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Law class of 2020 take student professionalism oath

The University of South Carolina School of Law welcomed the law class of 2020 on Thursday, Aug. 17. The 217 members of the class hail from 20 states- from Massachusetts to California- and earned degrees from 76 colleges and universities nationwide, including Florida State University, Indiana University Bloomington and University of Tennessee Knoxville.

The 2017 entering class will be the first to spend all three years in the new law center, and will enjoy the distinction of being 1Ls during the 150th anniversary year of the School of Law.  The class was selected from more than 1,300 applicants.

To end orientation, the new law class took their Student Professionalism Oath. South Carolina Bar Foundation President J. Rene Josey (1985) spoke at the event, and The Honorable John W. Kittredge (1982), Associate Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court led students in the oath.

View pictures of the event here.

Law Student Professionalism Oath Ceremony 2017

The Honorable John W. Kittredge, Associate Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court Judge Karen J. Williams Courtroom

 

The 2018 application cycle begins September 1. Prospective law students can apply to the School of Law online through the Law School Admission Council. 

Interested students can call the Admissions Office to speak with an admissions representative or a student ambassador, set up a visit, take a tour, request scholarship information, or to find out if the University of South Carolina will be represented at a law school recruitment event on their campus or in their area this fall.

A Jacksonville cop shot and killed an unarmed man. Still under criminal investigation, he’s back on patrol.

JACKSONVILLE.COM, 8 AUGUST 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

Jacksonville sheriff’s officer who shot an unarmed black man last year is back on patrol before the criminal investigation of the shooting is finished and his administrative review has begun.

Officer Tyler Landreville is assigned to patrol in Zone 3, which covers southeast Jacksonville, according to his Sheriff’s Office personnel file. The document is unclear about when Landreville returned to patrol duties; and the Sheriff’s Office declined to provide a list of the officer’s recent assignments. It instructed the Times-Union to request time sheets from specific days to ascertain that information.

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South Carolina Bar Foundation announces 2018 ambassadors

The mission of the South Carolina Bar Foundation (SCBF) is to promote justice by funding legal access and education. The SCBF accomplishes this mission by giving grants to a variety of law related organizations around the state. These organizations provide direct legal services, access to justice and law-related education.

The Ambassadors program was established in 2015 to introduce newer lawyers to the Foundation and the organizations SCBF supports. The goal is to raise awareness of the SCBF mission throughout the South Carolina legal community and beyond. The Ambassador program provides a great opportunity for newer lawyers to network with a variety of lawyers on our board and with our grantee partners.

Congratulations to the 2018 ambassadors:

Brooke Allen (2004), South Carolina Department of Social Services
Josh Bennett (2011), Roger Townsend & Thomas, PC
Joe Cunningham, Lyles & Lyles, LLC
Liz Fulton, Pritchard Law Group, LLC
Tiffany Gibson (2010), South Carolina Department of Social Services
Bruce Greenberg, McAngus Goudelock & Courie, LLC
Robert Hawk (2008), Ethridge Law Group, LLC
Alec Hogsette, Turner Padget
Andrew Johnson (2013), Law Office of Kenneth E. Berger, LLC
Catherine Kopiec (2012), Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC
Casey Martens, MHC Law
Alexis Wimberly McCumber, Brown & Varnado LLC
Thomas Rode, Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes Law Firm
Molly Stanton (2015), S.C. Department of Commerce
Justine Tate, ADAMS AND REESE LLP
Tasha Thompson, Scott & Corley, P.A.
Cameron Tommey, US Endowment for Forestry and Communities

*Names in bold indicate graduates of the University of South Carolina School of Law, along with their graduation year.

Three McKay Firm Attorneys Selected for Midlands Legal Elite

The McKay Firm is pleased to announce that three of our attorneys have been selected for the 2017 Midlands Legal Elite.

Kelli Sullivan (1996): Healthcare Law; medical malpractice defense, insurance defense, insurance coverage, and professional liability defense 

Brandon Jones (2010): Insurance Law; trucking and commercial transportation, construction defect litigation, automobile liability, employment liability, and general insurance defense. 

Charles Kinney (2008): Insurance Law; government defense, general insurance defense, trucking and transportation law, commercial and business litigation, civil litigation defense, and products liability defense.

Common values, shared passions led to formation of law firm

Malissa Burnette (1977) said she had been contemplating retirement when a team of attorneys with whom she worked at a Columbia law firm began thinking about out on their own.

The process began March 13, and by June 1 the firm of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel P.A. opened for business on the second floor of a historic warehouse building at 912 Lady St. in the Congaree Vista neighborhood.

Burnette and partners Nekki Shutt (1995) and Kathleen McDaniel (2007) had practiced together for nearly seven years at Callison Tighe & Robinson LLC before forming the new firm.

They’ve since been joined by associates Janet Rhodes and Jacqueline “Jax” Pavlicek (2012), who also were at Callison Tighe. The firm has 10 staff members.

“The opportunity to build a unique law practice with people who are both colleagues and friends doesn’t arise too often in life,” Burnette said of her decision to postpone a retirement party. Another bonus is that her daughter, Grant Burnette LeFever (2018), plans to join the firm in June after graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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Alumni make Best Lawyers in America list

Several alumni of the University of South Carolina School of Law were selected as a part of the Best Lawyers in America list. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on more than 5.5 million confidential evaluations by the country’s top attorneys. The guide, first published in 1983, has been described by Corporate Counsel magazine as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.

