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February 6, 2014

February 05, 2014

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
February 6, 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. 

Judicial elections
Judicial elections were held Feb. 5, 2014. Congratulations to the
judges listed here who were elected and re-elected by the General Assembly.

Judicial vacancies
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission is accepting applications for the judicial offices listed on this media release. Correspondence and questions should be directed to the Judicial Merit Selection Commission: Jane O. Shuler, Chief Counsel, P.O. Box 142, Columbia, SC 29202, (803) 212-6629. The Commission will not accept applications after noon on Monday, March 10. For more information, click here.

LRS Annual Case Reports due Feb. 21
LRS members: Friday, Feb. 21, is the last day to submit your Annual Case Report, together with any percentage fees due. Contact Joan Brown at or (803) 799-6653, ext. 138 with questions.

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. 12. For more information, contact Allison Sullivan at

Hubbard speaks to members at S.C. Bar Convention
ABA President-Elect William C. Hubbard delivered remarks at the S.C. Bar Convention Plenary Luncheon in January on the importance of public service and the responsibilities of the S.C. Bar. Read the complete speech

Tribute listings now viewable online
The S.C. Bar Foundation will now be listing its
tribute gifts online in addition to the quarterly newsletter, Foundation Brief. Individuals and firms that make gifts in honor or memory of a colleague or friend of the Bar will have their gifts publicized here. Listings will be updated periodically with a cumulative list being maintained as well. Support the Heart of the Bar by honoring a colleague today or memorializing them tomorrow. Make your gift here.

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals summaries
Members of the South Carolina Law Review have summarized newly published cases from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The summaries can be found

Advance Sheet update
February 5, 2014
The S.C. Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Administrative Law Court, finding certain tourism-related expenditures did not comply with the S.C. Accommodations Tax Act. Accordingly, the Court reinstated the Tourism Expenditure Review Committee’s certification of noncompliance.
City of Myrtle Beach v. Tourism Expenditure Review Committee, Op. No. 27356 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed February 5, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 5 at 17), is available online
Justice Hearn dissented in a separate opinion in which Justice Beatty concurred.

Firm announcements
Francis Marion University announces that Jonathan P. Edwards has joined the staff as general counsel located at 111 Stokes Administration Bldg., Florence 29502. (843) 661-1362.

Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC announces that Robert Bryan Barnes was re-elected to the board as chair; Cynthia Durham Blair and Kristine L. Cato were elected as board members; and James K. “Jake” Cluverius Jr., Sean M. Foerster and Joseph “Joe” W. Thompson IV were elected as shareholders of the firm located at 220 Executive Center Dr., Columbia 29210. (803) 771-7900. 


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 Meeting, 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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