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September 27, 2012

September 26, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
September 27, 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.

In case you missed it ...
The October issue of S.C. Bar News was distributed via e-mail last week. The current issue, as well as a PDF version and description of tips and features, is available on the Bar's website at Be sure to check out this issue to learn about the Bar's new mobile website, plans for the 2013 Bar Convention in Myrtle Beach, recent accolades for the Young Lawyers Division and where to download the 2013 Leadership Academy application. Don't miss it!

Memory Hold the Door ceremony
The Memory Hold the Door Committee will recognize distinguished, deceased members of the bench and bar at a ceremony during the 2013 Bar Convention at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24. The 2012 honorees are Charles E. Baker, Reginald C. Brown Jr., James S. Chandler Jr., Hon. Louis E. Condon, Julian H. Gignilliat, Hon. Thomas Kemmerlin Jr., Clarke W. McCants Jr., Hon. Jamie L. Murdock Jr., D.V. Richardson III and Emil W. Wald. For more information regarding the Bar Convention, click
here. For a complete list of past honorees, visit

DHEC releases Bench and Bar resource
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has released the 2012 edition of the Public Health Emergencies: A Resource for Bench and Bar. To view the publication, click

Your Foundation’s support of domestic violence prevention
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Bar Foundation supports organizations such as Sistercare and Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse, as well as the many attorneys at S.C. Legal Services who fight for victims of domestic violence. How can you show your support? On Oct. 2 at 11 a.m., the annual Silent Witness Ceremony will be hosted by the Attorney General at the Statehouse to honor victims of domestic violence who have died in the past year. This event is free and open to the public. You can also help us continue to support these organizations by making your gift

YLD raising awareness of domestic violence
In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Young Lawyers Division Voices Against Violence Committee will sponsor a necessities and paper products drive to collect supplies for donation to domestic violence shelters throughout the state. More information and drop-off locations will be posted to when they becomes available. 

Advance Sheet update
September 26, 2012
In this post-conviction relief (PCR) action, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed and remanded the decision of the PCR court. The petitioner alleged that his attorney had waived his right to a jury trial without the petitioner’s consent. A right to a trial by jury is validly waived when there is a complete record showing that the petitioner knowingly and voluntarily waived that right. The Court, opining that no such record existed in this case, held that the PCR court erred in its ruling that the petitioner had received effective counsel.
Moore v. State, No. 27173, is available
Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion in which Justice Hearn concurred.

In memoriam
Coming Ball Gibbs Jr., 76, of Mt. Pleasant died September 27, 2012. His obituary can be found here.

Firm announcements
Hyde Law Firm, PA announces that Alexander P. Lewis has joined the firm as an associate located at 753 E. Main St., Ste. 1, Spartanburg 29302. (864) 804-6330.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP announces that Renee Dankner has joined the Columbia office located at 1320 Main St., 17th Floor, 29201. (803) 799-2000.

Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP announces that Mary B. Ramsay has joined the Charleston office located at 25 Calhoun St., Ste. 250, 29401. (843) 300-6600.

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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