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January 28, 2014

January 24, 2014

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
January 28, 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. 

CLE seminars postponed
Due to the prospect of inclement weather, the CLE Division has postponed the following seminars: Search, Seizures, Arrests and Evidence, originally scheduled for Jan. 28 (new seminar date: Thursday, Feb. 6, 4-6 p.m.); and Greenwood Nit, Grit and Wit, originally scheduled for Jan. 29 (new seminar date: Thursday, Feb. 6, 8:30–10:30 a.m.) Contact with questions. Please note the CLE Edition of E-Blast will not be distributed tomorrow, but will resume its regular schedule Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Judicial closings due to inclement weather
Due to the forecasted snow accumulation accompanied by ice throughout most of South Carolina, Chief Justice Toal directed 
these counties (and municipalities contained therein) close court operations Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Lawyers Helping Lawyers launches Sustained program

The S.C. Bar is proud to
unveil a new program for Bar members who are coping with the challenge of illness and the impact it has on their personal and professional lives. Sustained will pair these attorneys with a lawyer who has experienced a similar challenge, as it is helpful to talk to a colleague who understands how to navigate the challenge of illness while practicing. If you have been affected by the challenge of illness, or if you are willing to volunteer to help others new to the challenge and share your experience and support, please contact Beth Padgett, Assistant Director of Lawyers Helping Lawyers, at (803) 576-3801 or Members willing to become a part of the Sustained Network are assured of confidentially. Contact information will be provided only to a requesting fellow Bar member who may need your assistance.

Retired Chief Justice Harwell recognized for leadership in dispute resolution
Retired Chief Justice David W. Harwell was recognized for his leadership in the field of alternative dispute resolution on Thursday, Jan. 23, in conjunction with the annual S.C. Bar Convention. Justice Harwell is special counsel to The Bell Legal Group in Georgetown and is a fellow in the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.

Stepp honored with Trial and Appellate Advocacy Award
Bobby Stepp of Columbia received the S.C. Bar Trial and Appellate Advocacy Award during the 2014 Bar Convention on Kiawah Island. Stepp is a founding member of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC and is a fellow of the American College Trial Lawyers. The award recognizes S.C. lawyers who demonstrate substantial dedication to the furtherance of the art and techniques of trial and appellate advocacy; display exceptional skill and conduct; and spend significant time and effort to educate and train attorneys in the areas of trial and appellate advocacy.

Call for nominations
The following S.C. Bar Sections are accepting nominations for the positions listed. For additional information and nomination instructions, click the Section titles below:
Torts and Insurance Practices Section: Secretary and two general Council Member seats
Workers' Compensation Section: Secretary and two general Council Member seats
Real Estate Practices Section: Secretary and two general Council Member seats

ABOTA Masters in Trial
Educating lawyers in the art of trial advocacy is a primary goal of the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Rather than a “Do As I Say” approach, the Masters in Trial takes a “Do As I Do” approach. Register for
ABOTA Masters in Trial on Feb. 7 at the USC School of Law, a mock trial demonstration—presented before the Hon. Mary Geiger Lewis, U.S. District Court Judge—that will include witnesses, experts, courtroom visuals and even a jury who will render a verdict. Watch a preview of the seminar online.

PMAP Practice Pointer
In South Carolina, when we think of natural disasters we think of hurricanes. But cold weather can cause major problems for you and your law practice, too. We all know that when the temperature dips below freezing, water pipes in your home may burst. But don’t forget to also take precautions for the pipes in your law office! Water damage from a burst pipe could cost your practice thousands of dollars in equipment and structural damage, not to mention the risk to client files. Now is a good time to review and update your firm’s plan for dealing with business interruptions. Visit the Bar’s
Disaster Preparedness page for resources and articles. You may request a free copy of Prepare, the Bar’s guide to disaster preparedness, by e-mailing Be sure to include your mailing address. For more information, call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or 118.

Need help staying warm today? Read this week’s Tuesday Tale!
Need help staying warm today? This week's Tuesday Tale is sure to warm your heart. Read how a Bar Foundation grant was able to help Stacy keep her home and ensure it would remain in her family for years to come. Help us help them by downloading our donor form or making a gift online.

Member resignations
By orders of January 22 the Court accepted the resignations from the Bar of Stacy R. Biggart, Thomas Patrick Keeler and Victoria Twiford Roach.

Member dropped
The Court has removed Robert Lewis Davis as a Rule 405 member of the Bar.

In memoriam
David Lynn Freeman, 89, of Greenville died January 24. Mr. Freeman was President of the S.C. Bar Association (predecessor to the S.C. Bar) in 1971. His obituary can be found

Firm announcements
The Law Offices of Fleet Freeman, LLC announces that Susan Elizabeth Santilli has joined the firm as an associate located at 941 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Ste. 204, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 216-0009.

McNair Law Firm, PA
announces that Michael Beal has been selected to lead the Columbia office located at 1221 Main St., Ste. 1800, 29201. (803) 799-9800.

Moore & Van Allen, PLLC
announces that Jessica L. Jones has joined the Charleston office located at 78 Wentworth St., 29401. (843) 579-7000.

Robinson McFadden and Moore, PC
announces that Kevin K. Bell has been re-elected president, Bonnie D. Shealy has been re-elected vice president and R. William Metzger Jr. has been elected director of the firm located at 1901 Main St., Ste. 1200, Columbia 29201. (803) 779-8900.

Young Clement Rivers, LLP announces that Stephanie N. Ramia has joined the Charleston office as an associate located at 25 Calhoun St., Ste. 400, 29401. (843) 577-4000.

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

February 3
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Free legal clinic: Family Law (Pacolet)

February 7
International Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

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
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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