South Carolina

239 ABA Journal South Carolina articles.

Gender equality is ‘irrevocable tenet of our society,’ ABA president says
On Wednesday, ABA President Judy Perry Martinez urged members of the South Carolina General Assembly to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment—a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee equal rights for all Americans regardless of sex.
First Amendment defense claims could threaten ‘revenge pornography’ statutes
Prosecutor’s closing remarks about defense lawyers lead to new trial for murder defendant
A man who spent 13 years in a South Carolina prison for murder is entitled to a new trial because of the prosecutor’s “blatantly improper” remarks during closing arguments, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.
Settlement provides for right to counsel in 2 municipal courts; ACLU hopes other cities take note
A federal judge in Charleston, South Carolina, has approved a $250,000 settlement that also ensures the right to a lawyer for some municipal court defendants.
4th Circuit says US can be sued over background check failures in church shooting
A federal appeals court has ruled that the federal government can be sued for failing to uncover information about the Charleston, South Carolina, church shooter during a background check that would have barred him from being able to buy a gun from a licensed dealer before the mass shooting.
Courts in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas announce closings for Hurricane Dorian

Several courts in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina already have announced closings as Hurricane Dorian approached off the coast.

You can find state court closings here in Florida,…

South Carolina high court unties the knot for common-law marriage

If you want to get married in South Carolina, you are going to need a valid marriage certificate.

The South Carolina Supreme Court abolished recognition of common-law marriage in

This is not your father’s firm; suit pits dad against son over right to use first and last name

A personal injury law firm in South Carolina founded by George Sink Sr. contends in a federal lawsuit that Sink’s son, George Sink Jr., has no right to use the…

Mass shootings prompt bar associations to offer pro bono services to survivors and victims’ families

Attorneys are flocking to volunteer for bar association programs that help with probate, child custody, guardianship, victim compensation or trust matters.

Prison inmates indicted in sextortion ring that targeted military service members

Five prison inmates and 10 of their associates have been indicted in a sextortion ring in which they allegedly posed as women online and then as angry fathers demanding money.

Burr & Forman will grow to more than 350 lawyers with acquisition of South Carolina law firm

Burr & Forman has announced it will acquire the South Carolina-based McNair Law Firm, a move that will swell its ranks to more than 350 lawyers.

Burr & Forman, based…

Disbarred lawyer suspected in shooting of 7 South Carolina law enforcement officers

The suspect was admitted to the bar in 1980 and disbarred by consent four years later in an order by the state’s supreme court.

Some courts, law schools affected by Florence starting to reopen
Continuing coverage: Florence is now a tropical depression in the Ohio Valley, and while damage from the onetime hurricane is still being felt, some courts and law schools are reopening.
South Carolina requires insurers to have plans safeguarding customer data
Less than a year from now, insurers doing business in South Carolina will be required to have a “comprehensive information security program” that protects consumer data.
Judge tosses suits over background check of Dylann Roof, calls FBI explanation ‘nonsense’

A federal judge in Charleston, South Carolina, says the FBI provided a “nonsense” explanation for its failure to quickly discover a key fact in a gun background check of mass…

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