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December 11, 2012

December 07, 2012

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December 11, 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.

Middle School Mock Trial state competition results
Forestbrook Middle School won the S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial State Competition on Saturday, Dec. 8, marking the school's third state title. Ocean Bay Middle School was named runner-up. Participating students included Holley Black, Calie Glasgow, Ashlyn Herring, Erica Holt, Kasie Ingram, Ashley Jones, Joey Kirkman, Jaida Lankford, Nayah Lewis, Aly Loyd, DeAnna Mason, Ashley Murray, Katelyn Price, Georgette Riviera, Sydny Stegall, Sophie Stevanovich, Lauren Stevens and Cinthia Zavala. The teacher coaches were Lisa Aglietti, Joe Boswell, Stephanie Necessary, April Scott and Joey Trail. The attorney coaches were Scott Hucks and Gene Vaught. The S.C. Bar thanks the attorney volunteers as well as the staff at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center, Lexington County Summary Court, Lexington Sheriff's Department and Lexington Police Department, whose contributions helped make this competition a success.

Application period open for Rule 608 civil case contracts
Attorneys interested in contracting with the S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense to provide representation for indigent clients in civil matters (post conviction relief and sexually violent predator actions included) are invited to submit applications for consideration. This notice is for contracts in the 20 counties not previously noticed in September. The link for the application and other documents concerning the civil case contract program is located on the home page of the 
SCCID website. Please note some changes have been made to the contract language concerning the amount of malpractice coverage required. All applications must be completed and received by SCCID no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 26. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the commission at (803) 734-1343.

Amendments to Rule 410 of the S.C. Appellate Court Rules
On May 7, 2012, the S.C. Supreme Court issued an order revising Rule 410, SCACR. The revised Rule 410 is effective Jan. 1, 2013, and will govern the license fees for lawyers and foreign legal consultants that are due on January 1, 2013. View the complete order

Ethics Advisory Opinion issued
The Ethics Advisory Committee has issued a new opinion. The text of all opinions is available 
12-11 Automated Clearing House Transfers issued to attorney trust accounts should not be considered collected funds until five banking days have expired.

S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense seeks candidates
Candidates seeking to apply for a four-year term as the Circuit Public Defender for the 6th Judicial Circuit should go to to complete on online application and receive further details. Contact Hugh Ryan at (803) 734-1338 with questions.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Outlook tips. Are you taking advantage of Outlook’s handy To-Do bar? Don’t hide the To-Do bar and forget about it! The To-Do bar allows you to easily view a calendar with upcoming appointments, add new tasks and accept or decline meetingsall without having to leave your Inbox/Mail Window. Check out this
Tech Republic article for tips on making the To-Do bar work for you. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Last chance to receive complimentary Santa photos!
This week is your last chance to reserve tickets for Town Theatre’s Youth production of Bah Humbug, which includes a complimentary Santa photo with Bar Foundation President Jack D. Griffeth of Collins & Lacy! After enjoying the production on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m., your little ones will be able to get a picture with Jack as Mr. Claus himself in front of a beautiful Christmas scene. Photos will be e-mailed to each participant. Tickets for the show, which lasts approximately one hour, are $10 each. Avoid the mall lines and treat your family to an afternoon of holiday cheer! Proceeds from the event will benefit the S.C. Bar Foundation’s Children’s Fund. Call the Foundation at (803) 765-0517 or click here to order your tickets today!

Advance Sheet update
December 5, 2012
In this appeal from family court, the S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the family court's decision to award the wife a portion of her husband's military retirement benefits but increased the wife's share based on her contributions to the parties' marriage. The court further remanded the issue of child support to the family court for reconsideration based on the husband's diminished income and affirmed the family court's decision to require the wife to pay the outstanding debt on a vehicle acquired by the parties during the marriage.
Jenkins v. Jenkins, No. 5058, is available

This case is an appeal of the circuit court's order affirming the decision of the Appellate Panel of the Workers' Compensation Commission. The court reversed as to the June 2007 injury to Burnette's lower back, finding that the circuit court erred in affirming findings of fact that were unsupported by substantial evidence in the record. The court remanded to the commission with a specific instruction that the commission reconsider this issue and enter findings of fact concerning Burnette's lumbar injury that are supported by substantial evidence in the record. The court declined to address the issue of credibility.
Burnette v. City of Greenville, No. 5059, is available

In memoriam
Lee Shuman Bowers, 65, of Estill died on November 25. His obituary can be found

Firm announcements
Graybill & Lansche, LLC announces that M. Jeffrey Vinzani has joined the firm and that the firm has opened a Charleston office located at 225 Seven Farms Rd., Ste. 107, 29492, (843) 860-5805. The firm will be known as Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani, LLC in Charleston.

Angie D. Knight
and Jonathan “Jonny” D. McCoy announce the formation of Knight & McCoy, a division of Grand Strand Law Group, LLC. The firm also announces its relocation to 606 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach 29577. (843) 492-5422.

Turner Padget Graham & Laney, PA announces that Jennie M. Smith has joined the Charleston office located at 40 Calhoun St., Ste. 200, 29401. (843) 576-2800.

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

January 4
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Conference Center

January 7
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

January 8
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

January 9
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

January 10
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Competition

January 11
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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