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January 24, 2013

January 23, 2013

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January 24, 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.

Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met today in Myrtle Beach. The Board received reports from the Task Force on Professional Liability Options, the Young Lawyers Division and the Bar Foundation. Reports were also received regarding a meeting held with representatives of the Florence County bar.

House of Delegates convenes in Myrtle Beach
The Bar's House of Delegates met today during the Bar Convention. During the meeting, Bar President Angus H. Macaulay reported on the value the Bar brings to South Carolina. To view a report on all Bar initiatives since July 1,
click here.

The House also received a report from the S.C. Bar Foundation and a report on the economic impact of the legal profession in South Carolina, presented by the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business.

The Professional Responsibility Committee requested and received comment on Rule 1.6, Confidentiality of Information, specifically as it pertains to information contained in public documents.

The House approved constitutional and bylaw amendments that reflect changes to Rule 410, SCACR, and the creation of Lawyer Affiliates and Law Student Affiliates. The constitutional amendments will be forwarded to the Court.

W. Steven Johnson and Catherine H. Kennedy (Region II) and Scott W. Hutto and Stuart W. Snow (Region III) were nominated to the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Tiffany Freeman Hendricks (Region II) and Elizabeth W. Settle (Region IV) were re-nominated to the Commission. The nominations will proceed to the Court.

The Assembly convened at the conclusion of the meeting and approved the constitutional amendments.

Cinderella Project underway!
The 2013 YLD Cinderella Project is underway! The annual project provides gently worn formal, bridesmaid and prom dresses, evening bags, jewelry, shoes and other accessories to young women who lack the financial resources to buy these items for their high school prom. Donation sites in Orangeburg and Aiken have been
posted online; additional locations will be updated as they become available.

Legislative report

See what happened last week in the 
Weekly Legislative Report! Updates will be posted every Monday throughout the legislative session.

Deadline approaching in application period for Rule 608 criminal conflict contracts
Attorneys interested in contracting with the S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense to provide representation for indigent clients in criminal conflict cases are invited to submit an application for consideration. This notice pertains to all 46 counties in the state. The link for the application and other important information about the contract program is located on the home page of the 
SCCID website. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 31 to be considered. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to SCCID at (803) 734-1338.

Registration for ABA TECHSHOW 2013 is 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.

We remember Robert P. Wilkins Sr.
The S.C. Bar Foundation honors the passing of Robert P. Wilkins Sr. Mr. Wilkins served as president of the Bar Foundation in 1988 in the infancy of South Carolina’s IOLTA program. In September 2006, Mr. Wilkins participated in the Foundation’s
Oral History program; hear him discuss his early life, experiences at the USC School of Law and his involvement in the legal and Midlands communities.

Advance Sheet update
January 23, 2013
On writ of certiorari, the S.C. Supreme Court affirmed in result the decision of the Court of Appeals which upheld Kromah’s convictions of infliction of great bodily injury upon a child and unlawful neglect of a child. Kromah asserted the trial court erred in permitting two of the state’s witnesses to testify about actions they took based on hearsay statements made by a child incompetent to testify at trial. The Court found Kromah preserved the issue for appeal, and there was no abuse of discretion in the trial court's admission of the investigator's testimony. Further, any error in the admission of the forensic interviewer’s testimony that the child had given a “compelling finding” of physical child abuse was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt.
State v. Kromah, No. 27212, is available

Firm announcements
Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA announces that T. Cory Ezzell has been elected a shareholder and Paul D. Greene and W. Duffie Powers have been elected partners in the Greenville office located at 55 Beattie Place, Ste. 1200, 29601, (864) 271-9580 and Breon C.M. Walker has been elected a partner in the Columbia office located at 1201 Main St., Ste. 1200, 29201, (803) 779-1833.

Howser, Newman, & Besley, LLC announces that Blakely Molitor has joined the firm as an associate located at 1508 Washington St., Columbia 29201. (803) 758-4445.

Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA announces that Drew Hamilton Butler has relocated to the newly-opened Charleston office located at 40 Calhoun St., Ste. 220, 29401. (843) 805-6550.

Jonathan Waller announces the opening of The Law Office of Jonathan Waller located at 1720 Main St., Ste. 104, Columbia 29201. (803) 256-0011.

February 1
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

February 7
Military and Veterans' Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

February 8
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

February 12
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

February 15
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Workers' Compensation Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

February 15-16
Board of Governors Meeting, Kiawah Island

February 20
Environment and Natural Resources Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

February 22
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building

February 23
High School Mock Trial Regional Competitions

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