Spring 2005 Newsletter

PRESIDENT
Carol B. Ervin
28 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
724-6641

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Francis X. McCann
66 Hasell Street
Charleston, SC 29401
577-4242

EDITOR
Mia Lauren Maness
914 Folly Road, Suite 2
Charleston, SC 29422
795-7800

SPRING, 2005

http://www.charlestonbar.org

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear fellow members of the Charleston County Bar:

Thank you to all of those that attended the annual meeting on February 22. I am hopeful that everyone that attended enjoyed the good food and the camaraderie that lasted for a number of hours.

At this year's annual meeting we had the unfortunate responsibility of recognizing twelve members of the Charleston County Bar who passed away during the past year. For me this part of the annual meeting is one of the most important things we do as an association. To honor the men and women who come before us has resulted in diverse and interesting biographies that span fifty and sixty years and in one case more than a hundred years. The legacy of the men and women who were memorialized in our last meeting serves as an excellent reminder to each one of us that one day our own biography will be read.

The Bar's Executive Committee has had its first meeting. We have various new ideas we hope to implement over the next twelve months. Please join me in welcoming to the Executive Committee the following individuals: Cheryl Shoun, Diedreich von Lehe, Gerald Kaynard, Stanley Feldman, Henry Grimball, Jerry Theos, John Massalon, Ladd Howell, Marvin Infinger, Natalie Bluestein, Ravi Sanyal and Trent Kernodle. Carol Ervin will also sit on the Executive Committee as past President.

Our active membership is fast approaching fifteen hundred individuals. I see from the State Bar Association directory that more than seventeen hundred lawyers reside in Charleston County.

As you are all well aware, Julie Kemp has served as the executive secretary of the Charleston County Bar with distinction and hard work for many years. Her position is part time. She utilizes some of her time during the week and on weekends to keep the bar association moving in the right direction.

The Executive Committee has decided it is time for additional administrative help since our association has grown so quickly over the last two years. Our web page needs to be fine tuned, members' services need to be addressed, our newsletter needs to be taken out of the hands of a volunteer lawyer, and our CLEs should be organized by staff and not volunteers. All this work is just too much for even our own energetic and experienced Julie Kemp.

The Executive Committee has authorized the placement of an ad for a part-time assistant, which appears elsewhere in this newsletter.

We will also need a small office to maintain a central location.

I am excited about the next twelve months. Hopefully we can get things done to make your membership worthwhile.

Sincerely,
Francis X. McCann

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Finkel & Altman, LLC is pleased to announce that Brian M. Annino has become an associate of the firm located at 3955 Faber Place Drive, Suite 105, North Charleston, SC 29405. Tel. 576-1072.

The firm is also pleased to announce the relocation of its Charleston office from 24 North Market Street to 3955 Faber Place Drive, Suite 200, North Charleston, SC 29405. Tel. 577-5460; Fax. 577-5135.

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Hampton Green, LLC announces that Linda A. Seabrook has become “of counsel” to the firm. Her practice will include criminal defense and family law. The firm is located at 602 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403. Tel. 266-2626.

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Robertson & Hollingsworth is pleased to announce that Paul R. Rahn has become a partner in the firm. Mr. Rahn’s practice focuses on construction and business litigation.

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Wills & Massalon, LLC is pleased to announce that Joseph T. Belton has joined the firm as an associate. Mr. Belton received his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University in 2003.

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THE CHARLESTON OFFICE OF ELMORE & WALL, P.A. SEEKS AN ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY with one to two years of experience in litigation. The firm represents clients in the construction, surety, insurance, and manufacturing industries and defends claims alleging medical malpractice, products liability, toxic torts, and related matters involved in class actions. The candidate should have a strong academic record, excellent writing skills, a strong work ethic, and display an ability to communicate well with staff, clients, and the courts. Please send a resume and writing sample to Neil Haldrup at neil.haldrup@elmorewall.com. All inquiries will be kept in strict confidence.

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Administrative Assistant Needed: 20 hours per week, flexible hours. Should be familiar with bookkeeping duties and bookkeeping software, word processing, IT skills, and general office duties. Organizational and communication skills required. Associate Degree or experience in related field suggested. Competitive pay. Send resume to: Charleston County Bar, c/o Post Office Box 247, Charleston, SC 29402.

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Wanted: Office Space. Charleston County Bar Association is in need of a small office for a soon to be hired part-time administrative assistant. Approximately 20 hours a week. Suggestions? Deals? Low rent? Please call Francis X. McCann at 577-4242.

Office Space for Rent: 12 Exchange Street. Office space available within walking distance to both state and federal courts. Reception area, kitchen, two restrooms, seven offices and/or conference rooms, and a large, open work area. Two entrances. 2,566 square feet of office space that easily subdivides into areas of 1,745 and 821 square feet. Parking also available nearby. Contact ( 843) 720-4638.

