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December 4, 2012

November 30, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
December 4, 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 Counseling Services
The holiday season is upon us, and this time can be particularly difficult for those suffering from depression. Are you or a fellow attorney in need of counseling for mental health-related issues? We do that—so please do not wait another day to pick up the phone. LifeFocus Counseling Services provides up to five free hours of intervention counseling for Bar members experiencing emotional or stress-related issues. Lawyers using the service will remain completely anonymous. Call LifeFocus toll-free at (866) 726-5252 to be referred to a counselor 24 hours a day. The Lawyers Helping Lawyers Program is also available to help lawyers suffering from substance abuse or depression. Call the confidential, toll-free helpline at (866) 545-9590.

S.C. Bar sponsored substance abuse and mental health ethics seminars
Still need to fulfill your substance abuse or mental health credit hour? At least once every three annual reporting periods, each lawyer must complete one hour of LEPR devoted exclusively to instruction in substance abuse or mental health issues. The Bar has created programing designed specifically for you–click on a location below to register. Don't be fooled by CLE imitators; if it's not a S.C. Bar CLE, it's not the best.
Ethics, Professionalism, Mental Health Study and Litigation: 
Myrtle Beach (Dec. 5), Florence (Dec. 6), Anderson (Jan. 29), Greenville (Jan. 30) and Spartanburg (Jan. 31)
Ethics of Social Media and Substance Abuse & Diversity: Columbia (Jan. 11) 

ADR certification renewals
ADR renewal applications were mailed on Oct. 5, 2012. If you have not received yours, please contact Joan Brown at (803) 799-6653, ext. 138 or Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2012, to avoid incurring late penalties.

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals summaries
Members of the South Carolina Law Review have summarized newly published cases from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The summaries can be found

Court form changes
The S.C. Judicial Department posted changes to the following forms and approved them for use in S.C. Circuit Courts: Notice of ADR (SCADR Form 102) and the Proof of ADR or Exemption (SCADR Form 104). View the complete order

Buildable Hours for Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity
The Richland County Bar Association invites you to participate in “Buildable Hours,” a program in conjunction with Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity that provides attorneys, firms and their staff the opportunity to construct a home for a family in need in the Midlands. Through Buildable Hours, attorneys and firms sponsor build days and time through financial contributions and on-site labor. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin May 20, 2013. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, contact George Cauthen at (803) 799-2000 or If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity and sent to Attn: Buildable Hours Project, 209 S. Sumter St., Columbia, SC 29201-4558.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Evernote is a cloud-based program that allows you to easily save and organize your notes, clip articles from the web, and store pictures or PDFs from a computer or mobile device. The basic version of Evernote is free to download, and because it's simple to use and allows you to access your data from anywhere, it can be a great productivity tool for attorneys. Read this article to see how one attorney uses Evernote in his law practice to catalog case law and track travel itineraries and expenses. You may also want to take a look at his second article, Getting Stuff Into Evernote, for an in-depth look at Evernote’s features. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

What’s your year-end plan?
This month can go by quickly, so don’t forget to keep the heart of the Bar in mind when beginning to make year-end plans! To receive credit in 2012 for IRS purposes, your gift should be postmarked by Dec. 31. Want a quicker method? Make a gift online! Your Bar Foundation is the only statewide entity that funds the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability.

In memoriam
Charles Edward Godwin Sr., 75, of Lake City died December 2. His obituary can be found

James Mitchell Lanier, 65, of Moncks Corner, died December 1. His obituary can be found

Firm announcements
Adam C. Bach, Daniel B. Eller and Eric R. Tonnsen announce the formation of Eller Tonnsen Bach, LLC located at 2201 Augusta St., Ste. 200, Greenville 29605. (864) 236-5013.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA
announces that J. Raleigh West III has joined the Charleston office located at 134 Meeting St., 3rd Floor, 29401, (843) 722-3366, Dawn M. Hardesty has joined the Columbia office located at 1201 Main St., 11th Floor, 29201, (803) 779-3080, and William C. McKinney has joined the Greenville office located at 75 Beattie Place, 11th Floor, 29601, (864) 240-3200.

Zimmerman and Shealy, LLC
announces that Teresa Shealy Player has joined the firm located at 1207 Friend St., Newberry 29108. (803) 321-0000.

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

December 14
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

December 20
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

December 21
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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