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May 15, 2014

May 14, 2014

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May 15, 2014
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YLD sponsors third annual iCivics Day
The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division is holding its
third annual iCivics Day on Monday, May 19, to help teach students about civics and inspire them to be leaders in our democracy. More than 60 YLD attorney volunteers will travel to 25 schools in Berkeley, Charleston, Greenville, Richland, Lexington and York counties to present to more than 2300 elementary and middle school students on the importance of democracy, separation of powers and federalism, and individual rights and the Bill of Rights.

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:

Court amends Rule 404, SCACR
order of May 14 the S.C. Supreme Court amended Rule 404, SCACR, regarding pro hac vice admission and appearances by non-South Carolina lawyers in arbitration, mediation or other alternative dispute resolution proceedings in South Carolina.

New publication release
Service of Process in South Carolina, Fourth Edition covers the new rules governing service by Commercial Delivery Services and includes a chapter governing service in magistrate’s court and a table of cases and authorities. The resource compiles rules, statutes and pertinent case law into one source to serve as a quick reference regarding proper service of process. As an added bonus, all forms are included on an accompanying CD.

Law Day Essay winners announced
The Spartanburg County Bar Association 2014 Law Day Essay Award winners were announced at the annual Law Day Celebration on May 1. Congratulations to Devin Srivastava, ninth grade winner (Spartanburg Day School); Michaela Mabry, 10th grade winner (Broome High School); Navpreet Kaur, 11th grade winner (Byrnes High School); Aryn Aiken, 12th grade winner (Spartanburg Day School); and Lyric Crow, overall winner (Byrnes High School). All winning essays will be judged by the Bar’s Senior Lawyers Division as part of a
Statewide Law Day Essay Competition, with winners announced in the fall.

Advance Sheet update
May 14, 2014
In this review of the Court of Appeals' decision in Davis v. KB Home of South Carolina, Inc., 394 S.C. 116, 713 S.E.2d 799 (Ct. App. 2011), the S.C. Supreme Court denied the petition for a writ of certiorari and affirmed with regard to the trial judge's authority to determine the validity of the arbitration clause in question. The Court further granted the petition as to KB Home's Question II, dispensed with further briefing and vacated the portion of the Court of Appeals' opinion regarding waiver of the right to compel arbitration. (Note: This case was assigned a published opinion number by order of the Court dated May 8, 2014).
Davis v. KB Home of South Carolina, Inc., Op. No. 27386 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed January 29, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 19 at 19), is available

The Court granted certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' opinion in York County v. S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Op. No. 4940 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Feb. 8, 2012), which affirmed the administrative law court's final order upholding the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's issuance of a commercial construction, demolition waste and land-clearing debris landfill to C&D Management Company, LLC. The writ was dismissed as improvidently granted.
York County v. S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Op. No. 27387 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed May 14, 2014) (Shearhouse Adv. Sh. No. 19 at 20), is available

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 21
Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

May 23
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

May 28
Workers' Compensation Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

June 2
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

June 3
Task Force on Lawyer Wellness Meeting, Bar Building

June 5
Solo and Small Firm Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

June 13
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

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