. Pleasant; Pamela Roberts, Columbia; Hal Strange, Georgetown; Hagood Tighe, Columbia; and Bruce Wallace, Charleston.

New publication releases!
Check out the four CLE publications just released:
S.C. Rules of Procedure Annotated 2012 by Justin S. Kahn 
S.C. Evidence Handbook Annotated, Eighth Edition by Justin S. Kahn 
Service of Process in South Carolina, Third Edition by John S. Nichols
Masters-in-Equity & Special Referees in South Carolina, Fourth Edition by John S. Nichols

YLD helping students in need 
YLD is collecting backpacks and school supplies for donation to schools and students in need throughout the state. Supplies are being collected through Aug. 16 in Charleston, Columbia and Rock Hill. The list of drop-off locations can be found 
here. For more information, contact Paul Hoefer at (803) 799-8900 or

Columbia attorney elected to NCBP
Congratulations to Columbia attorney Lanneau Wm. Lambert Jr., who was elected secretary of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.

Nominations sought
S.C. Bar Trial and Appellate Advocacy Section is seeking nominations for its award, which recognizes a lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to trial and appellate advocacy in the legal profession. The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 1. For nomination criteria and instructions, click here

PMAP–Your guide to …

Secure passwords. Recently, it was rumored that Dropbox had been hacked again after several users were spammed. The Dropbox blog explained that hackers stole user login information from another website and were then able to access the Dropbox accounts of users who used the same login information for Dropbox. Let this be a lesson–it’s never a good idea to use the same password for everything! Set a unique password for every site to keep your information secure. Check out this article to learn more about this latest security scare and steps you can take to protect your account. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Foundation summer newsletter now online
The S.C. Bar Foundation newsletter is now online! Take a look at the
summer 2012 issue and learn how Rhonda, with the assistance of a Foundation grantee, rescued herself and her two children from being buried in their back yard. Also, hear from a law student who witnessed the life changing impact of providing hands-on legal services to those in need. Learn why we intend to share more “heart beat” stories and how your support gives these stories happy endings, get to know our new directors, RSVP for upcoming events and be inspired by the gifts in tribute of colleagues and friends of the Bar. Turn each page to see how the S.C. Bar Foundation is advancing justice in this fiscal year. Please join us.

Advance Sheet update
August 8, 2012
In this personal injury case involving colored contact lenses, the S.C. Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeals to the extent partial summary judgment was granted on claims that would impose common-law requirements "different from, or in addition to" applicable FDA requirements. The remaining causes of action were remanded for further proceedings consistent with the Court’s opinion.
Weston v. Kim's Dollar Store, No. 27155, is available

This case addresses whether cellular service providers are included in the term “telephone company” for the purposes of increasing license fees. The Court reversed the Court of Appeals and reinstated the Administrative Law Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the petitioners. The Court found the term "telephone company" in a tax statute is ambiguous and any doubt must be resolved in favor of the taxpayer.
Alltel v. SCDOR, No. 27156, is available

In this appeal from the Appellate Panel of the S.C. Workers' Compensation Commission (Appellate Panel), Rhame contended the Appellate Panel erred when it held that his claim was barred by the statute of limitations. The S.C. Court of Appeals dismissed the case as untimely pursuant to Section 42-17-60 of the S.C. Code (Supp. 2011) and therefore did not reach the merits of Rhame's arguments.
Rhame v. Charleston County School District, No. 5020, is available

Firm announcements

David Aylor and J. Stephen Schmutz announce that Gerald C. Smoak has joined their offices located at 200 E. Washington St., Walterboro 29488, (843) 782-4221, and 3844 Leeds Ave., N. Charleston 29405, (843) 554-9221.

Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP
announces that Emily Collins Brown has joined the firm as an associate located at 1613 Main St., Columbia 29201. (803) 799-1111.

Clawson & Staubes, LLC
 announces that Bobby Daniel Sessoms has joined the Charleston office located at 126 Seven Farms Dr., Ste. 200, 29492. (843) 577-2026.

Corrigan & Chandler, LLC announces its relocation to 16 Charlotte St., Ste. B, Charleston 29403. (843) 577-5410.

Evie B. Evans announces the opening of Evans Law, LLC located at 2036 eWall St., Ste. E, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 284-5552. 

Harper, Lambert & Brown, PA announces that Calvin T. "Ted" Vick Jr. has joined the firm located at 420 E. Park Ave., Ste. 220, Greenville 29601. (864) 235-5535.

McAngus Goudelock & Courie announces that Christopher Gibbs and Brett H. Bayne have joined the Columbia office located at 1320 Main St., 29201. (803) 779-2300.

Jeffrey M. Schreiber announces the opening of Lowcountry Divorce & Family Law, LLC located at 810 Travelers Blvd., Ste. K, Summerville 29485. (843) 285-7070.

Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, PA announces that David M. Padgett has joined the Greenville office and Ian C. Gohean has relocated to the Greenville office located at 872 S. Pleasantburg Dr., 29607. (864) 527-3280.

August 14
Construction Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

August 15
Memory Hold the Door Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Real Estate Practices Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

August 16
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Tax Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

August 17
Workers' Compensation Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

August 20
Military and Veterans' Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

August 22
Annual Meeting of Section and Committee Chairs, Conference Center

August 23
Senior Lawyers Division Executive Council Meeting, Bar Building

August 24
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Bar Building

August 25
Middle School Mock Trial Skills Workshop, USC School of Law

August 29
Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

August 31
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

September 5
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

September 10
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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