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February 4, 2014

January 30, 2014

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
February 4, 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. 

YLD mock trial experience
The YLD Professional Development Committee is sponsoring a civil mock trial experience for YLD members on Friday, April 4. Teams of two young lawyers will try a civil case in front of a panel of seasoned trial attorneys who will provide helpful feedback. To register,
complete the application and return it to Morgan Crouch at by Feb. 7. For more information, contact Allison Sullivan at

You be the judge!
LRE is seeking attorney volunteers to serve as presiding and scoring judges for the upcoming High School Mock Trial Regional Competitions on Satuday, Feb. 22, in Conway, Greenville and Lexington. Sign up online, or contact Cynthia Cothran at or (803) 252-5139 for more information.

Changes to Annotated S.C. Rules of Professional Conduct website
New updates have been added to the Annotated S.C. Rules of Professional Conduct 2013 Edition
website. Updates include supplements through Dec. 31, 2013; Advance Sheets coverage from Feb. 20 through Dec. 31, 2013; Ethics Advisory Opinions 13-02 through 13-09; and ABA Formal Opinions 464 and 465.

PMAP Tech Tip
Are you considering moving part of your practice “to the cloud?” Attend the free PMAP webinar,
Cloud 101, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at noon to find out if a cloud-based solution is best for your firm. This presentation will discuss options and key considerations to have in mind when moving “to the cloud.” The webinar will be 30-45 minutes and is limited to 50 participants. Register today! Contact PMAP for free assistance with your law practice at

Computer virus warning
If you receive an e-mail with a Google Docs attachment, call the sender and verify the legitimacy of the transmission. A "bomb" virus is circulating via hacked e-mail servers, and the hack has included some S.C. Bar members.

Gala sponsorship deadline extended to Feb. 14
The deadline for Gala 2014 sponsorships has been extended to Feb. 14! Thank you to those firms and individuals who made early commitments to support Gala 2014, including Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP (presenting sponsor); Collins & Lacy, PC (event+ sponsor); and Hamilton Martens Ballou & Carroll, LLC (platinum sponsor). This year’s event will be held at The Hall at Senate’s End (320 Senate St., Columbia). The party kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with honorary Chair former Gov. Richard W. Riley and will include cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, fellowship and music. The Foundation will honor the Nifty Fifty of the S.C. Bar (class of 1964), the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year and the Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Lawyer of the Year, and pay special tribute to Judge Marc Westbrook. To view the benefits of becoming a sponsor of Gala 2014, download the sponsorship form.

Bar president urges wellness
President Alice Paylor and her husband Kit support increased awareness about a health concern which should receive increased publicity. Please see the article in the Charleston Post and Courier. In addition, as previously announced in E-Blast, the Bar has launched Sustained. For more information on support efforts for Bar members facing serious medical issues, click here.

Advance Sheet update
January 29, 2014

In this appeal from the post-conviction relief (PCR) court, Sullivan alleged his trial counsel was ineffective for not making a sufficient request to the trial court to include language from State v. Burriss, 334 S.C. 256, 513 S.E.2d 104 (1999), in the jury charge on involuntary manslaughter. Because there was no evidence that Sullivan fired the gun unintentionally, the S.C. Court of Appeals determined Sullivan was not entitled to an involuntary manslaughter charge. Thus, Sullivan was not prejudiced by any alleged error of his trial counsel. Accordingly, the court affirmed the ruling of the PCR court.
Sullivan v. State, Op. No. 5190 (S.C. Ct. App. filed January 29, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 4 at 21), is available

In this workers’ compensation dispute, the court determined the circuit court erred in reversing the Appellate Panel’s determination that Carter did not suffer a change of condition. The court affirmed the circuit court’s reversal of the Appellate Panel’s modification of the Commissioner’s decision governing Carter’s future medical care and treatment. Given its resolution of the abovementioned issues, the court concluded the employer’s remaining issues on appeal were moot.
Carter v. Verizon Wireless, Op. No. 5191 (S.C. Ct. App. filed January 29, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 4 at 26), is available

Kinard challenged a Master-in-Equity’s order that declined to enjoin the respondents from leasing their property to a third party for the purpose of horse grazing. The court reversed the master’s decision and remanded for entry of an order permanently enjoining the respondents from leasing their property for any purpose other than residential housing.
Kinard v. Richardson, Op. No. 5192 (S.C. Ct. App. filed January 29, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 4 at 35), is available

Interim suspension
By order of January 27 the Court placed William Thomas Moody on interim suspension. Robert W. Maring is the trustee.

Firm announcements
McNair Law Firm, PA announces the closing of the Anderson office and that Tom Martin, Doug Gray, Reggie Gay and Brad Thomas have relocated to the Greenville office located at 104 S. Main St., Ste. 700, 29601, (864) 271-4940. The firm also announces that Josh Dixon and Hal Frampton have joined the Charleston office located at 100 Calhoun St., Ste. 400, 29401, (843) 723-7831.

Rosen Law Firm, LLC announces that Corey T. Smith has joined the firm located at 18 Broad St., Ste. 201, Charleston 29401. (843) 377-1700. 

Wiles Law Firm, LLC announces that Alex Dorobantu has joined the firm as an associate located at 184 E. Bay St., Ste. 103, Charleston 29401. (843) 718-0232.

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

February 17
Free legal clinics: End of Life Issues (Myrtle Beach); Wills, Estate and Probate (Columbia)

February 18
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estate and Probate Issues (Lyman)

February 19
Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section Council Meeing, Conference Call

February 20
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

February 21
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

February 21-22
Board of Governors Meeting, Asheville

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