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September 25, 2012

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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
September 25, 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.

Mobile Website
Need access to key Bar website tools on your smartphone? We do that! The Bar has launched Mobile Member, where you can search the member directory; view a list of upcoming CLE programs and publications for purchase; view and pay outstanding invoices; and update personal data. Mobile Member also provides details regarding programs for which the user is registered, including a complete schedule of events; reminders prior to when programs start; a roster of others attending the programs; and much more. Simply log on to from your mobile device to get started!

Application period open for Rule 608 civil case contracts
Attorneys interested in contracting with the S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense to provide representation for indigent clients in civil matters (post conviction relief and sexually violent predator actions included) are invited to submit applications for consideration. The link for the application and other documents concerning the civil case contract program is located on the front page of the SCCID website: All applications must be completed and received by SCCID no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2012. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Commission.

2013 Leadership Academy application period open
The Bar is 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, (803) 576-3835 or toll-free at 1-877-797-2227, ext. 135.

Call for YLD nominations
YLD is seeking nominations for the positions of President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, Out-of-State Representative and odd-numbered Judicial Circuit Representatives. These positions will become vacant June 30, 2013. Nominations must be submitted no later than Oct. 31, 2012. Letters of nomination and a brief bio should be sent to Morgan Crouch at, faxed to (803) 799-4118 or mailed to S.C. Bar YLD, Attn: Morgan Crouch, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202. For more information, click here or call (803) 799-6653, ext. 135.

PMAP–Your guide to …
New lending library books. Did you know the Bar has a small library of practice management books available for loan? Click here to see a full list and descriptions, and here for instructions on how to check them out in person or by mail. New to the library are: iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers and iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, both by Tom Mighell, an upcoming speaker at the 2013 Bar Convention. Questions? Contact Shelby Crawford at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 118.

Two lawyers join Bar Foundation Board
The S.C. Bar Foundation Board of Directors welcomes two new members: J. Boone Aiken III and Robin A. Braithwaite. Aiken is a senior shareholder at Aiken Bridges Elliott Tyler & Saleeby, PA and a past president of the Florence County Bar. Braithwaite is a shareholder with Braithwaite Farmer Boni & Timmerman and serves on the S.C. Bar Memory Hold the Door Committee. Read the full release

Advance Sheet update
September 19, 2012
The S.C. Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order disqualifying the appellant from running in the primary election for Senate District 41. The Court held that the appellant, as a part-time prosecutor, did not qualify as an exempt candidate under Section 8-13-1356(B), and was therefore required to follow the filing requirements pursuant to said Section.
Temple v. South Carolina State Election Commission, No. 27172, is available online.
Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion.

In this direct appeal arising out of a property dispute, the S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the master-in-equity. The court found, inter alia, that when there is an absence of language regarding access to an easement, the master-in-equity is allowed to consider additional evidence beyond the easement conveyance documents.
David R. Martin et al. v. Ann P. Bay et al., No. 5035, is available online.

In memoriam
John Knight Rutenberg, 72, of Myrtle Beach died September 17, 2012. His obituary can be found

Firm announcements
Susan M. Gaddy announces the relocation of The Gaddy Law Firm, LLC to 260 W. Coleman Blvd, Ste. B, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 388-7062.

Harrison & Radeker, PA announces that F. Casey D. Cornwell has joined the firm as an associate located at 923 Calhoun St., Columbia 29201. (803) 779-2211.

Hyde Law Firm, PA announces its relocation to 753 E. Main St., Ste. 1, Spartanburg 29302. (864) 840-6330.

Law Office of Kelly A. Seabrook announces its relocation to 1803 Hampton St., Columbia 29201. (803) 251-2288.

Leath, Bouch & Seekings, LLP announces that Yancey A. McLeod III has joined the firm as an associate located at 92 Broad St., Charleston 29401. (843) 937-8811.

Littler Mendelson, PC announces that Kiosha H. Dickey has joined the firm located at 1201 Main St., Ste. 1930, Columbia 29201. (803) 231-2500.

Mike Kelly Law Group announces that Jill Wright has joined the Myrtle Beach office located at 816 Broadway St., 29577. (843) 946-7550.

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP announces that Felicia S. Preston has joined the Columbia office located at 1201 Main St., Ste. 1450, 29201. (803) 255-8000.

R. Scott Dover Law Office announces that Sean J. Hinton has joined the firm as an associate located at 221 Hampton Ave., Pickens 29671. (864) 878-0662.

Wilson & Heyward, LLC announces that Megan Stevens Murph has joined the firm as an associate located at 924 Folly Rd., Charleston 29422. (843) 762-4567.

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

October 19
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building

October 26
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Conference Center

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