Adam and Reese:

John F. Beach (1982): Commercial Litigation
Robert P. Bethea, Jr. (1996): Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Tax Law
Earl Ellis (1975): Insurance Law, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Ernest G. Lawhorne (1979): Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
William P. McElveen, Jr. (1984): Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
Cliff Moore, III (1983): Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Real Estate
Louis T. Runge, Jr. (1992): Real Estate Law
Kirby D. Shealy, III (1996): Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Lana H. Sims, Jr. (1982): Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Barnes Alford Stork & Johnson

Weldon R. Johnson (1969): Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants 
David G. Wolff (1975): Real Estate Law
Kay Gaffney Crowe (1975): Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Alan, J. Reyner (1976): Tax Law 
Robert T. Strickland (1984): Litigation – Construction and Litigation – Insurance practice

Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms

M. Dawes Cooke, Jr. (1979): Commercial Litigation, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Bet-the-Company Litigation
B.C. Killough (1979): Corporate Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property

Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado

John S. Nichols (1985): Appellate Practice
John D. Delgado (1975): white collar and general Criminal Defense clients
Marti M. Bluestein (1993): Claimants in Workers Compensation claims
Allison P. Sullivan (2005): Claimants in Workers Compensation claims

Burnette Shutt & McDaniel

M. Malissa Burnette (1977): Mediation,Civil Rights Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Litigation – Labor and Employment
Nekki Shutt (1995): Employment Law – Individuals, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – ERISA, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment

 

Callison Tighe & Robinson:

Edward D. “Butch” Barnhill (1973): Commercial Transactions/UCC Law; Real Estate Law
Wm. Bert Brannon (1991): Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates
Sherwood M. Cleveland (1971): Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Richard C. Detwiler (1985): Workers’ Compensation Law
Andrew C. English, III (1998): Real Estate Law
Demetri “Jim” K. Koutrakos (1996): Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Real Estate
Louis H. Lang (1982): Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Real Estate
Ralph C. Robinson, Jr. (1966): Real Estate Law
Michael W. Tighe (1964): Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law
D. Reece Williams III (1964): Litigation – Insurance; Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Fisher Phillips:

Mason Alexander (1985): Labor and Employment Law

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd:

James Y. (Jamie) Becker (1992): Litigation – Banking and Finance
William C. (Bill) Boyd (1965): Antitrust Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Real Estate Law
Joseph D. (Joe) Clark (1995): Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
Suzanne H. (Suzi) Clawson (1983): Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
Clarke W. DuBose (1980): Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Theodore B. DuBose (1984): Public Finance Law
Randolph B. (Randy) Epting (1980): Corporate Law
Manton M. Grier (1970): Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust
William R. (Will) Johnson (2005): Tax Law
Robert Y. (Bob) Knowlton (1982): Litigation – Securities
John B. McArthur (1981): Real Estate Law
Stanley H. (Stan) McGuffin (1979): Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Litigation – Bankruptcy
Gary W. Morris (1979): Corporate Law; Real Estate Law
Carlisle Roberts, Jr. (1982): Environmental Law

 

Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte

Frank Ellerbe (1982): Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (Telecom, Energy), Utilities Law
Kevin Garrison (1999): Real Estate Law
Betsy Gray (1976): Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation
Becky Laffitte (1983): Insurance Law, Litigation – Construction, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Transportation Law
Wilson McDonald (1990): Real Estate Law
Bill Metzger (1989): Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Biff Sowell (1976): Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation
Kerk Spong (1985): Real Estate Law
Monty Todd (1982): Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Cal Watson(1987): Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants


The “Lawyers of the Year” distinction by Best Lawyers®, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal industry. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.

2018 “Lawyers of the Year” in Columbia, SC:

M. Malissa Burnette (1977): Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, Mediation,Civil Rights Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Litigation – Labor and Employment
Joseph D. (Joe) Clark (1995): Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, Securities / Capital Markets Law
M. Dawes Cooke, Jr. (1979): Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, Commercial Litigation, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Bet-the-Company Litigation
Kay Gaffney Crowe (1975): Barnes Alford Stork & Johnson, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Frank Ellerbe (1982): Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (Telecom, Energy), Utilities Law
Randolph B. (Randy) Epting (1980): Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, Corporate Law
Robert Y. (Bob) Knowlton (1982): Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, Litigation – Securities
William P. McElveen, Jr. (1984): Adam and Reese LLP, Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
Nekki Shutt (1995): Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, Employment Law – Individuals, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – ERISA, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment

President Donald Trump nominates Quattlebaum, Coggins as federal judges for SC

A Greenville law partner was one of two Upstate men nominated by President Donald Trump to fill two vacant judgeships in South Carolina, the White House announced Thursday.

A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr. (1989) is a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Greenville where he serves on the firm’s executive board. Quattlebaum specializes in product liability litigation, business litigation, and other civil litigation.

He served as president of the South Carolina Bar Association in 2011-12 and is a graduate of the South Carolina School of Law where he served as a member of the South Carolina Law Review.

Donald C. Coggins, Jr. (1984), an attorney at  Harrison, White, Smith and Associates, P. C., based in Spartanburg, was also nominated Thursday. Coggins received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and is a graduate of the South Carolina School of Law.

The pair would fill two vacancies on the roster of 15 judges.