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November 26, 2013

November 21, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
November 26, 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.

Bar offices closed
The Bar will be closed Nov. 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. E-Blast will resume its regular schedule on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Bar website login
Bar members have the ability to change their usernames and passwords after their initial login at Original usernames and passwords are generated by the system and can be found at the bottom of members' license fee statements. The preferred username can be any combination of letters and/or numbers.

Help make a difference
There's still time to donate to the S.C. Bar YLD Voices Against Violence Committee's 2013 Women in Need Necessities Drive. Items will be collected through Nov. 30 and donated to domestic violence shelters throughout the state. Find the complete list of supplies needed, drop off locations and contact information

Fulfill your SA/MH hour at the 2014 Bar Convention
Still need to fulfill your required
Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit hour? Come to the Convention, where you can earn all you need before the March 1 compliance deadline!

PMAP Tech Tip
The holidays are fast approaching, and hackers are ramping up their efforts. Phishing scams (e-mails that appear to be from well-known organizations like Amazon, Paypal or your bank that ask you to confirm personal information) are much more prevalent during the holidays. Hackers know that users are more likely to click on these e-mails with all of the unusual purchases that go on during gift-giving season.
Read these tips and learn how to recognize phishing emails. The Cryptolocker virus is also currently circulating the internet, hidden in what seems to be a tracking notification from FedEx. Update your devices’ virus protection and be on guard this holiday season! PMAP is practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

RSVP for the Greenville Gathering by Dec. 3
RSVPs for the Bar Foundation’s Greenville Gathering breakfast and CLE are due Dec. 3. Guests will receive a free breakfast and hear from Foundation grantees—S.C. YMCA Youth In Government, S.C. Legal Services and the Upstate Mediation Center—as they share the impact their work has on the people of the Upstate. This event qualifies for 0.5 ethics hours with a presentation by Beth Padgett, assistant director of the Lawyers Helping Lawyers program. To RSVP, call (803) 765-0517 or e-mail Cannot attend, but want to show your support? Donate online.

Enter the $25,000 FedEx Advantage Sweepstakes!
Want to get more out of your member benefits? Enter the $25,000 FedEx Advantage Sweepstakes. Register for the FedEx Advantage program to recieve your initial sweepstakes entry. Once you’ve enrolled, the more eligible FedEx® shipments you make, the more entries you’ll receive (up to 50 through Dec. 27, 2013). Take this chance to advance your business with these prizes: $10,000 grand prize, $2,500 first prize, and $100 American Express® Reward Cards. Plus, as a FedEx Advantage member, you’ll save up to 26 percent on FedEx® services year-round.
Register today using passcode 6FGM41.

Firm announcements
Ecton Law Firm, PA announces that M. Laurin Weatherly has joined the firm as an associate located at 7911 Broad River Rd., Ste. 100, Columbia 29063. (803) 771-9800.

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards, LLC
announces that John H. Strom has joined the Columbia office as an associate located at 3710 Landmark Dr., Ste. 109, 29204. (803) 790-8838.

Jon Ozmint
announces the opening of The Ozmint Firm, LLC located at 4406B Forest Dr., Columbia 29206. (803) 782-0042.

Simmons Law Firm, LLC
announces that Derek A. Shoemake has joined the firm located at 1711 Pickens St., Columbia 29201. (803) 779-4600.

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

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

December 4
ADR Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification Meeting, Conference Call
Pro Bono Committee Meeting, Bar Building

December 5
Free legal clinic: Family Law Issues (Columbia)

December 6-7
Middle School Mock Trial State Competition, Marc Westbrook Judicial Center

December 9
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

December 12
Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call

December 13
Dispute Resolution Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
LRE Mock Trial Subcommittee Meeting, Conference Center
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Professional Responsibility Meeting, Bar Building

December 18
Workers' Compensation Committee Meeting, Conference Call

December 19
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

December 20
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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