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March 12, 2013

March 07, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
March 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.

Dawes Cooke featured in "Proud to be a South Carolina Lawyer" video series
Charleston attorney Dawes Cooke is the latest to be featured in the "Proud to be a South Carolina Lawyer" video series. 
Click here for his perspective on the role of judges in our legal system. 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.

Bar Book Exchange
Need to find a home for your old law books? We do that! The Bar Book Exchange allows you to donate used law books to another lawyermaybe a solo or new lawyer–who can appreciate and love the books as you did. To donate your books, send an e-mail with a brief description of what you are donating to We will promote their availability through the Solo and Small Firm Section and E-Blast. (Please note: Books are not accepted at the Bar. This is a referral service only.) 

BallotBox survey on behalf of Judicial Merit Selection Commission
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission requests input in the General Assembly's screening of the Spring 2013 Judicial candidates in this media release via an electronic survey from BallotBox Online, LLC, which was sent March 11. Please note that this request is separate and distinct from the phone survey responses requested of Bar members by the Bar's Judicial Qualifications Committee.

JQC phone interviews regarding judicial candidates

The Judicial Qualifications Committee (JQC) began its calls to the bench and bar on Monday, March 11. The information compiled by JQC is not attributed to those interviewed and is used to determine a collective opinion of each candidate. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. The Bar is not conducting a paper or electronic survey of incumbents. The Bar will receive the results of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission's anonymous survey.

Worker's Compensation Commission survey results
The Bar implemented the first of a bi-annual survey of Workers’ Compensation Commissioners in July 2012 to provide feedback and evaluate performance based on the experiences of those who have practiced before them. The results of the survey can be found

Legislative report
See what happened last week in the
Weekly Legislative Report! Updates will be posted every Monday throughout the legislative session. For questions regarding pending legislation, contact Catherine Scarlett at

Greenville County Mental Health Court program extended
The Supreme Court has
extended the Greenville County Mental Health Court Program through Dec. 31, 2013. All other provisions established within the Feb. 5, 2006, order shall remain unchanged. This order supersedes the order from April 22, 2010.

PMAP–Your guide to …
Wi-fi security. Have you properly enabled the security features on the wireless router for your home or office? Most wireless routers ship their products with the security features disabled to make the device easier to install.
Directions For Enabling Security Features on Wireless Access Points is a must-read article for anyone using wi-fi. Not enabling security features on your wireless router is about as secure as leaving the front door of your home or office wide open. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 118 or e-mail

Relax and rejuvenate at Gala 2013
Attendees at the Bar Foundation’s
seventh annual Gala can bid on a relaxing jaunt to Asheville, a trip for two to New York City, or a round of golf at Aiken's Palmetto Golf Club (an Alistair McKenzie course). Not up for a trip? Take a chance on winning a Pure Relaxation Massage from Tonic Day Spa or a five-liter tin of fresh-pressed olive oil from Italy. More auction items are listed on our website. While the Columbia Marriott is sold out for the evening of March 22, out-of-town guests can find other hotel options on the Gala page. Seats are filling quickly, so purchase your tickets online or by calling (803) 765-0517.

Carolina Equality Alliance events at USC School of Law
The Carolina Equality Alliance will host 
two programs at the USC School of Law this month. On Monday, March 18, Dean Catherine Smith will present "Seeking Common Grounds: Gay Rights as Civil Rights," an event co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. The presentation is followed by a panel discussion including Profs. Derek Black and Todd Shaw, moderated by Prof. Kenneth Campbell. On Tuesday, March 26, law school alumnae Sarah T. Cassidy and Allison B. Bullard will present “If You Don’t Say ‘I Do’: Legal Issues Facing Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples.” Both events are free and open to the public. 

Advance Sheet update
March 6, 2013
order of March 6, the S.C. Court of Appeals denied Guerrero-Flores’s motion to suppress the contents of phone calls intercepted pursuant to Section 17-30-110 of the S.C. Code. The court found each order complied with Subsection 17-30-80(D) because each directed SLED to listen to intercepted communications in real time in South Carolina and from phones located in South Carolina. The two to three second delay in routing the calls to South Carolina from Atlanta, and the fact that the orders also authorized interception in another state, did not constitute violations of Subsection 17-30-80(D). The court further found that because SLED had intercepted the communications by listening to the phone calls in real time and in South Carolina, it complied with Subsection 17-30-70(A)(1) in carrying out the orders. Accordingly, the court unanimously found the orders were issued, and the calls were intercepted, in compliance with the S.C. Homeland Security Act.

The S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the administrative law court’s decision finding: the appellants lacked standing to challenge DHEC’s decision authorizing coverage for certain land-disturbing activities under a State General Permit; the 401 certification issued by DHEC was sufficient to satisfy the requirements for a valid 404 permit and coverage under the State General Permit; and the proposed stormwater control activities were coverable under the State General Permit.
Town of Arcadia Lakes v. SCDHEC, No. 5095, is available

On appeal from the family court, the court affirmed, holding that the federal law governing military and civil service retirement plans does not deprive a family court of jurisdiction to order a divorcing party to maintain survivor’s benefit coverage for his/her former spouse.
Barber v. Barber, No. 5096, is available

In memoriam
Ajerenal Danley, 53, of Columbia died March 4. His obituary can be found

Luther C. “Luke” Elrod III, 69, of Rock Hill died March 10. His obituary can be found

Member reinstatement
By order of March 5, the Court reinstated Edmund Heyward Robinson as a Retired Member of the Bar.

Trustee appointed
By order of
March 8, the Court appointed Joseph Preston Strom as trustee for the practice of Ajernal Danley, deceased.

Firm announcements
Corrigan & Chandler, LLC announces that Elizabeth F. Fulton has joined the firm as an associate located at 16 Charlotte St., Ste. B, Charleston 29403. (843) 577-5410.

Ford & Wallace, LLC announces that Neil Thomson has joined the firm as a partner located at 715 King St., Charleston 29403. (843) 277-2011.

King Law Offices announces that Rustin Duncan has become a partner in the firm located at 1320 W. Poinsett St., Greer 29650, (864) 877-3355, and that the firm is now formally King, Crotts, Duncan & Jaynes.

King, Love & Smith, LLC announces that Charles J. Huper Jr. has joined the firm located at 491 W. Cheves St., Florence 29501. (843) 407-5525.

McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC announces that Wesley E. Henderson and R. Patrick Martin have joined the Greenville office located at 75 Beattie Place, Ste. 300, 29601. (864) 239-4000.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP announces that Elizabeth "Lizz" Nelson has joined the Greenville office as an associate located at 104 S. Main St., Ste. 900, 29601. (864) 250-2300.

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP
announces that Pamela Baker has joined the Columbia office located at 1201 Main St., Ste. 1450, 29201. (803) 255-8000.

March 13
Tax Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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

March 15
Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Nelson Mullins
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

March 22
Bar Foundation Gala, Columbia Marriott
International Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building

April 5
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

April 8
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

April 12
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

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