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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
February 25, 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. 

Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met February 21 in Asheville.

The Board approved a recommendation to oppose the Federal Accrual Tax Proposal. For more information about the tax proposal and how it will impact law firms, click here.

The Board reaffirmed its current Legislative Flexibility Rule that allows for the Bar lobbyist, in the event the Bar has adopted a position on a specific piece of legislation, to support or oppose amendments to legislation consistent with those principles.

The Board approved a request to support proposed legislation regarding false liens.

The Board approved a request from the ABA to support restoration of the Magna Carta memorial.

Compliance reporting deadline is Monday
Pursuant to Rule 408, SCACR, attorneys must file their 2013-2014 compliance reports with the Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization on or before March 1, 2014. Reports are considered to be timely filed if they are received or postmarked by Monday, March 3; reports postmarked after March 3 must include a late fee. More than 65 percent of Bar members have not yet filed their reports and established compliance with the mandatory CLE requirements. Compliance reports showing sufficient credit hours, along with the filing fee, should be mailed to the Commission at P.O. Box 2138, Columbia, SC 29202. Compliance reports and fees may also be hand-delivered (or overnighted) to the Commission’s office located at 950 Taylor St., Ste. 120, Columbia 29201. Questions should be directed to the Commission at (803) 799-5578 or

Legislative report
See what happened last week in the
Weekly Legislative Report! Updates are posted every Friday throughout the legislative session. For questions regarding pending legislation, contact Lindsey Pitts at

Bar members receive discount on ABA TECHSHOW registration
ABA TECHSHOW 2014, to be held in Chicago March 27-29, offers more than 50 educational sessions focused on the latest technology tools, tips and strategies for lawyers who want to stay abreast of "what's next" and use technology to deliver more efficient client service. S.C. Bar members receive a discount by registering online and using Event Promoter Code EP1410.

PMAP Tech Tip
recently released a security update for its mobile operating system, iOS, to fix a dangerous security flaw that leaves iPhone and iPad users open to attack. Users are particularly susceptible on public wi-fi, as the vulnerability allows hackers to intercept communications such as e-mail and login information. If you’re using an iPad or iPhone, check your settings for a software update from Apple. The vulnerability also affects Mac computers and this afternoon, Apple released a patch for Mac computers to deal with the same security flaw. Contact PMAP for free assistance with your law practice at

Thank you to Gala 2014 sponsors!
The S.C. Bar Foundation thanks the many individuals and firms that have committed to supporting
Gala 2014. Some sponsors have taken the time to share why being part of this event is so important; “Like” the Bar Foundation on Facebook to hear why. There is still time to join this dedicated group of Foundation supporters. Download the sponsorship form and return it via e-mail to Help us help them by downloading the donor form or making a gift online.

Advance Sheet update
February 19, 2014
Scott appealed his murder conviction, asserting the trial court erred by not charging involuntary manslaughter because, under his version of the facts, he unintentionally caused the victim’s death when he lawfully, but recklessly, performed a martial arts move in self-defense. The S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed, finding no basis to conclude Scott acted recklessly in defending himself because the circumstances Scott alleged to be reckless are the same circumstances that justified his use of force.
State v. Scott, Op. No. 5199 (S.C. Ct. App. filed February 19, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 7 at 14), is available
Judge Pieper dissented in a separate opinion.

Court orders
The Court on February 19 placed Robert Paul Taylor on interim suspension. Peyre Thomas Lumpkin is the trustee.

The Court on February 21 removed Mary Butler Workman from the roll of attorneys as she no longer met the requirements of Rule 405, SCACR.

By orders dated February 21 the Court accepted the resignations from the Bar of Christopher F. Allison Jr., Charles V.B. Cushman, Frederick Carlos Lamar and Brad Allen Oliver.

Firm announcements
Barry L. Johnson, PA
announces that it is now Johnson Davis Ward, PA and that Hutson S. Davis Jr. and Jason W. Ward have become shareholders in the firm located at 10 Pinckney Colony Rd., Ste. 200, Bluffton 29909. (843) 815-7121.

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC 
announce its merger with Sherwood M. Cleveland, PC to form the banking and commercial finance practice group located at 1812 Lincoln St., Columbia 29201. (803) 404-6900.

Harvey & Battey, PA
announces that J. Sam Scoville has been named a partner in the firm located at 1001 Craven St., Beaufort 29901. (843) 524-3109.

Lewis, Babcock & Griffin, LLP announces that J. Ryan Heiskell has been named a partner in the firm located at 1513 Hampton St., Columbia 29201. (803) 771-8000.

Moses Law Group, LLC
announces its relocation to 1030 Stevens Creek Rd., Ste. 140, Augusta, GA 30907-3204. (706) 860-8030.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
announces that Chantelle Lytle has joined the Columbia office as an associate located at 1320 Main St., 17th Floor, 29201. (803) 799-2000.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources announces that Shannon Furr Bobertz has been appointed chief counsel and V. Craig Jones has joined the agency as assistant chief counsel located at 1000 Assembly St., Columbia 29201. (803) 734-4006.

Thrive IP announces that Ben Klosowski has joined the firm located at 5401 Netherby Ln., Ste. 102A, N. Charleston 29420. (864) 834-8429.

February 27
Free legal clinic: Landlord/Tenant Law (Columbia)
Military and Veterans' Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

February 28
S.C. Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Bar Building
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Conference Center

March 3
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (Spartanburg)

March 6
Community Association Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

March 7
ADR Commission Meeting, Conference Center
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Education Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

March 7-8
Senior Lawyers Division Retreat, Mills House (Charleston)

March 10
Free legal clinic: Criminal Law Issues (Pacolet)

March 11
Free legal clinic: Magistrate Court Issues (Lyman); Wills, Estate and Probate (Myrtle Beach)
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 12
Real Estate Practices Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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