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March 4, 2014

February 27, 2014

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
March 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. 

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

New CLE publication releases
Beyond the Bar: Greatest Hits by E. Warren Moise
The 2013 Torts Cumulative Supplement by E. Scott Moise and John S. Nichols
S.C. Guardian ad Litem’s Toolkit by Jenny R. Stevens

PMAP Tech Tip
LinkedIn is the most popular social media tool among lawyers. As with other social media profiles, it’s important to secure your account with a strong password and consider limiting the amount of profile information visible to the public.
Read this article for details on changing your privacy settings to limit the amount of personal information in your LinkedIn account that others can view. As for security, even the strongest password is not unhackable. Using two-factor authentication for your LinkedIn account (and other accounts, like Gmail) will give you an extra layer of account security. When you enable this feature, LinkedIn will require a code sent to your phone if you try to log in from an unknown device or computer. Follow these simple instructions for turning on this additional layer of security for LinkedIn. Contact PMAP for free assistance with your law practice at

Insurance Applications Say More Than You Think
In Insurance Applications Say More Than You Think, ALPS Risk Manager Mark Bassingthwaighte explains the importance of a detailed malpractice insurance application and how it can impact the underwriter's decision-making process. 
Read the article and learn how to make the best possible impression during the application process. 

SCCA Form 430S Short Form Financial Declaration 
The Court approved
SCCA Form 430S, Short Form Financial Declaration for use in S.C. family courts. The form shall be used in accordance with Rule 20, SCRFC, and is for use in child support enforcement cases only. 

Public access to Appellate Case Management System expanded
Public access to the
Appellate Case Management System has been expanded to include appeals from the court of general sessions. 

Winter 2014 Bar Foundation Newsletter now available
Winter 2014 Bar Foundation Newsletter is now available. Get to know the 2013 DuRant Award recipient, find out about the new format of Gala 2014 and the special guests that will be attending, and learn five ways to make charitable giving more creative than simply writing a check. Help the Foundation help them by downloading the donor form or making a gift online.

Charlotte School of Law LL.M information session
The Charlotte School of Law is offering an
informational session about its new LL.M. in American Legal Studies, a program for foreign lawyers who already received primary law degrees from universities in their home countries. The event will take place March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlotte School of Law (201 S. College St., 1st Floor, Charlotte 28244). Register online, or contact with questions.

AALL selects HBR Consulting to conduct ROI study
The American Association of Law Libraries announced that HBR Consulting was selected to conduct a research-based study on the importance of law libraries in today’s legal community. Read the complete article

Advance Sheet update
February 26, 2014
Based on the two-issue rule, the S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of the City of Columbia on Horton’s claims for false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and negligence. After finding probable cause existed to arrest Horton, the court affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of the City on the assault and battery claim, finding Horton’s arrest was lawful, and thus, her claim failed as a matter of law.
Horton v. City of Columbia, Op. No. 5200 (S.C. Ct. App. filed February 26, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 8 at 79), is available

In this appeal of a circuit court order granting SLED’s motion for summary judgment, the court reversed, finding the evidence regarding the amount of salary SLED agreed to pay the rehired employees was conflicting and required the reversal of summary judgment on all of the grounds stated in the circuit court’s order. On remand, the court directed the circuit court to make the required determination under Rule 23(d)(1), SCRCP, and to set the case for trial.
Grimsley v. SLED, Op. No. 5201 (S.C. Ct. App. filed February 26, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 8 at 87), is available

In memoriam
Lohman Dale Reiter II, 73, of Sumter died Feb. 9. His Obituary can be found

Firm announcements
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA announces that Toya H. Green has joined the Charleston office as special counsel located at 134 Meeting St., 3rd Floor, 29401. (843) 722-3366.

Law Offices of Wilmot B. Irvin
announces its relocation to 1612 Marion St., Ste. 221, Columbia 29201. (803) 765-0555.

Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, PA
announces that Christopher C. Romeo has joined the firm as an associate located at 15 Middle Atlantic Wharf, Charleston 29401. (843) 937-8000.

Turner Padget Graham & Laney, PA
announces that William H. "Buck" Daniel IV and Patrick D. Quinn have joined the Columbia office located at 1901 Main St., 17th Floor, 29201. (803) 254-2200.

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

March 14
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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

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