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

YLD named runner-up in ABA Next Steps Diversity Challenge
The S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division placed second in the American Bar Association YLD Next Steps Diversity Challenge for its program, the Color of Justice College Roadshow. Read the complete press release online.

Bar forms Task Force on Wellness
Bar President Cal Watson is pleased to announce the formation of the Task Force on Attorney Wellness. The Task Force, chaired by Mike Ethridge of Charleston, will promote all aspects of lawyer wellness by attempting to identify factors that impact both the emotional and physical well-being of attorneys and educate members of the Bench and Bar about wellness issues and resources. The Bar is seeking members interested in serving on this Task Force or in assisting the Task Force in its efforts to promote wellness. Sign up for the Task Force at For more information, contact Leah Johnson at or Mike Ethridge at

New Bar admittees
Congratulations to these new admittees who were sworn in as members of the S.C. Bar on Monday, May 19.

Applications for specialization certification
The Commission on CLE and Specialization is accepting 2014 applications for specialization certification through May 31. Specialization may be acquired in the following fields of practice: bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law; employment and labor law; estate planning and probate law; and taxation law. Applications for certification can be found on the
Commission’s website. Contact the Commission with questions at (803) 799-5578 or

Special member offer: LawPay
LawPay provides credit card processing services to more than 80 state and local bar associations, ensuring client funds are properly separated into trust and operating accounts. LawPay allows you to accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Amex; save up to 25 percent off standard fees; accept credit card for retainers; and avoid commingling client funds. Through June 30, the $150 web-based terminal start-up fee is waived for all S.C. Bar members, and the program fee is waived for three months for all new accounts! Sign up online or call (866) 376-0950.

Dischargeability of student loan debt in bankruptcy
Title 11 U.S.C. Section 523(a)(8) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code provides that to obtain a discharge of an otherwise nondischargeable student loan, an individual in bankruptcy must establish he and his dependents would suffer an undue hardship if required to repay the student loan.
Read this article by Tara E. Nauful and Dawn M. Hardesty to learn more about dischargeablitly of student loan debt in bankruptcy.

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Leave a legacy with a planned gift to the Bar Foundation
Winston Churchill once said: “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” Take your first essential step in extending your legacy through the profession by making a planned gift to the Bar Foundation. Planned gifts can made by naming the Foundation as a full or partial beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement account, naming the Foundation in a will, or making a gift of an appreciated security. The Bar Foundation has established
The Weinberg Society to honor those individuals who have made planned gifts in excess of $10,000 to the Bar Foundation and those who have made a bequest. For more information, contact Shannon Willis Scruggs.

Advance Sheet update
May 14, 2014
In this divorce appeal, the S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the family court's denial of alimony to the wife, its decision to require the parties to pay their own attorney's fees, and its admission of certain photographs into evidence. The court modified the family court's decision to grant the parties a no-fault divorce, concluding both parties presented sufficient circumstantial evidence of each party's infidelity to grant each party a divorce based on adultery.
Mick-Skaggs v. Skaggs, Op. No. 5229 (S.C. Ct. App. filed May 14, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 19 at 23), is available

The court affirmed Johnson’s conviction for driving under the influence, finding the circuit court did not err in denying his motion to dismiss the charge. Unlike the police department in Town of Mt. Pleasant v. Roberts, the Greenville Police Department did not seek to evade its duties in equipping law enforcement vehicles with video recording systems. Thus, under Subsection (G) of 56-5-2953 of the S.C. Code (Supp. 2013), the video recording requirements of Subsection (A) had not taken effect because a video camera had not been installed in the vehicle. 
State v. Johnson, Op. No. 5230 (S.C. Ct. App. filed May 14, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 19 at 34), is available

Member discipline
By order of May 15 the Court placed Edwin Donald Givens on interim suspension.

By order of May 19 the Court placed Samuel Robert Drose on interim suspension.

In memoriam
James Carlisle McLeod Jr., 82, of Florence died May 18. His obituary can be found

Firm announcements
Duff, White & Turner, LLC announces that William C. Freeman has joined the firm as an associate located at 3700 Forest Dr., Ste. 404, Columbia 29204. (803) 790-0603.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
announces that Lindsay L. Builder has joined the Greenville office as an associate located at 104 S. Main St., Ste. 500, 29601. (864) 250-2300.

Pritchard Law Group announces that William H. Jordan has joined the firm as special counsel located at 113 Wappoo Creek Dr., Charleston 29412, (843) 577-4520 and Elizabeth F. Fulton has joined the firm as an associate located at 129 Broad St., Charleston 29401, (843) 722-3300.

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

May 29
Military and Veterans' Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building

June 2
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

June 3
Task Force on Attorney Wellness Meeting, Bar Building

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

June 13
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

June 19
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

June 20
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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