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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
September 20, 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.

Nominees selected
Nominees for offices in the S.C. Bar were selected Sept. 18 by the Bar's Nominating Committee. Members nominated were J. Calhoun Watson of Columbia for President-Elect, Anne S. Ellefson of Greenville for Treasurer and Leah B. Moody of Rock Hill for Secretary. Nominated for seats on the Board of Governors were R. Scott Dover of Pickens for the First Judicial Region, J. Preston Strom of Columbia for the Second Judicial Region and Julie Jeffords Moose of Florence for the Third Judicial Region. Nominated to serve as ABA State Bar Delegate was Fred W. Suggs Jr. of Greenville. Section 9.3 of the Constitution of the S.C. Bar governs the nominating procedure. The nominations close on Jan. 15, 2013.

Nominations sought
The 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

Trust Accounting: The Roles of CPAs and Attorneys 
The S.C. Association of CPAs and the S.C. Bar CLE Division are sponsoring the CPA Trust Account Seminar on Nov. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bar Conference Center. Discover the tools, knowledge and resources necessary to work together at this comprehensive workshop designed to help attorneys and CPAs understand each other's unique role in serving clients. For more information and to register, click

From the Bar Foundation
We honor the passing of Claude M. Scarborough Jr., a great friend of the
S.C. Bar Foundation. The Foundation recalls the many contributions he made, including serving as president, developing the first donor drive and displaying a commitment to pro bono service. He also was awarded the Foundation’s DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award in 1996. In 2000, Mr. Scarborough took some time to be interviewed for the Foundation’s oral history project and spoke of his family’s first Columbia home, dry cleaning business and his legal practice development. Remember Mr. Scarborough today by watching his remarks here.

Volunteers needed

The USC School of Law is seeking volunteers to judge its annual Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, Sept. 29. The morning session will begin at 9 a.m., and the afternoon session will begin at 1 p.m. Each judge will observe a mock trial and score the participants based on their opening statements, closing arguments and overall style. The scores will determine who will advance in the competition and ultimately who will make the team. For more information or to volunteer, contact Stephanie Helling at

Advance Sheet update
September 19, 2012
In this workers’ compensation appeal, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed and remanded the decision of the circuit court. The Court held, pursuant to Section 42-9-20 of the S.C. Code, rank speculation over future earnings cannot be the sole factor when determining loss of wage benefits. The Court remanded the case to the circuit court for further determination of the appellant’s future earnings.
Hutson v. SC Ports Authority, No. 27171, is available online.
Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion.

Firm announcements
Shannon Byrdic Anderson announces the opening of The Law Office of Shannon Byrdic Anderson, LLC located at 1637 Savannah Hwy., Ste. 202, Charleston 29407. (843) 696-1868.

Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP announces that Kristen M. Kelley has joined the Charleston office as an associate located at 40 Calhoun St., Ste. 400, 29401. (843) 727-0307.

W. Jonathan Harling and Rebecca B. West announce the opening of Harling & West, LLC located at 203B W. Main St., Lexington 29072, (803) 957-0889, and that Allie B. Bullard is of counsel with the firm.

Catherine B. MacKelcan announces the opening of The Law Office of Catherine Bryan MacKelcan, LLC located at 764 St. Andrews Blvd., Charleston 29407. (843) 259-2076.

John L. Wilson announces that Wilson & Bratt, PA is now Wilson S.C. Law Firm, PA and remains located at 3600 Main St., Ste. 100, Hilton Head Island 29926. (843) 681-6300.

Barbara "Bobbie" Wofford-Kanwat announces that she has been appointed a full-time magistrate judge in Richland County with offices located at 1400 Huger St., Columbia 29202. (803) 576-2341.

Wyche, PA announces that Honore N. Hishamunda and Christopher B. Schoen have joined the firm located at 44 E. Camperdown Way, Greenville 29601. (864) 242-8200.

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

September 28
Member Involvement Task Force Meeting, Conference Center

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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