Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast!
September 19, 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.
Board of Governors meets
The Board of Governors met Thursday in Columbia.
The Board received a request from the Family Law Section to support proposed legislation for alimony reform. The Board tabled the vote until its October conference call to allow for review of the proposed changes.
The Board approved the creation of a Task Force on Paralegal Certification.
The Board heard a proposal to expand the Bar's Pro Bono Program and approved a survey on the license fee statement to assess pro bono and civic education participation.
A request to establish a Facebook page for the Law Student Affiliate Division was approved.
The Board approved a request to participate in a study by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs to survey rates of substance abuse, depression and anxiety among attorneys.
New member benefits were approved, including discounts from Brooks Brother, Jos. A. Bank and Bikram Yoga.
Jon Rene Josey was appointed to a vacancy on the Bar Foundation Board of Directors.
House of Delegates meets
The House of Delegates met Thursday in Columbia.
The House approved a constitutional amendment to eliminate the waiting period required for nomination of a former Chair of the House to be President-Elect. The proposed amendment will be forwarded to the Court.
The House voted on a proposed plan for reapportionment of the House of Delegates, which is set to occur on March 1, 2015. The proposed plan will be published to the Bar membership in advance of the January vote by the House.
Call for nominations
The SC Bar Young Lawyers Division is calling for nominations for the positions of President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, Odd-Numbered Judicial Circuit Representatives and an Out-of-State Representative, effective July 1, 2015. Nominations should be submitted no later than Oct. 31. Letters of nomination and a brief bio should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (803) 799-4118 or mailed to SC Bar YLD, Attn: Amanda Price, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202. For more information, call Amanda Price at (803) 799-6653, ext. 135.
South Carolina Children’s Law Resource Manual available
The South Carolina Children’s Law Resource Manual includes an overview of the history of juvenile justice; an organized, step-by-step explanation of the juvenile justice system and the various court hearings involved; a look at the impact juvenile justice can have on the educational system; a detailed description of the statewide Juvenile Arbitration Program and an overview of the foster care system authored by the Foster Care Review Board’s Director and General Counsel. Also included is a conversion table (Title 63 to 20), a table of authorities and an index. Order the manual here.
Reminder: 2014-2015 Lawyers Desk Book now available!
The 2014-15 edition of the SC Bar Lawyers Desk Book is now available. Please note that member contact information was published as entered in the Supreme Court's Attorney Information System (AIS). All active Bar members were mailed a complimentary copy. Additional copies in print and downloadable electronic format can be purchased for $25 each, plus tax. Order extra copies online or by calling (803) 799-6653, ext. 155.
Amendments to SC Appellate Court Rule 407
The SC Bar filed a petition to amend Rule 1.6 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The Supreme Court granted that portion of the Bar's petition requesting the Court adopt the American Bar Association's (ABA) amendments to Model Rule 1.6 and the Comments to the rule. The Court also adopted the ABA's amendments to the comments to Model Rule 1.17. See attachment. The amendments are effective immediately.
Cole Scholarship Applications for October CLE seminars due Sept. 24
Applications for Ronnie M. Cole Scholarships for October seminars are due Sept. 24. The fund provides pro-rated scholarships to benefit lawyers who need assistance with the cost of the required CLE seminars needed to maintain their law license. The scholarships will be used to attend a qualifying course offered by the SC Bar CLE Division. Submit your online application here.
Fifth Judicial Circuit DUI Treatment Court
By order of September 17, Walter B. Todd Jr., was assigned to preside over the 5th Judicial Circuit DUI Treatment Court.
Hearing on reinstatement
The Committee on Character and Fitness has scheduled a hearing on Oct. 15 on the petition for reinstatement of Kristie Ann McAuley.
Advance Sheet update
By order of September 11, the Court granted a joint motion to dismiss and directed the Court of Appeals to depublish its opinion. The opinion shall have no precedential effect.
Keeter v. Alpine Towers International, Inc., 2014-09-11-01 (S.C. Sup. Ct. dated September 11, 2014) is available online.
After granting a petition for writ of certiorari, the S.C. Supreme Court dispensed with further briefing and reversed the Court of Appeals’ decision affirming the grant of summary judgment to respondent. The Court found a genuine issue of material fact exists as to whether respondent should be charged with constructive notice on the basis that the rut existed for such a period of time that respondent, in the use of reasonable care, should have discovered it. The Court further found that a genuine issue of material fact exists as to whether the recurring nature of the defect created a continual condition giving rise to constructive notice.
Major v. City of Hartsville, Op. No. 27446 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed September 17, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 37 at 13), is available online.
Justice Hearn did not participate in the opinion.
Martin H. Kiser, 60, of Columbia died on August 26. An obituary is available here.
Hugh McCorkle Claytor, 56, of Greenville died on September 15. An obituary is available here.
Nexsen Pruet, LLC announces that Devon Turner Riley has joined the firm's Charleston office as Special Counsel located at 205 King St., Ste. 400, 29401. (843) 577-9440.
Rothstein Law Firm, PA announces that Michael G. Corley has joined the firm as an associate located at 1312 Augusta St., Greenville 29605. (864) 438-0969.
Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, PA announces that Matthew S. Byzet has joined the firm as an associate located at 15 Middle Atlantic Wharf, Ste. 101, Charleston 29401. (843) 937-8000.
Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (Spartanburg)
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estate and Probate (Irmo)
Workers’ Compensation Section Council Meeting, Conference Call
Family Law Section Council Meeting, Bar Building
Free legal clinic: End of Life Issues (Sumter)
Free legal clinic: Wills, Estate and Probate (Columbia)
Professional Responsibility Committee Meeting, Bar Building
International Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Free legal clinic: Family Law Issues (Batesburg)
Free legal clinic: Magistrate Court Issues (Spartanburg)
Free legal clinic: Torts Law Issues (Columbia)
Children’s Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
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