Fall 2006 Newsletter

PRESIDENT
Cheryl D. Shoun
39 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
723-4020

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Jerry N. Theos
17-1/2 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
723-7491

EDITOR
Mia Lauren Maness
P.O. Box 13897
Charleston, SC 29412
795-7800

FALL, 2006

http://www.charlestonbar.org

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Fellow Members of the Charleston County Bar:

It’s officially fall. Fall makes me think of the changing leaves.   And, thinking of leaves makes me think of trees.  And, thinking of trees makes me wonder just when the standards in our practice changed.  Did it happen when I wasn't looking?  Is it now mandatory that a certain number of trees are sacrificed on the alter of litigation in even the simplest case?

Oddly, in our age of technology it appears that the volume of paperwork has blossomed. In the not too distant past, a letter or a pleading was completed, and it was placed in a properly addressed envelope, duly posted and mailed.  Now, we first must fax the document then mail it, where before only those documents of utmost urgency were faxed.

Now, rather than the routine and civilized exchange of discovery, it seems that objections to the most elementary questions are commonplace, followed by letters urging complete responses, and perhaps the unfortunate necessity of motions.  And, again when I wasn’t looking, it apparently became accepted practice to object to standard interrogatories as being, among other things, overbroad and unduly burdensome.  Hasn't that been determined already?

All this being said, I would just urge each of us to practice efficiently.  I would also encourage each of us to remember our Standards of Professionalism.  Before routinely objecting to discovery, stop and consider that we should all revere the law and the legal profession.  I should think this would require, at a minimum, responses to the standard interrogatories.  And, if it means you must fax and send a hard copy, I suppose the sacrifices must continue.  But, beware of the Tree Gods.

Sincerely,

Cheryl D. Shoun

Finkel Law Firm, LLC is pleased to announce that Brandt R. Horton has become an associate of the firm located at 3955 Faber Place Drive, Suite 200, North Charleston, SC  29405.  Tel. 577-5460.

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McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC is pleased to announce that Maggie Fawcett and Bennett Crites have joined the firm’s Charleston office. Ms. Fawcett practices in the area of workers’ compensation.  Mr. Crites’ practice focuses on general liability defense, including automobile negligence, premises liability, products liability, and commercial trucking law.

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McNair Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to announce that Jimmy Denning has joined the firm as Special Counsel in its Charleston office. His areas of practice will be business and corporate transactions, as well as intellectual property matters.  Mr. Denning, the former principal attorney of the Denning Law Firm, LLC of Mount Pleasant, previously served as general counsel for Charleston-based manufacturing and service companies.

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Young Clement Rivers, LLP is pleased to announce that Alison D. Durgee and Christine Kent have joined the firm as associates in the Charleston office.  Ms. Durgee will practice with the construction law group and Ms. Kent will practice with the professional liability group.

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For Rent: Office space available for one attorney and staff at 102 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 1. Includes phones, copier, fax, kitchen, conference room, etc. Great location for clients; five minutes to downtown. Call Cynthia O’Dell at 406-7526.

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For Rent: Attractive, professional furnished office located at 2043 Maybank Highway, James Island.   Five minutes from downtown Charleston. 1500 square feet at $16 per square foot annual lease. Call (843) 406-1331 or (843) 343-8686.

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For Rent: First floor office space at 122 Church Street.  Three private offices, conference room and reception area; approximately 2,100 square feet.  Contact Jerry Kaynard at 723-6491.

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For Rent: Mount Pleasant .   Executive-suite style office for rent.  Fabulous new building located at 1040 eWall Street off Highway 17, only a mile to the Ravenel Bridge.  Corner office has large windows and space for support staff. Only one office left.  Included are:  parking; receptionist service (phone answering and lobby); long distance telephone calls (up to 300 minutes per month);  high-speed internet; electricity; janitorial/cleaning once per week;  shared conference room (provided as available); common area restrooms; walking trails with pond.  Call Scott Bluestein at 577-3092, Sally King-Gilreath at 884-3357, or Wendi Freeman at 849-1900.

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The Charleston School of Law’s Technology Law Society is offering free computer training to senior lawyers through its "Project Reverse Mentoring" program. Starting in fall 2006 law students will be available for individualized, one-on-one computer training with senior lawyers interested in basic skills such as e-mail, internet, and word processing. For more information contact Barbara Holmes at 367-3780 or bholmes@charlestonlaw.org .

