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November 6, 2012

November 02, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
November 6, 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.

Free Legal Research
Need a legal research option for your practice? We do that! Bar members have free access to Casemaker, a comprehensive online legal research service that includes state and federal case law, statutes, regulations and much more. Visit to log in and access a user guide and tutorial video. The new version of Casemaker officially launched at the end of August, but you can still access the old version by clicking "Back to 2.2" after logging in. For Casemaker assistance, e-mail

Court amends order
By order of November 2, the Court amended procedures for implementation of the contract system for representing indigent clients. Under the revised order, any attorney who receives or has received a public reprimand, definite suspension or disbarment pursuant to Rule 413, SCACR, based on misrepresentation or misconduct related to the submission of expense or reimbursement claims in an indigent case, is ineligible to serve as a contract awardee and receive contract appointments. View the complete order on the
Judicial Department's website

Invite us to your next local bar meeting!
The Bar routinely holds meetings with local bar groups across the state to communicate information about Bar programs and identify areas of concern among our membership. If you would like for a member of the Board of Governors to attend your local bar meeting to provide updates on Bar initiatives or to discuss local concerns, please e-mail Membership Services Director Charmy Medlin at Likewise, if you belong to a civic organization, such as a rotary club, a volunteer from the Speakers Bureau is available to attend a meeting to address specific legal issues. For more information or to request a speaker, please e-mail

PMAP–Your guide to …
Ransomware. A new type of malicious software (malware), known as ransomware, is infecting computers. When it strikes, users are unable to access anything on their computers. A message appears on users' computer screens informing them that their data is being “ransomed” for a price and if the user refuses, the data will be deleted. If you find yourself on the receiving end of a ransom request, do not pay! Report the scam immediately to the
FBI Cyber Crime Division and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), and call a reputable computer professional for assistance. Read more about ransomware in this blog post. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

The IOLTA crash: Impact and ways to handle
S.C. Bar Foundation Executive Director and National Association of IOLTA Programs President Shannon Willis Scruggs tells American Bar Association’s Bar Leader why sharing grantee stories is critical in the wake of the IOLTA crash. Read the article to learn about the impact of the IOLTA decline and how bar foundations, including the S.C. Bar Foundation, are reacting.

Advance Sheet update
November 2, 2012
In this petition in the original jurisdiction, the S.C. Supreme Court examined the plain language of Section 54-6-10 of the S.C. Code. The Court held that DHEC contravened the plain language of the statute when it issued a 401 Quality Certification for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. Under Section 54-6-10, the Savannah River Maritime Commission has the responsibility and exclusive authority to represent South Carolina in all matters pertaining or collaterally related to dredging in the Savannah River for purposes of navigation by ocean-going container or commerce vessels. The Court found that the 401 Certification fell under the scope of the commission’s responsibility and that its responsibilities supersede any concurrent responsibilities of a state agency.
Savannah Riverkeeper v. SCDHEC, No. 27182, is available online.
Chief Justice Toal concurred in part and dissented in part in a separate opinion in which Justice Beatty and Justice Hearn concurred. Justice Kittredge dissented in a separate opinion.

In memoriam
Charles Richards Hunter Jr., 73, of Bennettsville died November 1, 2012. His obituary can be found

Member discipline
By order of
November 1, the Court placed Amelia Holt Lorenz on interim suspension. A. Todd Darwin is the trustee.

By order of November 2, the Court declined to issue a Rule to Show Cause against Derwin Thomas Brannon. The Court further rescinded the portion of a June 23, 2011, order reinstating Brannon to the practice of law and ordered that Brannon shall not file a Petition for Reinstatement until he has fulfilled all of the requirements set forth in that order.

Firm announcement
Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC announces that Gerald D. Jowers Jr. has been named partner in the firm located at 500 Taylor St., Columbia 29201. (803) 726-0050.

November 8
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Conference Center

November 13
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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

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