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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
October 22, 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.

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.
Mock Trial judges needed in Coastal region
LRE is seeking attorney volunteers for its annual Mock Trial Programs, which teach middle and high school students about the legal system through trial role playing. Specifically, additional judges are needed for the middle school regional competition in Conway on Nov. 2. All attorney volunteers earn pro bono credit for their hours dedicated to the Mock Trial Program. Sign up online, or contact Cynthia Cothran at or (803) 252-5139 for more information.
Affordable Care Act Seminar
Southeastern Insurance Consultants, administrator for the Bar group medical plan, is hosting an Affordable Care Act Seminar Friday, November 1, at the Embassy Suites North Charleston (5055 International Blvd.) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The seminar will focus on the immediate requirements before employers and how SIC can help manage those requirements. Cost for attendance is $25. Seating for the program is limited. Please RSVP to Mark Riley at

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Bar Foundation fall newsletter available now
This month, the Foundation's executive director traveled to the world's "Most Liveable City," as awarded by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2010, for the Association of Canadian Law Foundation’s meeting. Find out where she went and much more in the Foundation's fall newsletter

Online Member Directory

Looking for online and mobile access to the directory of Bar members from the Lawyers Desk Book? We do that! A complete, searchable member directory can be accessed from the "Member Search" link on the Bar's home page at For free, convenient access to a web app on your mobile device, go to and enter your Bar username and password.

Advance Sheet update
October 16, 2013
The S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed Lemire’s convictions, finding the trial court acted within its discretion in submitting its entire written charge to the jury when the jury requested copies of the statutes under which Lemire was charged. The court further held Lemire’s argument that he was entitled to directed verdicts on the lynching and conspiracy charges was not preserved for appellate review. Additionally, the court determined the jury charge on inference was a correct interpretation of the applicable statute in effect at the time of the incident and trial. The court declined to address Lemire’s argument that the inference charge was redundant, confusing, and amounted to a charge on the facts because Lemire failed to properly raise the issue below. Accordingly, the trial court’s decision was affirmed.
State v. Lemire, Op. No. 5177 (S.C. Ct. App. filed October 16, 2013) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 44 at 77), is available online
Judge Lockemy dissented in a separate opinion.

Firm announcements
Clawson & Staubes, LLC announces that Robert L. Brown has joined the Columbia office located at 1612 Marion St., Ste. 200, 29201. (800) 774-8242.
Hadden Law Firm, LLC announces that Michael W. Eisenrauch and Shawn M. Bevans have joined the firm as associates located at 497 Bramson Ct., Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 388-6883.

McNair Law Firm, PA announces that David Santos has joined the Charleston office as an associate located at 100 Calhoun St., Ste. 400, 29401. (843) 723-7831.

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

October 30
Nominating Committee Meeting, Conference Center

November 1
ADR Commission Meeting, Bar Building
International Law Committee Meeting, USC School of Law
Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Pro Bono Program First Friday Blitz

November 2
Middle School Mock Trial Regional Competition, Horry County Courthouse

November 4
Free legal clinics: Consumer Law Issues (Anderson); End of Life Issues (Lexington)

November 5
Free legal clinics: Family Law Issues (Greenville); Real Estate and Foreclosure Issues (N. Myrtle Beach)

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