Summer 2003 Newsletter

Charleston County Bar Association

PRESIDENT
Mark C. Tanenbaum
241-243 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
577-5100

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Carol B. Ervin
28 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
724-6663

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

SUMMER, 2003       Website: http://www.charlestonbar.org

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Colleagues:

By the time you read this, it will be after July 4 th. I hope that all have had a safe holiday and an enjoyable summer vacation so far.

Since my last letter to the Bar, retired Probate Judge Gus Pearlman has passed away, and the legacy that he left behind as a probate judge, as a lawyer, and as a gentleman are all in our thoughts. Judge Pearlman will always be remembered as an outstanding example of judicial conduct.

There are many things to report. My classmate, Circuit Court Judge Victor Rawl, has now retired. Rumor has it that he will come back to be a “part time” judge after he and Laura travel through Australia and New Zealand. I have never known Vic to do anything “part time,” so I know that we can look forward to seeing him on a regular basis. We are fortunate that former Master-in-Equity Roger Young has now been seated as our new Circuit Court judge. Roger held a lot of non-jury Common Pleas court and has years of experience as Master-in-Equity, so he comes to the Circuit Court bench with a great deal of experience. I know that all who have appeared before Judge Young have a great deal of respect for him, his abilities and his temperament. Mikell Scarborough has been elected by the General Assembly to take the seat as Master-in-Equity for Charleston County, and I know that we all welcome him and look forward to appearing before him. Mikell is also blessed with good skills and a good temperament, and I know that he will be a real asset to the bench, the bar and the citizens of our county.

We now have a Probate Court Liaison Committee. The members of that committee will be working with Judge Irvin Condon to address the smooth functioning of that court. I know that many have commented on what a great system it is.

At the last meeting of the County Bar Executive Committee, a resolution was passed commending and honoring Jerry Kaynard for his dedicated work with the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program, from its founding in the 1970s all the way to the present. Without Jerry’s tireless efforts, and his leadership, the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program would never have been able to achieve what it did: helping to make civil justice accessible to the poor. Jerry, we all thank you.

Finally, I once again want to thank Mark Joye for the wonderful job he is doing with the Bar website. I do not know if you have visited it lately, but it is at www.charlestonbar.org. There you can find this newsletter, past newsletters, and access to a list of all of the members of the Charleston County Bar, with their contact information and the photographs of many. Mark Joye has entered a contract with Furchgott Studios and you can have your photograph taken there for posting on the website for FREE. Additional information is included in this newsletter. Mark, thank you so much for all of your hard work on this project.

Remember, the Executive Committee meets the second Thursday in each month at 8:00 a.m., at my office. All members are welcome.

To all, have a great summer.

Sincerely,

Mark C. Tanenbaum

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Office Space for Rent: Office space for one attorney and one support staff in West Ashley. Parking at the door included. Call T. O. Sanders at 573-8828.

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NOTICE

Effective as of June 30, 2003, please send all e-mails regarding the Charleston County Bar Association to Julianne Kemp at the following e-mail address: JulieRKemp@aol.com. Messages can also be left at the following telephone numbers and your call will be returned: 881-3123 or 881-6666. All correspondence should continue to be sent to; P.O. Box 21136, Charleston, SC; 29413.

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LEGAL STAFF PROFESSIONALS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY

The Legal Staff Professionals of the Lowcountry is an affiliate of NALS…the association for legal professionals. We are a not-for-profit organization with a main focus on continuing education for legal professionals (legal secretaries, legal assistants, court support personnel, etc.). We meet on the third Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Sunfire Grill on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Charleston. The speakers and programs for our July, August and September dinner meetings are as follows:

July 21, 2003 Julie Armstrong Changes to the Clerk’s Office

Clerk of Court

August 18, 2003 Charleston County Canine Enforcers – demonstration

Sheriff’s Office by two patrol dogs

September 15, 2003 Bob Conley, Jr., Esquire Environmental Law

Simons & Keaveny

For information and registration please call 216-1284.

LEGAL SPANISH INTERPRETING AND TRANSLATIONS

INCOURT, Interpreting and Translation Services, offers professional interpreting for depositions, court hearings, attorney-client interviews, and other legal proceedings. Luna B. Gainer is a Spanish interpreter certified by the National Center for State Court, with a Masters Degree in bilingual interpreting from the University of Charleston, South Carolina. Ms. Gainer has interpreting experience with workers’ compensation cases, family law, civil litigation, and criminal proceedings. Her services also include professional translation of legal documents such as birth and marriage certificates, affidavits, and legal contracts. You can contact Ms. Gainer by telephone at (843) 270-5588 or via email at spanishcourt@comcast.net.

REMINDER

The following letter was sent to all members of the Charleston County Bar Association recently. If you have not responded to this letter, please do so as soon as possible.

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Dear Charleston County Bar Member:

Re: Charleston County Bar Photos for Website

We have revamped the Charleston County Bar Association’s website. I invite you to visit it at www.charlestonbar.org to explore its many capabilities.

