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February 7, 2012

February 02, 2012

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
February 7, 2012
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at 
www.scbar.org
The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

In case you missed it ...
The February issue of S.C. Bar News was distributed via e-mail last week. The current issue, as well as a PDF version and description of tips and features, is available on the Bar's website at 
www.scbar.org/barnews. Be sure to check out this issue to read about highlights from the 2012 Bar Convention and S.C. students’ achievements in law related education, from the We the People competition to the Senior Lawyers Division essay contest. Don’t miss it! 

JMSC issues revised judicial vacancy notice
The Judicial Merit Selection Commission is accepting applications for Family Court, 10th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2; Family Court, 11th Judicial Circuit, Seat 3; Master-in-Equity, Georgetown County; and Master-in-Equity, Lexington County. Correspondence and questions should be directed to the Judicial Merit Selection Commission: Jane O. Shuler, Chief Counsel, P.O. Box 142, Columbia, SC 29202, (803) 212-6629. The Commission will not accept applications after noon on Tuesday, March 6. For more details on the application process, view the complete 
media release from the Commission. 

Bar projects recognized
Two Bar projects were prominently featured last week at the National Association for Bar Executives Meeting in New Orleans. The “Proud to Be a S.C. Lawyer” video series (www.youtube.com/southcarolinabar) was featured during the opening plenary session and a breakout session on video marketing. Jeff Manning also presented a session on new member-to-member collaboration tools and implementation of its online community, MyBar, which will launch in the coming weeks.

2011-2012 compliance reports due March 1
The S.C. Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization has mailed all active attorneys their 2011-2012 compliance reports. The deadline for filing the reports is on or before March 1. Attorneys must complete three steps to establish compliance with the MCLE/LEPR regulations: during the reporting period, March 1, 2011, through Feb. 29, 2012, Bar members must take a minimum of 14 hours of approved MCLE credits (to include a minimum of 2 LEPR hours) or have sufficient carry forward hours from the last reporting period; the reports must be filed with the Commission by the filing deadline (March 1); and a $45 filing fee must be included when filing the report. Certified specialists must follow the standards and procedures for their specialties.

Effective in the 2011-2012 reporting period, at least once every three annual reporting periods, all active Bar members must take 1 hour of instruction devoted exclusively to substance abuse or mental health issues and the legal profession. To be in compliance, Bar members must satisfy this requirement by the end of the 2013-2014 reporting period (Feb. 28, 2014). The compliance reports indicate when each Bar member’s three-year cycle to earn this credit begins and ends. 

Do not file your compliance report until after you have attended all of the courses that you intend to take in this reporting period (ending Feb. 29, 2012). If you file your compliance report and then attend additional courses during this reporting period, you must file an amended compliance report to receive the additional credit ($45 amended filing fee is required). Questions should be directed to the Commission at 
commcle@bellsouth.net or (803) 799-5578.

Advance Sheet update
February 1, 2012
In this case arising out of a dispute over a mortgage obtained on the plaintiff’s home from the defendant bank without the plaintiff’s knowledge, the S.C. Court of Appeals upheld a slander claim against the bank for publishing the false statement of the mortgage. The court upheld award of the plaintiff’s attorney fees, litigation expenses and punitive damages and remanded the case to the special referee for determination of both. The court did not address issues of whether the plaintiff failed to plead the elements for slander or whether the special referee erred in requiring plaintiff to elect a remedy before the damages hearing because neither were preserved on appeal.
Solley v. Navy Federal Credit Union, No. 4937, is available
online
Justice Thomas concurred. Justice Few concurred in part and dissented in part in a separate opinion.

Firm announcements
Margaret L. Evans announces the opening the Law Office of Margaret L. Evans, PC located at 202 Elm St., Ste. 106, Conway 29526. (843) 488-2226.

Kenison, Dudley & Crawford, LLC announces that M. Stokely Holder has been named partner in the firm located at 704 E. McBee Ave., Greenville 29601. (864) 242-4899.

Query Sautter Gliserman & Price, LLC announces that it is now Query Sautter Price & Forsythe, LLC and that Michèle Patrão Forsythe has been named partner in the firm located at 147 Wappoo Creek Dr., Ste. 202, Charleston 29412. (843) 795-9500. 

Member discipline
By order of February 1 the Court imposed a public reprimand 
(with an added condition) on Dannitte Mays Dickey for misconduct involving websites which included material misrepresentations, comparative statements which could not be substantiated and descriptions of the quality of services.

By order of February 1 the Court imposed a definite suspension for 90 days (retroactive to August 8 and with additional conditions) on John Barry Kern for misconduct which included commingling client funds, failing to submit a statement to the client as to how much of the fee had been earned, failing to respond to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and failing to appear after notice by the ODC.

By order of February 1 the Court imposed a public reprimand on Jennifer Elizabeth Meehan as reciprocal discipline for misconduct censured in Tennessee involving submitting a false resume to a potential employer.

By order of February 1 the Court imposed a public reprimand (with an additional condition) on Wallace A. Mullinax Jr. for misconduct which involved sexual relations with a client.

In memoriam
James O. Hale, 52, of Hilton Head Island died Feb. 2. His obituary can be found
here.

Deborah Ann Hottel, 56, of Columbia died Feb. 4. Her obituary can be found
here.

Calendar 
February 10
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

February 23-24
Board of Governors Meeting, Bar Building

March 1
Construction Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call

March 2
Bar Foundation Board of Directors Meeting, Bar Building
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Bar Building

March 5
Administrative and Regulatory Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

March 9
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building

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