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February 7, 2013

February 06, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
February 7, 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.

Help make Cinderella dreams come true
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 Aiken, Anderson, Columbia, Greenville, Greenwood and Orangeburg are 
posted online.

Comments sought
The Legal Opinion Ad Hoc Committee of the S.C. Bar Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section is seeking comments on its exposure draft of the 
S.C. Third Party Legal Opinion Report. Please forward comments to Jennifer C. Blumenthal at or Tara Caine at before April 30, 2013. 

Wanted: Your photos for the South Carolina Lawyer magazine!
Check out
pages 46-47 of the January issue of South Carolina Lawyer for photos of your colleagues in action. We want to hear from you, too! Send an "action" photo of your community service or pro bono work to for inclusion in an upcoming issue.

2013 Columbia Attorney Basketball League
The fourth season of the Columbia Attorney Basketball League begins March 11. Games are played on Monday nights at the Epworth Children’s Home gymnasium. If you are interested in entering a team or joining an existing team, contact Jared H. Garraux at by March 1.

Advance Sheet update
February 6, 2013
The S.C. Supreme Court found the post-conviction relief (PCR) judge erred in summarily dismissing McCoy’s second PCR application because genuine issues of material fact exist as to whether his claim is successive or time-barred. The Court reversed the dismissal of McCoy’s application and remanded the matter for an evidentiary hearing. Further, for the benefit of the bench and the bar, the Court clarified the proper legal standard for claims involving juror misconduct. In the context of PCR, juror concealment claims are governed by the analysis set forth in State v. Woods, 345 S.C. 583, 550 S.E.2d 282 (2001), not the five-pronged newly discovered evidence test set forth in Clark v. State, 315 S.C. 385, 434 S.E.2d 266 (1993).
McCoy v. State, No. 27214, is available

In this direct appeal from the administrative law court, the Court affirmed and held that, irrespective of Hampton Friends’ status as a nonprofit eleemosynary corporation, the property is subject to 2008 property taxes because the property was subject to property taxes as of Dec. 31, 2007.
Hampton Friends of the Arts v. SCDOR, No. 27215, is available

The Court had granted the state’s writ of certiorari to review the grant of Marshall’s application for post-conviction relief. It dismissed the writ as improvidently granted.
Marshall v. State, No. 2013-MO-002, is available

Interim suspension
By order of
February 6, the Court placed Robert Nathan Boorda on interim suspension.

Firm announcements
W. Blake Cummings and Rebecca L. Anderson announce the opening of Cummings & Anderson, LLC located at 679 E. Main St., Spartanburg 29302, (864) 573-9688. William V. Cummings is of counsel to the firm.

Rebecca H. Hale and Sean Michael Bolchoz announce that Hale & Bolchoz, LLC has dissolved. Sean Michael Bolchoz announces that Bolchoz Law Firm, PA has opened its offices at 6 Buckingham Plantation Dr., Ste. B, Bluffton 29926, (843) 836-3033. Hale & Hale, PA will remain at Ste. 294, Moss Creek Village, Hilton Head Island 29926 with a satellite office at Sun City Hilton Head, 38 William Pope Dr., Ste. 203, Okatie 29909, (843) 837-3000.

Hall Booth Smith, PC
announces the relocation of its Charleston office to 40 Calhoun St., Ste. 550, 29401, (843) 720-3460, and that Elizabeth Freeman has joined the firm.

Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA announces that E.B. Davis Inabnit Jr. has joined the Myrtle Beach office as an associate located at 2103 Farlow St., 29577. (843) 448-1008.

Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, PC announces that Lisa M. Hostetler has been elected a shareholder in the firm located at 220 Executive Center Dr., Columbia 29210. (803) 771-7900.

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

March 1
Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Bar Building
Real Estate Practices Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting

March 4
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

March 7
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

March 8
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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