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM SC COMMISSION ON INDIGENT DEFENSE

The SC Commission on Indigent Defense (OID) wants to encourage the Bar to submit vouchers for payment for services in civil and criminal cases.  OID is in the process of automating its system to allow for completing the vouchers electronically.  In the meantime, if anyone requires assistance completing and submitting the vouchers, please contact OID. The submission of these vouchers is very important to OID - it facilitates the substantiation of the necessity of funds for civil and criminal appointments.

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2007 CHARLESTON COUNTY BAR DUES

Please remember to include $75.00 for your 2007 Charleston County Bar dues when you pay your South Carolina State Bar dues for 2007. You will receive this notice in November.  Your Charleston County Bar dues for 2007 have to be paid prior to the annual meeting in February.  We do not send out a separate bill and appreciate each attorney paying through the South Carolina Bar.  Approximately 90% of you already do this and it would be great if 100% did.

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MARK YOU CALENDARS FOR FREE CLE’S

Mark your calendars for our free CLE’s in December.  They are as follows:

Friday, December 1, 2006         -        “What Works for Me”
Friday, December 15, 2006        -        “What Works for You”

Both CLE’s will be held in the Jury Assembly Room at the Charleston County Courthouse.  More information will be available at a later date.

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PRO BONO MOMENTS

Our organization, Pro Bono Legal Services, Inc. (PBLS) is relatively new, but pro bono publico work by attorneys has been around as long as the legal profession itself. The profession of advocate came into existence around 300 B.C., and by the beginning of the Christian era lawyers had become independent professionals, much as we know them today. It was during this time that legal representatives were first provided by the privileged classes for the weak and impoverished. Apparently this was repaid in political influence to the patron.

The English legal system, which is the foundation for most of the American system of justice, began to regulate the ethical conduct of lawyers in the 13 th century. At the same time, an “ethos,” beyond “ethics,” more subtle values, meanings and expectations such as concepts of “equal justice,” began to be reflected in ethical codes. The first time an oath may have been required of lawyers was in 1275.  The First Statute of Westminster contained the language:

Ye shall not defer, tract or delay their causes willingly, for covetous of money or other thing that may turn you a profit.

In other European countries lawyers’ oaths began to include provisions requiring lawyers to “lower their fees according to the importance of the case and the circumstances of the parties” and to exact “no exorbitant fee from the poor and others.”

In modern America, we recognize that a robust system of justice, and for that matter a healthy society, requires that the benefits of our system of civil justice be available to those unable to otherwise afford legal representation to protect the most basic human needs.  Lawyers take it upon themselves to do these pro bono cases because they realize that the great system of resolving civil disputes, our justice system, is diminished if injustice results from the lack of access to competent legal representation, especially where basic human needs are deprived as a result.  The ethos of pro bono is reflected in the priority given to such service by our new Charleston School of Law and in the advent of legal services non-profits to deal with specialized legal problems, such as those common to women, children and the elderly.

Local attorneys have been rising to the pro bono challenge in 2006, as over 100 cases have been referred by PBLS since opening for intake in March 2006. Individual practitioners and small firms have taken most of the cases, with individuals from larger firms also participating. As the larger law firms continue to consider their role in the pro bono effort, Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough (Charleston office) has lead the way with creative and vigorous programs such as the Interfaith Crisis Ministries’ Homeless Legal Clinic, having accepted some 26 cases already through its Pro Bono Fellowship program with  PBLS.

Among PBLS goals for 2007 is to expand the Pro Bono Fellowship Program of 2006 to include up to six second and third year law students.  Each student will be connected with a service agency and a large law firm for a six week period during the summer of 2007. The students, working out of the firm’s offices, perform outreach at the service agency’s offices, while the participating law firm agrees to accept a limited number of cases taken in during the student’s tenure.

CIRCUIT COURT SCHEDULE - NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

(Court schedules are changing constantly; please verify current information through S.C. Court Administration or by checking the South Carolina Judicial Department website at http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/calendar/index.cfm)

Oct 2

Oct 9

Oct 16

Oct 23

Chas CP   -  Childs
Chas GS   -  Hughston
Chas GS   -  Williams
Chas AW -  Jefferson
Berk GS   -  Pieper

Chas GS   -   Hughston
Chas GS    -    Childs

9 th CPNJ   -  Dennis
Chas CP   -  Pieper
Chas CP   -  Childs
Berk CP   -  Jefferson

Chas CP    -  Nicholson
Chas GS    -  Jefferson
Chas GS   -  Pieper
Berk GS   -  Dennis

Oct 30

Nov 6

Nov 13

Nov 20

9 th CPNJ  -   Pieper
Chas CP   -  Jefferson
Chas CP   -  Childs
Chas GS   -  Dennis
Chas GS    -  Hughston
Berk GS   -  Watson

