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Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
February 18, 2014
E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at www.scbar.org. Click here for the most recent CLE Edition, which highlights upcoming CLE opportunities.
Extension of time to pay license fees prior to suspension
Due to recent inclement weather, the deadline for lawyers and foreign legal consultants to pay their license fees and any penalty under Rule 419(c)(1) of the S.C. Appellate Court Rules has been extended to this Friday, Feb. 21. Lawyers and foreign legal consultants who have not paid by that date will be subject to suspension as provided by Rule 419(d)(1).
Free tech webinar
The free PMAP webinars have returned! Lunch at your desk while you learn on your computer. First up is Cloud 101 on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at noon. Presenter Steven J. Best will discuss options and key considerations to have in mind when moving “to the cloud.” Webinars are beginner to intermediate level and average 45-60 minutes in length (no CLE credit). Space is limited, so register now by visiting the webinar page and clicking the “register now” link below the webinar you would like to see. If you’ve never taken a webinar, read these easy instructions. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection! Contact PMAP for free assistance with your law practice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations sought for Distinguished Lawyer Award
The Employment and Labor Law Section is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Lawyer Award, which recognizes meritorious service to employment and labor law practice in South Carolina. The 2014 recipient will be honored at the Section mid-year seminar, scheduled for May 16 in Columbia. To nominate a friend or colleague, download the nomination packet and submit it to Tara Caine by March 7.
Join your colleagues at the investiture of newly-elected Family Court Judge Thomas H. White IV, Seat 1, 16th Judicial Circuit, on Friday, Feb. 21. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Union County Courthouse (210 W. Main St., Second Floor, Union 29379). A reception will follow; please RSVP to (864) 427-5657.
Ten Things a Small Firm Owner Should Never Do
Attorneys are all too familiar with the daily "to-do" list. Unfortunately, what frequently happens is that matters not on the list sneak in and take over. To combat this situation, Ten Things a Small Firm Owner Should Never Do, published in the January/February issue of GP SOLO magazine, offers a "To Don't List." Click here to read the article by Frank T. Lockwood.
Read the Bar Foundation’s latest Tuesday Tale
After learning her boyfriend had no plans to return their child to her arms, "Mary" knew she needed help and fast. Read how one Bar Foundation grantee reunited Mary with her child in this week's Tuesday Tale. Help us help them by downloading the donor form or making a gift online.
Legal Services Corporation issues notice of availability of competitive grant funds
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announces the availability of competitive grant funds to provide civil legal services to eligible clients during calendar year 2015. A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be available at www.grants.lsc.gov during the week of April 7. In accordance with LSC's multi-year funding policy, grants are available for only specified service areas. Applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Compete (NIC) to participate in the competitive grants process. Please e-mail inquiries to email@example.com.
2014 Columbia attorney basketball league
The fifth season of the Columbia Attorney Basketball League begins March 10. Games are played on Monday nights at the Epworth Children’s Home gymnasium. If you are interested in entering a team or joining an existing team, contact Trey Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 28. The CABL thanks Jared H. Garraux, who is stepping down as commissioner, for his commitment and service since establishing the league in 2010.
Advance Sheet update
February 12, 2014
The S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed Anderson’s conviction of first degree burglary, holding the trial court properly qualified the crime scene investigator as an expert in fingerprint analysis pursuant to Rule 702, SCRE. The court also held there was no Brady violation, finding the exculpatory value of the unmatched prints was entirely speculative.
State v. Anderson, Op. No. 5196 (S.C. Ct. App. filed February 12, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 6 at 17), is available online.
In this medical malpractice appeal, the court determined the circuit court erred in finding Orlowski was collaterally estopped from filing the present suit against the respondents. However, the court affirmed the circuit court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the respondents, finding Orlowski’s action was barred under the statute of limitations set forth in S.C. Code Section 15-3-545(A).
Sims v. Amisub of South Carolina, Inc., Op. No. 5197 (S.C. Ct. App. filed February 12, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 6 at 25), is available online.
The court found the trial court correctly denied Palmer and Gordon’s directed verdict motions on the charges of homicide by child abuse and unlawful conduct toward a child, finding substantial circumstantial evidence that they each inflicted at least one of the child’s injuries. The court, however, determined the trial court erred in denying their motions for a directed verdict on aiding and abetting, finding the State failed to present any direct evidence or insubstantial circumstantial evidence that either Palmer or Gorman knowingly undertook any action to aid or abet the abuse. Pursuant to Rule 220(b), SCACR, the court affirmed all other issues on appeal.
State v. Palmer, Op. No. 5198 (S.C. Ct. App. filed February 12, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 6 at 38), is available online.
Judge Pieper concurred in part and dissented in part in a separate opinion.
Petitions for reinstatement
Donna Seegars Givens and Robert A. Gamble have filed petitions to be reinstated. The Commission on Character and Fitness has scheduled both hearings for March 12.
Limited license member
The Court removed C. Adair Bledsoe from the roll of attorneys as he no longer meets the requirements of Rule 405, SCACR.
Bannister and Wyatt, LLC announces that it is now Bannister, Wyatt and Stalvey, LLC located at 401 Pettigru St. Greenville 29601. (864) 298-0084.
The Cate Law Firm, PA announces its relocation to 421 Marion Ave., Spartanburg 29306. (864) 585-4226.
Richard L. Hinson announces the opening of Richard L. Hinson, LLC located at 105 Chase St., Ste. A, Florence 29501. (843) 799-5599.
Jonathan Edwards Law Office, LLC announces that Barbara Tolson-Haywood has joined the firm located at 183 S. Coit St., Ste. C, Florence 29501. (843) 407-9268.
McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC announces that Vernon Dunbar, Brad Easterling, Ashley Forbes, Stephanie Pugh, Bill Shaughnessy and Shayne Williams have joined the Greenville office located at 75 Beattie Place, Ste. 300, 29601, (864) 239-4000. The firm also announces the opening of a Florence office located at 501 S. Irby St., 2nd Floor, 29501, (843) 519-1800 and that Walt Barefoot and Brandon Hylton have joined the Florence office.
McCoy and Stokes, LLC announces that Sara A.T. Palmer has joined the firm as an associate located at 135 King St., Charleston 29401. (843) 628-2855.
Moses Law Group, LLC announces its relocation to 1030 Stevens Creek Rd., Ste. 140, Augusta, GA 30907-3204. (706) 860-8030.
Michael Nelson announces the opening of the Law Office of Michael Nelson located at 858 Lowcountry Blvd., Ste. 101, Mt. Pleasant 29464. (843) 810-4438.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC announces that Benjamin Glass has been named managing shareholder of the Charleston office located at 211 King St., Ste. 200, 29401. (843) 853-1300.
Randstad North America announces that Nate Mark has joined the organization as corporate counsel located at 3625 Cumberland Blvd., S.E., Ste. 600, Atlanta, GA 30339. (770) 937-7061.
Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, PA announces that Charles "Chuck" F. Turner Jr., Wilson S. Sheldon, Anne Ross Culbreath and J. Adam Russell have joined the Greenville office located at 872 S. Pleasantburg Dr., 29607. (864) 527-3280.
Corporate, Banking and Securities Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Board of Governors Meeting, Asheville
Free legal clinics: End of Life Issues (Batesburg): Wills, Estate and Probate (Spartanburg)
Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (Lyman)
Free legal clinic: Landlord/Tenant Law (Columbia)
Military and Veterans' Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
S.C. Bar Foundation Board Meeting, Bar Building
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Conference Center
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