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Professional Office Suite for Lease: 1,500+ square feet, excellent location on Ashley Phosphate Road near Rivers Avenue. Utilities furnished and phone system is available. Contact Gerald Mishoe at 797-3771.

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Office Space for Rent: 15 Mid-Atlantic Wharf. Recently renovated office space available for an attorney and secretary. Walking distance to both state and federal courts. Reception area, conference room, kitchen facilities. Partially furnished. Parking located directly across the street for tenants and clients. Would share space and utility costs with another attorney, and historic building houses several other law firms. Contact 853-0011.

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For Rent: Office suite containing two offices located on James Island near the Charleston Crab House restaurant.The space is perfect for an attorney and a secretary/paralegal and is available March 1, 2005.The rent includes use of a common reception area, bathroom, kitchen, cleaning services, and water, sewer and electricity. Please contact Lynn Crooks at 762-1211 or send an e-mail to lynn@lynncrooks.com .

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Office Space Available West Ashley: Centrally located at 764 St. Andrews Boulevard. Only minutes from downtown with easy access to Sam Rittenberg Boulevard (Hwy 7), Savannah Highway (US 17), and I-26 (via Cosgrove Avenue). Newly renovated building, with well-structured floor plan. Includes two bathrooms, kitchenette, copy/fax area, conference/meeting room, reception area, and high-speed Internet access. Space available for two professionals or one professional and their staff person. For further details contact Renee C. Newmanor Shirrese B. Brockington at 571-5000 or renee.newman@scbar.org, Shirrese.brockington@scbar.org.

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For Sale or Lease: Newly renovated free standing office building located at 2015 Cosgrove Avenue, between Rivers Avenue and Spruill Avenue. For information contact Walter Carr, owner, Carr Properties, LLC, at 744-2863.

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For Sale or Lease: Make good things happen at the South Carolina World Trade Center Building. Practice law in a beautiful new Class A building where convenience, collaboration, communications and connections are among features galore. Located at the Convention Center, you can lease at $22 to $24 per square foot or purchase condo space at $185 to $205 per square foot. Prices subject to change. Scheduled completion – late 2006. For more information call Harry I. Clarkson, Landmark South Real Estate, at 881-1116 or 276-7400.

To: Members of the Charleston County Bar:

At the present time, we are trying non-complex, jury cases within 16-20 months between the time of filing and the trial date. To continue and improve upon this progress, we need to think differently about how discovery is conducted in state court cases. In a significant number of cases, little or no real discovery appears to be undertaken during the first year following the filing of the summons and complaint. As a result, I am asked to sign scheduling orders that will take cases beyond the rapidly-approaching trial date – sometimes significantly far past. Needless to say, these requests are incompatible with the goal of getting people their day in court as soon as possible. I fully recognize that all cases are not alike. However, I also recognize that procrastination is epidemic among lawyers (and judges - I embrace it often myself, both in my personal and professional life). Nevertheless, it cannot control the trial docket.

My purpose in writing is to suggest strongly that you review your cases now and consider entering into a scheduling order when the case becomes six months old, allowing the average jury case on track to be tried within 15-18 months after filing. I highly recommend that you contact opposing counsel to get a scheduling order in place or, alternatively, arrange a status conference with my office to discuss why your case should be an exception. I conduct status conferences every morning before court, more during chambers and administrative weeks. Please do not wait until the week (or month) before your case looks like it is going to be called for trial to ask for a scheduling order. This makes it appear that little or no discovery has been undertaken. Although scheduling orders are not required under the rules, requests to take a case significantly beyond its projected trial date because of outstanding discovery depositions are not looked upon favorably. Parties have a right to conduct discovery; however, that right can be waived.

I would also like to take this opportunity to recommend the use of summary jury trials. The parties agree to try their case in front of a six-person jury drawn from our regular jury panel, and usually agree to protect the high and low sides of a verdict. An agreed-upon lawyer acts as the presiding judge, and the parties treat it as a regular trial, although some of the rules of evidence can be agreed to be relaxed for easier presentation. Once you agree to it, the case is immediately taken off the trial roster and scheduled at your convenience (which gets me off your back). You obtain a day and time certain trial in front of a real jury. Sam Clawson has put together some materials about this and can provide you with copies. Please read these materials and contact Sam at 577-2026 or Don Michel at 958-5013 if you have any questions.

Please contact my law clerk, Susie Shannon, to schedule status conferences at 958-2014 or ryounglc@sccourts.org. Please submit all proposed scheduling orders to Don Michel at dmichel@charlestoncounty.org or fax at 958-5020.

