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September 18, 2012

September 14, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
September 18, 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 were mailed 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.

Help make Mock Trial rock!
It's that time of year again! The Law Related Education (LRE) Division is seeking attorney volunteers for its growing Mock Trial programs, which teach middle and high school students about the legal system through trial role playing. Mock Trial volunteers enjoy the thrill of competition while scoring and presiding over trials. LRE needs attorney volunteers to score the competitions, attorney coaches to help prepare the teams and law student volunteers to help behind the scenes. Competition dates and locations are as follows: Nov. 3, Middle School Mock Trial Regional Competitions (Charleston, Conway, Greenville and Lexington); Dec. 7-8, Middle School Mock Trial State Competition (Lexington); Feb. 23, High School Mock Trial Regional Competitions (Charleston, Conway, Greenville and Lexington); and March 8-9, High School Mock Trial State Competition (Columbia). All attorney volunteers earn pro bono credit for their hours dedicated to the Mock Trial program. Click
here to sign up, or contact or (803) 252-5139 for more information.

UCC Online wins award
The S.C. Secretary of State’s Office’s UCC Online program was honored with a Government-to-Business Digital Government Achievement Award on Sept. 13. Sponsored by the Center for Digital Government, the award recognizes agencies that demonstrate outstanding achievement in the implementation of creative information technology. UCC Online allows businesses and citizens to file, search and retrieve UCC documents electronically here
. To view the media release, click here.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Word tips. Word assumes a lot about the text you want selected. If you drag the mouse down, Word automatically selects all of the text to the right of the cursor’s current position. Similarly, if you drag the mouse up, Word selects all of the text to the left of the cursor. Fortunately, you can force Word to select a vertical block of text, ignoring the text to the right or the left. To customize the selection area, first position the cursor at the beginning of the block you want to select. Next, hold down the [Alt] key and drag your mouse up or down and right or left to select just the block you want, without Word’s interfering assumptions. If you attended the
Solo & Small Firm Section’s Annual Meeting and CLE last Friday, you may recognize this tip from the 60 Tips in 60 Minutes presentation. Click here to check out more tips that were presented at the Solo & Small Firm Conference. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Advance Sheet update
September 12, 2012
The S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed in part and reversed in part a family court order arising out of a DSS intervention action. The court affirmed the family court’s finding that an unknown perpetrator sexually abused the appellant’s daughter and reversed the court’s order that the appellant pay Guardian ad Litem (GAL) fees and a portion of the volunteer GAL’s attorney fees. The court held that, under Section 63-3-530, the GAL program is responsible for paying the attorney fees for volunteer GALs in abuse and neglect cases. The court further found that ordering the appellant to pay the GAL fees violated the mandates of Section 63-3-850 since the trial court expressly reserved its ruling on this issue for a separate hearing.
South Carolina Department of Social Services v. Mary C., No. 4891, is available

The court affirmed the appellant’s convictions of murder and burglary in the first degree, finding the trial court properly allowed admission of the co-defendant’s written statement into evidence. The neutral phrase “another person” inserted into the statement avoided any Bruton violation as it implicated only the statement’s maker and not the three defendants on trial.
State v. Derrick McDonald, No. 5033, is available
Judge Few concurred in a separate opinion.

In this criminal appeal, the court reversed the circuit court. Because voluntary manslaughter and self-defense are not mutually exclusive, the appellant contended he was entitled to a jury charge on voluntary manslaughter. The court agreed and further opined that the appellant was prejudiced by the court’s refusal to grant a jury instruction for voluntary manslaughter.
State v. Richard Bill Niles Jr., No. 5034, is available

In memoriam
David Michael Parham, 62, of Six Mile died on September 13, 2012. His obituary can be found

James John Raman, 91, of Spartanburg died on August 15, 2012. His obituary can be found

Claude M. Scarborough Jr., 82, of Columbia died on September 15, 2012. His obituary can be found

Firm announcements
Gibbs & Holmes announces that Cheryl H. Ledbetter has joined the firm as of counsel located at 171 Church St., Ste. 110, Charleston 29401. (843) 722-0033.

Henderson, Brandt & Vieth, PA announces that Mark Alan Nowell has joined the firm located at 360 E. Henry St., Ste. 101, Spartanburg 29302. (864) 582-2962.

McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, LLC announces that Fraser Reid has joined the firm located at 11 N. Water St., Ste. 13290, Mobile, AL 36602. (251) 432-5300.

Rudisill, White & Kaplan, PLLC announces that Jeff Gilbert has joined the firm located at 212 S. Tryon St., Ste. 1440, Charlotte, NC 28281. (704) 378-8888.

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 12
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

October 17
Community Works Training, Bar Building

October 18
Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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