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October 9, 2012

October 04, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
October 9, 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.

Lending Library
Need references on practice management issues and technology advice for lawyers? We do that! The Practice Management Assistance Program maintains a Lending Library with numerous books and videos on practice management, technology, client relations, billing, marketing and more. You can find a list by subject matter, along with check-out instructions, at

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.

Pro Bono in Your PJs!
Interested in helping those who can’t afford lawyer but just don’t have time to take on a case?  Work for an agency and can’t go to court, but know you have knowledge that would help? is for you!  The S.C. Bar is launching a new website that is available at any hour of the day or night for clients, who meet the qualifications, to post questions.  Volunteer lawyers are needed to answer questions in a variety of practice areas.  If you would like to volunteer go to and sign up.  If you have questions, contact Cindy Coker, Public Services Director at (803) 576-3797 or

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.

You're invited!
Members of the Bar are invited to a reception following the investiture of Mary G. Lewis as Federal District Judge. The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m. at the Capital City Club located at 1201 Main St. in Columbia.

ABA seeking nominations
Do you know an outstanding female lawyer who has achieved professional excellence in her field and paved the way to success for other women lawyers? The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is seeking nominations for its 23rd Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 3. For more information, click
here or contact Beverly Tate at (312) 988-5668 or

PMAP–Your guide to …
PDF viewers. Many lawyers have chosen Adobe Reader as their go-to PDF viewer without exploring other available options. There are several great alternatives to Adobe Reader–many that will take up less space on your hard drive, require fewer updates that force you to restart your computer and are free!
Foxit Reader is one of the most popular alternative PDF viewers. It's fast, lightweight and includes some collaboration tools such as the ability to fill out PDF forms. Click here to read an article with information, complete with screenshots, on some of the best alternative PDF viewers. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Government Law Section gives $3,000 gift to Foundation
The Bar Foundation thanks the Government Law Section of the S.C. Bar for its gift of $3,000 to support the Children’s Fund and Disabled Lawyers Fund. The Foundation applauds the section’s council members who have made it a goal to contribute an annual gift to the Foundation. On behalf of those who will be assisted because of this gift, we thank you! Read the full release here.

Advance Sheet update
October 3, 2012
The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed the circuit court, finding it erred in denying the motion to compel Pearson to comply with the arbitration clause in the contract between Hilton Head Hospital and the employment placement service (Locum) Pearson had used to obtain his temporary placement there. Although Pearson was a nonsignatory to the contract between the hospital and Locum, he was bound by the arbitration clause within that contract, as he knowingly accepted benefits resulting from it. Additionally, the contract between Locum and Pearson stated that "[a]ny controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the interpretation, enforcement or breach of this agreement ... shall be resolved by binding arbitration." The causes of action against the hospital arose as a result of Dr. Pearson's being placed there by Locum, which was the purpose of the contract.
Pearson v. Hilton Head Hospital, No. 5036, is available online.

In memoriam
Eugene “Nick” Zeigler Jr., 91, of Florence died Oct. 8, 2012. 

Firm announcements
M. Gwyn DuBose-Schmitt, Attorney at Law announces the opening of its satellite office located at 100-F Miracle Mile, Anderson 29621. (864) 260-0112.

Turner Padget Graham and Laney, PA announces that Lauren Thorne Maxwell has joined the Greenville office located at 200 E. Broad St., Ste. 250, 29601. (864) 552-4600.

October 12
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Conference Center

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
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

October 26
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Conference Center

October 30
Senior Lawyers Division Nominating Committee Meeting, Conference Call

November 3
Middle School Mock Trial Regional Competitions

November 5
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

November 9
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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