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April 25, 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.

Judicial Merit Selection Commission releases report
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission has released its
Draft Report of Spring 2013 Judicial Candidates. Members of the General Assembly are not permitted to issue letters of introduction, announcements of candidacy, statements detailing a candidate’s qualifications or commitments to vote for a candidate until April 30, when the report becomes final. 

Save the date!
The S.C. Bar is has written a handbook for parents of special needs children which addresses guardianship and conservatorship issues that arise as these children turn 18 and become legal adults.

 The manual, titled Transitions: Legal Issues for Parents and Caregivers of Special Needs Children Transitioning to Adulthood, will be presented to Mrs. Cassandra Paschal, principal of Oak Pointe Elementary School in Irmo, on Monday, April 29. For more information, view the invitation or contact Catherine Scarlett at

Administrative suspensions for failure to pay license fees
The Court has posted in the Advance Sheets those Bar members administratively suspended pursuant to Rule 419. View the complete order and list of suspended members on the
Judicial Department's website.

Results of February 2013 Bar Examination
The results of the February 2013 Bar Examination will be posted on the
Bar Admissions Page of the Judicial Department's website at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

Applications being accepted for Public Interest Law Loan Forgiveness Fund
The USC School of Law is accepting applications for its annual distribution of funds from the Public Interest Law Loan Forgiveness Fund. This fund was established in 2001 by retired USC Law Professor William McAninch to help alleviate the high debt incurred by young lawyers dedicated to serving the public sector. Applications are due June 30. The application, rules and FAQs are available
online or by contacting Pamela Robinson at (803) 777-3405 or

Advance Sheet update
April 24, 2013
The S.C. Supreme Court held that the S.C. Budget and Control Board violated the separation of powers provision of the Constitution when it raised the enrollee contribution rates for the state’s health insurance plan instead of applying the appropriated funds toward the premium increases as directed by the General Assembly. Accordingly, the Court entered judgment for the petitioners and directed the Board to apply the appropriated funds to the plan’s premium increases and return all premium increases previously collected from enrollees.
Hampton v. Haley, No. 27244, is available

The petitioner brought this action seeking a declaration that the S.C. Budget and Control Board’s decision to raise enrollee premiums for the state’s health insurance plan was a violation of the constitutionally mandated separation of powers. The Court entered judgment in favor of the petitioner because in Hampton v. Haley, Op. No. 27244 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed April 24, 2013), the Court determined the Board’s decision was unconstitutional as a violation of the separation of powers. The Court declined to consider the other issues presented by the petitioner because the separation of powers issue was dispositive.
Bryson v. State Budget and Control Board, No. 27245, is available
Justice Pleicones concurred in result only.

In memoriam
Dean A. Eichelberger, 58, of Columbia died April 23. An article in The State can be found

Member reinstatements
By order of
April 17 the Court reinstated Charles E. Houston Jr. to the practice of law, leaving in effect the condition to file monthly statements from his CPA.

By order of
April 22 the Court reinstated Louis S. Moore to the practice of law subject to conditions in the order.

Member suspension
By order of
April 24 the Court imposed a 90-day suspension on J. David Flowers for failing to file state and federal tax returns for four years. The suspension is effective Feb. 17, 2012, and reinstatement may not be sought before delinquent taxes are paid in full.

Firm announcements
Clawson and Staubes, LLC announces that Elizabeth A. Blackwell has joined the Charleston office as an associate located at 126 Seven Farms Dr., Ste. 200, 29492. (843) 577-2026.

Lester & Hendrix, LLC announces that Rebecca Poston Creel has joined the firm located at 1901 Gadsden St., Ste. A, Columbia 29201. (803) 252-4700.

Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA announces that Sheila Bias has joined the Columbia office as an associate located at 1900 Barnwell St., 29201. (803) 771-4400.

April 26
Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission Meeting, Mike Kelly Law Group (Columbia)
Law Related Education Committee Meeting, Rogers Townsend & Thomas (Columbia)
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Bar Building
S.C. Bar Leadership Academy Meeting, Charleston

May 3
Dispute Resolution Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Health Care Law Section Seminar, Conference Center

May 8
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Meeting, Conference Center

May 10
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

May 14
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

May 16
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Board of Governors Meeting, Dunes Club, Sullivan's Island
House of Delegates Meeting, Dunes Club, Sullivan's Island
Swearing-In of New Officers, Dunes Club, Sullivan's Island

May 17
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building and Conference Call
Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Workers' Compensation Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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