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April 9, 2013

April 04, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
April 9, 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.

Beth Bernstein featured in "Proud to be a South Carolina Lawyer" video series
Beth Bernstein is the latest to be featured in the "Proud to be a South Carolina Lawyer" video series. 
Click here to learn how her legal background has prepared her for public service. Watch the videos on Facebook, 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 …
Mobile apps. With so many apps available, it’s tough to know which ones will be most useful to you and your practice. 
View this ABA gallery of what some tech gurus consider the 11 must-have apps for lawyers. Also, read Top 6 Free Time-Saving Apps for Lawyers from WalkingOffice. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Health Care Law Section seminar
The Bar's Health Care Law Section Council will present the seminar, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: It’s Constitutional and It’s Being Implemented ... Are You Ready?, on Friday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bar Conference Center. The seminar is free for section members, $50 for non-members and qualifies for 5.0 MCLE credit hours. The seminar brochure and registration information can be 
found online.

Petition declined
The Court has declined to adopt an amendment proposed by the Bar to define “client file” in the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Attend Gala 2013? We want to hear from you!
If you attended the Bar Foundation’s seventh annual gala, we want to hear from you! Give us your take on Gala 2013 by 
completing our survey. Your responses will let us know how to make next year’s gala a great experience for all of our patrons.

Chambliss named director of USC Center on Professionalism
The USC School of Law announced Friday that Elizabeth Chambliss will join the faculty as director of the 
Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough Center on Professionalism

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.

MCLE suspension deadline April 15
To date, there are more than 200 lawyers who have not established compliance with the 2012-2013 MCLE requirements. Pursuant to Rule 419, SCACR, if these lawyers do not earn sufficient accredited CLE hours (or have carry-forward hours from the previous reporting period), file their reports and pay the fees by April 15, 2013, they will be suspended from the practice of law by order of the S.C. Supreme Court. Compliance reports and fees must be received in the Commission’s office by Monday, April 15, to avoid suspension. It is not sufficient if they are mailed by this date. Questions should be directed to the Commission at (803) 799-5578 or For those Bar members still needing seminar hours, the S.C. Bar CLE Division is holding video replay seminars on April 10 and April 12.

Advance Sheet update
April 3, 2013
The S.C. Court of Appeals found the trial court acted within its discretion in admitting the evidence found during the search of the car and in allowing testimony that Tynes could not be excluded as a contributor of DNA found on a gun seized during that search. Additionally, the court affirmed the trial court’s refusal to inform the jury that a witness’s agreement with the State included a condition that he undergo polygraph testing if the State so requested.
State v. Tynes, No. 5109, is available

The court held the trial court’s findings were inadequate for appellate review and remanded the case to determine whether Bruce had a legitimate expectation of privacy in the trunk of the victim’s car; whether Bruce consented to the search; and, if the police violated Bruce’s Fourth Amendment rights, whether the exclusionary rule applies.
State v. Bruce, No. 5110, is available

The court found the trial court did not err in admitting Gibb’s testimony or in refusing to charge ABHAN. The court further affirmed the trial court’s decisions on all remaining issues.
State v. Dennis, No. 5111, is available

In memoriam
Bonford R. Talbert II, 83, of N. Myrtle Beach died April 3. His obituary can be found

Member reinstatements
By order of
April 4 the Court reinstated P. Michael Dupree to the practice of law.

By order of
April 8 the Court reinstated William G. Yarborough III to the practice of law, subject to conditions.

Firm announcements
Biering Law Firm, PC announces its relocation to 103 Broughton Rd., Moncks Corner 29461. (843) 761-4888.

Cedric A. Cunningham announces the opening of Cedric A. Cunningham, Attorney at Law, LLC located at 309 Mills Ave., Greenville 29605. (864) 509-6249.

The Coastal Conservation League announces that Anne Peterson Hutto has joined its legislative office located at 1001 Washington St., Ste. 300, Columbia 29201. (803) 771-7102.

Hite and Stone Attorneys at Law announces that Anne Marie Hempy has joined the firm located at 100 E. Pickens St., Abbeville 29620. (864) 366-5400.

Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC announces that John L. McCants has joined the Columbia office as a member located at 1330 Lady St., Ste. 400, 29201. (803) 256-1268.

April 12
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

April 13
Skills USA Competition, Greenville Conference Center

April 15
Real Estate Practices Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

April 16
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

April 17

Employment and Labor Law Section Nominating Committee Meeting, Conference Call
LRE Mock Trial Evaluation Meeting, Bar Building

April 18
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

April 19
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

April 26
Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission Meeting, Mike Kelly Law Group (Columbia)
Law Related Education Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Bar Building

May 3
Health Care Law Section Seminar, Conference Center

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