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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
March 20, 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.

House of Delegates election results
Congratulations to these members who were recently elected to the House of Delegates for the 2014-2015 Bar year. Terms will begin July 1, 2014.

You're invited
A reception honoring William C. Hubbard, the first S.C. lawyer elected to serve as president of the American Bar Association, will be held in Mr. Hubbard's hometown of Florence on Thursday, April 17, at Victor's Bistro (126 W. Evans St., in the Hotel Florence) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Florence County Bar Association, the S.C. Bar, the Judicial Division of the ABA, and numerous lawyers and firms in the Pee Dee area.

JQC phone interviews regarding judicial candidates
The Judicial Qualifications Committee (JQC) began its calls to the bench and bar on March 17. The information compiled by JQC is not attributed to those interviewed and is used to determine a collective opinion of the candidate. JQC policies provide that committee members complete at least 30 calls per candidate. Participation from Bar members who have experience with any of the candidates is highly encouraged and valued. You may be asked about multiple candidates in order to avoid duplicate calls. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

Application period open for Rule 608 Criminal Conflict contracts
Attorneys interested in contracting with the S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense to provide representation for indigent clients in criminal conflict cases are invited to submit applications for consideration. This notice pertains to all 46 counties in the state. The application and other important information about the contract program can be found 
online. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4, to be considered. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to SCCID. 

Asked and answered: Ten things you need to know about Gala 2014
Gala 2014 is a day away! The Foundation looks forward to seeing you tomorrow, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. As you get ready to enjoy your evening with the Foundation, read the latest blog post for 10 details about Gala 2014 to keep in mind. If you are participating in the separate Nifty Fifty reunion and reception at 5:30 p.m., you should have received a separate e-mail with those details. Contact the Foundation at (803) 765-0517 with questions.

Lawyers 4 Vets Pro Bono Legal Clinic volunteer opportunity
The S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center is partnering with the Veteran Justice Outreach Program at the Dorn VA Medical Center and members of the S.C. Bar to establish a Pro Bono Veterans Legal Clinic. This clinic will connect lower-income veterans with local attorneys who will provide one-on-one pro bono legal advice and/or representation. To learn more about volunteering,
view the brochure or contact Ashley Thomas at

Advance Sheet update
March 19, 2014
In this dispute concerning the transfer of financial assets, the decedent directed his bank to transfer assets in his investment account into another account for his spouse but died before all of the assets were credited to the spouse’s account. On writ of certiorari, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals and held the disputed assets properly belonged to the wife and, thus, were not includible in the decedent’s estate.
In the Matter of the Estate of Rider, Op. No. 27367 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed March 19, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 11 at 21), is available

In this ineffective assistance of counsel case, the Court held the Court of Appeals erred in finding Walker was not prejudiced by his trial counsel’s failure to interview a potential alibi witness. Accordingly, the Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals and affirmed the post-conviction relief court’s grant of relief.
Walker v. State, Op. No. 27368 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed March 19, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 11 at 34), is available

Firm announcements
Devlin and Parkinson, PA announces that Lori E. Jolly has joined the firm as an associate located at 27 Cleveland St., Greenville 29601. (864) 242-4050.

Joseph D. Dickey Jr. announces the opening of Dickey Law Group, LLC located at 1612 Marion St., Ste. 312, Columbia 29201. (803) 380-5575.

March 21
Bar Foundation Gala, The Hall at Senate's End (Columbia)
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 24
Free legal clinics: Wills, Estate and Probate (Batesburg); Real Estate Issues and Foreclosures (Spartanburg)

March 25
Free legal clinics: Criminal Law (Lyman); Family Law (Columbia); Bankruptcy Law (Florence)

March 26
Environment and Natural Resources Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Workers' Compensation Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 27
Free legal clinic: Criminal Law Issues (Columbia)
Tax Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 28
Professional Responsibilitiy Committee Meeting, Bar Building

March 28-29
Battle of the Carolinas High School Mock Trial Competition, Conway

March 31
Free legal clinic: Criminal Law Issues (Spartanburg)

April 2
Memory Hold the Door Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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