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February 19, 2013

February 18, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
February 19, 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 meets
The Board of Governors met on February 15. The Board received an update on issues before the General Assembly and a proposal before Lawyers Helping Lawyers to create support networks. Shaheena Bennett was approved to begin serving as an At Large Board member in May. The International Law Committee was moved from virtual to active status. A policy prohibiting the President and President-Elect from supporting judicial candidates, except in limited circumstances, was adopted.

Former Chief Justice featured in "Proud to be a South Carolina Lawyer" video series
Ernest A. Finney Jr., former Chief Justice of the S.C. Supreme Court, is featured in the latest "Proud to be a South Carolina Lawyer" video. Click here to learn more about Chief Justice Finney 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.

Did you know?
One hundred and ninety-two S.C. attorneys assisted with the Bar's 2012 Middle School Mock Trial program. As a result of those efforts, 822 students participated and learned about our court system. Learn more ways the Bar is helping South Carolinians, lawyers and the judiciary in future E-Blasts and on
Facebook and Twitter.

Compliance reporting deadline next week
All active attorneys licensed before March 1, 2012, must file their 2012-2013 compliance reports with the Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization by Friday, March 1. Currently, more than 70 percent of Bar members have not yet filed their reports and established compliance with the mandatory CLE requirements. Compliance reports showing sufficient credit hours, along with the filing fee, can be mailed to the Commission at P.O. Box 2138, Columbia, SC 29202 or hand-delivered (or overnighted) to the Commission’s office located at 950 Taylor St., Ste. 120, Columbia, SC 29201. Reports postmarked after March 1 must include a late fee. Questions should be directed to the Commission at (803) 799-5578 or

Compleat Lawyer honorees announced
The USC School of Law has announced its 2013 Compleat Lawyer Award recipients: Platinum (30 or more years in profession): William W. Doar Jr., Steven M. Hamm and Kathleen C. McKinney; Gold (15-29 years in profession): Cherie W. Blackburn, Cynthia Durham Blair and Sherri A. Lydon; Silver (14 years or less in profession): Thomas P. Gressette Jr., Amy L.B. Hill and Maj. Scott W. Medlyn. The awards dinner will be held Thursday, April 25, in Columbia.

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

PMAP–Your guide to …
Google Calendar tips. If you are a solo practitioner or working in a small firm, you may be using
Google Calendar for online calendar management. Google Calendar comes with a free Google account and is also available with the fee-based Google Apps for Business. If you’re a lawyer using Google Calendar, take a look at this article for tips and tricks on how to make the most of this product in your practice. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Kirby Mitchell named Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Lawyer of the Year
Congratulations to
Kirby Mitchell for being named the Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Lawyer of the Year! The award, in memory of Ellen Hines Smith of Spartanburg, recognizes a lawyer who has demonstrated commitment to the development and delivery of quality legal services to the poor in South Carolina. The award will be presented jointly by the S.C. Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and the S.C. Bar Foundation during the 2013 Bar Foundation Gala on March 22. To make a tribute gift in honor of Mr. Mitchell, download our donor form or give online.

DOR income tax safeguard
The S.C. Department of Revenue has implemented a security safeguard measure, 
outlined in this letter, to help prevent fraud-related individual income tax filings.

Advance Sheet update
February 13, 2013
In this workers’ compensation case arising out of an automobile accident, the S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Appellate Panel (Panel) on all issues. The Panel did not err in not granting Brown lifetime medical care for his lower back problems, not raising the compensation rate and not writing its own order. Further, the Court of Appeals did not err in denying Brown’s motion for leave to present additional evidence to the Workers’ Compensation Commission pursuant to Section 1-23-380(3) of the S.C. Code.
Brown v. Peoplease Corp., No. 5082, is available

The court affirmed the trial court’s refusal to reform Cohen’s motorcycle insurance policy to include underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. In affirming the trial court’s finding that Progressive had made a meaningful offer of UIM coverage, the court held that an insurer’s noncompliance with Subsection 38-77-350(B) of the S.C. Code does not mean the insurer did not make a meaningful offer in compliance with Section 38-77-160. Rather, it means a trial court must then make the factual determination of whether a meaningful offer was made.
Cohen v. Progressive N. Ins. Co., No. 5083, is available

Firm announcements
Duffy & Young, LLC announces that Seth W. Whitaker has been named a principal in the firm located at 96 Broad St., Charleston 29401. (843) 720-2044.

Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA announces that Adam R. Artigliere has joined the Greenville office as of counsel located at 55 Beattie Place, Ste. 1200, 29601. (864) 271-9580.

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

March 14
Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 15
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 19
Project Citizen Training, Bar Building

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