Judge Roger Young
Chief Administrative Judge for Common Pleas

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MENTOR PROGRAM REGISTRATION

The Mentor Committee is happy to announce that you can now register to participate in the mentor program on-line. The Committee has established two goals for the program: to provide a mentor to each new member of the County Bar during their first year as a member; and to provide a mentor to any member of the County Bar who requests one to discuss substantive, ethical or professional issues. Those interested in serving as mentors, as well as those who want to be assigned a mentor, are encouraged to include this new program in their plans for the new year. Just go to the County Bar’s website at www.charlestonbar.org, click on the link for the Mentor Program, and follow the instructions. Anyone with questions or comments about the registration forms or the mentor program in general can contact John Massalon at jmassalon@wills-massalon.com or 727 -1144.

JURY CHARGES

The Charleston County Bar Association is pleased to announce that jury charges for use in Common Pleas and General Sessions Court have been added to our website. These jury charges come from the Judge’s Benchbook for Civil and Criminal jury charges. The Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court has authorized the Charleston County Bar to put these juryinstructions on our website.To access, click on our website,  www.charlestonbar.org, and then on “Jury Charges” on the right side of the page.

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LEGAL STAFF PROFESSIONALS OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Legal Staff Professionals of South Carolina (“LSPSC”) will hold its Annual Meeting at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina on April 22-24, 2005. LSPSC is an affiliate of NALS, the association for legal professionals, dedicated to enhancing the competencies and contributions of members in the legal service profession. Please visit our website at www.lspsc.org for more information.

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INTRODUCING CAROLINA LEGAL TECHNOLOGIES

Jeffrey Garfinkel, an attorney with ten years of practice experience, has relocated to Charleston and opened a technology consulting company specifically for lawyers. The purpose of Carolina Legal Technologies is to assist the small to mid-sized law office in determining which of the many available technology-related products is right for the law office.

Most small to mid-sized practices do not have the time, the resources or the funds to properly evaluate which of the available systems can assist them in becoming much more efficient. During the past ten years some form of legal-specific software has become a must-have for most law practices. To increase efficiency, productivity and billings, offices use various tools such as practice management, case management, litigation support, document management, document creation, billing and accounting software. Carolina Legal Technologies installs and teaches the use of these products and provides support above and beyond the meager technical support offered by the manufacturer. Unlike many other law practice management consulting firms, Carolina Legal Technologies does not sell any one particular product in each software category. Based upon an evaluation of the law office’s working environment, and working with the software and hardware in place, Carolina Legal Technologies assists you and your staff in determining which specific products best suit your practice and then works to get your office up to speed using the new technology.

Carolina Legal Technologies can also help the attorney with no computer background learn how to use the computer and related hardware more effectively in his or her practice. As an attorney, Jeffrey can speak to you and your staff in a way you can understand and can demonstrate the "real-world," practical use of the various products available. Contact Jeffrey Garfinkel for a no-obligation appointment in your office to see if Carolina Legal Technologies can assist you. Carolina Legal Technologies (843) 727-1448, jeffgarf@bellsouth.com .

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 )

April 4

April 11

April 18

April 25

Chas GS - Hughston
Chas GS - Pieper
9 thCPNJ - Scarborough
Berk GS - Derham

Chas GS - Cottingham
Chas GS - Pieper
Chas CP - Goodstein
Chas CP - Nicholson
Berk CP - Young

Chas CP - Dennis
Chas CP - Hughston
9 thCPNJ - Jefferson
Chas CP - Nicholson
Chas GS -Scarborough
Berk CP - Young

Chas CP - Young
Chas GS - Jefferson
Chas GS - Hughston
9 thCPNJ - Dennis
Berk GS - Pieper

May 2

May 9

May 16

May 23

Chas CP - Hughston
Chas GS - Dennis
Chas GS - Jefferson
9 thCPNJ - Pieper

Chas GS - Scarborough

Chas CP - Nicholson
Chas CP - Young
Chas GS - Jefferson
Chas GS - Cole
9 thCPNJ - Hughston

Chas CP - Young
Chas GS - Pieper
Chas GS - Goodstein
Berk GS - Dennis

May 30

June 6

June 13

June 20

Chas CP - PieperChas CP - Young9 thCPNJ - Scarborough9 thCPNJ/ - Dennis
PCR

Chas CP - Nicholson
Chas CP - Goode
Chas GS - Dennis
Chas GS - Young
9 thCPNJ - Jefferson

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

Chas CP - Goodstein
9 thCPNJ - Hughston
Berk GS - Derham

June 27

Chas CP - GoodeChas CP - Hughston
Chas CP - Young
Chas GS - Dennis
Chas GS - Jefferson

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CIRCUIT COURT SCHEDULE - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

April 4

April 11

April 18

April 25

Dor CP - Goodstein

Dor GS - Williams

Dor GS - Goodstein

1 stCPNJ/ - Goodstein
PCR

May 2

May 9

May 16

May 23

Dor GS - Goodstein

Dor GS - Cooper

May 30

June 6

June 13

June 20

Dor CP - Williams

Dor CP - Goodstein

1 stCPNJ - Buckner

Dor GS - Williams

June 27

Dor GS  - Goodstein

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