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October 15, 2013

October 10, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
October 15, 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.

Board of Governors meets
The Board met October 10 via conference call.

The Board approved a request from the North Carolina State Bar to join in an amicus curiae brief if certiorari is accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving a professional licensing board.

Recommendations for the adoption of a discount travel program and discount insurance program were approved.

Need extra copies?
The 2013-14 S.C. Bar Lawyers Desk Book is still available for purchase. Please note that member contact information was published as entered in the Supreme Court's Attorney Information System (AIS). All active Bar members were mailed a complimentary copy in August; additional copies in print and CD format can be purchased for $25 each, plus tax. 
Order extra copies online or by calling (803) 799-6653, ext. 155.

ADR certification renewals
ADR renewal applications were mailed Oct. 9, 2013. If you have recently changed your address in the Attorney Information System and have not received your renewal application, please contact Joan Brown at (803) 799-6653, ext. 138 or Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2013, to avoid incurring late penalties.

2013 Annotated S.C. Rules of Professional Conduct
Have you purchased the new 2013 Annotated S.C. Rules of Professional Conduct by Prof. Nathan Crystal and Dean Robert Wilcox? If not, order yours today! If you already own the 2013 edition, check out the supplemental materials
online. These updates are current through October 2, 2013.

PMAP Tech Tip
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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.

Warning: Fake IOLTA notice
On Monday, Oct. 8, an e-mail addressed to a address alleged the recipient’s IOLTA account had insufficient funds to pay an outstanding check. The e-mail included a .zip file attachment purportedly containing additional information and presumably contained malware. Other state bar foundation/IOLTA programs have reported similar e-mail messages.
View the full text of the message online.

You're invited! 
The Trident Literacy Association invites you to "Law and Dis-Order," a roast of attorney Andy Savage, on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Memminger Auditorium in Charleston. For ticket or sponsorship information, contact Judianne Schmenk at

Advance Sheet update
October 9, 2013
The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed Lane’s conviction for first-degree burglary. The court held the trial court erred by refusing to grant a directed verdict, as the State failed to present substantial circumstantial evidence that Lane was guilty of first-degree burglary. The court opined that at most, the evidence presented raised only a mere suspicion he committed the crime.
State v. Lane, Op. No. 5175 (S.C. Ct. App. filed October 9, 2013) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 43 at 22), is available

In this workers’ compensation dispute, the court affirmed the Appellate Panel’s determination of jurisdiction, finding the preponderance of the evidence demonstrated Palmetto Collision, LLC employed four employees at the time of the accident. The court, however, found substantial evidence in the record did not support the Appellate Panel’s determination that the claimant provided Palmetto Collision, LLC with timely notice of his injury. Consequently, the court reversed the award of benefits to the claimant. Because the issue of notice was dispositive of this appeal, the court did not reach the employer’s remaining issues. 
Hartzell v. Palmetto Collision, LLC, Op. No. 5176 (S.C. Ct. App. filed October 9, 2013) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 43 at 22), is available

Firm announcements
Law Firm of Regina B. Ward, LLC announces that Lawrence “Larry” R. Filiberto has joined the firm as of counsel located at 1017 Fourth Ave., Conway 29526. (843) 488-9273. The firm also announces the opening of a Myrtle Beach office located at Founders Centre Executive Suites, 2411 N. Oak St., Ste. 305-B, 29577. (843) 236-9273.

Smyth Whitley, LLC
announces that Claude Tackett has joined the firm as an associate located 234 Seven Farms Dr., Ste. 215, Charleston 29492. (843) 606-5635.

WebForward Media announces that Matthew J. Kelley has joined the company as the director of compliance and general counsel located at 767 Coleman Blvd., Ste. 6, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 408-4604.

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

October 30
Nominating Committee Meeting, Conference Center

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