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November 14, 2013

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November 14, 2013
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Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met today at the Bar building.

The Board approved the following: a request from the Animal Law Committee to cosponsor an event supporting pet rescue services; a request from the Young Lawyers Division to cosponsor an event raising volunteer time for charitable institutions; and a proposal to seek State funding for support of law related education programs.

Flo Lester Vinson was nominated to a vacancy on the Chief Justice's Commission on the Profession.

The Board received a report on activities of the Young Lawyers Division and reports on the work of Bar task forces.

Thank you from the LRE Division
The Law Related Education (LRE) Division thanks the attorney coaches, presiding judges, scoring judges and regional coordinators who made the 2013 Middle School Mock Trial Regional Competitions a success. The complete list of volunteers can be found here. The LRE Division also thanks the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center, Greenville County Courthouse, Conway Courthouse and N. Charleston Courthouse for providing the facilities that made the competitions possible. The following schools have advanced to the state competition Dec. 6-7: Buist Academy (Charleston), Dent (Columbia), Dutch Fork (Irmo), Forestbrook (Myrtle Beach), Hand (Columbia), Johnston Edgefield Trenton (Johnston), Marrington (Goose Creek), Meadow Glen (Lexington), N. Myrtle Beach (Little River), Ocean Bay (Myrtle Beach), St. James (Myrtle Beach) and Sullivan (Rock Hill). Congratulations!

Legislative Update now available
Legislative Update is a comprehensive review of all legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2013 session. The report is intended to provide a brief synopsis of newly-enacted legislation and is generally categorized for ease of review. Please refer to the actual text of the legislation for detailed provisions.

S.C. Probate Courts to close for training
Chief Justice Toal approved the closure of S.C. Probate Courts Dec. 11-12 to allow probate judges and staff to attend a mandatory training seminar in Columbia and conduct in-office training. Probate judges may, within their discretion, execute the closing in their counties as they deem appropriate and in consideration of available staff. View the complete order on the
Judicial Department's website.

Less than three weeks until Giving Tuesday!
Giving Tuesday is less than three weeks away, so don’t forget to mark your calendars and join the Foundation in celebrating and giving back to some of the hardest-working people we know—our grantees! 
Visit the Foundation's blog to learn how you can start giving back to grantees today

Charleston School of Law preparing for spring recruiting season
The Charleston School of Law is scheduling on-campus interviews and collecting resumes for its 2014 spring recruiting season. Spring on-campus interviews will begin on Jan. 21, 2014, and run throughout the semester, with the exception of spring break (March 10-14). If you are an employer and are interested in participating or would like to post a job opening, e-mail or contact Molly Blatt at (843) 377-1106.

Advance Sheet update
November 13, 2013
The S.C. Supreme Court certified this case for review pursuant to Rule 204(b), SCACR, and reversed the circuit court’s grant of summary judgment. The Court held the bond at issue was a common-law bond that must be enforced according to its terms. Those terms indicate Hard Hat Workforce Solutions, LLC (Hard Hat) had no duty to comply with S.C. Code Section 29-5-440’s notice provisions. Moreover, even assuming arguendo that Hard Hat’s bond claim was subject to the notice provisions under Section 29-5-440, the Court found summary judgment was improper because Hard Hat presented evidence creating a genuine issue of material fact as to whether it provided adequate notice of furnishing in accordance with the statute.
Hard Hat Workforce Solutions, LLC v. Mechanical HVAC Services, Inc.
, Op. No. 27329 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed November 13, 2013) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 48 at 16), is available
Justice Pleicones concurred in a separate opinion in which Justice Beatty concurred. 

Reinstatement sought
The Committee on Character and Fitness invites comment by January 5 on the petition for reinstatement by Donna Seegars Givens.

Firm announcements
The Foster Care Review Board announces that Michele L. Newsome Ramsel has joined the agency as staff attorney located at 1205 Pendleton St., Ste. 436, Columbia 29201. (803) 734-0474.

Stokes & Haselden, LLC announces that Maggie Theos has joined the firm as an associate located at 180 Meeting St., Ste. 230, Charleston 29401. (843) 720-7416.

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

November 18
Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (Columbia)

November 19
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Center

November 21
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

December 2
Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (Gaston)

December 3
Free legal clinic: Landlord/Tenant Law (N. Myrtle Beach)

December 4
Pro Bono Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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