Summer 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

SUMMER, 2006

http://www.charlestonbar.org

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Fellow Members of the Charleston County Bar:

It is, without question, my pleasure to address the Bar in this Newsletter, which delivers to all members their copy of “Crossing the Charleston Bar”.  This production, which started as the brainchild of my esteemed predecessor, Frank McCann, is undeniably a labor of pride.  It was made possible through the heroic efforts of Frank, Marvin Infinger and Henry Grimball.  And, you will know immediately that Randall Stoney kindly agreed to narrate.

I, along with the Executive Committee, had the honor of previewing this production in the presence of its honorees and their families and friends.  I have not had a more meaningful professional experience.  These men, along with Ruth Cupp (what a pioneer), were so kind to take the time from their still busy schedules to share parts of their lives with us.  They speak of serving their country.  They speak of overcoming burdens of prejudice and bias in order to accomplish their goal of becoming a member of this profession.  They tell us of struggling in their early years, of supporting one another and receiving the wise counsel of other, more senior attorneys as they grew into seasoned practitioners themselves.  They tell us their war stories, each being in some way a victory, both professional and personal. And, significantly, they tell us of the collegiality of the profession.

Perhaps most importantly, these icons speak of one another and our profession with an abiding respect.  They have, to a person, achieved incredible success, but that was not their only goal. They each sought to execute our profession in the most honorable fashion and they have gracefully accomplished that as well.   In reaching their goals they have enhanced our profession by placing their pursuit of service well before financial gain. .

I hope that you will take the time to watch this production the minute you receive it.  Then, I hope you will watch it once again, so that the emotion and pride of each lawyer on it can be absorbed.      I left the preview of this DVD convinced that I need to strive to be a better person, to be a better lawyer – like those you will see and hear, as a tribute to them and to our profession.  I hope that each of us will continue to strive to reach the goals of these professionals.  Please say thanks to Frank, Marvin, Henry and Randall for preserving this slice of our history.  And, say thank you to these honorable individuals who shaped it.


Sincerely,

Cheryl D. Shoun

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Bland Richter, LLP and Ronald L. Richter, Jr. are pleased to announce the relocation of their Charleston offices to The Peoples Building, 18 Broad Street, mezzanine level.  The firm also has offices in Columbia at 1500 Calhoun Street.

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Amanda L. Newell is pleased to announce the opening of The Law Office of Amanda L. Newell, located at 192 East Bay Street, Suite 202, Charleston, SC 29401. Ms. Newell practices family-based and employment-based immigration law. Tel. 722-1976.

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Geoffrey H. Waggoner announces the relocation of his office to Mount Pleasant.  While a new office facility is being designed and constructed, and during his temporary occupancy of Suite 108, 900 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464, his mailing address will be Post Office Box 865, Mount Pleasant, SC 29465. Tel. 572-5000.

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Dean Richard Gershon announces that J. Kirkland Grant has joined the faculty of the Charleston School of Law as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law.  Professor Grant will teach in the contract, corporate and business areas.

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The Center for Heirs Property Preservation, a nonprofit organization located in North Charleston, is seeking a full-time attorney to begin work August 2006.  Starting salary is $40,000-$45,000, with benefits.  Applicant must be a member of the South Carolina Bar and have completed the Rule 403 requirements. Please contact the Center for more information: 745-7036.

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For Rent: Executive-suite style office located at 171 Church Street, Suite 160, Franke Building. Within walking distance to court.  All amenities included:  receptionist, parking garage, kitchen, copier/fax access and conference rooms, etc.  Contact Nicholas Clekis at 720-3737 or clekislaw@clekis.com

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CHRISTIAN LEGAL SOCIETY


The local Christian Legal Society meets once a month for breakfast.  We generally have an informal Bible study or speakers.  Details as follows:

When: Fourth Tuesday of each month
Where : Beaners, 1150 Queensborough Blvd, Suite C, Mount Pleasant, SC (near the Publix Shopping Center)
Call 216-7668 for directions if you are not sure where it is located.
For additional information, you may contact any of the following:
Sam Clawson at
sclawson@clawsonandstaubes.com
Reese Joye at reesejoye@aol.com
Thad Vincent at tvincent@thevincentlawfirm.com
Rhonda R. Jennings at rhonda@rhondajennings.com
Elizabeth Atkins at ematkins2000@yahoo.com

Attorneys, Charles Town to Charleston

Attorneys, Charles Town to Charleston, written by Ruth W. Cupp, is the history of the local legal profession from 1663 to the 21st century.

