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March 19, 2013

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

Law office staff featured in "Proud to be a South Carolina Lawyer" video series
Hampton paralegals Lucinda Gantt and Sareeta DuBois are the latest to be featured in the "Proud to be a South Carolina Lawyer" video series. 
Click here for their perspectives on the value of law firms in rural communities. 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.

PMAP–Your guide to …
New Lending Library books. Did you know the Bar has a small library of practice management books available for loan? See the 
full list of books and descriptions and instructions on how to check a book out on the Bar's website. New in the Lending Library: The 2013 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide. This annual guide includes the most current information on computers, servers, legal software, security products and any other technology that solo and small firm lawyers might need. Check it out! PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 118 or e-mail

Article commemorating Gideon v. Wainwright
In observance of the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, Harry A. Dest, Chairman of the Commission on Indigent Defense, prepared this article for Bar members to commemorate the landmark decision.

Nominate your colleagues for the Young Lawyer of the Year Award
YLD is seeking nominations for the 2013 Young Lawyer of the Year Award, given annually to a young lawyer for his or her contributions to the community and/or the legal profession in South Carolina. Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized?
Nominate by April 2!

Failure to comply with MCLE requirements
The Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization sent notices this week to more than 500 attorneys who have not yet established compliance with the 2012-2013 MCLE/LEPR requirements. Pursuant to Rule 419, SCACR, attorneys who do not establish compliance by Monday, April 15, will be suspended from the practice of law by order of the S.C. Supreme Court. The 2012-2013 compliance reports and applicable fees must be received by the Commission, not postmarked, by April 15 to avoid suspension. Compliance reports must reflect sufficient accredited CLE course hours or sufficient carry-forward hours from the previous reporting period. Questions should be directed to the Commission at (803) 799-5578 or

Applications for specialization certification
The Commission on CLE and Specialization will be accepting 2013 applications for specialization certification through May 31. Specialization may be acquired in the following fields of practice: bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law; employment and labor law; estate planning and probate law; and taxation law. Applications for certification can be found on the Commission’s website. Questions should be directed to the Commission at (803) 799-5578 or

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

Gala 2013 is sold out!
Gala 2013 is Friday night, and is sold out! If you are interested in attending, please call the Foundation at (803) 765-0157 to have your name placed on the waiting list. We will attempt to notify you within the business day if we can accommodate additional guests.

Comments sought

Upon an executive order by Gov. Nikki Haley, the S.C. Department of Revenue is seeking suggestions of statutes, rules, regulations and policies administered by the agency that are placing an undue burden on businesses or the South Carolina's economy. Visit for instructions on how to submit comments.

S.C. taxpayers reminded to enroll with ProtectMyID
The March 31 deadline to enroll with Experian’s ProtectMyID credit monitoring service is fast approaching, and the S.C. Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to sign up for the one-year free service. Individuals who have not already enrolled with ProtectMyID are urged to do so by visiting and entering the code “SCDOR123” or by calling 1-866-578-5422. Read this letter for more information.

Moot Court competition seeking volunteer judges
Charleston School of Law is seeking volunteers to serve as judges for the 2013 John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court competition March 21-23.
Sign up online or contact Andy Brooks at for more information.

Advance Sheet update
March 13, 2013
The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the trial court, finding it erred in not directing a verdict as to Larmand's charges of lynching, conspiracy and pointing and presenting a firearm. The court declined to address Larmand's remaining arguments because these issues were dispositive of the appeal.
State v. Larmand, No. 5097, is available

The court affirmed the Workers' Compensation Commission's determination that Davis did not constructively refuse suitable employment. Based on this finding, UniHealth's refusal to offer her employment, and its agreement that Davis was disabled, the court concluded that Davis is entitled to temporary total disability compensation.
Davis v. UniHealth Post Acute Care, No. 5098, is available

Firm announcements

Moore & Van Allen, PLLC announces the relocation of its Charleston office to 78 Wentworth St., 29401. (843) 579-7000.

The Newton Law Firm announces that Kimberly N. Renaud has joined the firm located at 104 Pinnacle St., Clemson 29631. (864) 654-6042.

Interim suspension
By order of
March 15, the Court placed Philip Earle Williams on interim suspension. Stephen G. Potts is the trustee.

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

April 16
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

April 17
LRE Mock Trial Evaluation Meeting, Bar Building

April 18
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building

April 19
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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