Stay tuned to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and your inbox, where you can watch authors give brief overviews of their books on Fridays. You might just get a few ideas of what to add to your library. Here’s an advance screening of of this week’s author talks:
Lawyers and judges may earn all or any portion of the required CLE credit for the 2021-2022 annual reporting year through online or telephonic programs, according to this March 31 South Carolina Supreme Courtorder from the South Carolina Supreme Court. “Following consultation with the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, and based on the continued development of issues caused by COVID-19 and a potential lack of available in-person courses, the limitation on distance learning hours is waived for the 2021-2022 annual reporting year,” the order states.
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The Young Lawyers Division Voices Against Violence Committee announces its Purple Leash Project to benefit the Humane Society of Marlboro County, an animal shelter dedicated to providing shelter and veterinary services to pets of domestic violence survivors. Currently, the shelter is expanding its campus to include a unit specifically for pets who cannot accompany an owner fleeing an abusive relationship. This resource will have a direct impact on the clients served by the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault. To help ensure the success of this effort, donate here.
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The family of Richard Nielsen is seeking information on his will that was likely drafted between 2017 and 2021 in Charleston, Georgetown or Horry counties. If you have information or documentation, please contact Angela Stinnett at (843) 360- 1095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLE suspension deadline April 15
Pursuant to Rule 419, SCACR, if Bar members have not established CLE compliance by April 15, 2021, their law licenses will be suspended by order of the South Carolina Supreme Court. To establish compliance, lawyers must 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. 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 email@example.com.
Spring into wellness
The SC Bar Young Lawyers Division invites all Bar members to join in its April Wellness at Home Challenge. During the year of social distancing, we have learned that working from home or in hybrid environments can add stress and anxiety to an already uncertain situation. We recognize the need to maintain or add self-care practices for mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
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The South Carolina Bar’s offices will be closed Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday. We wish everyone a safe and restful weekend.
In this appeal arising from the Appellate Panel’s finding that Decedent’s death was compensable, the court affirmed the decision of the Appellate Panel. The court found no error in the Appellate Panel’s finding of compensability, nor its calculation of Decedent’s average weekly wage. Decedent was shot and killed while on call on Best Western's premises, where she was required to live and be on call 24/7 as a condition of her employment. There is no evidence the assault was personally motivated, and there is no evidence it was caused by any condition peculiar to her. Because the only evidence in the record indicates the living arrangement was part of Decedent’s wage contract, the court found no error in the Appellate Panel’s consideration of the fair market value of Decedent’s use of the motel room in calculating her average weekly wage.
Patel v. BVM Motel, LLC, Op. No. 5813 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 31, 2021) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 11 at 19) is available online.
Firm & hiring announcements
McIntosh, Sherard, Sullivan & Brousseau announces that S. Leslie McIntosh has been named a partner in the firm located at 138 N. Main St., Anderson, 29621.
Christopher Mills announces the opening of Spero Law LLC, located at 1050 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. #83, Mount Pleasant, 29465.
By order of March 31, the Court publicly reprimanded former Charleston Municipal Court Judge Joseph Sidney Mendelsohn (with additional conditions) for, inter alia, (1) failure to uphold integrity of judiciary, (2) failure to avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety, and (3) failure to disqualify himself from proceedings in which his impartiality might be questioned.
By order of March 31, the Court publicly reprimanded Thurmond Brooker (with additional conditions) for, inter alia, (1) failure to deposit unearned fees into a client trust account, (2) failure to return unearned fees upon termination of representation, and (3) engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.
Justice Hearn dissented in a separate opinion.
William "Bill" M. Grant, Jr., 81, of Greenville died March 18. His obituary is available online.
Selma Thorn Jones, 65, of Greenwood died March 9. Her obituary is available online.
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