As you will see, on the website, we have incorporated the Charleston County Legal Directory, which contains photographs and contact information for members of the Charleston County Bar Association who are current on their dues. We will no longer carry a print version of this directory so I encourage you to view this directory and review the photo and contact information about yourself for any changes that you may wish to add.

We have retained the professional services of Gene Furchgott with Furchgott Studios to take photographs of current bar members for use in this directory on our website. There is no charge to bar members to have their photo taken for the website. Please call Furchgott Studios at 843-556-6800 to arrange a date and time to do so. We have contracted with Mr. Furchgott for a limited amount of time for these photographs. The studio is located at 825-B Savannah Highway which is near Gerald’s Tires, the Liberty Café and Hokus Pokus.

When you arrive there, please fill out the attached Information Form with your name, firm name, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, email address, and website address. This information, along with the photograph, will be posted to the website.

Should you decide to submit your own photograph, we need a photograph no smaller than 2”x3” width and height. You should fill out the attached Information Form, attach the photograph, and mail it to:

Charleston County Bar Association

P.O. Box 21136

Charleston, SC 29413

If you are unsure whether you are current with your association dues and want to check on this to ensure your inclusion within the directory, you may call Julianne Kemp at 843-881-3123 for that information. If you have any additional questions about this directory or the website in general, you may call me at 843-554-3100.

We are very excited about our new website and look forward to having this legal directory up and running very shortly.

Sincerely,

Mark C. Joye

INFORMATION FORM FOR WEBSITE

NAME: _________________________________________________

FIRM NAME: _________________________________________________

ADDRESS: _________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

TELEPHONE NUMBER: _________________________________________________

FACSIMILE NUMBER: _________________________________________________

E-MAIL ADDRESS: _________________________________________________

WEBSITE: _________________________________________________

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)

