Articles Worth Reading



For your information needs and reading pleasure, check out the following articles:

  1. An Important New Tool For Litigators in Federal Court
  2. Artificial Intelligence Predicted Case Outcomes With 79% Accuracy by Analyzing Factual Portrayal
  3. Costs of Competency-Based Programs Come Into Focus
  4. Does Slower Rate Growth Increase Revenues
  5. Five Legal Marketing Trends to Watch-Attorney At Work
  6. Forget Accreditation. Bring On The College Audit
  7. How Your Law Firm Can Position Itself For Prosperity
  8. Legal Executive Institute — Litigation in 2016
  9. Think Higher Billing Rates Are the Key to Higher Law Firm Revenue? Think Again, Report Says
  10. Latest Developments in the Law of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  11. An Examination of the Trends
  12. Pay Disparity: Cronyism or Just Plain Sex Discrimination
  13. Replay: Understanding the Bar Admission Form and the Moral Character and Fitness Application
  14. Why we Need Experiential Training to Ensure Civility
  15. Common Legal Research Misconceptions by Summer Associates


Happy Reading!


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Watch the World Series Tonight in the Barrister


The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs begin their bid to become the 2016 World Series champion tonight with the opening game at 8:00 p.m. EST in Cleveland at Progressive Field.  The monitor in the Barrister will be on throughout the series so you can watch the game with your friends and colleagues between study breaks.  Many thanks to CSOL Security and Vic Silvis for making this possible.  Enjoy!

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Opinions from the South Carolina Supreme Court


On October 19th, 2016, the Court published Earley v. State. In this appeal for post-conviction relief (PCR), the Court reversed relief granted to Respondent by the PCR court. The Court held that the PCR court committed an error of law in finding the outcome of Respondent’s trial would have been different had trial counsel moved for a mistrial based on the State’s failure to disclose Respondent’s Facebook posting prior to trial. Accordingly, the Court reversed the PCR court’s order and reinstated Respondent’s conviction and sentence for solicitation of a minor. The  Court found that absent a showing of prejudice, it was error to grant relief.

Chief Justice Pleicones dissented in a separate opinion here.

On October 12th, the Court published two opinions:

In Hilton v. Flakeboard America Limited, the Court reviewed an order of the Court of Appeals dismissing Petitioner Thomas Hilton’s appeal of an admittedly interlocutory order of the South Carolina Worker’s Compensation Commission’s Appellate Panel. The Court found that under these unique circumstances where the Commission ordered the relitigation of the entire dispute without regard to the matters raised by the appealing party, requiring Hilton to wait until the final agency decision to appeal would not provide him an adequate remedy. The Court noted that, if under the circumstances presented, the Commission’s order was allowed to stand, a party could face the possibility of repeated unexplained “do overs” before a final decision of the Commission. The Court further cautioned that “circumstances such as these that will permit the immediate appeal of an interlocutory administrative decision under section 1-23- 380(A) ‘are about as rare as the proverbial hens’ teeth. Accordingly, the Court vacated the order and remanded the matter to the Commission.

Justices Kittredge and Hearn concurred in a separate opinion.

In State v. Hunsberger, Petitioner Hunsberger appealed his murder conviction arguing that his motion for a speedy trial was wrongly denied. The Court of Appeals affirmed. This Court held that the appellate court erred in affirming the trial court’s ruling that Petitioner’s right to a speedy trial was not violated. The Court found no evidence that the issues resulting from the prosecution in Georgia justified the lengthy delay of the South Carolina trial. Additionally, the Court held that the court of appeals erred in affirming the trial court’s failure to consider presumptive prejudice in this case. Accordingly, the Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals.

Justices Toal and Kittredge dissented in a separate opinion.

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Opinions from the South Carolina Court of Appeals

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Today, the Court published one opinion.

In State v. Mazique, Appellant appealed his conviction for armed robbery arguing that the trial court erred in multiple decisions involving improper handling of his request for substitute counsel and evidentiary matters, all of which had the cumulative effect of preventing a fair trial.

The Court reviewed the trial court’s decisions and found no abuse of discretion and no issue(s) that prevented Appellant from having a fair trial. Accordingly, the Court affirmed the decisions of the trial court.

On October 10th, the Court published SCDSS v. Ngoc Tran.

Ngoc Tran, a Georgia resident, appealed an order terminating her parental rights to her minor child. Tran argued the South Carolina family court did not have subject matter jurisdiction under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) and erred in finding clear and convincing evidence to support statutory grounds for termination of parental rights (TPR).

Mother and child  moved from Pennsylvania, where husband resided, to Georgia to escape domestic violence. At the time, Mother and child lived in Georgia for a three year period. While traveling through South Carolina, Mother was found sitting in the middle of the road with Child. Mother was  hospitalized due to not being very responsive and DSS was contacted. Three days later, the family court held a hearing and determined that probable cause existed to remove Child to DSS custody pending further orders.   Later on, the family court found that Mother had placed Child in unreasonable risk to harm and granted DSS custody of child. Mother was not present at either hearing. Mother moved for reconsideration, arguing that this state did not have proper jurisdiction over the child due to pending litigation in Pennsylvania.  The court denied Mother’s motion for reconsideration holding that the case in Pennsylvania was not relevant to the issue of termination of parental rights [TPR] in this case, therefore jurisdiction regarding the custody of Child was vested in the State of South Carolina. This appeal followed.

This Court examined the issue of jurisdiction through the UCCJEA and found that DSS did not meet its burden to establish whether South Carolina had jurisdiction under the UCCJEA. Accordingly, the Court vacates the family court’s removal order and TPR order and remands the case back to family court to resolve the jurisdictional issue.

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South Carolina CLEs Added to the Collection

Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library has recently acquired South Carolina CLEs in DVD format, spanning approximately the past 5 years. These DVDs are located in our Reference Office and are available for circulation. The circulation period is 3 days. While they are not eligible for CLE credits, they are terrific resources for our patrons. They cover a variety of topics, such as ethical considerations for lawyers, financial expectations of starting a solo practice, Legal Hot Topics, and much more. So if you have some free time in between your classes, please stop by the Reference Office to see if there is a topic they may be of interest to you. Should you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Allison Jones at


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Join us for a costume contest on Halloween at noon in the Barrister


Join us for candy and a costume contest on Halloween (Monday, October 31st) at noon in the Barrister.  Allison Jones, Melissa Strickland, and Willis Long will decide who has the best costume.  They will award the use of Study Room 105 between noon and 8:00 p.m. for the first week of finals, November 28th through December 4th.  Please plan to join us!

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Check out the Library’s Spooktacular Halloween Decorations

The Library is getting into the spirit of Halloween. Thank you to Christa Morton, one of our student workers at Circulation, for the fantastic display of bats, spiders, and other creepy crawlies. It is boo-ti-ful!
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