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December 17, 2013

December 12, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
December 17, 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 class selected
The following Bar members have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Leadership Academy: Lee Ellen Bagley (Columbia), Joshua Barr (Sumter), Mitchell Byrd (Greer), Jamie Cade (Charleston), Charles Crawford (Atlanta), Leslie Fisk (Greenwood), Evan Guthrie (Charleston), Elizabeth Hamilton (Charleston), Trip Lehn (Greenville), Jason Luck (Charleston), Lindsey McGee (Charleston), Chris Moore (Barnwell), Elizabeth Owen (York), Laura Paton (Charleston), Caleb Riser (Columbia), Jenny Stevens (Spartanburg), Kate Usry (Lexington) and Shawn Willis (Charleston). The purpose of the Leadership Academy is to enhance the professional growth and leadership skills of members of the Bar to prepare them for greater contributions to the legal profession and the community. This sixth installment of the Academy will kick off on Jan. 25 at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Please join in congratulating our newest Academy members!

Call for Nominations
The terms of all members of the House of Delegates from odd-numbered circuits will expire June 30, 2014. Regular members in good standing whose office address is in an odd‑numbered judicial circuit may be nominated as Circuit Delegate by a petition signed by 10 or more Regular members in good standing in the same circuit. A nominating petition can be found online. Completed petitions should be submitted to Tara G. Caine, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202, e-mailed to or faxed to (803) 799-4118 and must be received on or before Jan. 15, 2014.

Give the gift of time this season!
The S.C. Bar Mock Trial Program needs volunteers for its 2014 High School Mock Trial competitions. Attorney volunteers are needed to serve as presiding judges and scoring judges and are eligible to receive pro bono credit for their hours dedicated to the program. The competition dates are: Feb. 22 (Conway, Greenville, Lexington and N. Charleston) and March 7-8 (Columbia). Spread the holiday cheer this year and help students learn about the legal system while perfecting their trial role playing skills. Sign up online, or contact Cynthia Cothran at or (803) 252-5139 for more information.

Senate legislation prefiled Dec. 17, 2013
Legislation to be considered during the 2014 Legislative Session was prefiled in the Senate today. Legislative monitoring services are provided by Bar staff to keep members abreast of proposed and pending legislation. In addition, legislative reports are regularly provided through section and committee listserves, via E-Blast and also on the Bar’s website. For more information on legislative program services or specific legislative matters, contact Kali Campbell Turner at (803) 576-3776 or The second regular session of the 120th S.C. General Assembly will convene on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

2014 S.C. Bar Convention highlights
The early-bird opportunity may have passed, but there's still time to register for the Convention! The cut-off for all mail-in and online registrations is Monday, Jan. 6. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the Plenary Luncheon featuring Chief Justice Jean Toal and William Hubbard, the first ABA President-Elect from South Carolina. Plus, check out the Convention sponsor spotlight:

PMAP Tech Tip
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January Cole scholarships include Convention scholarships—Applications due Dec. 31
Applications for Ronnie M. Cole Scholarships for January seminars are due Dec. 31. For this application period, the Foundation will award up to 10 full scholarships to the 2014 S.C. Bar Convention at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Though the scholarship will be paid 100 percent, the applicant’s income level will be considered. The scholarship will only cover the cost of registration and will not include travel to/from the Convention site, accommodations or ticketed social events. Download the application and submit it to Juliana Sobey.

Mark W. Buyck Jr. named 2013 DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award recipient
The S.C. Bar Foundation Board of Directors announces that Mark W. Buyck Jr. has been named the 2013 DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award recipient. Buyck is a partner at Willcox, Buyck & Williams, PA in Florence. The Foundation will bestow this honor on Jan. 24 during the S.C. Bar Convention’s Plenary Luncheon. To attend the celebration of this most deserving member of the legal profession, register for the Bar Convention and purchase a luncheon ticket. Tribute gifts commemorating the occasion can be sent to the Foundation at P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202 or made online. Simply note that the gift is in honor of Mr. Buyck.

In memoriam
John Furman Daniel Jr., 61, of Greenville died November 11, 2013. His obituary can be found here.

Firm announcements
Law Offices of Ferrene & Associates, PA announces that Mary Anne Caywood has joined the firm as an associate located at 19 Shelter Cove Ln., Ste. 105, Hilton Head Island 29928. (843) 785-5184.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP announces that Sam Outten has joined the Greenville office located at 104 S. Main St., Ste. 900, 29601. (864) 250-2299.

December 18
Workers' Compensation Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

December 19
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

December 20
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

January 3
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Conference Center

January 8
Professional Liability Committee Meeting, Bar Building

January 9
We the People ... the Citizen and the Constitution Competition, Columbia College

January 10
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

January 17
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Lawyers in Transition Task Force Meeting, Bar Building

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