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November 13, 2012

November 09, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
November 13, 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.

Attorney Information System
The S.C. Supreme Court
issued an order regarding the second phase of the Attorney Information System (AIS). To facilitate its implementation, attorneys and foreign legal consultants licensed in South Carolina must verify their information in AIS by Dec. 10, 2012. Instructions will be included with the 2013 license fee statements from the S.C. Bar. Attorneys and foreign legal consultants who have not verified their AIS information will not be allowed to pay their license fees for 2013 until they have completed the verification process.

Be featured in South Carolina Lawyer!

The Bar is proud of its lawyers, who are committed not only to their clients but also their communities. Check out pages 50-51 of the November issue of South Carolina Lawyer for photos of your colleagues in action, and send a photo of your community service or pro bono work to for inclusion in an upcoming issue. To view the feature online, click here.

Post-Thanksgiving publications sale!
CLE will hold its annual post-thanksgiving publications sale beginning Monday, Nov. 26, and ending Friday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. Purchase up to four publications and take 15 percent off your order, or purchase five or more publications and take 25 percent off your order. Click
here to see a list of titles excluded from the sale. Preview the sale by visiting the online publications store

LRS needs you!

The Lawyer Referral Service is seeking lawyers who take cases in certain practice areas, including intellectual property, particularly patent; civil rights, particularly criminal; school law; and HIPAA. Visit the
Lawyer Referral Service online for more information and to register.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Word tips. Have you ever ended up with a document that contained one or two paragraphs that were not formatted the way you wanted? Word’s Format Painter can easily help you fix this. Simply place your cursor within a paragraph that is properly formatted, click Word’s Format Painter (the paint brush icon on the Home tab of the ribbon), and then highlight the paragraph that is improperly formatted. Word will automatically correct the formatting issues for you! Check out
this list of Word tips for more help with using the format painter, as well as several more Word tips that every lawyer needs to know. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Bar Foundation to host grantee featuring Dr. Rod Smolla
On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Furman University President Dr. Rod Smolla will headline the Foundation’s third grantee gathering. Guests will also have the chance to learn more about the work of three Foundation grantees: S.C. Legal Services’ Greenville office, Upstate Mediation Center and YMCA Youth in Government. The breakfast and CLE are free of charge. Guests will be invited to make a donation to the Bar Foundation, which will be divided among the participating grantees. This program has been approved for 0.5 MCLE credit. RSVP by Nov. 30 to or (803) 765-0517. If you are unable to attend but would like to support this effort, download the Foundation donor form or make a gift online. Help us so we can continue to help them.

Advance Sheet update
November 7, 2012
Upon finding the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Appellate Panel’s order insufficient to enable a meaningful review, the S.C. Court of Appeals reversed the circuit court and remanded the case to the Appellate Panel. On remand, the court instructed the Appellate Panel to: (1) determine whether the appellant suffered from a Chiari I Malformation and, if so, whether the malformation was aggravated by her fall; (2) weigh the evidence and determine whether the appellant suffered a brain injury; (3) cite evidence to support its finding that the brain damage was equivocal; and (4) clarify its finding, with sufficient evidence, of whether it found no causal relationship between the fall and the appellant’s brain injury or between the decompression surgery and the brain injury.
Canteen v. McLeod Regional Medical Center, No. 5047, is available

order of November 6, the S.C. Court of Appeals granted Ronnie L. Blackmon’s motion to withdraw his appeal. The court withdrew and vacated its opinion that affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded Blackmon’s conviction for failure to stop for a blue light. 

Firm announcements

Bell Carrington, LLC announces opening of a Charleston office and that John Q. Florence has joined the firm located at 116 Church St., Ste. 1, 29401. (843) 697-5067.

Corrigan & Chandler, LLC
announces that Penn W. Ely has joined the firm as an associate located at 16 Charlotte St., Ste. B, Charleston 29403. (843) 577-5410.

Pennington Law Firm, LLC
announces that Cara G. Cochran and Rachel M. Hutchens have joined the firm as associates located at 1501 Main St., Ste. 600, Columbia 29201. (803) 929-1070.

Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA announces the opening of a Charleston office located at 40 Calhoun St., Ste. 220, 29401, (843) 805-6550, and that James H. Elliott Jr. and Samia “Sam” H. Nettles have joined the firm.

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

November 30
Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Conference Center

December 7-8
Middle School Mock Trial State Competition, Lexington

December 12
Law School for Journalists, Conference Center
Project Citizen Training, Bar Building
We the People Training, Bar Building

December 13
Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call

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