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October 18, 2012

October 17, 2012

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October 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.

Board of Governors meets
The Bar's Board of Governors met today by conference call. The Board approved a request from the Practice and Procedure Committee to disseminate to Bar members the ABA's Model Jury Instructions.

The Board approved comments drafted by the Real Estate Practices Section in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposed rule concerning residential real estate closings.

The Board approved a request from the Professional Responsibility Committee to modify the malpractice insurance question appearing on the Bar license fee statement.

The Board approved proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws reflecting amendments to Rule 410, South Carolina Bar, SCACR, and the addition of the Law Student Affiliate and Member Affiliate categories as approved by the S.C. Supreme Court. The full text of the amendments will be published in the December issue of S.C. Bar News. The amendments will be considered by the House of Delegates in January.

JQC report released
The S.C. Bar's Judicial Qualifications Committee has issued a report based on the collective opinion of Bar members regarding candidates for judicial vacancies. To view the report, click here.

Pro bono in your PJs!
Interested in helping those who can’t afford a 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 website 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, sign up at For more information, contact Cindy Coker, Public Services Director, at (803) 576-3797 or

Nominations sought for Compleat Lawyer Award
The nomination deadline for the 2013 Compleat Lawyer Awards is fast approaching. Established in 1992 by the USC School of Law Alumni Association, the awards recognize up to nine outstanding alumni who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and exemplify the highest standard of professional competence, ethics and integrity. Do you know someone who fits the bill? Submit your nomination
electronically, or fill out the form and send it to Compleat Lawyer Nominations, USC School of Law, 701 S. Main St., Ste. 202, Columbia, SC 29208. The postmark deadline for nomination submissions is Nov. 1.

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Spreading the mission of the Bar Foundation
Sharing success stories of our grantees is what keeps the Bar Foundation ticking! In the past few months, the Foundation has visited with the Columbia Lawyers Association, the S.C. Women Lawyers Association and the S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys Association. We’ve met with lawyers in Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville and are looking for a time to come and speak to you! With just four percent of in-state Bar members making an annual gift to the Bar Foundation, we appreciate every opportunity to spread our mission to advance justice. If you are looking for a speaker or are interested in gathering with some colleagues to learn more about your Bar’s Foundation, contact Executive Director Shannon Willis Scruggs at

Donations needed
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, will hold its 13th Annual Stand Down Against Homelessness from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Armory Park (5000 Lackawanna Blvd., N. Charleston). The event will offer medical and dental screenings and assistance, clothing, food, haircuts and job and legal counseling for hundreds of homeless veterans in the greater Charleston area. For more information, click here.

Advance Sheet update
October 17, 2012
In this appeal from a master's order invalidating a zoning ordinance in the City of Charleston, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed, finding that the ordinance did not constitute illegal spot zoning. Zoning ordinances are presumed valid and the person attacking one bears the burden of showing the zoning decision is arbitrary, unreasonable and unjust. The Court found that “respondents did not meet their heavy burden here.”
Historic Charleston Foundation and Preservation Soc'y of Charleston v. City of Charleston, No. 27181, is available
Justice Hearn dissented in a separate opinion in which Acting Justice Alexander Macaulay concurred.

Firm announcement
David R. Price Jr. announces the opening of David R. Price Jr., PA located at 318 W. Stone Ave., Greenville 29609. (864) 271-2636.

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

November 13
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

November 15
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

November 16
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Workers' Compensation Committee Meeting, Conference Call

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