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January 8, 2013

January 03, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
January 8, 2013
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.

Call for House of Delegates nominations
The terms of all members of the House of Delegates from even-numbered circuits will expire June 30, 2013. It is necessary to elect Circuit Delegates for two‑year terms commencing July 1, 2013. Any regular member in good standing in an even‑numbered judicial circuit may be nominated as a Circuit Delegate by a petition signed by 10 or more regular members in good standing residing in the same circuit. Petitions must be returned to Tara Caine no later than Jan. 15 and can be mailed to P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202, e-mailed to or faxed to (803) 799-4118. Download the nominating petition online.

Help make Mock Trial rock! 
High school students throughout the state are gearing up for the S.C. Bar Mock Trial competition, and the Bar's Law Related Education (LRE) Division needs your help. LRE is seeking attorney volunteers to serve as judges for the Feb. 23 High School Mock Trial Regional Competitions in Charleston, Conway, Greenville and Lexington. All attorney volunteers earn pro bono credit for their hours dedicated to the Mock Trial program. 
Sign up online or contact or (803) 252-5139 for more information.

You're invited!
Join your fellow members of the S.C. Bar and the members of the General Assembly for an evening of cocktails and light hors d' oeuvres at the 2013 Legislative Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at Oak Table (1221 Main St., Columbia). To RSVP, contact Catherine Scarlett at (803) 576-3782 or by Jan. 9. View the invitation online.

Application period extended for Rule 608 civil contract 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 following 20 counties not previously noticed in September: Abbeville, Allendale, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Chester, Clarendon, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Hampton, Kershaw, McCormick, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Union and York. 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 no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 23. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to SCCID at (803) 734-1338.

Memory Hold the Door ceremony
Memory Hold the Door honors lawyers who embodied the spirit and high ethical standards of the legal profession. The Bar Foundation is proud to provide annual support to the effort and will participate in the ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the 2013 Bar Convention in Myrtle Beach. The 2012 honorees are Charles E. Baker, Reginald C. Brown Jr., James S. Chandler Jr., Hon. Louis E. Condon, Julian H. Gignilliat, Hon. Thomas Kemmerlin Jr., Clarke W. McCants Jr., Hon. Jamie L. Murdock Jr., D.V. Richardson III and Emil W. Wald. Individuals and law firms wishing to honor the selection of an individual to Memory Hold the Door should do so with a tribute gift to the S.C. Bar Foundation. 
Download the donor form or make your gift online.

Registration for ABA TECHSHOW 2013 is now open! New York Times tech columnist David Pogue is this year’s keynote speaker for the event, to be held April 4-6 at the Hilton Chicago. This year, the Bar is offering two registration options to members: Event Promoter pricing and SuperPass. The SuperPass allows the first 10 people who register with the Bar to attend for just $499.50, a savings of almost $200! You can also register with the Event Promoter registration form for $695 by selecting the Event Promoter pricing and providing EP code 1318. Early bird registration ends March 11. Contact Courtney Kennaday at by Feb. 1 if you would like to register for the SuperPass.

Spring on-campus interviews at the USC School of Law
Employers are invited to sign up for spring on-campus interviews at the University of South Carolina School of Law. To have a job posted or interview on-campus, please complete a registration form
online. For more information, call (803) 777-8479.

PMAP–Your guide to …
New year’s resolutions. The start of a new year is the perfect time to commit to making changes that will improve your law practice and overall well-being. If you haven’t made your 2013 resolution yet, take a look at these 
New Year’s Resolutions for a Better Practice and a New YouPMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Charleston School of Law Phi Delta Phi Oyster Roast
You're invited to the Charleston School of Law Alumni Oyster Roast hosted by Phi Delta Phi on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. The event will be held at Midtown Bar & Grill (559 King St., Charleston 29403). For more information, contact Ryan Andrews at Tickets are $20 at the door and all proceeds benefit Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services.

Advance Sheet update
January 2, 2013
In this appeal, the S.C. Court of Appeals reversed Frazier's convictions for murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. The court affirmed the trial court's denial of Frazier's request for a voluntary manslaughter charge. However, because the court found sufficient evidence in the record from which a jury could infer Frazier acted in self-defense, the court found the trial court erred in permitting an inference of malice based upon Frazier's use of a firearm and declining to charge self-defense.
State v. Frazier, No. 5069, is available 

In this insurance dispute, the court reversed the trial court's grant of summary judgment and held that South Carolina's Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Act does not allow recovery of minimum limits liability coverage on a motor vehicle liability insurance policy when a person named in a policy provision pursuant to Section 38-77-340 of the S.C. Code is operating the motor vehicle.
Lincoln General Insurance Co. v. Progressive Northern Insurance Co., No. 5070, is available

Firm announcements
Burriss and Ridgeway
announces the opening of its Lexington office located at 416 W. Main St., 29072. (803) 451-4000.

Graybill & Lansche, LLC
announces that C. Bowen Horger II and Ryan W. Newton have been named members in the Columbia office located at 2721 Devine St., 29205. (803) 404-5700.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA announces that Jenny Costa Honeycutt has become a shareholder in the Charleston office located at 134 Meeting St., 3rd Floor, 29401, (843) 722-3366; John P. BoydEmily H. Farr
John M. Florence Jr.Louise M. "Ceasie" Johnson and William "Will" R. Johnson have become shareholders in the Columbia office located at 1201 Main St., 22nd Floor, 29201, (803) 779-3080; and Joshua "Josh" D. Spencer has become a shareholder in the Greenville office located at 75 Beattie Place, 11th Floor, 29601, (864) 240-3200.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP announces that Crystal McCall has become partner in the Greenville office located at 104 S. Main St., Ste. 900, 29601. (864) 250-2343.

Tupper, Grimsley and Dean, PA announces that Stacey Patterson Canaday and Katherine Graham Ferguson have been named partners in the firm located at 611 Bay St., Beaufort 29901. (843) 524-1116.

Wall Templeton & Haldrup, PA announces that William "Trey" W. Watkins Jr. has been elected shareholder in the Charleston office located at 145 King St., Ste. 300, 29401. (843) 329-9500.

January 9
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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

January 11
Dispute Resolution Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

January 17
Member Involvement Task Force Meeting, Conference Call

January 18
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Lawyers Helping Lawyers Training, TBD

January 24-27
Board of Governors Meeting, Myrtle Beach
House of Delegates Meeting, Myrtle Beach
Memory Hold the Door Ceremony, Myrtle Beach

February 8
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

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