9 th CPNJ   -  Dennis
9 th CPNJ/  - Nicholson
PCR
Chas CP   -   Hughston
Chas CP   -   Jefferson
Chas CP   -   Childs
Chas CP   -   Pieper

Chas CP   -   Jefferson
Chas CP   -   Patterson
Chas GS   -   Hughston
Chas GS   -   Childs
Berk GS   -   Pieper

Nov 27

Dec 4

Dec 11

Dec 18

Chas CP    -  Dennis
Chas CP  -   Nicholson
Chas GS  -   Hughston
Chas CP  -   Jefferson
Berk GS  -   Watson

9 th CPNJ   -   Childs
Chas CP    -   Jefferson
Chas GS   -  Dennis
Chas GS    -   Hughston
Berk GS   -  Pieper

9 th CPNJ   -   Pieper
Chas CP   -   Jefferson
Chas GS   -   Hughston
Chas GS   -   John
Berk GS   -   Watson
Berk CP   -   Dennis

Dec 25

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CIRCUIT COURT SCHEDULE - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

Oct 2

Oct 9

Oct 16

Oct 23

1 st CPNJ   -   Goodstein

Dor GS    -  Williams

Dor GS    -  Williams

Oct 30

Nov 6

Nov 13

Nov 20

Dor CP   -  Goodstein

1 st CPNJ/ -  Miller
PCR

Dor CP    -   Nicholson

Nov 27

Dec 4

Dec 11

Dec 18

Dor GS    -  Goodstein

Dec 25


FAMILY COURT SCHEDULE - NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

Oct 2

Oct 9

Oct 16

Oct 23

Chas   -  McMahon
Chas   -  Cate
Chas   -  Andrews
Berk    - Gibbons
Berk    - Garfinkel
Berk   -  Landis

Chas   -  Brown
Chas   -  McMahon
Chas   -  Andrews
Chas   -  Garfinkel
Berk   -  Riddle
Berk   -  Cate
Berk   -  Landis

Chas    -  Garfinkel
Chas   -  McMahon
Chas   -  Murdock
Chas   -  Andrews
Berk   -  Armstrong
Berk   -  Landis

Chas   -  Garfinkel
Chas    -  Konduros
Chas   -  Andrews
Berk   -  Creech
Berk   -  Landis

Oct 30

Nov 6

Nov 13

Nov 20

Chas    -  Cate
Chas   -  Garfinkel
Chas   -  Vinson
Berk    -  Andrews
Berk   -  Young

Chas   -  Cate
Chas    -  Garfinkel
Chas   -  McMahon
Chas   -  Andrews
Berk   -  Armstrong
Berk   -  Landis

Chas   -   McMahon
Chas   -  Andrews
Chas   -  Vinson
Chas   -  Andrews
Berk   -  Vinson

Nov 27

Dec 4

Dec 11

Dec 18

Chas   -  Gibbons
Chas   -  McMahon
Chas    -  Cate
Chas   -  Garfinkel
Berk   -  Andrews
Berk   -  Young

Chas   -  Brown
Chas   -  McMahon
Chas    -  Mobley
Chas   -  Andrews
Berk   -  Cate
Berk   -  Mobley

Chas   -  Cate
Chas   -  McLin
Chas   -  McMahon
Chas   -  Garfinkel
Berk   -  Young
Berk   -   Creech

Dec 25

 

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FAMILY COURT SCHEDULE - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

Oct 2

Oct 9

Oct 16

Oct 23

Dor   -    McLin
Dor   -    Wylie

Dor   -    McLin
Dor   -    Wylie

Dor    -   Wylie

Dor   -    Jacobs
Dor   -    McLin

Oct 30

Nov 6

Nov 13

Nov 20

Dor   -    Jones
Dor   -    McLin

Dor   -   Wylie

Dor    -   McLin
Dor    -   Jacobs

Nov 27

Dec 4

Dec 11

Dec 18

Dor   -    McLin

Dor   -   Jones

Dor   -   Andrews
Dor   -   Jacobs

Dec 25

CHARLESTON COUNTY COMMON PLEAS JURY VERDICTS

(Information supplied by Clerk of Court’s Office)

CORRECTION

 

04-CP-10-2736  Mark A. Snyder vs. Michael C. Knight

Attorneys: Plaintiff:                 Jarrel L.   Wigger
Defendant:            John L. McDonald, Jr.
Cause of Action: Negligence
Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $345,000.00 actual damages.

THE PRECEDING VERDICT IS CORRECTED FROM THE LAST ISSUE. WE REGRET THAT THE INFORMATION PROVIDED CONCERNING THE ATTORNEYS WHO TRIED THE CASE WAS INCORRECT.

