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January 14, 2014

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January 14, 2014
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at Click here for the most recent CLE Edition, which highlights upcoming CLE opportunities. 

Don’t leave these tickets out of your Bar Convention packet!
2014 S.C. Bar Convention goers: The one ticket you don’t want to leave out of your registration packet is your ticket to Town Theatre’s production of
Always … Patsy Cline. Join the S.C. Bar Foundation Jan. 25 for hors d'oeuvres, beverages, desserts and an evening with Patsy Cline and her comedic side kick, Louise Segar. Watch a preview of the show, then purchase your tickets online or by calling (803) 765-0517.

We the People winners announced
Carolina Forest High School and Dent Middle School won the S.C. Bar Law Related Education Division’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competitions on Jan. 9. The win marks Carolina Forest High School’s fifth state title. LRE thanks the following attorney volunteers who helped make the state competitions a success: Stephen Cox, Steve Davidson, Lynne Farr, Evan Gessner, Emily Harrill, Hon. Alex Macaulay, Robin McLean, Timothy Murphy, Kevin Pratt, Tiffany Richardson, Eric Ruschky, Sarah Smith and Ericka Williams. Read the complete release and see photos of the winning teams 

Memory Hold the Door Ceremony schedule change
Due to scheduling conflicts, the Memory Hold the Door Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23, at the S.C. Bar Convention will begin at 5:15 p.m. to accommodate CLE seminars. As a reminder, the ceremony will be held in the Grand Oaks Ballroom at the Sanctuary.

You're invited!
Join your fellow Bar members and legislators for an evening of cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres at the 
2014 Legislative Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Capitol Center (1201 Main St., Columbia). RSVP to Lindsey Pitts at (803) 576-3837 or by Jan. 17.

HOD nominations due tomorrow
The terms of all members of the House of Delegates from odd-numbered circuits and the two out-of-state delegates will expire June 30, 2014. Regular, Judicial Staff and Limited License (405 or 414) members in good standing whose office addresses are in odd‑numbered judicial circuits may be nominated as Circuit Delegate by a petition signed by 10 or more Regular, Judicial Staff and Limited License (405 or 414) members in good standing in the same circuit. Regular members in good standing whose office addresses are out-of-state may be nominated as an Out-of-State Delegate by a petition signed by 10 or more Regular members in good standing residing within or without the state. Nominating petitions can be found 
online. Completed petitions should be mailed 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. 

2014 S.C. Bar Convention highlights
Registration for the 
2014 S.C. Bar Convention is now closed, but it’s not too late! Register at the door and join us for another exciting Convention. Check out the list of 26 exceptional CLE seminars being held this year, including the Senior Lawyers Division session on legal pricing. Plus, take a minute to check out the Convention sponsor spotlight:

Help Cinderella get to the ball
The 2014 YLD Cinderella Project is underway! The annual project provides gently worn formal, bridesmaid and prom dresses, evening bags, jewelry, shoes and other accessories to young women who lack the financial resources to buy these items for their high school prom. Donation sites in Aiken, Anderson, Columbia, Greenville, Greenwood and Orangeburg are
posted online.

PMAP Practice Pointer
The average attorney spends much of the work day staring at a computer, tablet or smartphone screen. Eye doctors caution that
all of that screen time may put users at risk for increasing myopia (nearsightedness) and may even lead to long-term problems such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to protect your eyes from strain. For every 20 minutes you spend looking at your computer screen, try to remember to look into the distance for 20 seconds to give your eyes a break. Read this article for more tips to reduce computer-related eye strain. PMAP is free practice management advice for Bar members. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

Application period open for remaining Rule 608 civil contracts
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 civil contracts in designated counties identified on the 
SCCID website. The link for the application and other important information about the contract program is located on the front page of All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2014, to be considered. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to SCCID.

Internship program
Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in legal studies or an associate's degree in paralegal studies at South University are required to engage in an internship at a law firm or place of business that performs legal work, during which they are expected to work at least 120 hours. If you are interested in having a student intern with your firm, contact April N. Vance at (803) 935-4329 or

Bar admission Rule amended
By order of
January 6 the Court amended Rule 402(i), SCACR, to address prohibited items at the Bar Examination and removal of testing materials.

Advance Sheet update
January 8, 2014
In this appeal arising out of the defective construction of an apartment complex, Professional Plastering & Stucco, Inc. (Professional) appealed, inter alia, a jury verdict in favor of the respondents on the claims of negligence and breach of warranty of workmanlike service, as well as the trial judge’s grant of summary judgment in Professional’s cross-claim against its subcontractor APS, Unlimited, Inc. (APS). With respect to the jury verdict, the S.C. Court of Appeals reversed and ordered a new trial, finding the trial court’s failure to qualify Professional’s witness as an expert and the resulting exclusion of his testimony constituted a prejudicial, reversible error. The court also reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of APS after it determined Professional was not required to have a license under the applicable statutory chapter, and thus, S.C. Code Section 40-11-370(C) did not preclude Professional from bringing a claim against APS.
Teseniar v. Professional Plastering & Stucco, Inc., Op. No. 5188 (S.C. Ct. App. filed January 8, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 1 at 124), is available

Member resignations
By orders of January 13 the Court accepted the resignations from the Bar of Jonathan Paul Dyer, Adrian C. Polit, Christine L. Poston, Kathleen M. Spann, Alan J. York and Laura Beth Corless York.

Firm announcements
Edward M. Brown announces the relocation of Edward M. Brown and Associates to 4000 Faber Place, Ste. 300, Charleston 29405. (843) 577-7363.

The Cummings Law Firm, LLC
 announces that Mitchell E. Farley has become of counsel to the firm located at 100 S. Main St., Ste. B, Summerville 29484. (843) 821-9999.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA announces that Bachman S. Smith IV has been elected a shareholder in the Charleston office located at 134 Meeting St., 3rd Floor, 29401. (843) 722-3366.

South University announces that April N. Vance has joined the school as program director for legal and paralegal studies located at 9 Science Ct., Columbia 29203. (803) 935-4329.

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC announces that Amy Hill has become a member of the firm located at 1310 Gadsden St., Columbia 29201. (803) 929-1400.

Young Clement Rivers, LLP announces that E. Courtney Gruber, Christine K. Toporek, Brian L. Quisenberry and Jeffrey J. Wiseman have been named partners in the Charleston office located at 25 Calhoun St., Ste. 400, 29401. (843) 577-4000.


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

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

January 31
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Law Related Education Committee Meeting, Bar Building

February 3
Free legal clinic: Family Law (Pacolet)

February 10
Free legal clinic: Family Law (Spartanburg)

February 11
Free legal clinics: Wills, Estates and Probate (Landrum); End of Life Issues (Myrtle Beach)

February 14
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

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