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

Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met today by conference call. The Board created the Lawyers in Transition Task Force, Diversity in the Bar Task Force, Bar-Law School Relationships Task Force, Retirement of Lawyers Task Force and Professional Liability Committee. The Congressional Outreach Task Force, Criminal Record Expungement Task Force, Guardianship/Conservatorship Task Force, Judicial System Funding Task Force, Law School for Journalists Task Force and Professional Liability Options Task Force were scheduled to be sunsetted on May 17 due to completion of their work.

The Board approved a special pro bono award, and development of a series of free PMAP webinars on technology.

Did you know?
Last fall, 41 lawyers participated in the Bar's Ask-A-Lawyer program, providing legal advice to 513 South Carolinians via phone and web chats. Learn more ways the Bar is helping South Carolinians, lawyers and the judiciary in future E-Blasts and on 
Facebook and Twitter.

Appointments to CLE Commission
The Court appointed the following members to the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization: W. Steven Johnson and Stuart W. Snow Jr. The Court reappointed Tiffany Freeman Hendricks, Elizabeth W. Settle and Hon. Alison Renee Lee to the Commission. The Court appointed 
Steven T. Moon as Chairman and Tiffany Freeman Hendricks as Secretary.

Free Microsoft Virtual Academy training for Bar members
New Horizons CLC of South Carolina offers a Microsoft Virtual Academy, a cloud-based learning experience that gives Bar members access to information and training on the latest Microsoft technologies. Learning through MVA is free of charge, and you can study any time at your own pace. For more information, visit 
New Horizons online.

Volunteers needed for mock trial juries
The S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys Association is holding its annual Trial Academy in Columbia at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse on April 19, and volunteers are needed to serve as mock trial jurors. For more information, contact John Hawk at

Advance Sheet update
March 20, 2013
The S.C. Supreme Court affirmed the PCR court’s dismissal of Sigmon’s application for post-conviction relief, finding Sigmon did not present evidence showing he was afforded ineffective assistance of counsel.
Sigmon v. State, No. 27233, is available

The Court granted certiorari and held that the trial judge abused his discretion in finding the jury consented to continued deliberations as required by Section 14-7-1330 of the S.C. Code. Accordingly, the trial court erred in declining to declare a mistrial, and the Court of Appeals erred in affirming that decision. The Court reversed Barnes’ conviction and sentence and remanded the case for a new trial.
State v. Barnes, No. 27234, is available

In this appeal from the reversal of an order terminating a biological mother’s parental rights, the Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals and held that the family court properly terminated the biological mother's parental rights pursuant to Section 63-7-2570(8) of the S.C. Code. The Court directed DSS to immediately implement a plan consistent with the findings of the family court.
SCDSS v. Sarah W., No. 27235, is available
Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion. Justice Beatty dissented in a separate opinion.

In memoriam
Judith Litman Lindau, 95, of Chevy Chase, Maryland died March 12. Her obituary can be found 

Firm announcements
Curtis L. Coltrane and John W. Wilkins announce the opening of Coltrane & Wilkins, LLC located at 2 Park Ln., Ste. 200, Hilton Head Island 29928. (843) 785-5551.

Melanie Anne Maes announces the opening of Maes Law Firm, LLC with a mailing address of P.O. Box 753, Summerville 29484. (843) 501-0602.

Wilkes Law Firm, PA announces that Matthew Elliott Cox has joined the Spartanburg office located at 127 Dunbar St., Ste. 300, 29306. (864) 591-1113.

March 22
Bar Foundation Gala, Columbia Marriott
International Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Leadership Academy Meeting, Greenville
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Task Force on Professional Liability Options 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
Employment and Labor Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
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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