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May 9, 2014

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May 9, 2014
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Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met yesterday at the Bar Conference Center.

The Board approved:
• a request from the Employment and Labor Law Section to establish a USC School of Law scholarship in memory of Section member Benjamin M. Mabry;

• a request from the Conventions Committee to amend Convention seminar policies;

• an amendment to the bylaws of the Law Student Affiliate Division regarding division council composition;

• a position that separation of powers requires that the judicial branch control judicial discipline; and

• a recommendation to sunset the following task forces: Apolitical Selection of Judges; Law Schools; Lawyers in Transition; and Retirement of Lawyers.

The Board received reports from task forces and the Professional Liability Committee. The Board reviewed media coverage of the Bar's site.

House of Delegates convenes in Columbia
The Bar's House of Delegates met yesterday at the Bar Conference Center.

The House heard remarks from President Cal Watson and Immediate Past President Alice Paylor and received a report from the Bar Foundation. The Young Lawyer of the Year Award was presented to Allison Sullivan, and the Law Related Education Lawyer of the Year Award was presented to George Branstiter.

Graduates of the 2014 Leadership Academy were recognized: Lee Ellen Bagley, Joshua V. Barr, Mitchell K. Byrd Jr., Jamie C. Cade, Charles H. Crawford III, Leslie R. Fisk, Evan K. Guthrie, Elizabeth R. Hamilton, Collie W. Lehn Jr., Jason S. Luck, Lindsay F. McGee, Chris J. Moore, Elizabeth S. Owen, Laura E. Paton, Caleb M. Riser, Jenny R. Stevens, Kate W. Usry and Shawn R. Willis.

The House approved: 
• changing the Bar’s legal research member benefit provider to Fastcase, effective later this year;

• a request from Lawyers Helping Lawyers to amend Rule 408(a)(2) to permit MCLE credit for instruction in stress management;

• a request from the Senior Lawyers Division to amend Rule 415 to allow expanded uncompensated practice by retired lawyers;

• a request from the Professional Responsibility Committee to amend Rule 7.4 regarding communication of practice area and specialization;

• a request from the Professional Responsibility Committee to amend Rule 17, RLDE, regarding interim suspensions of lawyers; and

• a request from the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for support of the proposed Immigration Assistance Service Act.

Proposed rule changes will be forwarded to the S.C. Supreme Court.

Under the consent agenda, the House approved amendments to the Corporate, Banking and Securities Section bylaws.

The House approved Bar and CLE Division budgets for 2014-15 and appointed the following members to the Nominating Committee: Cynthia Hall Ouzts, Judicial Region II; Elizabeth Biggerstaff York, Judicial Region III; and David L. Tedder, Judicial Region IV. 

The House discussed its reapportionment in 2015, with action planned in January.

Task Force on Law Schools survey
The Bar’s Task Force on Law Schools requests your participation in the following survey. This survey should only be completed by those who have experience supervising recent law school graduates of the past three years. The Task Force hopes to use the anonymous responses to cultivate a better understanding of which skills and areas of substantive law are most important to the practicing bar and how the in-state law schools can better prepare graduates for the transition from law school to law practice. Please click on the following link for the survey:

Judicial Merit Selection Commission releases report
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission has released its
Draft Report of Spring 2014 Judicial Candidates. Members of the General Assembly are not permitted to issue letters of introduction, announcements of candidacy, statements detailing a candidate’s qualifications or commitments to vote for a candidate until May 13, when the report becomes final.

MHTD seeking recommendations for 2015
Memory Hold the Door (MHTD) honors deceased lawyers and judges who provided distinguished service to the public and the Bar. The MHTD Committee is currently seeking recommendations for the 2015 honorees, who will be acknowledged in conjunction with the annual Bar Convention. Individuals must have been in good standing with the S.C. Bar and passed away before Aug. 22, 2013. Send letters of recommendation to Tara Caine at by June 2. Find more information and view the list of previous honorees online.

Rule amendment
Rule 17(e), Rule 413, SCACR 
has been amended to state: Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, an order of interim suspension and any order lifting an interim suspension shall be public.

New publication release
Drug Litigation in South Carolina, Fourth Edition provides in-depth coverage of the law of controlled substance offenses as set forth in Title 44 of the S.C. Code and as interpreted by the S.C. appellate courts. Related statutory provisions are addressed, along with helpful practice tips, including rules of law, reversible error and PCR flags. Visit the publications store to order your copy.

May Bar Foundation grantee activities
Are the rising temperatures getting to you? Cool down with a Bar Foundation grantee activity. Tune in to WOIC to hear a special radio presentation from S.C. Legal Services, learn nontraditional ways to assist domestic violence survivors from Sistercare, or volunteer at one of the 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.

Public hearing
Public hearings have been scheduled on the proposed licensure by InfiLaw, LLC for the degree programs at the Charleston School of Law. The announcement can be found here. In January, the Bar's House of Delegates encouraged its members of avail themselves of public participation.

Member resignation
By order of May 7 the Court accepted the resignation from the Bar of Adam Louis Marchuk.

Firm announcement
Schiller & Hamilton, LLC announces the opening of an Indian Land office located at 1057 Red Ventures Dr., Ste. 145, 29707, (803) 285-2900 and that James Duncan has joined the Rock Hill office located at 241 Oakland Ave., 29730, (803) 366-0333.

May 12
Free legal clinics: Adoption Law Issues (Spartanburg); End of Life Issues (Woodruff)

May 13
Free legal clinics: Elder Law Issues (Columbia); Real Estate Issues and Foreclosures (Myrtle Beach)

May 14
Real Estate Section Council, Conference Call

May 15
Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Bar Building
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

May 16
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

May 19
Free legal clinic: Magistrate Court Issues (Pacolet)

May 20
Free legal clinic: Family Law Issues (Florence)

May 23
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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