Coming to your inbox May 3 

As part of the South Carolina Bar’s Five-Year Strategic Diversity Plan, we want to better understand our members’ diversity and their experience in the organization and the legal profession in South Carolina. The SC Bar, in partnership with Spring International, will conduct an all-member survey from May 3 to 24

All Bar members will receive an email from our research partner Spring International on Monday, May 3. This email, displayed as “Your Bar: Your Voice – SC Bar Member Survey,” will come from donotreply@mysurveytree. comThe message will include a link to the survey, which will take you 10 to 15 minutes to complete. 

“We are excited to continue building diversity, equity and inclusion in at the SC Bar. Our mission is to better understand members’ diversity and the current climate of inclusion at the Bar,” said Clifford L. Bourke, Jr., chair of the Five-Year Strategic Diversity Plan Implementation Committee. “As a first step in our journey, we are conducting a survey of members’ experiences. This involves gathering complete and up to date demographic information so that we know more about our membership. This survey also will give every member the opportunity to provide confidential feedback on their experience of belonging to the Bar.” 

The survey is confidential. Responses will go to our third-party partner, Spring International, who will provide the Bar with group-level data only. No individual responses will be reported back to anyone at the organization.  

Your participation is voluntary and vitally important, and the Board of Governors encourages every member to have their voice heard.  

Beyond the Robe reminder

The sixth and final Virtual Fireside Chat: Beyond the Robe hosted by the South Carolina Bar’s Diversity Committee will be will be held tonight at 6 p.m. 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
The Virtual Fireside Chats are open to anyone who wants to attend. If you have questions, contact Sutania A. Fuller

Court news: Rules amendments

The South Carolina Supreme Court on April 29 announced orders amending rules within the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules, the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure and the South Carolina Court-Annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules. Access the complete orders in this Court News item.

Lace up for the YLD Virtual 5/10K

The Young Lawyers Division 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.     

April 30 is the last day to sign up for early bird registration and 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 times and are asked to share their times and photos on social media tagging the @SCBarYLD and #YLDStayAway5K10K. Contact Shauna Gibson with questions.  

Post those VAV Purple Leash pics

Thanks to all the donors who contributed to the YLD Voices Against Violence Committee Purple Leash Project to support the Humane Society of Marlboro County, an animal shelter dedicated to assisting to pets of domestic violence survivors. Post your pet pictures with the VAV purple leashes to your social media by April 30 to be entered to win a $100 PetSmart gift card. Make sure to, tag @SCBar or @SCBarYLD and #VAVPurpleLeash when sharing the photos. You can still donate and receive a complimentary #VAVPurpleLeash. 

CSOL fall 2021 recruiting

The Charleston School of Law is grateful for the SC Bar members’ partnership in recruiting and hiring its students and graduates. With academic credentials and Bar exam passage rates on the rise, and despite the impact of the pandemic, the 2020-2021 recruiting cycle was its most successful ever. More employers engaged students over the past year than any previous year in the school’s history.   

The Charleston School of Law extends a warm and welcoming invitation to all Bar members to participate in on-campus interviews or collect resumes this fall. Interviews will begin on August 23 and will run through November. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, the school is pleased to accommodate remote or in-person interviews. You can sign up here or contact Emily Guerrero at (843) 377-1394 to discuss the recruitment process in more detail. 


That's a wrap!

The CLE Spring Book Festival wraps this week showcasing two areas of the Paralegal Survival Guide Facts and Forms, Volumes I and II, Third Edition and Social Security Disability Cases in South Carolina, Fourth Edition. Kenny, Lyndey and Stacy round out the festival with their author talk spotlights below:

Kenny Berger on Plaintiff Litigation in the Paralegal Survival Guide 
Lyndey Bryant (and Ellery) on Litigation in the Paralegal Survival Guide
Stacy E. Thompson on Social Security Disability Cases in SC

MAY the CLEs be with you 
While the South Carolina temperatures are heating up, may you stay cool with these live webcast CLEs in the comfort of your home or office. Mark your calendars now for these May programs:

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: 6.0 MCLE / 6.0 ELL Specialization Credit

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

Advance Directives - Ethical Overview
May 20; Cost: $70 / Credit: 1.0 MCLE, 1.0 LEPR

30 Tech Tips in 30 Minutes
May 26; Cost: $40 / 0.50 MCLE

2021 Convention seminars now on-demand

Missed out on the 2021 Convention? The SC Bar CLE Division has you covered. Browse the featured convention seminars below or view a complete listing of programs now offered on-demand.
2021 Bar Convention Probate, Estate Planning & Trust Section
Cost: $210 / Credit: 2.93 MCLE, 2.93 EPP Specialization
2021 Bar Convention Children’s Law Committee
Cost: $210 / Credit: 2.86 MCLE
2021 Bar Convention Trial & Appellate Advocacy Section
Cost: $180 / Credit: 2.45 MCLE, 2.45 JCLE for Circuit Court Judges
2021 Bar Convention Family Law Section
Cost: $210 / Credit: 3.16 MCLE, 3.16 JCLE for Family Court Judges

April 28, 2021
Supreme Court Opinions

The Court granted John Willie Mack, Sr.'s petition for a writ of certiorari to review Mack v. State, Op. No. 2019-UP-386 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Dec. 18, 2019), in which the court of appeals affirmed the PCR court's dismissal of Mack's second application for post-conviction relief ("PCR") alleging his DNA counsel failed to timely appeal the denial of his application for DNA testing under the Access to Justice Post-Conviction DNA Testing Act ("DNA Act"), S.C. Code Ann. §§ 17-28-10 to -120 (2014). Because Mack was prevented from seeking appellate review, the Court found it necessary to provide an avenue of relief akin to Austin v. State, 305 S.C. 453, 409 S.E.2d 395 (1991) that affords him the opportunity to obtain a belated appeal. Accordingly, the Court reversed and remanded to the court of general sessions for an evidentiary hearing consistent with this opinion. 

Mack v. State, Op. No. 28025 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed April 28, 2021) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 14 at 13) is available online. 
Firm & hiring announcements

Nelson & Galbreath, LLC announces that Ryan Nichols has joined its Greenville office as an associate in the firm’s Commercial Real Estate practice group, located at 131 Falls St., Suite 101, Greenville, 29601. 

Upcoming Events:

April 30
SC Lawyer Editorial Board 
May 5 
Construction Law Section Council 
May 6
House of Delegates and Annual Assembly Virtual Meeting
May 11
Corp. Council 
*All meetings are virtual
Event Calendars:
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