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January 23, 2015
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.
House of Delegates meets
The House of Delegates met January 22 during the Bar Convention.
The House approved the following:
• a request from the Professional Responsibility Committee to add the definition of “person” to Rule 1.0 of the Rules of Professional Conduct;
• an amendment to the Bar Constitution that increases the base unit of the House of Delegates from 85 to 105;
• a request from the Corporate, Banking and Securities Section to adopt its S.C. Third Party Legal Opinion Report;
• a request from the Task Force on Attorney Wellness to establish secured leave periods for attorneys;
• a request from the Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section to support legislation amending Article 5 of the S.C. Probate Code relating to powers of attorney and the Uniform Veterans Guardianship Act; and
• a request from the Elder Law Committee for approval of materials for use in seeking public input on guardianships and protective proceedings.
The proposed rule changes and constitutional amendment will be forwarded to the Court.
James D. Myrick and Karen M. Tyner were nominated for reappointment and Zandra L. Johnson and Wes A. Kissinger were nominated for appointment to the Commission on CLE and Specialization. The nominees will be presented to the Court.
Devin Srivastava of Spartanburg Day School, statewide winner of the Senior Lawyer Division’s 2014 Law Day Essay Contest, was recognized.
The House received reports from Conventions Committee Chair Liz Crum; President-Elect Anne Ellefson, regarding the Bar's strategic plan; and Bar Foundation President-Elect Mary-Louise Ramsdale. The Young Lawyers Division Bylaws were amended. November financial statements were received.
Video and written reports from President Cal Watson on Bar initiatives are available online.
The Assembly convened at the close of the meeting and ratified the proposed constitutional amendment.
Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met January 22 during the Bar Convention.
The Board received an update on legislative issues, the strategic planning process and member survey results on pro bono participation and malpractice coverage.
A request from the Consumer Law Section to host a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" to address public questions was approved.
The Board authorized the executive committee to determine a financial sponsorship amount in support of the 225th Anniversary Celebration of the District Court of South Carolina.
Wellness website launch
Were you able to check out any wellness activities at the 2015 Bar Convention? There's still time to check them out! If not, begin your wellness journey by checking out a preview of the new Living Above the Bar website. Check back regularly for great recipes, blog posts about healthy living and wellness information. More updates coming soon! Contact Jasmine Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions concerning submitting information or writing a blog post.
Give the gift of time!
The Law Related Education Division (LRE) is seeking attorney volunteers for its annual High School Mock Trial Program, which teaches high school students about the legal system through trial role playing. Attorney judges are needed to score the competitions, and attorney coaches are needed to help prepare the teams. Spring tournaments will take place Feb. 28 in Charleston, Conway, Greenville and Lexington and March 13-14 in Columbia. All attorney volunteers earn pro bono credit for their hours dedicated to the Mock Trial Program. Click here for the sign-up form or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Advance Sheet update
January 21, 2015
The S.C. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals, finding the medical malpractice statute of repose bars Providence Hospital’s indemnity claim.
Columbia/CSA-HS v. SC Medical Malpractice, Op. No. 27484 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed January 21, 2015) Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 3 at 59), is available online.
Justice Toal dissented in a separate opinion in which Justice Hearn concurred.
By order of January 21, the Court disbarred Brian N. Davis for misconduct including failure to provide competent representation and knowingly making false statement of material facts to a third person.
By order of January 21, the Court publicly reprimanded John W. Howard for failure to act with reasonable diligence and promptness and failure to safekeep client property.
By order of January 21, the Court publicly reprimanded William D. Rhoad IV for, inter alia, failure to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter. Additional conditions were imposed.
By order of January 21, the Court publicly reprimanded David Weldon Gantt (with additional conditions) for improperly engaging in business transactions with law firm clients.
By orders of January 15, the Court accepted the resignations from the Bar of Edward Allen Backus, Angela Hurley Barber, Don Floyd Briggs, Karen M. Haselden, Gail Lovell and Miles Sanford Weiss.
Harris & Graves announces that S. Hampton Eadon III has been named a partner in the firm located at 1518 Richland St., Columbia 29201. (803) 799-2911.
Richardson Plowden announces that Carmen V. Ganjehsani has joined the firm's Columbia office located at 1900 Barnwell St., 29201. (803) 576-3737.
Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, PA announces that Troy Thames (Charleston), Natalie Pike (Charleston), Ramie Shalabi (Columbia) and Jennie Smith (Charleston) have joined the firm. Contact information is available online.
SC Bar Convention, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
SC Bar Foundation Gala, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
SC Bar Leadership Academy Kickoff and Orientation, Columbia
Consumer Law Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
ADR Commission Meeting, Bar Conference Center
Education Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Law Related Education Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Families Forever Fair, Greenville
Free legal clinic: Family Law Issues (Spartanburg)
Free legal clinic: Family Law Issues (Summerville)
Free legal clinic: Family Law Issues (N. Myrtle Beach)
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estates and Probate (Hilton Head)
Living Above the Bar: Task Force on Attorney Wellness Meeting, Bar Building
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Free legal clinic: Immigration Law Issues (Columbia)
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (Charleston)
Practice and Procedure Committee Meeting, Bar Building
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