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May 14, 2013

May 09, 2013

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

E-Blast schedule change
Thursday’s E-Blast will be held over until Friday, May 17, to include Board of Governors and House of Delegates actions from Thursday’s meetings.

Important notice about your information in the Lawyers Desk Book
Production of the 2013-14 Lawyers Desk Book is underway, and address changes made by June 1 will be reflected in the new edition. All changes in contact information are handled by the S.C. Attorney Information System (AIS) exclusively, and you must
log on to AIS to update your information. Complete contact information will be published for all Bar members, to include name, organization, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

If you have not entered your fax number in AIS, the Bar does not have it on file. While AIS does not require fax numbers, you must enter one if you would like it to appear in the Lawyers Desk Book. To ensure your zip code matches the address published, please do not enter two addresses (P.O. Box and Street) in a single address field. Please review your information carefully, as it will be published as entered in AIS.

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

Court order posted
By order of
May 13, 80 percent of all criminal cases in each circuit shall be disposed of within 365 days from the date of the defendant's arrest. A circuit court may continue a criminal case beyond 365 days by written order if the court determines exceptional circumstances exist in the case. This rescinds the order of March 5, 1999, stating that all criminal cases shall be disposed within 180 days from the date of defendant's arrest.

PMAP Practice Pointer

Hiring a new employee? A new version of the
I-9 Form for verifying the identity and employment authorization for employees became effective May 8, 2013. S.C. employers must now use the new I-9 Form for new hires. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has provided a Handbook for Employers to assist with filling out the form. As before, S.C. employers must also verify the employee’s work authorization through the E-Verify system. PMAP offers free advice to law firms; contact

Getting on board with the Bar Foundation
Take a minute to watch the S.C. Bar Foundation's 
newest video and hear from a few men and women who care about the Foundation and why they value the Heart of the Bar. Be sure to subscribe to the Foundation'sYouTube channel to get updates from the Foundation and its grantees. Convinced to join these fine leaders? Make a gift today: download our donor form or make a gift online.

Buildable Hours for Central S.C. Habitat for Humanity
The Richland County Bar Association invites you to participate in "
Buildable Hours," a program in conjunction with the Central S.C. Habitat for Humanity that provides attorneys, firms and their staff the opportunity to construct a home for a family in need. Construction will be May 20-24 at 1010 Lady St. in Columbia. To volunteer, register online or contact Laura Jeffcoat at

Advance Sheet update
May 8, 2013
The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed and remanded this action, finding the circuit court erred in dismissing two indictments for obtaining property by false pretenses based on double jeopardy because the elements of obtaining property by false pretenses were distinctly different from the elements of criminal contempt and each required a proof of fact that the other did not.
State v. Jolly, No. 5128, is available

In this declaratory judgment action, the court concluded the Directors and Officers (D&O) Endorsement provided coverage for the respondents’ allegations against Kensington Place Property Owners Association for breach of fiduciary duty in failing to establish a reserve fund and warn of the potential conflicts in a developer-controlled property owners association. The court found the circuit court properly held that claims alleging damage to other property as a result of defective design or construction were excluded as “property damage.” The court further concluded the circuit court erred in finding the D&O Endorsement provided coverage for correction of initial defective construction. Finally, the court held the D&O Endorsement did not cover claims for punitive damages.
Pulliam v. Travelers Indemnity Co., No. 5130, is available

Member reinstatement
By order of
May 8 the Court reinstated Ivan J. Toney to the Active practice of law subject to conditions.

Firm announcements
Cooper Lynn, Attorney at Law, LLC announces its relocation to 1053 London St., Ste. B, Myrtle Beach 29577. (843) 839-1110.

McLeod Law Group, LLC
announces that James Bernice Moore III has joined the firm located at 134 Meeting St., Ste. 160, Charleston 29401. (843) 277-6655.

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP
announces that Tom Hildebrand has joined the Charleston office as a partner located at 200 Meeting St., Ste. 301, 29401. (843) 727-2650.

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

May 20
Military and Veterans' Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

May 29
Employment and Labor Law Section Immigration Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

June 11
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

June 14
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

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