Archive for November, 2017

South Carolina Supreme Court revives application of domestic abuse statute to unmarried cohabitants

On July 26, 2017 the South Carolina Supreme Court, in the case of Doe v. State, remedied the equal protection infirmity of a Domestic Abuse statute that granted protection to opposite sex cohabitants but denied that protection to same sex cohabitants by denying that protection to all unmarried cohabitants. Stuck with language that afforded the […]

Supreme Court finds valuation of Greek farm preserved for appeal–remands issue to Court of Appeals

N.B., the Supreme Court subsequently slightly modified the opinion discussed below. See Supreme Court adds one sentence to the Conits opinion. The November 15, 2017 Supreme Court opinion in Conits v. Conits granted Husband’s petition for a writ of certiorari, dispensed with further briefing, and reversed the Court of Appeals opinion in Conits v. Conits, 417 S.C. […]

How automatic discovery has changed my family law practice

It’s been six months since the South Carolina Supreme Court mandated automatic discovery in family court. I didn’t expect this rule change to change my practice. It has. As I’ve noted before, serving discovery can be a way of showing the opposing party that one is serious about the litigation and that one has given […]

Free Mental Health Ethics CLE for Young South Carolina Lawyers

On November 10, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. I will be lecturing at the Charleston School of Law on “Preserving one’s sanity when one starts practicing law: advice for a newly licensed attorney (or what my older self wishes my younger self had known).” The lecture is being videotaped for the South Carolina Bar’s […]

 

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