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October 30, 2012

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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
October 30, 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.

Data security
You are probably aware that the S.C. Department of Revenue is coping with the aftermath of a data breach in which taxpayer information was exposed. For more information, including remedial measures you can take, please visit the
Governor’s Office website. The Bar wants to take this opportunity to put to rest any possible concerns our members may have by reiterating that the Bar does not keep members’ social security numbers or credit card information on our computer servers.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Being prepared. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, now is a great time to ensure your firm has a plan to deal with natural disasters or other disasters, like computer crashes and fires. Visit the Bar’s 
disaster preparedness page for resources and articles to help with creating your firm’s disaster plan. You can also request a copy of Prepare, the Bar’s guide to disaster preparedness, by e-mailing Even if your firm already has a plan in place, reviewing and updating it will give you peace of mind and ensure that you and your practice will be prepared in the event of a disaster. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Bar members offer to serve in public office
The Bar extends appreciation to the following members for offering to serve in public office. Complete information about elections can be found at
U.S. House of Representatives: Congressman Joe Wilson, U.S. House Dist. 2; and Congressman Trey Gowdy, U.S. House Dist. 4. 
S.C. Senate: Karl Allen, Dist. 7; Sen. Wes Hayes, Dist.15; Sen. Creighton Coleman, Dist. 17; Robert Rikard, Dist. 20; Tom R. Young, Dist. 24; Sen. Shane Massey, Dist. 25; Sen. Nikki Setzler, Dist. 26; Sen. Vincent Sheheen, Dist. 27; Greg Hembree, Dist. 28; Sen. Gerald Malloy, Dist. 29; Sen. Luke Rankin, Dist. 33; J. Thomas McElveen III, Dist. 35; Eleazer Carter, Dist. 36; Shaun Kent, Dist. 36; Sen. Bradley Hutto, Dist. 40; Paul Thurmond, Dist. 41; Paul Tinkler, Dist. 41; Sen. Chip Campsen III, Dist. 43; and Sen. Tom Davis, Dist. 46.
S.C. House of Representatives: Bob Merritt, Dist. 13; Rep. Bruce W. Bannister, Dist. 24; Rep. Derham Cole Jr., Dist. 32; Rep. Douglas “Doug” Brannon, Dist. 38; Ralph Shealy Kennedy, Dist. 39; Rep. Walton J. McLeod, Dist. 40; Rep. F. Gregory Delleney Jr., Dist. 43; Mandy P. Norrell, Dist. 44; Rep. Thomas “Tommy” E. Pope, Dist. 47; Rep. J. David Weeks, Dist. 51; Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk, Dist. 52; Rep. Elizabeth R. Munnerlyn, Dist. 54; Dennis DiSabato, Dist. 56; Rep. James H. Lucas, Dist. 65; Rep. G. Murrell Smith Jr., Dist. 67; Rep. James E. Smith Jr., Dist. 72; Rep. Chris Hart, Dist. 73; Rep. Todd Rutherford, Dist. 74; Joe McCulloch, Dist. 75; Beth E. Bernstein, Dist. 78; Rep. Todd Atwater, Dist. 87; Rep. Bakari Sellers, Dist. 90; Rep. Jenny Horne, Dist. 94; Rep. Chris Murphy, Dist. 98; Rep. Ronnie Sabb, Dist. 101; Tom Winslow, Dist. 103; Blake Hewitt, Dist. 105; Bert Von Hermann, Dist. 105; Rep. Alan D. Clemmons, Dist. 107; Stephen Goldfinch Jr., Dist.108; Rep. J. Seth Whipper, Dist. 113; Rep. Peter McCoy Jr., Dist. 115; Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, Dist. 119; and Weston Newton, Dist. 120.

Want to see your name in print?

The South Carolina Lawyer magazine is seeking authors to write articles that appeal to a broad range of lawyers. If you are interested in writing an article, view the
Memorandum for Authors and submit a proposal to Authors may receive two MCLE credit hours for articles that are at least 2000 words in length.

Wednesday is last day to apply for 2013 Leadership Academy
The deadline to submit applications for the 2013 Leadership Academy is Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. Please see 
the application packet for full details and eligibility requirements. For more information, contact Morgan Crouch at, (803) 576-3835 or toll-free at 1-877-797-2227, ext. 135.

Nominate a colleague for the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Award
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 

YLD seeking 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 by 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.

Three grantees. Four stories. Multiple lives changed.
Read the Foundation’s
newest success stories from three of its grantees: Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse, Sistercare and S.C. Legal Services. Women faced with obstacles, challenges and healing experiences have taken the time to share how these organizations helped them persevere and escape abusive environments. Read their stories here and see how Foundation grantees rescued these women through justice. Help our grantees continue to help others by giving to the Foundation today.

Firm announcements

Carlock, Copeland & Stair announces that William P. Jones has become general counsel in the Atlanta office located at 191 Peachtree St., N.E., Ste. 3600, 30303. (404) 522-8220.

Clawson & Staubes, LLC
 announces that Nicholas R. Sanders has joined the Charleston office as an associate located at 126 Seven Farms Dr., Ste. 200, 29492. (843) 577-2026.

November 2
Insurance Programs Committee, Bar Building

November 3
Middle School Mock Trial Regional Competitions

November 5
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

November 8
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Conference Center

November 9
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building

November 13
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

November 14
Member Involvement Task Force, 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 Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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