 

“I enjoyed reading Attorneys, Charles Town to Charleston.  The Bar can be proud of that book, it is first class.”  Morris D. Rosen

“I thank you and congratulate you on the historical anthology of the events of the local Bar…it will contribute greatly to the Bar’s purpose, promise and posterity.”  Danny Martin, Sr., Retired


Your favorite bookstore can get you a copy of this book and the Bar’s Executive Committee has them for sale.  Contact Julie Kemp at 724-6669.

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CALA Paralegal of the Year


Charleston Association of Legal Assistants (CALA) has launched a new program to recognize outstanding paralegals in Charleston and surrounding areas.  Do you know a CALA member who always goes the extra mile, is an outstanding paralegal, and is making a difference and advancing the profession in a positive manner? Then please, tell us about that person!

Nominations for the 2006 CALA Paralegal of the Year Award will be accepted until the end of November, and the winner will be announced and presented with an award at the CALA annual meeting in December.  To make a nomination, just send a letter describing the nominee and why you feel they should be the CALA Paralegal of the Year to:


CALA Paralegal of the Year
P.O. Box 1250
Charleston, SC  29402

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Pro Bono Moments

This past Quarter has indeed been momentous.

The staff of Pro Bono Legal Services, Inc. (PBLS) has grown to three full time employees as Pro Bono Coordinator Virginia Z. Howell and Pro Bono Paralegal Kimberly McGill have joined Pro Bono Director/Legal Counsel Marvin H. Feingold in the Church Street office.

Our volunteer lawyer list has grown to 70 and we have referred out 40 cases since opening for intake in March 2006.

Effective, July 1, 2006, PBLS will expand its jurisdiction to cover Berkeley and Dorchester counties and maintain a satellite office at Trident United Way in Summerville. This expansion has been accomplished with the support of the Berkeley County and Dorchester County bar associations and the South Carolina Bar Foundation through an IOLTA grant.

In a partnership with The Charleston School of Law (CSL) and Interfaith Crisis Ministries (ICM), Brett Barker, Pro Bono Fellow and a third year law student, has been administering the Homeless Clinic begun by the Nelson Mullins law firm in 2005. This project will continue in the fall with the help of law student volunteers and externs.  Students receive course credit.  In this project, cases are taken in, researched, investigated and otherwise prepared for volunteer attorneys who periodically meet at ICM’s homeless shelter on Meeting Street in Charleston to interview applicants for pro bono service.

In partnership with CSL and the Charleston County Bar Association, two free CLE’s are planned: Basic Social Security Practice, September 11, 2006 at CSL (8:30 AM -1:00 PM); and Post Disaster Legal Issues*, October 6, 2006 at CSL (8:30 AM - 1:00 PM). Seating is limited. Please pre-register by e-mail to probonols@bellsouth.net.

* The Post Disaster Legal Issues CLE is free to attorneys signing up for the LEADR TEAM (Lawyers Emergency and Disaster Response Team), a PBLS initiative which seeks to garner volunteer attorneys and develop communications networks in preparation for assisting victims of a disaster with the special legal problems which may be expected to present themselves.

 

 

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 3

July 10

July 17

July 24

9 TH CPNJ   -   Dennis

Chas GS   -   Hughston

Chas GS    -    Pieper

Chas AW  -   Jefferson

Berk GS     -   Kinard

9 th CPNJ   -  Pieper

Chas CP   -  Hughston

Chas GP    -  Jefferson

Chas GS   -  Few

Chas GS   -  Goode

9 th CPNJ    -  Buckner

Chas CP    -  Jefferson

July 31

August 7

August 14

August 21

Chas CP   -  Nicholson

Chas CP   -  Jefferson

Chas GS   -  Hughston

Chas GS   -  Nettles

Berk GS   -  Pieper

9 th CPNJ   -  Pieper

Chas CP   -   Hughston

Chas CP   -   Jefferson

Chas GS   -   Dennis

Chas GS   -   Burch

9 th CPNJ   -  Pieper

Chas CP   -   Cottingham

Chas CP   -   Dennis

Berk GS   -   Hughston

Berk CP   -   Jefferson

August 28

September 4

September 11

September 18

Chas CP    -  Hughston

Chas CP  -   James

Chas GS  -   Cottingham

Berk CP  -   Jefferson

Berk GS  -   Nettles

9 th CPNJ   -  Lockemy

Chas CP    -   Dennis

Chas CP   -  Nicholson

Chas GS    -   Hughston

9 th CPNJ   -  Dennis

9 th CPNJ/  -  Pieper

PCR

Chas CP   -   Hughston

Chas CP   -   Jefferson

Berk GS   -   Lee

Chas CP   -   Dennis

Chas CP    -   Jefferson

Chas GS   -   Hughston

Chas GS    -   Childs

September 25

Berk GS  -   Nettles

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CIRCUIT COURT SCHEDULE - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT 

