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August 23, 2012

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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
August 23, 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.

2012-2013 Lawyers Desk Book now available
The 2012-13 edition of the S.C. Bar Lawyers Desk Book is now available. Please note that member contact information was published as entered in the Supreme Court's Attorney Information System (AIS), with reminders published throughout Bar communications. All active Bar members will receive a complimentary copy. Additional copies can be purchased for $25 each, plus tax. To place an order, click
here or call (803) 799-6653, ext. 155.

New Casemaker launches next week
The new Casemaker officially launches on Aug. 31. Many of you have already tried, and like, the new version of Casemaker, which features a universal search bar, a more intuitive interface and personal folders for organizing your research. For those of you who prefer the familiarity of the old Casemaker, it will still be accessible for the next year by clicking the “Back to 2.2” link after logging in. If you haven’t tried the new version yet, give it a whirl! Log in at For Casemaker assistance, please e-mail

Chief Justice Toal addresses S.C. Judiciary
Chief Justice Jean Toal addressed members of South Carolina's Judiciary at the Annual Judicial Conference on Thursday, Aug. 23. To learn more, click

Proposed parenting plan

Chief Justice Jean Toal approved SCCA 466, Proposed Parenting Plan, for use in S.C. Family Courts. The new form can be found 
here. To view the complete order, click here.

Submit your photos for the South Carolina Lawyer magazine!
The Bar is proud of its lawyers! Check out pages 48-49 of the July issue of South Carolina Lawyer for photos of your colleagues in action. We want to hear from you, too! Send an "action" photo of your community service or pro bono work to for inclusion in an upcoming issue. To view the feature online, click here.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Backing up your data. By now, we all know the importance of having multiple 
backups of our electronic data if your hard drive crashes or your laptop is stolen. If your office is backing up to an external hard drive, consider one that is nearly indestructible like the ioSafe. It comes in a number of models and claims to be fireproof, waterproof and even theft proof. Attend the Solo & Small Firm CLE and Annual Meeting next month, and you can enter the drawing to win an ioSafe SoloPMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Bar Foundation grantee molds future leaders
This week, students made their way back into the classroom, and new teachers, friends and opportunities like the S.C. YMCA Youth In Government (YIG) program await them. Of the 42 programs nationwide, South Carolina's YIG is one of the five largest. Through a series of law related programs, YIG is molding the next generation of good citizens, good neighbors and potential lawyers–people who understand and care about community. One student, Alan, articulated the difference YIG made for him: “I found my voice. I went from being what I considered a ‘nobody’ to a ‘somebody,’” he said. “YIG gave me a place to fit in and allowed me to spread my ideas.” Your support of the Foundation makes it possible for Alan, and others, to participate in YIG. Your gift will make a difference for the Foundation’s 18 grantees this year. Make your gift

Call for nominations
The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is accepting nominations for the 2012 Difference Makers Awards, designed to recognize extraordinary lawyers who make a difference by breaking down barriers for women, people of color, people with disabilities and people of differing sexual orientation. Nominations must be received by Aug. 31. For more information and the application, click

Volunteers needed for Moot Court competition
The Charleston School of Law's Moot Court Board is seeking volunteers to serve as judges for the Charleston School of Law 2L Moot Court Competition Sept. 14-15. To sign up, click
here and enter the password "mootcourt." 

You're invited
The Southern Region of the National Black Law Students Association invites S.C. Bar members to its welcome reception and networking mixer at Elon University School of Law on Friday, Aug. 24, from 6-8 p.m. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to

Advance Sheet update
August 22, 2012
In this contracts case, the S.C. Supreme Court denied a petition for rehearing, withdrew its original opinion and substituted an opinion revising its conclusion. The Court held that the trial judge erred in denying the appellant's motions for a directed verdict and JNOV. Because the appellant's actions could only be attributable to the LLC, there was an absence of evidence to establish a separate claim that the appellant was individually liable for the cause of action for tortious interference with a contract. Accordingly, the Court reversed the award of damages on this cause of action.
Dutch Fork Development v. SEL Properties, No. 27139, is available

The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed and remanded this case, opining that the trial court committed an error of law in requiring the state to present empirical data to justify implementation of a traffic checkpoint. The purpose of the checkpoint was to prevent traffic offenses and people driving without a license. The stops were marked so drivers could anticipate them, and each stop lasted less than a minute. Weighing those two factors with the data provided as to effectiveness, the license checkpoint did not violate the Fourth Amendment.
State v. Vickery, No. 5025, is available

In this criminal action, the court reversed the decision of the trial court and remanded the case, holding that the trial court erred in admitting two photographs into evidence. Their admission was highly prejudicial in light of their sexually graphic nature and was cumulative, therefore lessening their probative value. Because the determination of this issue was dispositive, the court declined to address Lee's remaining arguments.
State v. Lee, No. 5026, is available

The court affirmed the trial court's award of damages to subsequent purchasers of real property under Section 29-3-320 of the S.C. Code (2007) for the bank's failure to mark a mortgage on the property as satisfied. Evidence supported the trial court's finding that the respondents met the requirements under Section 29-3-310 of the S.C. Code to demonstrate the bank failed to satisfy the mortgage, thus subjecting it to the penalty contained in Section 29-3-320.
Regions Bank v. Strawn, No. 5027, is available
Chief Judge Few dissented in a separate opinion.

In memoriam

Lewis Matthew Brown Sr., 87, of Campobello died Aug. 11, 2012. His obituary can be found

Richard Lyles Coble Sullivan, 71, of Charlotte, NC died Aug. 13, 2012. His obituary can be found

Harry I. Rivers Jr., 61, of Easley died Aug. 18, 2012. His obituary can be found

Firm announcements
The Department of Health and Environmental Control announces that Vito M. Wicevic has joined the office of general counsel located at 2600 Bull St., Columbia 29203. (803) 898-3350.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA announces that Stinson Ferguson has joined the Greenville office as an associate located at 75 Beattie Place, 11th Floor, 29601. (864) 240-3200.

Holcombe Bomar, PA
announces that V.C. "Vic" Bailey IV has become an associate of the firm located at 100 Dunbar St., Ste. 200, Spartanburg 29306. (864) 594-5300.

The Law Office of Whitner S. Bishop, PA announces that Elizabeth D. Bass has joined the firm located at 101 Lafayette St., Spartanburg 29302. (864) 699-9772.

Mike Kelly Law Group, LLC announces that Douglas J. Rosinski has joined the Columbia office located at 500 Taylor St., 29202, (803) 726-0123, and that Paula Jill Wright has joined the Myrtle Beach office located at 816 Broadway St., 29577, (843) 946-7550.

August 24
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Nelson Mullins (Columbia)
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
Government Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
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

September 13
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building
Mock Trial Training, Bar Building

September 14
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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