July 7

July 14

July 21

July 28

9 th CPNJ - Dennis

Chas GS - Jefferson

Chas GS - Pieper

Berk GS - Hughston

Chas GS - Hughston

Chas GS - Pieper

9 th CPNJ - Dennis

9 th CPNJ - Pieper

Chas GS - Jefferson

Chas GS - Pieper

Berk CP - Hughston

Berk GS - Dennis

Aug 4

Aug 11

Aug 18

Aug 25

Chas CP - Hughston

Chas GS - Dennis

Chas GS - Pieper

Chas CP - Hughston

Chas CP - Jefferson

9 th CPNJ - Dennis

Berk CP - Pieper

Chas GS - Hughston

Chas GS - Jefferson

9 th CPNJ; - Pieper

Berk GS - Dennis

Sept 1

Sept 8

Sept 15

Sept 22

Chas GS - Dennis

Chas GS – Pieper

Chas CP - Jefferson

Chas CP - Goodstein

Chas CP - Hughston

9 th CPNJ/ -Dennis

PCR

Berk CP - Pieper

Chas GS - Jefferson

Chas GS - Dennis

9 th CPNJ - Pieper

Berk GS - Hughston

Chas CP - Hughston

Chas CP - Patterson

Chas GS - Dennis

Chas GS - Pieper

9 th CPNJ - Jefferson

CIRCUIT COURT SCHEDULE - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

July 7

July 14

July 14

July 28

1 st; CPNJ - Goodstein

Dor CP; - Peeples

Dor GS; - Goodstein

1 st CPNJ/ - Peeples

PCR

Aug 4

Aug 11

Aug 18

Aug 25

Dor GS - Williams

1 st CPNJ - Goodstein

Dor CP; - Peeples

Sept 1

Sept 8

Sept 15

Sept 22

1 st CPNJ - Goodstein

Dor CP; - Peeples

Dor GS; - Goodstein

Dor GS; - Goodstein

FAMILY COURT SCHEDULE - NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

July 7

July 14

July 21

July 28

Chas - Andrews

Chas - Garfinkel

Berk - Landis

Berk - Creech

Chas - Andrews

Chas - Bridges

Chas - Garfinkel

Chas - Cate

Chas - Smoak

Berk - Spruill

Chas - Bridges

Chas - Andrews

Chas - Cate

Berk - Landis

Chas - Bridges

Chas - Garfinkel

Chas - Cate

Chas - Creech

Berk - Landis

Berk - Andrews

Aug 4

Aug 11

Aug 18

Aug 25

Chas - Andrews

Chas - Bridges

Chas - Garfinkel

Chas - Cate

Chas - Smoak

Berk - Creech

Berk - Landis

Chas - Andrews

Chas - Garfinkel

Chas - Cate

Chas - Creech

Berk - Bridges

Berk - Landis

Chas - Andrews

Chas - Bridges

Chas - Garfinkel

Chas - Cate

Berk - Creech

Berk - Landis

Sept 1

Sept 8

Sept 15

Sept 22

Chas - Bridges

Chas - Creech

Chas - Cate

Chas - Garfinkel

Berk - Andrews

Berk - Landis

Chas - Bridges

Chas - Andrews

Chas - Cate

Chas - Garfinkel

Berk - Creech

Berk - Landis

Chas - Bridges

Chas - Andrews

Chas - Cate

Chas - Armstrong

Berk - Landis

Berk - Creech

Chas - Bridges

Chas - Andrews

Chas - Garfinkel

Chas - Cate

Berk - Creech

Berk - Landis

FAMILY COURT SCHEDULE - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

July 7

July 14

July 21

July 28

Dor - McLin

Dor - McLin

Dor - Wylie

Dor - McLin

Dor - McLin

Aug 4

Aug 11

Aug 18

Aug 25

Dor - Wylie

Dor - Wylie

Dor - McLin

Dor - Wylie

Sept 1

Sept 8

Sept 15

Sept 22

Dor - Wylie

Dor - Jones

Dor - Wylie

Dor - McLin

Dor - McLin

CHARLESTON COUNTY COMMON PLEAS JURY VERDICTS

(information supplied by Clerk of Court’s Office)

00-CP-10-4946 Eula F. Scott and Benjamin Scott, Jr. vs. Fennell Container Co., Inc.

Attorneys: Plaintiffs: Stephen T. Schachte

Defendant: Robert H. Hood, Jr.

Cause of Action Auto Accident

Verdict: For the Plaintiff Eula F. Scott in the amount of $10,000.00 actual damages; for the Plaintiff Benjamin Scott in the amount of $40,000.00 actual damages.

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01-CP-10-1115 Elizabeth Murphy vs. Jefferson Pilot Communications Company, d/b/a WCSC News Channel 5, and Donald M. Feldman

Attorneys: Plaintiff: John E. Parker and Ronnie L. Crosby

Defendants: Coming B. Gibbs and John J. Kerr

Cause of Action: Defamation

Verdict: For the Plaintiff against Defendant Donald M. Feldman in the amount of $3,009,268.00 actual damages and; $3,000.000.00 punitive damages.

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01-CP-10-1482 Malcolm B. MacGregor vs. Towana P. Edwards, Linda Darnell Yates and Cathaleen E. Simmons

Attorneys: Plaintiff: G. Edward Hawkins, III

Defendants: Timothy A. Domin, Thomas H. Milligan and Joseph R. Weston

Cause of Action: Auto Accident

Verdict: For the Plaintiff against Defendants Towana P. Edwards and Linda Darnell Yates in the amount of $0.00 actual damages (verdict was in the amount of $10,000.00 actual damages), after a set-off in the amount of $15,000.00.

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01-CP-10-1567 Arthur J. Hogan, Jr. vs. Robert A. Cheverie

Attorneys: Plaintiff: Michael I Oberman

Defendant: Michael J. Ferri

Cause of Action: Auto Accident

Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $3,810.00 actual damages.

01-CP-10-2145 Paulette Koutroulakis and Paul A. Koutroulakis vs. Carroll S. Gallagher, Jr. and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, P.A.

Attorneys: Plaintiffs: Charles L. Henshaw, Jr.

Defendants: Andrew S. Halio and Elliott T. Halio

Cause of Action: Professional Malpractice

Verdict: For the Plaintiffs in the amount of $750,000.00 actual damages.

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01-CP-10-2156 Robert Lee Duffy vs. Stephen Elliott Dodds

Attorneys: Plaintiff: Mary Leigh Arnold and Justin O. Lucy

Defendant: James Y. Becker and Elizabeth J. Speidel

Cause of Action: Auto Accident

Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $1,420.00 actual damages.

01-CP-10-2157 Richard Simmons vs. Stephen Elliott Dodds

Attorneys: Plaintiff: Mary Leigh Arnold and Justin O. Lucy

Defendant: James Y. Becker and Elizabeth J. Speidel

Cause of Action: Auto Accident

Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $1,150.00 actual damages.

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01-CP-10-2161 Christopher Murphy vs. Jefferson Pilot Communications Company, d/b/a WCSC News Channel 5, and Donald M. Feldman

Attorneys: Plaintiff: John E. Parker and Ronnie L. Crosby

Defendants: Coming B. Gibbs and John J. Kerr

Cause of Action: Defamation

Verdict: For the Plaintiff against Defendant Donald M. Feldman in the amount of $3,000,000.00 actual damages.

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01-CP-10-2359 Jermaine L. Van Hannegeyn vs. Rosa Player Carter

Attorneys: Plaintiff: Gary A. Ling

Defendant: G. Troy Thames

Cause of Action: Auto Accident

Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $3,000.00 actual damages.

01-CP-10-2360 Frank Joseph Oakley vs. Barbara Ann Rudd and Robert Hansen

Attorneys: Plaintiff: Barry Krell

Defendants: Michael S. Fahnstock

Cause of Action: Auto Accident

Verdict: For the Plaintiff against Defendant Barbara Ann Rudd in the amount of ; $16,365.63 actual damages and $50,000.00 punitive damages.

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01-CP-10-2474 William O. Baker vs. Tommy Lemacks

Attorneys: Plaintiff: J. David Flowers

Defendant: Pro Se

Cause of Action: Defamation

Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $50,000.00 actual damages and $1,000,000.00 punitive damages.

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FEDERAL COURT JURY VERDICTS

(There were no Federal Court Jury Verdicts for this quarter)

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