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December 19, 2013

December 17, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
December 19, 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 Dec. 24-25 for Christmas. E-Blast will not be distributed Thursday, Dec. 26, but will resume its regular schedule on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Help pets in your community
The S.C. Bar Animal Law Committee is collecting items for its first-ever 2013 Holiday Pet Food Drive. Items will be collected through Dec. 31 and donated to pet food pantries and animal shelters throughout the state. Find the complete list of supplies needed, drop off locations and contact information

Fulfill your required CLE hours at the Convention
Did you know? Your annual
S.C. Bar Convention is the only event where you can earn an entire year’s worth of required CLE credit hours! This year we’re offering 26 outstanding CLE seminars, and with the March 1 compliance deadline just around the corner, how can you afford to pass up such a great opportunity? Plus, check out the Convention sponsor spotlight:

Rule 1.19: Succession Planning
Succession Planning Rule recently adopted by the Supreme Court encourages lawyers to prepare a succession plan and designate a successor attorney. If you have chosen a successor attorney, please submit his/her name(s) to the Bar in the section of your license fee statement titled “Rule 1.19 Succession Planning.” If you do not have successor attorneys, leave the form blank. In addition to your license fee statement, you can also use this form to submit the name(s) of your successor(s). For more information on succession planning, including sample forms, go to the PMAP Winding Down page or e-mail

Certification of Indigent Representation
By order of Dec. 17 the Court approved SCCA Form 236, Certification of Indigent Representation Pursuant to Rule 3(b)(2), SCRCP, for use in S.C. Circuit Courts and Family Courts. The order provides for waiver of filing fees. Read the complete order and find the form 

Disposition of cases in General Sessions in the 13th Judicial Circuit
The Court directs that in each General Sessions case arising before the various Magistrates and Municipal Courts of the county, the procedure
outlined in the order of Dec. 12 shall be followed.

Observation status: What does it mean for Medicare recipients?
Did you know: Patients who are in a hospital facility but are designated as "under observation" rather than formally admitted face higher costs while in the hospital and receive no coverage under traditional Medicare for post-hospital rehabilitation in skilled nursing facilities.
Read this ABA article to learn more about observation status, why it is used and how you can help clients in this situation.

2013 Bar Foundation annual report: The beat goes on
The 2013 Bar Foundation annual report is now available. Celebrate the grantees and donors that kept the HEART of the Bar going strong by reading the report. Don’t see your name or wish to end 2013 with another gift? For any gift to get to be counted in 2013 (for IRS purposes), it must be in the Foundation office by closing on Dec. 31 or in the mail with a 2013 postmark. Help us help them by downloading our donor form or making a gift online.

Advance Sheet update
December 18, 2013
In this workers' compensation case, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals' finding that Shatto was not an employee of McLeod Regional Medical Center and remanded the matter to the Court of Appeals for a determination of whether the petitioner's injuries are compensable. The Court found that evidence preponderated in favor of the petitioner, as McLeod exercised actual direct control over Shatto’s work, provided all the equipment necessary for her to do her job and had the right to terminate her if her work was unsatisfactory.
Shatto v. McLeod Regional Medical Center, Op. No. 27341 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed December 18, 2013) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 53 at 16), is available
Justice Hearn concurred in result only.

Member discipline
By order of December 19 the Court placed 
William Franklin Warren III on interim suspension. Dan A. Collins was appointed trustee.

Firm announcements
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA announces that Amy F. Bower has joined the Charleston office located at 134 Meeting St., 3rd Floor, 29401. (843) 720-4475.

Moore and Van Allen, PLLC announces that Lesley A. Firestone has joined the Charleston office located at 78 Wentworth St., 29401. (843) 579-7027.

Richardson Plowden Robinson, PA announces that Bruce “Brucie” Hendricks Smith has joined the Myrtle Beach office located at 2103 Farlow St., 29577. (843) 448-1008.

John L. Sherrill announces his retirement from the practice of law. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Sherrill & Janes, PA will be known as Janes Law Firm, PA with Anne E. Janes and M. Elizabeth Pitcher as the attorneys, located at 1500 Hwy. 17 N., Unit 301, Surfside Beach 29575.


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

January 23
Board of Governors Meeting, The Sanctuary (Kiawah Island)
House of Delegates Meeting, The Sanctuary (Kiawah Island)

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