July 3

July 10

July 17

July 24

1 st CPNJ   -   Goodstein

Dor GS    -  Williams

Dor GS   -  Williams

July 31

August 7

August 14

August 21

Dor CP   -  Goodstein

Dor GS    -  Williams

Dor GS    -  King

August 28

September 4

September 11

September 18

Dor CP   -  Burch

1 st CPNJ   -  Williams

Dor GS    -  Goodstein

Dor CP   -  King

September 25


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FAMILY COURT SCHEDULE - NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

July 3

July 10

July 17

July 24

Chas   -  McMahon

Chas   -  Cate

Chas   -  Andrews

Chas   -  McMahon

Chas   -  Andrews

Berk   -  Creech

Chas   -  Landis

Chas   -  McMahon

Chas   -  Andrews

Berk   -  Myers

Berk   -  Cate

Chas   -  Bartlett

Chas   -  McMahon

Chas   -  Cate

Chas   -  Andrews

Berk   -  Armstrong

Berk   -  Landis

July 31

August 7

August 14

August 21

Chas    -  Garfinkel

Chas   -  Fender

Chas   -  McMahon

Chas   -  Vinson

Berk    -  Johnson

Berk   -  Young

Chas   -  Brown

Chas    -  McMahon

Chas   -  Andrews

Berk   -  Landis

Berk   -  Cate

Chas   -  Garfinkel

Chas   -  Johnson

Chas   -  McMahon

Chas   -  Andrews

Berk   -  Young

Berk   -   Gibbons

August 28

September 4

September 11

September 18

Chas   -  Vinson

Chas   -  Cate

Chas   -  Garfinkel

Chas   -  McMahon

Berk   -  Fender

Berk   -  Landis

Chas   -  Cate

Chas   -  Fender

Chas   -  Garfinkel

Chas   -  McMahon

Berk   -  Armstrong

Berk   -  Landis

Chas   -  Cate

Chas   -  Garfinkel

Chas   -  McMahon

Chas   -  Mobley

Berk   -  Gibbons

Chas   -  Brown

Chas   -  McMahon

Chas   -  Andrews

Berk   -  Landis

Berk   -  Johnson

Berk   -  Garfinkel

September 25

 

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FAMILY COURT SCHEDULE - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

 

July 3

July 10

July 17

July 24

Dor   -    McLin

Dor    -   Wylie

Dor   -    Jacobs

Dor   -    McLin

July 31

August 7

August 14

August 21

Dor   -    McLin

Dor   -    Gable

Dor   -   Wylie

Dor    -   McLin

Dor    -   Jacobs

August 28

September 4

September 11

September 18

Dor   -    Gable

Dor   -    Wylie

Dor    -   Wylie

Dor   -   McLin

Dor   -   Jones

Dor   -   Jacobs

September 25



CHARLESTON COUNTY COMMON PLEAS JURY VERDICTS
(Information supplied by Clerk of Court’s Office)