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04-CP-10-4772  Esther Haberthaler vs. Sheray Adams, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Cedric Lynn Wilson

Attorneys:  Plaintiff:                 Daniel A. Beck
Defendant:            Max G. Mahaffee
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Defendant.

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04-CP-10-5052  John Kachmarsky and Dennis D’Annunzio vs. Sunbelt Business Advisors Network, LLC

Attorneys:  Plaintiffs: Coming B. Gibbs, Jr.
Defendant:            Michael R. Daniel
Cause of Action: Breach of Contract
Verdict: For the Defendant.

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04-CP-10-5243 Colleen Adams vs. Fred C. Plunkett, Jr.

Attorneys: Plaintiff: J. Seth Whipper
Defendant: Michael B. McCall
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $2,077.00 actual damages.

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05-CP-10-0269 Margaret K. Ball vs. Latasha Moultrie

Attorneys: Plaintiff: Barry Krell
Defendant: Max G. Mahaffee and Thomas A. Bendle, Jr.
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $5,083.00 actual damages and $5,000.00 punitive damages.

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05-CP-10-359  Bee’s Ferry Landing, LLC, Robert L. Scroggs, Jr. and BSEM, LLC vs. South           Carolina Department of Transportation

Attorneys: Plaintiffs: Justin Lucy, M. Lee Robertson, Jr. and Trudy H. Robertson
Defendant: Christopher L. Murphy and Deborah B. Durden
Cause of Action: Inverse Condemnation
Verdict: For the Plaintiffs Bees Ferry Landing, LLC and Robert L. Scroggs, Jr. in the amount of $2,700,000.00 actual damages under each of the following causes of action:  inverse condemnation, substantive due process, and equal protection; for the Plaintiff BSEM, LLC in the amount of $1,500,000.00 actual damages.

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05-CP-10-1017 Shannon D. Brown   vs. Brian O’Neil Grant

Attorneys: Plaintiff: Raymond S. Baumil
Defendant: Barrett R. Brewer
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Defendant on the property damage counterclaim in the amount of $2,797.65 actual damages, after a reduction of 10% for Defendant’s comparative negligence.

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05-CP-10-1309 Darci McClintock vs. Frank Lee Farmer

Attorneys: Plaintiff: H. Asby Fulmer, III
Defendant:            Barrett R. Brewer
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Defendant.

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5-CP-10-1489  Glenda E. Richardson vs. Upuna Hagmocul

Attorneys: Plaintiff: Gary A. Ling
Defendant:            Thomas H. Milligan
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $9,500.00 actual damages.

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05-CP-10-1590  Laura Robinson vs. Medical University of South Carolina

Attorneys: Plaintiff: James R. Brauchle
Defendant: Arthur C. Pelzer
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $4,386.00 actual damages.

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05-CP-10-1617 Kathy Robinson vs. Medical University of South Carolina

Attorneys: Plaintiff: James R. Brauchle
Defendant: Arthur C. Pelzer
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $5,195.00 actual damages.

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05-CP-10-1676 Maria T. Petelo vs. Charles Yarborough

Attorneys: Plaintiff: Tina A. Walker
Defendant: G. Troy Thames
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Defendant.

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05-CP-10-1766 Juanita Boroughs vs. Samson M. Nyamadzawo

Attorneys: Plaintiff: Gary A. Ling
Defendant: Max G. Mahaffee
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Defendant.

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05-CP-10-1789 Vaughn T. Washington vs. Kathryn Koth

Attorneys: Plaintiff: Jesse J. Glenn
Defendant: Dwayne M. Green
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $10,000.00 actual damages.

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05-CP-10-2144 Anna Margaret Jordan vs. Patricia B. Daniel

Attorneys: Plaintiff: Gregory D. Keith
Defendant: Michael J. Ferri
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $3,250.00 actual damages.

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05-CP-10-1240 Deshon Jackson and Vincent Greer vs. Quality Plumbing Company, Inc.

Attorneys: Plaintiffs: Daniel A. Beck
Defendant: Morgan S. Templeton
Cause of Action: Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict: For the Plaintiff Deshon Jackson in the amount of $3,000.00 actual damages, after a reduction of 50% for Plaintiff’s comparative negligence; for the Plaintiff Vincent Greer in the amount of $600.00 actual damages, after a reduction of 50% for Plaintiff’s comparative negligence; for the Defendant on his counterclaims against Plaintiff Deshon Jackson in the amount of $3,079.00 actual damages, after a reduction of 50% for Defendant’s comparative negligence.

FEDERAL COURT JURY VERDICTS

(there were no federal court jury verdicts for this quarter)

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