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October 31, 2013

October 30, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
October 31, 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.

YLD Women in Need Necessities Drive
The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division Voices Against Violence Committee is collecting personal care items for its 2013 Women in Need Necessities Drive. Items will be collected through Nov. 30 and donated to various domestic violence shelters throughout the state. Find the complete list of supplies needed, drop off locations and contact information
on the YLD page.

Aging and Transitioning With Dignity
Maintaining an active law practice is a desirable goal, but the goal is not feasible indefinitely. Inevitably, there will be a winding down of one’s practice. How do you know when it’s time to reduce your workload and what actions will be in the best interest of your clients? Register for 
Aging and Transitioning With Dignity: Protection for Clients and Peace of Mind for Lawyers as They Decide the Next Step in Their Legal Careers on Friday, Nov. 22, and find the answers to those important questions.

Deadline approaching for Rule 608 Civil Contract applications
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.

USC law school building approved
The S.C. Budget and Control Board approved construction of the University of South Carolina’s new law school today, Oct. 31. Construction will begin in September 2014 on the block bounded by Gervais, Pickens, Senate and Bull streets. The building is slated for completion in 2016.

Meeting to discuss changes in Richland County Family Court
Judge Dorothy Mobley Jones, Chief Administrative Judge for the Family Court of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, and Judge Gwendlyne Y. Smalls, incoming Chief Administrative Judge, will hold a meeting to discuss changes in procedure that will take effect immediately in Richland County Family Court. The meeting will take place Nov. 25 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 3-B of the Richland County Judicial Center (1701 Main St., Third Floor, 29201). All attorneys practicing in Richland County Family Court are encouraged to attend.

Advance Sheet update
October 30, 2013
Because Smith was indicted only for homicide by child abuse pursuant to S.C. Code Section 16-3-85(A)(1), the S.C. Supreme Court determined the Court of Appeals erred in affirming Smith’s conviction under S.C. Code Section 16-3-85(A)(2), homicide by child abuse by aiding and abetting, an unindicted charge that was not a lesser-included offense for the indicted offense. Accordingly, the Court reversed and remanded the case for a new trial.
State v. Smith, Op. No. 27328 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed October 30, 2013) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 46 at 15), is available

Member discipline
By order of
October 28 the Court placed Benjamin Jackson Baldwin on interim suspension. Gretchen B. Gleason, the Court’s receiver, has been appointed to protect clients’ interests.

Firm announcements
Wesley D. Few announces the opening of Wesley D. Few, LLC located at 1527 Blanding St., Columbia 29201. (803) 667-0744.

Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA
announces that Benjamin P. Carlton has joined the Columbia office as an associate located at 1900 Barnwell St., 29201. (803) 576-3737.

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

November 2
Middle School Mock Trial Regional Competition (Conway)

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)

November 7
Education Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Free legal clinic: Family Law Issues (St. George)

November 8
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

November 9
Middle School Mock Trial Regional Competitions (Greenville, Lexington and N. Charleston)

November 12
Free legal clinics: Real Estate Issues and Foreclosures (Hilton Head); End of Life Issues (W. Columbia)
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Senior Lawyers Division Nominating Committee Meeting, Conference Call

November 13
Real Estate Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

November 14
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estates and Probate (Summerville)
Young Lawyers Division Nominating Committee Meeting, Conference Center

November 15
Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Bar Building
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Conference Center
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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