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May 22, 2014

May 20, 2014

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
May 22, 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.

Summer E-Blast schedule
Beginning next week, the regular edition of E-Blast will be distributed on Thursdays only. Continue to look for the
CLE edition every Wednesday.

Deadline to update information in Lawyers Desk Book is June 1
Production of the 2014-15 Lawyers Desk Book is underway, and address changes must be made by June 1 to be reflected in the new edition. All changes in contact information are handled exclusively by the
S.C. Attorney Information System (AIS), and you must log on to AIS to update your information. Complete contact information will be published for all Bar members, to include name, organization, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

If you have not entered your fax number in AIS, the Bar does not have it on file. While AIS does not require fax numbers, you must enter one if you would like it to appear in the Lawyers Desk Book. To ensure your zip code matches the address published, please do not enter two addresses (P.O. Box and Street) in a single address field. Please review your information carefully, as it will be published as entered in AIS.

Please note: an electronic version of the Lawyers Desk Book is available to members. If you would like to opt out of the print version, e-mail

Sign up for the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory
The deadline to sign up to be listed in the 2014 Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory is June 1. The directory is a list of lawyers who have experience in specific areas of the law and is available on the Bar’s website. Participating lawyers provide brief telephone consultations (up to 10 minutes) at no charge to other Bar members on specific areas of law. The directory is meant to encourage and facilitate appropriate lawyer-to-lawyer consultations, referrals and associations. It is not intended as a referral guide for the public. To participate, complete the electronic form at and e-mail to Participants must have three or more years of practice in the areas they select. Those listed in prior years will continue to appear in the directory unless the Bar is otherwise notified.

Nominations sought
The Council of the S.C. Bar 
Solo & Small Firm Section is seeking nominations for the Solo & Small Firm Section Award. The award honors a sole practitioner, small law firm (10 or fewer attorneys) or single lawyer in a small firm that has demonstrated service to the community or fellow lawyers. The inaugural award will be presented at the 2014 Solo & Small Firm Conference on Sept. 19 in Greenville. Nominees must be licensed in South Carolina and be members of the S.C. Bar in good standing. If you would like to self-nominate or nominate another attorney who is deserving of this honor, complete this form.

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 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.

New Ethics Advisory Opinion
The Ethics Advisory Committee has issued a new opinion. The text of all opinions is available online.
14-02 A lawyer may not ethically discharge his duties as a prosecutor in a municipality that has a policy of “no dismissals and no negotiations.” Such policy prevents the lawyer from exercising prosecutorial discretion and is therefore inconsistent with the lawyer’s responsibilities under Rule 3.8(a).

Cole Scholarship applications for June CLE seminars due May 28
Applications for Ronnie M. Cole Scholarships for June seminars are due May 28. The fund provides scholarships to lawyers who need help with the cost of required CLE seminars necessary to maintain their law licenses. The scholarships will be used to attend qualifying courses offered by the S.C. Bar CLE Division. Any member of the S.C. Bar, in good standing, is eligible for a scholarship. Download the application and e-mail it to

Oconee County Adult Drug Program
By order of May 20 Chief Justice Toal assigned Hon. William F. Derrick Jr., Oconee County Magistrate, to preside over the Oconee County Adult Drug Court Program.

Member reinstatement
By order of May 20 the Court reinstated Benjamin D. Goldstein as an Inactive member.

In memoriam
John Baker Allen Jr., 73, of Columbia died May 14. His obituary can be found

Firm announcements
Harrison & Radeker, PA announces that Taylor M. Smith IV has joined the firm as an associate located at 923 Calhoun St., Columbia 29201. (803) 779-2211.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA announces that Meghan G. Riordan has joined the Greenville office as an associate located at 1 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, 29601. (864) 240-3200.

K&L Gates LLP announces that Matthew J. Norton has been appointed to the management committee of the firm located at 134 Meeting St., Ste. 200, Charleston 29401. (843) 579-5646.

McAngus Goudelock and Courie, LLC announces the relocation of its Greenville office to 55 E. Camperdown Way, Ste. 300, 29601. (864) 239-4000.

Pratt-Thomas Walker, PA announces that Thomas P. Gressette Jr. and Daniel S. "Chip" McQueeney Jr. have become shareholders of the firm located at 16 Charlotte St., Charleston 29403. (843) 727-2200.

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

June 23-27
S.C. Supreme Court Institute, Columbia

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