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February 21, 2013

February 20, 2013

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February 21, 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.

Lawyer-Legislator protection during legislative session
The S.C. Bar appreciates the sacrifices our lawyer-legislators make in order to serve in the General Assembly, which requires time away from their practices and their families. They are to be commended for this important public service. Please be reminded that, pursuant to an administrative order from the S.C. Supreme Court, lawyer-legislators are excused from hearings, trials or depositions scheduled during the legislative session. The Bar appreciates the membership's understanding and support of our lawyer-legislators.

State of the Judiciary address available online
Chief Justice Jean Toal delivered her State of the Judiciary address to the General Assembly on Wednesday. The speech was broadcast live on the Internet and has been archived, along with the PowerPoint presentation, on the Judicial Department website.

S.C. Bar Foundation gives $15,000 to three Upstate grantees
The results of the December Greenville Grantee Gathering allowed the S.C. Bar Foundation to award $15,000, which was divided between three grantees with a presence in Greenville. S.C. YMCA Youth in Government, S.C. Legal Services' Greenville office and Upstate Mediation Center each received $5,000. We’re proud to support organizations that are working to expand access to justice and offer civic education opportunities. To help the Bar Foundation continue to contribute to the success of grantees like these, download the Foundation’s donor form or make a gift online.

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals summaries
Members of the South Carolina Law Review have summarized newly published cases from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The summaries can be found online.

Advance Sheet update
February 20, 2013
In this appeal of a family court order, the S.C. Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part. On an issue of first impression in South Carolina, the Court held that while a trust corpus is not the property of either spouse and thus cannot be marital property, trust distributions can be marital property depending on how and when the interest was acquired or if the interest has undergone transmutation. The Court further affirmed the classification of the trust distributions, two Palmetto Bank accounts, a Smith Barney account and the husband’s federal annuity payments as marital property; the classification of the wife’s accounts as nonmarital property; and the ratio used to divide the marital estate. The Court concluded the family court erred in finding that timber land inherited by the husband had become marital property through transmutation; in failing to give the husband credit for the increase in equity in the marital home; and in reserving jurisdiction on the issue of alimony. The Court also reduced the award of attorney’s fees and costs.
Wilburn v. Wilburn
, No. 27222, is available online.

Member removal
The Court removed John F. Wall III from the roll of attorneys as he no longer meets the requirements of Rule 405, SCACR.

Firm announcements
Cofield Law Firm announces that Amanda Pittman has joined the firm as an associate located at 809 S. Lake Dr., Lexington 29072. (803) 951-0389.

Green Ford & Wallace, LLC announces its relocation to 715 King St., Charleston 29403, (843) 277-2011, and that it is now Ford & Wallace LLC.

Max Sparwasser announces the opening of Max Sparwasser Law Firm, LLC located at 875 Lowcountry Blvd., Ste. 210, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 864-6444.

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 11
Government Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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

March 21
Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Meeting, Conference Call
Street Law Training, Bar Building

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