01-CP-10-2967 & 2968 Linda Erickson and Alvin C. Biggs vs. Karen Winner, The Justice Seekers, Inc., Domestic Court Reform Movement, Patricia Beal, Carl Beal, and Natalie Short
Attorneys: Plaintiffs: Russell S. Stemke
Defendants: Eugene P. Corrigan, III
Cause of Action: Defamation
Verdict: For the Plaintiff Linda Erickson in the amount of $243,540.82 actual damages against Defendants John Hill, Patricia Beal, Carl Beal and Ernie Weaver on the defamation cause of action; for the Defendant Natalie Short on Plaintiff Alvin C. Biggs’ civil conspiracy cause of action; for the Plaintiff Linda Erickson in the amount of $243,540.82 against Defendant John Hill, Ernie Weaver, Patricia Beal, Carl Beal and Natalie Short on the civil conspiracy cause of action; for the Plaintiff Linda Erickson in the amount of $6,000,000.00 punitive damages.
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02-CP-10-4541   Sabrina McComas vs. Chris Ross
Attorneys:   Plaintiff:  Jarrel L. Wigger
Defendant: Margaret M. Urbanic
Cause of Action:   Negligence
Verdict:    For the Defendant.
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03-CP-10-4448   Jackie D. Cusack vs. John Burton Company and John M. Burton, Joseph Tucker     and Tucker Architectural Associates, Inc.
Attorneys:   Plaintiff:  Justin O’Toole Lucey
Defendants: R. Michael Etheridge
Cause of Action:   Miscellaneous
Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $75,000.00 actual damages on the negligence cause of action; for the Plaintiff in the amount of $150,000.00 actual damages on the implied warranty cause of action; for the Plaintiff in the amount of $173,061.00 actual damages on the breach of contract cause of action.
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03-CP-10-4495   Jabers, Inc. vs.  Charleston County
Attorneys:   Plaintiff:  Kerry W. Koon
Defendant: Bernard E. Ferrara, Jr.
Cause of Action:   Declaratory Judgment
Verdict:    For the Plaintiff in the amount of $16,953.00 actual damages.
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03-CP-10-5251   Joyce G. Campagna and Donald Campagna vs. George F. Flowers
Attorneys:   Plaintiffs: Reese I. Joye. Jr.
Defendant: Steven D. Epps
Cause of Action:   Auto Accident
Verdict:    For the Defendant.
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04-CP-10-1201 Katarina Laner vs. Michael J. Shereff, M.D. and Orthopaedic Specialists of  Charleston, P.A.
Attorneys:   Plaintiff:  James L. Bell and David Popowski
Defendants: Molly H. Craig and Chilton G. Simmons
Cause of Action:   Negligence
Verdict:    For the Defendants.
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04-CP-10-2565   Bettie Sue Cowsert and Bill Perry vs. Gary C. Brown Construction
Attorneys:   Plaintiffs: Sandra Senn
Defendant: Stephen L. Brown
Cause of Action:   Negligence
Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $851,000.00 actual damages on the negligence cause of action; for the Plaintiff in the amount of $1.00 actual damages on the breach of contract cause of action; for the Plaintiff in the amount of $1.00 actual damages on the breach of express warranty cause of action; for the Plaintiff in the amount of $1.00 actual damages on the breach of implied warranty cause of action; for the Plaintiff in the amount of $2,000.00 actual damages on the loss of consortium cause of action.
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04-CP-10-2736   Mark A. Snyder vs. Michael C. Knight
Attorneys:   Plaintiff:  Jarrel L.  Wigger
Defendant: Dwayne M. Green
Cause of Action:   Negligence
Verdict:    For the Plaintiff in the amount of $345,000.00 actual damages.
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04-CP-10-3163 Kimberly Jones, successor Personal Representative of the Estate of Pamela A.  Jones vs. Trident Medical Center, LLC, d/b/a Trident Medical Center.
Attorneys:   Plaintiff:  James E. Gonzales
Defendant: Molly H. Craig
Cause of Action:   Negligence
Verdict:    For the Defendant.
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04-CP-10-3713   Gale Singletary vs. Jeremiah Rogers
Attorneys:   Plaintiff:  Christopher J. McCool
Defendant: Patrick W. Carr
Cause of Action:   Negligence
Verdict:    For the Plaintiff in the amount of $18,654.00 actual damages.
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04-CP-10-4203 Merrill Dewitt vs. Charleston Gas Light, LLC and Debra M. McKinley,  individually and d/b/a Charleston Gas Light, LLC

Attorneys:   Plaintiff:  Alan D. Toporek
Defendants: Sean K. Trundy
Cause of Action:   Breach of Contract
Verdict: For the Plaintiff in the amount of $66,153.53 actual damages against Defendant Charleston Gas Light, LLC.
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05-CP-10-126   Elizabeth Wright vs. Rachel M. Breuer and Rosalinda Breuer
Attorneys:   Plaintiff:  Jennifer M. Stark
Defendants: Barrett R. Brewer
Cause of Action:   Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict:    For the Defendants.
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05-CP-10-1154   Marcella Watson vs. Robert Solomon Reese
Attorneys:   Plaintiff:  Juan W. Tolley
Defendant: Michael J. Ferri
Cause of Action:   Motor Vehicle Accident
Verdict:    For the Plaintiff in the amount of $1,550.00 actual damages.

FEDERAL COURT JURY VERDICTS
(there were no federal court jury verdicts for this quarter)

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