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April 1, 2014

March 27, 2014

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
April 1, 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.

YLD celebrates Law Week 2014
Each year, YLD holds a number of public service projects throughout the state during the first week of May in observance of Community Law Week. YLD is gearing up for this year’s event, which will include the Cocky’s Reading Express program, Ask-A-Lawyer phone banks and web chats, and a statewide blood drive. Information will be added to as it becomes available.

PMAP Tech Tip
It’s finally here—Microsoft released Office for iPad! You can now download the Microsoft Office app suite, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad, from Apple’s App Store. While it’s free to download these apps, the free version only allows you to view existing documents; you must subscribe to Office 365 Home ($99 per year) to edit or create documents. However, the free apps do allow you to show PowerPoint presentations on the iPad, which is great for lawyers using their iPads in the courtroom. Read this detailed review of the new Microsoft Office for iPad to learn more. Contact PMAP for free assistance with your law practice at

Big rewards. Bigger savings. Apply for a new FedEx account.
It’s rewarding for Bar members to rely on FedEx. Open a new FedEx account for savings of up to 26 percent in the FedEx Advantage® discount program. New customers can earn a $25 gift card when you make three eligible shipments by May 15, 2014.
Enroll online or by calling (800) 475-6708. Be sure to provide pass code E25AAA.

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

Travel to London with the Senior Lawyers Division Oct. 20-27, 2014!
Fly directly from Charlotte to London with the Senior Lawyers Division and stay at the first-class London Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington! See St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Temple church, and visit Old Bailey and the Inns of Court. Enjoy a full-day excursion to Oxford and Cambridge, then cruise the Thames to Greenwich where you'll shop, sightsee and pub hop before returning to the hotel in first-class seats on British Rail. Local guides are provided, but plenty of time is available to explore on your own. The trip is open to senior lawyers and a companion. Thirty travelers can be accommodated, and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first served basis. The deadline to sign up is May 30. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! View the complete travel itinerary and registration information 
online. Contact Nancy Layman at or (803) 776-6999 with questions.

No joke—Lots of Bar Foundation grantee activities in store this month
Bar Foundation grantees continue to provide opportunities for both the general public and legal community. Join Richland County CASA for a chili cook-off at the USC School of Law, sit down for tea with Lowcountry Legal Volunteers or attend the Project Citizen showcase. View the full list of events for dates, locations and appropriate contact personnel.

Advance Sheet update
March 26, 2014
In this appeal from a divorce action, the S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the family court’s ruling that it did not have jurisdiction to enforce the prenuptial agreement, but reversed and remanded for the family court to determine whether the wife is entitled to attorney’s fees on the issues of child support and the divorce. In addition, the court found the family court erred in ruling that the parties agreed the only issues to be decided concerned the divorce and child support, but ultimately affirmed on this issue after finding the error harmless.
Meehan v. Meehan, Op. No. 5210 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 26, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 12 at 68), is available

The court affirmed the trial court’s ruling that the statute of limitations did not bar the bank from bringing this breach of contract action. The court, however, reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the bank, finding the trial court erred in holding Cosman’s liability under the guaranties was not extinguished as a matter of law. Based on its disposition of the trial court’s grant of summary judgment, the court did not reach the remaining argument on appeal.
CoastalStates Bank v. Hanover Homes of S.C., LLC, Op. No. 5211 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 26, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 12 at 77), is available

In this appeal from the post-conviction relief court, the court reversed an order granting Richardson a new sentencing hearing, holding a trial court has no power to suspend a sentence for homicide by child abuse under S.C. Code Section 16-3-85(A)(1).
Richardson v. State, Op. No. 5212 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 26, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 12 at 95), is available

The court affirmed the trial court’s denial of Lynch’s motion for a new trial because the foreperson’s affidavit was inadmissible under Rule 606(b) and thus no evidentiary basis existed to prove juror misconduct during deliberations, and there was no evidence to support the trial court’s finding that no intentional concealment occurred during voir dire. The court affirmed all other issues on appeal.
Lynch v. Carolina Self Storage, Op. No. 5213 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 26, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 12 at 101), is available
Judge Pieper dissented in a separate opinion.

Member reinstatement
By order of March 26 the Court reinstated Joel F. Geer as a Regular Member.

In memoriam
The Hon. Benny R. Greer, 88, of Darlington died March 29. His obituary can be found

The Hon. Wade S. Weatherford III, 67, of Gaffney died March 30. His obituary can be found

Firm announcements
Sharon Plyler Besley announces the opening of Sharon Plyler Besley, Attorney at Law, LLC, a private Guardian ad Litem practice with a mailing address of 1015 Enclave Way, Columbia 29223. (803) 238-7317.

Gibbes Burton, LLC
announces that Nathan A. Guinn has joined the firm located at 308 E. St. John St., Spartanburg 29302. (864) 641-3286.

Lawrence “Trey” G. Jameson III announces the opening of Jameson Law LLC located at 231 King St., Third Floor, Charleston 29401. (843) 407-3030.

April 2
Memory Hold the Door Committee Meeting, Bar Building

April 3
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building

April 7
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (Pacolet)

April 8
Free legal clinic: Landlord/Tenant Law (Myrtle Beach)
Health Care Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

April 9
Employment and Labor Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

April 10
Government Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

April 11
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
International Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

April 14
Free legal clinic: Workers' Compensation (Spartanburg)

April 15
Free legal clinics: End of Life Issues (Aiken); Wills, Estate and Probate (Florence)

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