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June 26, 2014

June 23, 2014

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
June 26, 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.

S.C. Supreme Court Institute
The LRE Division and the S.C. Supreme Court are currently holding the eighth annual S.C. Supreme Court Institute June 23-27 in Columbia. The program brings teachers together with attorneys, judges and Supreme Court justices for a five-day program focusing on the S.C. Supreme Court and branches of government.
Read the complete release for more information.

Primary election results
Congratulations to
these lawyers who will advance to the November general election. The S.C. Bar extends gratitude to all members who offered to serve in public office in this election cycle.

Apparent scam
A Bar member was again approached about collecting a “settled debt” with an actual company, though no such debt was owed to the foreign company. The twist was the alleged participation of a Canadian broker. There was the usual request for trust account information. Bar members are reminded to be wary of foreign collection overtures.

PMAP Practice Pointer
It’s time to improve your practice skills! The
2014 Solo & Small Firm Conference & Tech Expo—the event of the year for small firms—is rapidly approaching! Join us Friday, Sept. 19, at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville. This year’s theme is “Reinventing Your Small Firm Practice: Strategies and Solutions.” With a full array of law office management and technology exhibitors, top local and national speakers, tips on practice management and technology, a networking lunch, prize drawings, and more, you definitely don’t want to miss it. Take advantage of special pricing for early bird registration and discounts for staff, law students and groups by registering today! If funds are low, apply for the scholarship to the Conference provided by the Solo & Small Firm Section. E-mail with any questions.

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 June 30. LRS thanks its current membership and reminds all Bar members that they may join at any time; only two years of experience in the chosen field(s) of referral is required. Watch this video to learn why you should join, and 
follow these instructions to register. Contact Joan Brown with questions at or (803) 573-3794.

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals summaries
Members of the South Carolina Law Review have summarized newly published cases from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The summaries can be found
here and are now tagged by area of law. Click on the categories on the right side of the page to see all related cases.

Got the answers? Four questions to ask before making a donation
The end of the fiscal year is right around the corner! When making a gift to the Bar Foundation or any nonprofit organization, do you know the right questions to ask? Abacus Planning Group has the answers in the Foundation's latest blog post. Ready to make your year-end gift today? Download the donor form or make your gift online.

Charleston School of Law scheduling interviews
The Charleston School of Law is scheduling on-campus interviews and collecting resumes for the fall semester. O
n-campus interviews are scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 25 and run throughout the semester, with the exception of Labor Day and fall break (Oct. 16-17). If you are an employer and would like to participate, please e-mail or contact Molly Blatt at (843) 377-1106.

Advance Sheet update
June 25, 2014
In this case concerning supplemental health insurance policies, the S.C. Supreme Court certified two questions from the U.S. District Court for South Carolina. With respect to the first question, the Court held the definition of “actual charges” contained within S.C. Code Ann. Sec. 38-71-242 cannot be applied to insurance contracts executed prior to the statute’s effective dates. As to the second, the Court determined the S.C. Department of Insurance cannot mandate the application of the “actual charges” definition in S.C. Code Ann. Sec. 38-71-242 to policies already in existence on the statute’s effective dates by prohibiting an insurance company from paying claims absent the application of that definition as it would violate the Contract clause of the state and federal constitutions.
Kirven v. Central States, Op. No. 27403 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed June 25, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 25 at 15), is available

In this appeal of a circuit court’s grant of partial summary judgment, the S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment on the existence of a duty to investigate. The court, however, reversed the circuit court’s decision that the business judgment rule does not apply and its grant of summary judgment on the issue of breach of duty. The court, accordingly, remanded the case to the circuit court for trial.
Fisher v. Shipyard Village Council of Co-Owners, Inc., Op. No. 5241 (S.C. Ct. App. filed June 25, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 25 at 28), is available online

In memoriam
Johnnie M. Walters, 94, of Greenville died June 24. An article on Mr. Walters ran in the
New York Times.

Harold Norman West Sr., 93, of Moncks Corner died June 18. His obituary can be found 

Firm announcements
Callison Tighe & Robinson LLC announces that Janet E. Rhodes has joined the firm as an associate located at 1812 Lincoln St., Columbia 29201. (803) 404-6900.

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, LLP
announces that Russell M. Racine has joined the Charlotte, NC office located at 2907 Providence Rd., Ste. 200, 28211. (704) 332-8300.

The Markham Law Firm, LLC
announces its relocation to the Franke Building, 171 Church St., Ste. 330, Charleston 29401. (843) 284-3646.

McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC announces that Happel Scurry has joined the Charleston office located at 735 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Ste. 200, 29464. (843) 576-2900.

Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, PA announces that Christopher C. Romeo has joined the firm as an associate located at 15 Middle Atlantic Wharf, Ste. 101, Charleston 29401. (843) 937-8000.

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

July 29
Senior Lawyers Division Executive Council Meeting, Bar Building

July 30
Environment and Natural Resources Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

July 31
Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

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