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October 1, 2013

September 30, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
October 1, 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.

Get involved!
Looking for new ways to get involved with the Bar? Volunteers are needed for the Celebrate Pro Bono Week Ask-A-Lawyer web chat and the S.C. Bar Law Related Education Division's Mock Trial Program! 
Click here to learn how to participate!

Application period open for Rule 608 Civil Contracts
Attorneys interested in contracting with the S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense to provide representation for indigent clients in civil matters (TPR, abuse and neglect, PCR and SVP cases) are invited to submit an application for consideration. This notice only applies to certain designated counties identified on the SCCID website. The link for the application and other important information about the contract program can be found at All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 1 to be considered. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to SCCID.

Frequently asked questions in S.C. Probate Court
The Court approved the Frequently Asked Questions in S.C. Probate Court, which were proposed by the S.C. Access to Justice Commission and are posted on the
Judicial Department's website.

PMAP Practice Pointer
Are you using a free e-mail account to communicate with clients? At least 1,652 S.C. lawyers have registered a free Gmail account in AIS as their primary e-mail address. Under the terms of service for free Gmail, the account user
grants to Google a license in his or her e-mail content. While Google has expressly stated that they don’t review your e-mail, Google is automatically word-searching content for advertising purposes. If you really like web-based e-mail, there are several inexpensive paid options, including Google Apps for Business, which starts at only $5 per user, per month, and includes a service agreement indicating that Google takes no license in your e-mail communications. Contact PMAP for free assistance with your law practice at

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
You heard the statistic last week: South Carolina ranks number one in the nation for the number of women killed by men. This month, the Bar Foundation will sit down with grantees who work tirelessly to help women and children trapped in violent situations.
Follow the Foundation blog to hear what grantees have to say and listen to the stories of women who triumphed over their abusers. Then, make a gift to the Foundation. Your support allows us to provide aid to grantees whose work is changing the lives of women each day.

Mentoring opportunity through Spur Connections
The University of South Carolina Career Center is encouraging attorneys to get involved with Spur Connections, its mentor program that provides a way for USC students and alumni to connect with practitioners in various professions. Your participation in activities such as e-mail networking, information interviewing and job shadowing will help students and alumni clarify their career goals and prepare for their futures. Learn how to get involved on the
Spur Connections website.

Advance Sheet update
September 25, 2013
The S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the Workers' Compensation Commission, finding Lee suffered a work-related accident and was entitled to temporary total disability. The court remanded for disposition of the remainder of Lee’s claim.
Lee v. Bondex, Inc., Op. No. 5173 (S.C. Ct. App. filed September 25, 2013) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 41 at 65), is available
Judge Lockemy concurred in part and dissented in part in a separate opinion.

This opinion, originally filed July 10, 2013, was withdrawn, substituted and refiled Sept. 25, 2013. In this criminal appeal, the court affirmed, finding the trial judge’s refusal to excuse the juror and substitute her with an alternate was not an abuse of discretion because the juror was impartial despite her husband’s reserve deputy status.
State v. Jakes, Op. No. 5158 (S.C. Ct. App. filed September 25, 2013) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 41 at 74), is available

Firm announcements
Buxton Legal Group, LLC announces that Brian M. Collie has become a partner in the firm and that it is now Buxton & Collie, LLC located at 1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Ste. B-8, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 606-2397.

Collins & Lacy, PC
announces that Blakely L. Molitor has joined the Columbia office as an associate located at 1330 Lady St., 6th Floor, 29201. (803) 256-2660.

Gignilliat, Savitz & Bettis, LLP
announces that R. Hayne Hodges III has become special counsel to the firm located at 900 Elmwood Ave., Ste. 100, Columbia 29201. (803) 799-9311.

Kenison, Dudley & Crawford, LLC
announces that Townes B. Johnson III has been named a partner in the firm located at 704 E. McBee Ave., Greenville 29601. (864) 242-4899.

Bradley W. Knott
announces the opening of the Law Office of Bradley W. Knott, LLC located at 104 Maxwell Ave., Ste. 327, Greenwood 29646. (864) 396-2499. 

The Law Office of David Parker Geis
announces that Margaret S. Day has become of counsel to the firm located at 18 Pope Ave., Hilton Head 29928. (843) 715-0661.

Todd and Johnson, LLP announces the relocation of the Charleston office to 497 Bramson Ct., Ste. 101-A, 29464. (843) 849-1500.

Wyche, PA
announces that Suedabeh Walker has joined the Greenville office as an associate located at 44 E. Camperdown Way, 29601. (864) 242-8200.

October 3
Community Association Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
We The People Training, Bar Building
Free legal clinics: End of Life Issues (St. George); Wills, Estate and Probate (Columbia); and Criminal Law Issues (Greenville)

October 7
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estate and Probate (Anderson)

October 8
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Free legal clinics: End of Life Issues (Hilton Head); and Wills, Estate and Probate (Lexington)

October 10
Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call
Free legal clinic: Landlord/Tenant Law Issues (Summerville)

October 11
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

October 15
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estates and Probate (N. Myrtle Beach)

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