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October 10, 2013

October 09, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
October 10, 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.

Nominate a colleague for the Trial and Appellate Advocacy Award
The S.C. Bar Trial and Appellate Advocacy Section is seeking nominations for its award, which recognizes a lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to trial and appellate advocacy in the legal profession. The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 1. View the nomination criteria and instructions

2014 Leadership Academy application period open
The Bar is accepting applications for the 2014 Leadership Academy. This sixth installment of the Academy will address the following topics: lawyers in public service, professionalism, career/leadership development, work-life balance, the path to the judiciary, pro bono and community service and service to the Bar. Sessions will take place on the following dates: Jan. 25-26 (Bar Convention–Kiawah), Feb. 27 (Columbia), March 28 (Greenville), April 25 (Charleston) and May 8 (Columbia). The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to enhance the professional growth and leadership skills development of selected members to prepare them to make greater contributions to the legal profession and community. Interested applicants must meet and agree to the stated requirements and submit the required application and supporting documents by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. Please see the application packet for complete details. For more information, contact Morgan Crouch at, (803) 576-3835 or toll-free at 1-877-797-2227, ext. 135.

Call for nominations
The following S.C. Bar Sections are accepting nominations for the positions listed. For additional information and nomination instructions, click the Section titles below:
Construction Law Section: Secretary
Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section: Secretary and two general Council Member seats
Environment and Natural Resources Section: Secretary and two general Council Member seats
Health Care Law Section: Secretary and two general Council Member seats
Military and Veterans’ Law Section: Secretary and two general Council Member seats
Senior Lawyers Division: President-Elect, Secretary and Regional Representatives from Regions II and IV

New Ethics Advisory Opinion issued
The Ethics Advisory Committee has issued a new opinion. The text of all opinions is available
13-09 A lawyer may not pay for Preferred Closing Attorney status, where such status entails being listed as a Preferred Closing Attorney, the right to place advertising materials in the real estate agency’s office, and the right to participate in real estate agency meetings and training sessions, and such status does not include any other “commercially reasonable” terms.

Amendments to Rules 413 and 502, SCACR
The Judicial Department has posted amendments to Rules 413 and 502, SCACR,
to its website. The Commission on Lawyer Conduct and the Commission on Judicial Conduct proposed amendments to the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement and the Rules for Judicial Disciplinary Enforcement, which clarify rules concerning a hearing panel chair's authority to address administrative matters; the procedures for declaring a matter closed, but not dismissed; the effect of a respondent's failure to appear at a hearing; and the documents which become public following the filing of formal charges. 

Cole Scholarship applications for November CLE seminars due Oct. 25
Applications for Ronnie M. Cole Scholarships for November seminars are due Oct. 25. The fund provides scholarships to lawyers who need help with the cost of required CLE seminars necessary to maintain their law licenses. The scholarships will be used to attend a qualifying course offered by the S.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Division. Any member of the S.C. Bar, in good standing, is eligible for a scholarship. Download the application and submit it to Juliana Sobey.

Court action
By order of October 2 the Court transferred Marshall U. Rogol to incapacity inactive status.

Member discipline
By order of
October 9 the Court placed Joel Thomas Broome on interim suspension.

Firm announcements
McNair Law Firm, PA announces that Ryan Trail has joined the Greenville office located at 104 S. Main St., Ste. 700, 29601. (864) 271-4940.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC
announces that Piper Byzet has joined the Charleston office as an associate located at 211 King St., Ste. 200, 29401. (843) 853-1300.

The Tenth Circuit Public Defender's Office
announces that Brian T. Horrocks has joined the Anderson office as an assistant public defender located at 301 Camson Rd., 29625. (864) 260-4048.

October 11
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

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

October 17
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estates and Probate (Pelion)

October 18
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

October 18-20

Senior Lawyers Division Fall Conference, Cashiers, NC

October 22
Free legal clinics: Wills, Estates and Probate (Swansea); Family Law Issues (Myrtle Beach)

October 25
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Conference Center

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