Tune in tonight

Tonight’s the night for the SC Bar Diversity Committee's fifth Virtual Fireside Chat: Beyond the Robe. Tune in via Facebook Live or the SC Bar’s website from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to hear from approximately 30 women currently serving on courts across South Carolina.  
This chat will recognize our women judges’ place in history as Diversity Committee members Amber Hendrick, La’Jessica Stringfellow, and Sutania Fuller explore an impact and legacy question with each of the judges. Registration is not required. 

The Virtual Fireside Chats are open to anyone who wants to attend, so please share this information with your networks.  If you have questions, contact Sutania A. Fuller

Kudos, Mock Trial volunteers

The SC Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division thanks the 309 volunteers, law students, attorney coaches, scoring judges, presiding judges, and coordinators who made the 2021 Virtual Mock Trial Regional and State Competitions such a success. In case you missed it, meet the 2021 High School Mock Trial State Champion Bob Jones Academy and first runner-up Carolina Forest High in this Bar NewsBob Jones Academy, led by teacher Chuck Nicholas and attorney coach Allen Fretwell, will represent South Carolina virtually at nationals in May.  

“Mock Trial is an amazing program that has a lasting impact on the lives of our participants – students, teachers, attorney coaches, and judges,” said Cynthia H. Cothran, director of the South Carolina Bar’s LRE Division. “With this year’s added virtual component, all participants showcased their determination and perseverance to overcome life’s challenges and succeed at something they enjoy doing. We hope everyone had a memorable competition experience.”

CLE suspension deadline April 15
The Commission on CLE and Specialization notified over 1,500 lawyers that they have not yet established compliance with the 2020-2021 MCLE requirements. Pursuant to Rule 419, SCACR, if these lawyers do not earn sufficient accredited CLE hours (or have carry-forward hours from the previous reporting year), file their reports listing the required credits, and pay the fees by April 15, 2021, they will be suspended from the practice of law by order of the South Carolina Supreme Court. To avoid suspension, compliance reports and fees must be received by the Commission no later than Thursday, April 15, 2021. Questions should be directed to the Commission at (803) 799-5578 or e-mailed to
SC Bar Foundations honors
female non-profit leaders
In honor of Women’s History Month, the SC Bar Foundation would like to send a special thanks to the outstanding female attorneys and leaders at the non-profit organizations it supports across the state for the work they do every day to help South Carolinians access legal services and other critical resources. These leaders are making in impact on the profession and the Palmetto State. See full list of women directors and/or senior attorneys at the grantee organizations. The Foundation would also like to recognize its dedicated Board and specifically our officers, Jennifer Blumenthal, Venus Poe, and Lisa Cotten for their constant work towards the mission of promoting justice by funding legal access and education.   
Join team Palmetto Pro Bono
in national competition
Does March Madness have your competitive juices flowing? You may not be able to dribble, but you can showcase your legal skills in a friendly state-against-state pro bono competition sponsored by the Civil Rights and Social Justice Section of the American Bar Association. You don't have to be a member of the ABA or its Civil Rights and Social Justice Section to participate; you only need to be a SC Bar member and register as a volunteer attorney with South Carolina Free Legal Answers. From 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, we will see which state's attorneys can answer the most questions on Free Legal Answers. Find more information and register for the competition here.
Baskets of books
Set a calendar reminder for the first annual CLE Spring Book Festival presented by the SC Bar CLE Division! The festival runs April 1-30 and will showcase a variety of SC Bar publications covering multiple practice areas. Stay tuned to your weekly Pubs Digest email as we launch publication spotlights every Friday at 10 a.m. in April. You’ll hear from authors on video detailing their publication. Take this opportunity to update, build or complete your law library. Preview now in the online book store.
Best practices for paralegals

The hottest paralegal live webcast program, Best Practices for South Carolina Paralegals returns on Friday, May 7, 2021. This diverse program will assist paralegals of all backgrounds and experience levels in achieving their professional and educational goals. Topics include an ethics presentation, creating space for growth, examination under oath and great file organization. Register here by 5 p.m. May 6.

*Download the brochure and registration form here

On-demand: anytime, anywhere 
On-demand courses are another convenient option the SC Bar provides as recorded programming from the live seminars. Browse these programs below:

Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh My!
Cost: $250 / Credit:  7.0 MCLE, 1.0 SA/MH

Fundamentals of DUI Investigations: A Primer for Civil and Criminal Practitioners Featuring Master Deputy David D. Kopenhaver
Cost: $210 / Credit:  3.18 MCLE

Managing Attorney Stress in These Difficult Times Presented by Dr. Jerry V. Teplitz
Cost: $195 / Credit:  1.51 MCLE, 1.51 SA/MH

Effects of Unconscious Bias on the ADR Process: Acknowledgement through Self-Assessment
Cost: $70 / Credit: 1.04 MCLE
March 24, 2021

Supreme Court Opinion

The Court reversed the court of appeals' finding that the Administrative Law Court's order was interlocutory. As a result, the Court remanded the matter to the court of appeals to address the merits of the appeal.
Torrence v. SCDOC, Op. No. 28017 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed March 24, 2021) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 10 at 9) is available online.
Court of Appeals Opinions

In this appeal arising from the trial court's order granting Henry Pressley's motion for a new trial nisi additur, the court affirmed. The court found the trial court did not abuse its discretion in granting Pressley's motion for a new trial nisi additur. The evidence supports the trial court's conclusion that Dr. Zgleszewski's testimony regarding the cause and extent of Pressley's injuries and pain was undisputed.
Pressley v. Sanders, Op. No. 5811 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 24, 2021) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 10 at 15) is available online.

In this appeal arising from the trial court's suppression of incriminating statements that Leon L. Barksdale made regarding his alcohol consumption prior to a traffic accident, the court reversed and remanded. The court found the record does not support a finding that Barksdale was in custody at the time Officer Craven questioned him regarding his alcohol consumption. The court acknowledged that individuals who are subjected to questioning by police officers are likely to feel intimidated; however, this inherent intimidation alone is insufficient to warrant Miranda warnings.
State v. Barksdale, Op. No. 5812 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 24, 2021) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 10 at 25) is available online.
Firm & hiring announcements

Leviner Law Firm announces that Lisa Walden has joined the firm, located at 207 West Richardson Ave., Summerville, 29483.
Lawyer discipline
By order of March 25, the Court placed Harry B. Gregory, Jr. on  interim suspension pursuant to Rule 17(a) of the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement (RLDE) contained in Rule 413 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR).

In Memoriam
Franklin (Frank) Matthews Jackson, 32, of Aiken died December 28, 2020. His obituary is available online.
Upcoming Events:

April 6
Consumer Law Section Council
International Law Committee
April 7
In-House Counsel Committee
April 8
Military & Veteran's Law Section Council
April 9
Practice & Procedure Committee
*All meetings are virtual
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