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February 12, 2013

February 07, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
February 12, 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.

New "Proud to be a South Carolina Lawyer" videos launch this week!
Spartanburg adoption lawyer Jim Thompson is featured in the Bar's video series, Proud to be a South Carolina Lawyer, designed to present a glimpse into the lives of S.C. lawyers. Click
here to learn more about Jim and what the practice of law means to him. Watch the videos on Facebook each week, and "like" and "share" them to help spread the word about the value S.C. lawyers bring to their communities and shed light on misconceptions about the legal profession.

Legislative Updates
Curious about what's happening at the statehouse? We do that! The Bar monitors and advocates for legislation pertaining to the interests of Bar members. Look for the 
Weekly Legislative Report on the Bar's website each Monday throughout the legislative session to find out what happened the previous week.

Succession planning amendments to S.C. Appellate Court Rules
The S.C. Supreme Court adopted amendments to the S.C. Appellate Court Rules concerning the appointment of attorneys to protect the interests of clients under Rule 31, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR, and attorney succession planning. View the complete order on the Judicial Department's website. The amendments are effective July 1.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Dropbox. Are you using
Dropbox in your law practice? It can be a great tool if you’re trying to go paperless or if you want more convenient access to your files remotely, but don't ignore the security risks, especially if you’re storing client information in Dropbox. Viivo is a free service that allows you to encrypt files you store in Dropbox. Read this article for more information on securing your Dropbox folders with Viivo. Viivo also offers a Quick Start Guide that you may want to read before installing. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Don’t miss the Bar Foundation’s Tuesday Tales!
For the past five Tuesdays, the Bar Foundation has been sharing a Tuesday Tale–a story of a South Carolinian who was assisted by or involved with one of our 18 grantees. This week, we feature the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program’s Ask-A-Lawyer phone banks and web chats. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to read the next Tuesday Tale and stay updated with the work of all the Bar Foundation grantees.

Advance Sheet update
February 6, 2013
The S.C. Court of Appeals found that the appellants had standing to pursue judicial review of the decision from the Mt. Pleasant Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) and to appeal the circuit court’s decision to this court. As to the merits of the appeal, the court held that the appellants did not show BZA abused its discretion or that BZA’s decision to allow the telecommunications tower was arbitrary, capricious or without reasonable relation to a lawful purpose. Based on its disposition of the aforementioned issues, the court declined to address the question of whether the notice provisions in the pertinent zoning ordinances are against public policy.
Bevivino v. Town of Mt. Pleasant Board of Zoning Appeals, No. 5080, is available

In this action for foreclosure of a mechanics lien, the court held the circuit court erred in submitting to the jury the question of whether Spriggs’ work fell within the scope of the mechanic’s lien statute. The court, however, found the error harmless because Spriggs’ services fell within the definition of labor contained in Section 29-5-10(a) of the S.C. Code. Further, the court affirmed the circuit court’s award of prejudgment interest in favor of Spriggs and its denial of Slivka’s directed verdict motions regarding Spriggs’ Section 27-1-15 and mechanic’s lien claims. As to the circuit court’s award of attorney’s fees, the court reversed and remanded for reconsideration.
Spriggs Grp., P.C. v. Slivka, No. 5081, is available

In memoriam

William Lee Youngblood Sr., 65, of Pageland died Feb. 8. His obituary can be found

Interim suspension
By order of
February 8, the Court placed M. Scott Taylor on interim suspension.

Firm announcements
Gibbes Burton, LLC announces that Mary Frances Dassel has become an associate of the firm located at 308 E. St. John St., Spartanburg 29302. (864) 327-5000.

Childs & Halligan, PA announces that Jasmine Rogers Drain and Dwayne T. Mazyck have become shareholders in the firm located at 1301 Gervais St., Ste. 900, Columbia 29201. (803) 254-4035.

Susan Trout Kinard announces the relocation of Kinard Law Firm to 295 Seven Farms Dr., Ste. 204, Daniels Island 29492. (843) 478-5237.

Bland Richter, LLP announces that Scott M. Mongillo has joined the Charleston office as special counsel located at Peoples Building, Mezzanine Level, 18 Broad St., 29401. (843) 573-9900.

Christian L. Rogers, Robert B. Lewis, Phillip Wesley Jackson II, Jenkins M. Mann and Michael H. Quinn Jr. announce the formation of Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC located at 1330 Lady St., Ste. 400, Columbia 29201, (803) 256-1268. Stephen D. Porter has been named of counsel to the firm, and Christopher L. Boguski has joined the firm as an associate.


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 5
Construction Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 7
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

March 8
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

March 8-9
High School Mock Trial State Competition, Lexington
Senior Lawyers Division Retreat, Charleston

March 12
Employment and Labor Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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