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March 14, 2013

March 13, 2013

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March 14, 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.

N. Myrtle Beach High School wins state mock trial competition
Congratulations to the N. Myrtle Beach High School mock trial team, which will advance to the national competition May 9-12 in Indiana! Fort Mill High School was named first runner-up. Special thanks goes to the
2013 State High School Mock Trial volunteers. The mock trial program is made possible through an IOLTA grant from the S.C. Bar Foundation.

Luck to be honored with Pro Bono Award
The S.C. Bar will bestow the 2013 Pro Bono Award upon Jason Scott Luck of Charleston for his contributions to meeting the civil legal needs of citizens who cannot afford the services of an attorney. The award will be presented at the S.C. Bar Foundation Gala March 22 at the Columbia Marriott Hotel. Read the complete 
press release online.

Materials commemorating 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright
On March 18, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that everyone charged with a felony offense had the Constitutional right to a lawyer. No longer would any other criminal defendant face a possible jail sentence without the help of an effective lawyer. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the ABA has compiled the video documentary, case facts, oral arguments, the decision, articles and other resources 
on its website for review

2013 Law Day Essay Contest
The S.C. Bar Senior Lawyers Division is sponsoring the statewide 2013 Law Day Essay Contest. Students are asked to write an essay on this year's theme, "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All." Submissions must be received by noon on Friday, June 7. More information and the contest packet can be found on the 
Senior Lawyers Division page.

Had one rubber chicken dinner too many? Gala 2013 on March 22 is the place for you!
New to the gala this year: hear from Honorary Chair Alexander M. Sanders Jr.; celebrate the life of Martha Dicus, a public servant who left us far too soon, during “Martha’s Moment”; bid on 
unique “giving trees”; or participate in the Foundation’s first-ever “crowd-funding” live auction! Plus, enjoy the sounds of lawyer-led band, Ancient Grease. Enjoy secure X-press registration for credit cards; there's no charge if you don’t bid, and if you do, there is no waiting in a long line at the end of the evening. Don't miss all that Gala 2013 has to offer! Seats are limited, so purchase your tickets online or by calling (803) 765-0517.

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.

USC School of Law rises in rankings
The University of South Carolina School of Law rose to 98th from 109th in the annual 
U.S. News and World Report rankings of graduate schools, released March 12.

Filing fees for Certificates of Non-Compliance
order of March 13, the list of circuit court filing fees has been amended to confirm that a party seeking to file a Certificate of Non-Compliance pursuant to a decision of the Resolution of Fee Disputes Board is required to pay a filing fee of $10.

Advance Sheet update
March 13, 2013
On appeal, Brown challenged his conviction for grand larceny of two motor vehicles in violation of Section 16-13-30 of the S.C. Code. Although Brown's argument that the trial court erred in failing to apply Section 16-13-30 as amended was unpreserved for review, the S.C. Supreme Court addressed the issue for the benefit of the bench and bar. In the amended version of the statute, the savings clause provides that the amendment does not affect liability incurred under the prior version of the statute. Because Brown incurred liability at the time he committed grand larceny, the trial court did not err in charging the jury under the version of the statute in effect at the time he committed the crime. The trial court also did not err in denying Brown's motion for a directed verdict because the property owners' testimony constituted direct evidence giving rise to more than a mere suspicion regarding Brown's guilt. The Court took the opportunity to clarify that a property owner's testimony regarding the value of damaged or stolen property is alone sufficient to support a conviction for grand larceny.
State v. Brown, No. 27231, is available

The Court granted certiorari to review the decision of the Court of Appeals. The Court reversed and held that the former foster parents possessed neither statutory nor constitutional standing to petition to adopt the child placed for adoption by DSS with a different family. The Court did not address whether there was a public importance exception because it was not raised in this action. Finding the Youngbloods' lack of standing dispositive, the Court did not reach the issue of whether the Court of Appeals erred in affirming the family court's grant of the Youngbloods' petition to adopt despite the lack of consent by DSS.
Youngblood v. SCDSS, No. 27232, is available

In memoriam
Patrick J. Reilly, 51, of N. Myrtle Beach died Feb. 21. His obituary can be found

T. Louis Cox, 84, of Inman died March 11. His obituary can be found

Interim suspension
By order of March 11, the Court placed Horace Anderson Jones Jr. on interim suspension. Christi P. Cox is the trustee.

Firm announcements
The Charleston School of Law announces that Elizabeth “Beth” Hamilton has joined the school as Associate Director of Career Services located at 81 Mary St., Charleston 29403. (843) 377-4055.

Thompson & Henry, PA announces that John Reuben Long II has joined the firm located at 1300 Second Ave., Conway 29526. (843) 248-5741.

Traywick Law Offices, LLC announces that Benjamin A. Traywick has become a member of the firm located at 875 Lowcountry Blvd., Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 810-3121.


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
Leadership Academy Meeting, Greenville
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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