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As you continue focusing on health and wellness this month as part of the Young Lawyers Divisions's Wellness at Home Challenge, they are announcing another fun and healthy opportunity to add to your spring calendar.

The YLD will host a virtual 5K/10K race Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-31. All Bar members are invited to take part. Participants will commit to running or walking a 5K or 10K while practicing social distancing! There is an entry donation request of $15 to go toward one of the following organizations: the South Carolina Bar Foundation, the Special Olympics, or the Make-A-Wish Foundation.    

Register by April 30 to receive your T-shirt before the race weekend.  Sign up here to join in the fun (final is deadline May 25). Prior to the race, participants will receive a link to record time and are asked to share their times and photos on social media tagging the SCYLD and #YLDStayAway5K10K. Contact Shauna Gibson with questions. 

 

Board of Governors meets

The SC Bar Board of Governors met Thursday, April 15 by video call and approved:

  • A request from the Professional Responsibility Committee to create a Bar Admissions Task Force to study and facilitate a discussion of the Bar admissions process.
  • Budget proposals for the SC Bar, CLE Division and YLD for fiscal year 2021-22. The budgets will be considered by the House of Delegates in May.

 
The Board received the Bar’s annual audit report as well as updates from the Five-Year Diversity Strategic Plan Implementation Committee and the Charleston School of Law.  
 
Finally, the Board voted to fill vacancies in the Even-Numbered Circuits of the House of Delegates as follows: Westley P. Cox of Williamston and N. Gruber Sires, Jr. of Seneca, 10th Circuit; Tameaka A. Legette of Walterboro, 14th Circuit and Michael F. Gillen of Rock Hill, 16th Circuit.

In 2 weeks: Derby Drinks virtual class 

The SC Bar Foundation enjoyed the Cheers to 50 Years Virtual Mixology Class so much that they've been asked to host another virtual class! Mark your calendar for    
7 p.m. Thursday, April 29 for Derby Drinks: A Virtual Cocktail Mixology Class. This time, renowned bartender Ryan
Casey will teach you how to craft a perfect Mint Julep and a classic Whiskey Sour. Make sure to wear your hats, fascinators and bow ties! Tickets are $25 a person. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Donate here to Young Lawyers Division Voices Against Violence Committee’s Purple Leash Project to benefit the Humane Society of Marlboro County and get your own purple leash. The shelter is dedicated to helping pets of domestic violence survivors. Show us your pet and the purple leash on social media with #VAVpurpleleash to win a PetSmart gift card.
Final Virtual Fireside Chat coming soon!

The sixth and final Virtual Fireside Chat: Beyond the Robe hosted by the South Carolina Bar’s Diversity Committee will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 29 on Facebook Live and the Bar’s website
 
This chat will feature Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Judge Richard M. Gergel of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and former Chief Justice Jean H. Toal of the South Carolina Supreme Court. The trio of jurists will engage in a live, candid conversation with Diversity Committee members Sutania A. Fuller, Amber Hendrick and La’Jessica Stringfellow

 
Registration is not required. If you do not have Facebook, the program can be viewed at www.scbar.org/live
  
The Virtual Fireside Chats are open to anyone who wants to attend, so please feel free to share this information with your networks. If you have any additional questions, contact Sutania A. Fuller asfuller@lex-co.com.

April is Health Care Decisions Month

April is Health Care Decisions Month as proclaimed by Gov. Henry McMaster. While conversations with loved ones about after life arrangements or what your wishes are in the event you fall ill are uncomfortable, they are necessary—especially during the current pandemic. Talking to your loved ones about your goals for future health care, often referred to as advance care planning, will help them understand your choices and gives them a sense of comfort in honoring your wishes. As we all reconnect with family—either in-person or via video calls— now is a good time to have this important conversation. For ideas on how to start this difficult but critical conversation or share with your clients, see these resources from My Life Choices

Send in wellness photos

The Wellness Committee is in the process of revamping and updating the wellness website Living Above the Bar, and it needs your help!  We would like to include more pictures from Bar members in action across all sections of the site instead of relying on stock images.  Please submit photos or videos displaying you taking part in any form of wellness (physical, mental, social) activity or practice to Jasmine Smith at  jsmith@robinsongray.com. Photos that you have already posted on other social media sites will work. The Wellness Committee will award a prize to those photos selected.

Stock your law library

The CLE Spring Book Festival publication spotlights continue featuring South Carolina Business Law HandbookSouth Carolina Rules Annotated 2020, South Carolina Evidence Handbook Annotated Fifteenth Editionand A Practical Guide to Elder and Special Needs Law in South Carolina, Second Edition. Meet the authors in this week's author talk videos below:

Brian M. Collie, James T. H. Buxton, Nathan D. Johnson on SC Business Law Handbook

Justin S. Kahn on SC Rules Annotated 2020 and SC Evidence Handbook Annotated

Franchelle C. Millender, Sarah Garland St. Onge and Andrew J. Atkins on A Practical Guide to Elder and Special Needs Law in SC 


Keep an eye on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and your inbox for the latest author talk spotlight videos. The festival runs April 1-30 showcasing a variety of SC Bar publications covering multiple practice areas.


Hot off the press

Annotated South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct 2021 Edition is thoroughly annotated with relevant case law and Ethics Advisory Opinions current through December 2020. Each purchase of the 2021 edition comes with a downloadable version of the book for easy searching. Purchase your copy today.
2021 Convention seminars now on-demand

All 2021 SC Bar Convention seminars are now available on-demand! If you missed out on the virtual convention, we have you covered. Browse these featured seminars below or view a complete listing of the 2021 Convention seminars on-demand now.

2021 Bar Convention Demystifying the Judicial Election and Selection Process: State and Federal Courts
Cost: $140 / Credit: 1.56 MCLE

2021 Bar Convention Dispute Resolution Section
Cost: $210 / Credit: 3.03 MCLE

2021 Bar Convention Diversity Committee
cost: $210 / Credit: 3.05 MCLE

2021 Bar Convention Elder Law Committee
Cost: $210 / Credit: 3.01 MCLE, 1.0 LEPR

Announcements
Firm & hiring announcements
 
Teckla S. Henderson has been named director of Executive Affairs at the S.C. Department of Public Safety, overseeing legislative and constituent services for the department.

Amanda Leviner announces that Michael P. Stello has joined the Leviner Law Firm, located at 207 West Richardson Ave., Summerville, 29483 
Upcoming Events:

April 16
Ethics Advisory Committee
Professional Responsibility Committee
April 22
Technology Committee
April 23
Animal Law Committee

*All meetings are virtual
Event Calendars:
Got an Announcement? Email Mary-Kathryn Craft at mcraft@scbar.org.
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