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Apr 18, 2014

Stick ‘em up … or don’t

Worried that his city is going to revert to the shoot ‘em up ways of the Wild West, Columbia lawyer Joe McCulloch has taken to the streets with an armful of posters featuring a crossed out handgun.

Apr 17, 2014

Attorney on the air

When a friend asked attorney Luther Battiste III to take over his Sunday morning jazz show on The Palm 92.1 FM, Battiste saw a dream come true. “I have an amazing collection,” Battiste said. “I started listening to jazz in high school. I had an uncle who was in college at South Carolina State — […]

Apr 10, 2014

A bridge not far enough

The South Carolina Senate took a very small step last week toward modernizing the state’s antediluvian anti-gambling laws by unanimously passing a bill to allow members of social groups to play games involving tiles, cards or dice in private homes. The bill would amend a state law, on the books since 1802, banning such games. […]

Apr 10, 2014

Fat City, S.C.

Where are the fattest cities in America? It turns out a bunch of them are in South Carolina, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data released earlier this month. Three of Gallup’s 50 heftiest cities were in the Palmetto State — Columbia, which came in 48th with an obesity rate of 29.2 percent, Spartanburg, […]

Apr 10, 2014

First rule: Follow the rules

Gregory Somers claims that his employer in his Greenville office discriminated against him by failing to provide an accommodation for his religious beliefs. That’s the sort of claim that one would usually bring to the attention of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But in Somers’ case, the unusual twist is that he works as an […]

Apr 4, 2014

Little girl, mammoth controversy

South Carolina should be used to being the butt of the nation’s jokes by now. But that doesn’t mean there’s any less face-palming when yet another embarrassment occurs within the state’s borders. Last week, public ridicule was directed once again at the Palmetto State after the world learned of a local lawmaker’s attempt to hijack […]

Apr 4, 2014

A laughing matter

How many lawyer jokes are there? Only three. The rest are true stories. Lawyer jokes have been around for at least as long as Shakespeare, but the 1980s was a heyday for the genre — at least in the United States.  That’s according to British sociologist Christie Davies, quoted in Davies writes in his […]

Apr 4, 2014

One (not at all) shining moment

One of the main concerns for alumni of Charleston School of Law over the school’s pending purchase by the InfiLaw system of for-profit law schools is that the school’s brand would be tarnished by association. The results of an ongoing competition on the popular legal blog Above The Law will do nothing to alleviate those […]

Mar 28, 2014

A note from the doctor

As a former public defender, this author knows what it is like to feel unprepared for court. Who hasn’t felt the urge to call in sick on trial day? Fortunately, I never did, and given the outcome of a recent opinion, I’m especially glad of it. The Illinois Supreme Court recently suspended by consent attorney […]

Mar 28, 2014

Just change your password, for Pete’s sake

An unusually high number of South Carolina attorneys failed to pay their license fees for 2014 — so unusually high that it makes you wonder whether a recent change involving the state’s Attorney Information System may have played at least some role. In all, 65 attorneys were suspended from the practice of law earlier this […]

Mar 28, 2014

Have you the read the news?

A famous quote by the Dutch Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus is often translated as, “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” Last week, bibliophiles everywhere got a little extra money to buy books as Amazon began issuing credits from the proceeds of a […]

Mar 21, 2014

The cuckoo’s nest

Disputes between neighbors can get ugly. But what happened to a woman feuding with two of her neighbors in Columbia goes beyond the pale. Ursula Pallares claims in a lawsuit against Sharon Seinar and Lisa Maseng that the pair harassed and humiliated her then tried to have her hauled out of the neighborhood in a […]

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