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TV shows, junkyards and gambling are all part of her appellate work

Kirsten Small is an appellate attorney in the Greenville office of Nexsen Pruet. A Washington state native, Small graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1994. She then completed a federal clerkship in Greenville. Small is a member of the South Carolina Bar's ethics advisory committee and secretary of the trial and appellate advocacy section. She is also active in the Defense Research Institute, where she serves as a liaison for the appellate advocacy committee and chairs the networking subcommittee for the women in the law committee.

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Sign might remain for awhile, but internal changes underway for Buist (access required)

As the longtime Charleston firm of Buist Moore Smythe McGee readied for its May 2 debut as Womble Carlyle's newest office, one detail seemed to escape managing partners at both firms last week. Would the Womble Carlyle sign be up on the former Buist Moore offices on this first Monday morning after the North Carolina giant completed its April 30 acquisition?

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New ASTM energy standard to impact commercial real estate transactions (access required)

The growth of renewable energy in the U.S. has been subject to inconsistent public policy at both the federal and state levels. This lack of predictability creates difficulty for investors looking for long-term stability, which is needed to justify the often significant capital investments associated with most renewable energy systems. Despite this uncertainty, one renewable energy that continues to show steady progress is an area often not even seen as a renewable energy resource: energy efficiency.

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Dicta From Desa: Flat wrong on flat fees

The incredible generosity of members of the South Carolina Bar continues to amaze me. I am a member of the South Carolina Association of Ethics Counsel (SCAEC), the brainchild of my friend Steedley Bogan, who suggested about 10 years ago that those of us who defend lawyers in disciplinary proceedings should form an alliance to work together to improve the lawyer disciplinary system. Steedley created the legal framework to let us exist, and we were fairly active for a number of years.

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Dram shop claim overcomes 7-figure setoff for settlement (access required)

A man who claimed a Sumter restaurant served wine to an intoxicated customer has settled a wrongful death suit for $3 million, thanks in part to recent S.C. Supreme Court case law. Lawyers for plaintiff Paul Schmidt said the court's 2010 decision in a dram shop case helped Schmidt get the settlement despite a multi-million-dollar setoff resulting from an earlier, confidential settlement with the customer's employer. "We had a very high setoff that we would have had to overcome had we gone to trial - a high seven-figure setoff," said Mount Pleasant lawyer David Yarborough, a member of the plaintiff's legal team.

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