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September 13, 2012

September 12, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
September 13, 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.

Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met today in Columbia.

The Board approved requests from the Law Related Education Committee to reclassify the Middle School of the Year Award to include eligibility for elementary schools and serve as a co-sponsor for the Skills USA state quiz bowl competition.

The Board heard a request from the Real Estate Practices Section to issue comment on new regulations proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Draft comments will be presented to the Board.

The Board approved requests from the Young Lawyers Division to host a fundraiser for Cocky's Reading Express literacy program and establish an official Facebook page for the Division.

The Board approved a request from the CLE Committee to recognize significant contributions to the work of the committee.

The Board approved an amendment to the Lawyer Referral Service rules clarifying recently-approved rule changes.

The Board approved a request from the Lawyer Image Task Force to conduct a study evaluating the economic impact of the legal profession in South Carolina.

Daniel E. Hunt was appointed to the S.C. Legal Services Board of Directors.

The Board increased from 11 to 12 the number of members of the S.C. Bar Foundation and appointed Boone Aiken and Rob Braithwaite to its Board of Directors.

The Board received a report on a meeting held with members of the Georgetown County Bar.

2013 S.C. Bar Convention: Make plans to attend! 
The 2013 Convention, to be held at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa Jan. 24-27, is shaping up to be a fun-filled weekend. In addition to an outstanding CLE line-up, the Convention offers something for everyone, and this year is no exception. Here are just a few highlights:
• Honor the lives and contributions of distinguished deceased Bar members by attending the annual Memory Hold the Door ceremony
• Participate in the President’s Welcome Reception on Thursday at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club
• Hear remarks by Chief Justice Jean Toal, in addition to the presentation of the Bar Foundation's DuRant Award, at Friday’s Plenary Luncheon
• Attend the Judicial Reception on Friday night, followed by a party at the famous House of Blues restaurant 
• Finally, is it a workout or is it a party? Find out by taking part in Zumba classes on Friday and Saturday mornings.
Registration is now open. 
Sign up today to take advantage of early bird savings!

2013 Leadership Academy application period now open!
The Bar is now accepting applications for the 2013 Leadership Academy. This fifth installment of the Academy will address the following topics: lawyers in public service, professionalism, career/leadership development, work-life balance, the path to the judiciary, pro bono and community service and service to the Bar. Sessions will take place on the following dates: Jan. 26-27 (at the close of Bar Convention–Myrtle Beach), Feb. 21 (Columbia), March 22 (Greenville), April 26 (Charleston) and May 16 (Charleston, Annual Meeting). The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to enhance the professional growth and leadership skills development of selected members to prepare them to make greater contributions to the legal profession and to the community. Interested applicants must meet and agree to the stated requirements and submit the required application and supporting documents by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Please see the complete application packet for full details. For more information, contact Morgan Crouch at at (803) 576-3835 or toll-free at 1-877-797-2227, ext. 135.

Join the Lawyer Referral Service today!
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 fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30, but new members are invited to join at any time. The application for membership and the LRS rules can be found
here. Proof of professional liability insurance must accompany your application. For more information, contact Joan Brown at

Notary seminars offered
The S.C. Secretary of State is offering free regional notary public seminars for S.C. notaries and those interested in becoming a notary. The seminars will address state laws governing the duties and responsibilities of notaries. The unauthorized practice of law will also be addressed in a joint session with a representative from the Bar. Seminars are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the following locations: Greenville (Sept. 25), Lexington (Oct. 9) and Charleston (Oct. 22). For more information or to register, click 

Advance Sheet update
September 12, 2012

The S.C. Supreme Court, answering a certified question from the U.S. District Court for South Carolina, decided the issue of whether dimunition of value resulting from partial failure of title should be measured as of the date of purchase of the property or as of the date of discovery of title defect. The Court held that when a title insurance policy is ambiguous on this issue, damages should be measured in favor of the insured which, in this case, was as of the date of purchase.
Joetta P. Whitlock v. Stewart Title Guaranty Co., No. 27169, is available
Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion.

The S.C. Supreme Court affirmed as modified the Administrative Law Court’s (ALC) dismissal of this appeal, finding that the appellant failed to establish a legal basis on which to challenge the enforcement of the disciplinary policy underlying his conviction. The Court clarified that the ALC may not summarily dismiss an inmate’s appeal solely on the ground that the appeal involves the loss of the opportunity to earn sentence-related credits. Instead, the ALC must consider whether the appeal involves a state-created liberty or property interest. Also, in overruling Furtick v. S.C. Department of Corrections and adopting the dissent’s reasoning in that opinion, the Court found that the loss of opportunity to earn sentence-related credits does not implicate a state-created liberty interest.
Stacy W. Howard v. South Carolina Department of Corrections, No. 27170, is available
Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion. Justice Kittredge wrote separately.

Firm announcements
Jackson Lewis, LLP announces that Sandi R. Wilson has joined the Greenville office located at 55 Beattie Place, Ste. 800, 29601. (864) 232-7000.

The Law Firm of Regina B. Ward, LLC announces that Caitlin M. Epley has joined the firm located at 1017 Fourth Ave., Conway 29526. (843) 488-9273.

Teschner Law Firm, LLC announces its relocation to 3 Lockwood Dr., Ste 204, Charleston 29401. (843) 937-0027.

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP announces that Laurel Blair has joined the Charleston office located at 5 Exchange St., 29401. (843) 722-3400.

September 14
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Conference Center

September 18
Nominating Committee Meeting, Bar Building
We the People Training, Bar Building

September 20
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Project Citizen Training, Bar Building

September 21
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

September 24-27
Judicial Qualifications Committee Meetings, Bar Building

September 26
Street Law Training, Bar Building

October 9
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

October 14
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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