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The CLE Spring Book Festival kicks off today showcasing Pocket PrelimsThe Paralegal Survival Guide and SC Civil Procedure. Throughout April, we will feature a variety of outstanding and useful publications and their authors on our social media accounts and in the weekly Pubs Digest email.

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:   

Court news: Distance learning waiver for 2021-22

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 Court order 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.  

Attention in-house counsels:
Join our news list

The In-House Counsel Committee is finalizing a list of in-house attorneys in the SC Bar. The committee plans to use this list to communicate important events, opportunities and news. If you wish to be included, please send your contact information to Tara G. Caine at tcaine@scbar.org. Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Caine at (803) 576-3766   

Happy tails: Donate to the
VAV Purple Leash Project

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.  

All donors will receive a complimentary #VAVPurpleLeash, and that’s not all! Post a picture of your pet and the purple leash using #VAVPurpleLeash and tagging @SCBar on Twitter, @scbaryld on Instagram or South Carolina Bar on Facebook by April 30, and you’ll be entered to win a $100 PetSmart gift card. Three winners will be chosen. 

Seeking information on a will

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 astinnett@wonderworksmb.com.

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 to commcle@bellsouth.net

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. 

To participate, post an activity that you find good for your mental, physical or emotional well-being, tag SCBarYLD and use the hashtags #LivingAboveTheBar and #WAH on your social media account (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter). Each post counts as one entry to the challenge, which runs through April 30. The more posts you have, the more chances you have to win. Challenge winners will be drawn from the entries and can receive a spa gift card, grocery store gift card, subscription to Calm, or $250 towards a gym membership.

Office closed

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.  

Your CLE in SC
April + May CLEs

Put a little pep in your step this spring with these exceptional SC Bar CLEs in April and May. Mark your calendars for these upcoming live webcast programs:

Security Assessments and Pen Testing for Law Firms
April 28; Cost: $70 / Credit: 1.0 MCLE

2021 Best Practices for South Carolina Paralegals (via Zoom)
May 7; Cost: $125 / Credit: N/A (does not qualify for MCLE credit for attorneys)

*Download the brochure and registration form here

2021 Recent Developments in Employment Law
May 14; Cost: $250 / Credits: TBD

Law Firms Face the Scourge of Ransomware: How to Prevent, Respond, Recover
May 18; Cost: $70 / Credit: 1.0 MCLE


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: 1.06 MCLE
ADVANCE SHEET UPDATES
March 31, 2021
Court of Appeals Opinion

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
Announcements
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. 
 
Lawyer discipline
 
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.
 
In Memoriam
 
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.
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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