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May 21, 2013

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May 21, 2013
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at
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Judge Anderson selected for 2013 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award
The Hon. Joseph F. Anderson Jr., U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, has been selected to receive the 2013 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fourth Circuit. The award will be presented June 28 at the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference in West Virginia.

PMAP Tech Tip
More and more lawyers are using Google Apps to run their law practices. Google Calendar—one of the most powerful tools in the Google Apps suite—is a full-featured appointment calendar you can access from anywhere. 
Read this article for step-by-step instructions on setting up and sharing a Google Calendar. For more tips on working with Google Calendar, check out the book Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers, available in the Bar’s Lending LibraryClick here for instructions on how to request it. PMAP offers free advice to law firms; contact

Legislative report
See what happened last week in the
Weekly Legislative Report! Updates are posted every Monday throughout the legislative session. For questions regarding pending legislation, contact Catherine Scarlett at

Rule amendment
By order of
May 20, the Court amended Appellate Court Rule 419, Administrative Suspensions. For persons whose memberships were administratively terminated under Rule 419 prior to this order, their membership records shall be changed to reflect that they are now administratively suspended. They may seek reinstatement as provided by paragraph (e) of the revised rule.

Advance Sheet update
May 15, 2013
The S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the circuit court’s order granting Proctor’s motion for summary judgment. The court held that with respect to gambling losses under the circumstances of the instant case, the doctrine of in pari delicto has been abrogated for reasons of public policy and does not bar recovery of such losses.
Proctor v. Whitlark, No. 5131, is available

In this criminal appeal, the court reversed, finding no evidence to support the charge of aiding and abetting against Lewis. Because the court determined a directed verdict should have been granted in Lewis’ favor, the court did not address Lewis’ remaining arguments.
State v. Lewis, No. 5132, is available
Chief Judge Few concurred in a separate opinion.

In this quantum meruit cause of action, the court affirmed the decision of the circuit court. The court determined that although there was no meeting of the minds, the circuit court did not err in holding that Boykin Contracting, Inc. (BCI) could recover from Kirby on a quantum meruit theory since BCI was still entitled to recover the reasonable value of its labor and materials. The court affirmed the damages award, finding it fair, reasonable and within the circuit court’s discretion. The court also affirmed the award of prejudgment interest because the amount owed to BCI was “capable of being reduced to a sum certain” and the measure of recovery was fixed by conditions existing at the time BCI’s claim arose against Kirby.
Boykin Contracting, Inc. v. Kirby, No. 5133, is available

Firm announcements
Adams and Reese LLP announces its merger with Ellis Lawhorne located at 1501 Main St., 5th Floor, Columbia 29201. (803) 254-4190.

C. Pinckney Roberts
announces the opening of Roberts Mediation Service located at 201 Chimney Hill Rd., Columbia 29209. (803) 695-6905.

Williams, Hendrix, Steigner & Brink, PA
announces that Michelle L. Boykin has joined the firm as an associate located at 206 E. Main St., Lexington 29072. (803) 359-1550.

Wyche, PA announces that Meliah Bowers Jefferson has joined the Greenville office located at 44 E. Camperdown Way, 29601. (864) 242-8200.

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

June 17-21
S.C. Supreme Court Institute, Columbia

June 21
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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