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June 19, 2014

June 16, 2014

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
June 19, 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.

New CLE pub release
A Practical Guide to Elder and Special Needs Law in South Carolina is the enhanced version of S.C. Elder Law: A Practice Manual. With more than 800 pages, 19 sample forms and 10 exhibits, the book has been expanded to include relevant information for attorneys who advise older clients, disabled clients and families of those who are elderly or have special needs. As an added bonus, an accompanying CD includes immediate access to resources and helpful forms.

There's still time: Join the Lawyer Referral Service!
The Lawyer Referral Service is a public service of the Bar offering an inexpensive and practical method of introducing people with legal problems to qualified lawyers. If you have not yet renewed your LRS membership, there is still time to do so before it expires. Current members are asked to renew by June 30. LRS thanks its current membership and reminds all Bar members that they may join at any time.
Follow these instructions to renew or register for the first time. Contact Joan Brown with questions at or (803) 573-3794.

PMAP Tech Tip
Today’s short technology life span mandates replacing old computers and devices every few years. What do you do with your old PCs when you don’t want them anymore? Electronic waste (e-waste) can contain many toxic elements, so it’s important to dispose of your old devices properly.
Read this article to learn more about the world’s growing e-waste problem. Another big concern when getting rid of old computers is ensuring your private data doesn’t get into the wrong hands. Darik’s Boot and Nuke is a popular free utility that will wipe your hard drive and make data unrecoverable. For more information on how to properly dispose of your outdated electronics, visit PMAP’s Disposing of Old Computers page. Contact PMAP for free assistance with your law practice at

Chief Judges for administrative purposes of the summary courts
By order of June 18, the judges of the magisterial courts
listed here are to be designated as Chief Judge or Associate Chief Judge for administrative purposes of the summary courts in the counties in which they hold office.

Meet the FY 15 Bar Foundation officers
The Bar Foundation is excited for another fiscal year with its new officers: Elaine Fowler, president; Marie-Louise Ramsdale, president-elect; and Sidney J. Evering II, secretary/treasurer. Their terms begin July 1. Learn more about these three attorneys and their legal and nonprofit experience in the Bar Foundation’s latest blog. Want to congratulate them? Make a tribute gift in their honor to the Foundation; download the donor form or click here.

ABA Fellows Program
The ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section is accepting applications for its 2014-16 Fellows Program, which provides young lawyers an opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of the section while developing into future leaders. Find more information and access the application

SCWLA presents So You Want to be a Mom and a Lawyer?
SCWLA continues its Conversations Series with So You Want to be a Mom and a Lawyer? The series includes discussions on issues such as work/life balance in law firm and government settings, the best time to have children, helpful advice, and other issues related to being a mom and lawyer. This event is open to SCWLA members only, but you can join at the event. For more information,
click here.

Advance Sheet update
June 18, 2014
The S.C. Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari to review the Court of Appeals’ decision finding Saluda County Council’s practice of amending its agenda during regularly scheduled meetings violated S.C. Code Ann. Sect. 30-4-80 (2007), the notice provision in South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act (Act). In reversing the decision of the Court of Appeals, the Court held the council did not violate the Act in this instance because the Act’s notice statute does not require an agenda to be issued for a regularly scheduled meeting and because the Act itself contains no prohibition on the amendment of an agenda for a regularly scheduled meeting.
Lambries v. Saluda County Council, Op. No. 27400 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed June 18, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 24 at 19), is available
Justice Pleicones concurred in result only.

In this dispute concerning an arbitration agreement, the Court found: the appellants did not waive their right to enforce the arbitration clause; the Federal Arbitration Act was applicable; and the respondent failed to carry her burden of showing the AAA was both unavailable and material to the agreement as a whole. Accordingly, the Court reversed the circuit court’s determination that the agreement is unenforceable and remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
Dean v. Heritage Healthcare of Ridgeway, Op. No. 27401 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed June 18, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 24 at 34), is available
Justice Pleicones concurred in result only.

After finding the circuit court improperly granted the State’s Batson motion, the Court reversed the appellant’s convictions and remanded for a new trial.
State v. Inman, Op. No. 27402 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed June 18, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 24 at 48), is available
Justice Pleicones concurred in result only.

Member discipline
By order of
June 18 the Court imposed an 18-month suspension (retroactive to August 24, 2011, and with additional conditions) on Kristie Ann McAuley for misconduct which included, while a public defender, representing clients who were not financially qualified to receive a public defender and accepting funds from some of those clients.

Member reinstatement

By order of June 11 the Court reinstated Jason C. Bybee as a Regular Member.

Firm announcements
Andrews Mediation & Law Firm, PA announces that Elizabeth Rast Crider has joined the firm as an associate located at 755 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 881-8886.

The Anthony Law Firm, PA
announces that Jay Anthony has joined the firm located at 250 Magnolia St., Spartanburg 29306. (864) 582-2355.

Axelrod & Associates, PA
announces the relocation of the Myrtle Beach office to 4701 Oleander Dr., 29577. (843) 916-9300.

Brown & Varnado, LLC announces that Alexis M. Wimberly has joined the firm as an associate located at 103 Church St., Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 737-7300.

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC announces that Jacqueline “Jax” M. Pavlicek has joined the firm as an associate located at 1812 Lincoln St., Columbia 29201. (803) 404-6900.

LawyerLisa, LLC announces that Priti M. Patel has joined the firm located at 1224 Huger St., Columbia 29201. (803) 563-5163.

Carolyn Bone McNair announces the opening of The McNair Family Law Firm, LLC located at 300 N. Cedar St., Ste. A, Summerville 29483. (843) 261-7033.

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, PA announces that Sarah W. Guthrie has joined the Columbia office as an associate located at 1807 Hampton St., 29201. (844) 405-2049.

Wyche, PA announces that Jonathan Cote has joined the Greenville office as an associate located at 44 E. Camperdown Way, 29601. (864) 242-8200.

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

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

June 27
Education Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Conference Center

July 8
Project Citizen Training, Bar Building

July 10
Community Association Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

July 11
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

July 14
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

July 15
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

July 17
Board of Governors Meeting, Conference Call
Torts and Insurance Practices Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

July 18
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call

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