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March 6, 2014

March 05, 2014

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

Ward named 2014 Pro Bono Award winner
The S.C. Bar will bestow the 2014 Pro Bono Award upon Sharon Young Ward of Charleston for her contributions to meeting the civil legal needs of citizens who cannot afford the services of an attorney. The award will be presented during the S.C. Bar Foundation Gala on March 21 at The Hall at Senate’s End in Columbia. Learn more about Ms. Ward's pro bono work in
this release.

Electronic ballots for House of Delegates elections
Electronic ballots have been distributed for delegates to the House of Delegates in the 1st, 5th, 7th, 9th and 15th Circuits as well as for the Out of State Delegate. Ballots were sent to e-mail address on file with the Attorney Information System in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 21, from If your address on file is in one of these circuits or is out of state and you did not receive a ballot, please check your spam filter and junk folder. If after checking you still do not have a ballot, contact Tara Caine at and your ballot will be resent. Ballots must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 17.

Help Cinderella get to the ball
The 2014 YLD Cinderella Project is underway! The annual project provides gently worn formal, bridesmaid and prom dresses, evening bags, jewelry, shoes and other accessories to young women who lack the financial resources to buy these items for their high school proms. Donations are still being accepted in Anderson, Columbia, Greenwood and Orangeburg. Visit for details.

Can't-miss CLE seminars
Family Court Mediation Training is a fully interactive, hands-on training session providing all the tools you need to be an effective, ethical, certified family mediator in court-connected and other family and probate cases in South Carolina. Topics include conflict and conflict resolution, communication and negotiation, family dynamics in separation and divorce, and much more.
Paralegals and the Secrets of Law Firm Profitability and Efficiency is catered toward attorneys interested in evolving the scope of their paralegals' abilities and any paralegals looking to advance their legal knowledge. Come as a team to learn the secrets of efficiency and profitability and how to get a head start on saving money for your law firm.
The “Modern Family”: The Fundamentals of Representing LBGT Clients provides answers to various questions in this emerging area of practice. Learn how to navigate the often complex challenges that many of your lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients will face in the years to come.

Wanted: Your photos for the South Carolina Lawyer magazine!
Check out pages 46-47 of the March issue of South Carolina Lawyer for photos of your colleagues in action. We want to hear from you, too! Send an "action" photo of your community service or pro bono work to for inclusion in an upcoming issue.

March Bar Foundation grantee activities
As preparation for
Gala 2014 continues, let’s not forget the many activities of Bar Foundation grantees this month: the High School Mock Trial State Competition, the Law School for Non-Lawyers programs and a multitude of substantive area legal clinics. View the full list of events for dates, locations and appropriate contact personnel. Help the Bar Foundation help them by downloading the donor form or making a gift online.

Member disbarred
By order of 
March 5 the Court disbarred Phillip Earle Williams for misconduct including failure to safekeep property and making a false statement of a material fact to a tribunal. The Court imposed additional conditions as set forth in the agreement for discipline.

Member suspensions
By order of
March 4 the Court placed Frank Barnwell McMaster on interim suspension.

By order of
March 5 the Court placed Daniel Nathan Hughey on interim suspension.

By order of
March 5 the Court placed John Kevin Owens on interim suspension. Peyre Thomas Lumpkin was appointed as receiver. 

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 13
Board of Governors 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) 

March 18
Legal Research Benefit Analysis Meeting, Bar Building

March 20
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

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