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26 Apr 2011, 6:11 am by Matteo Tonello, The Conference Board,
Editor’s Note: Matteo Tonello is Director of Corporate Governance for The Conference Board, Inc. This post is based on a Conference Board Director Note by Shuili Du, C.B. Bhattacharya and Sankar Sen. Since creating stakeholder awareness is a key prerequisite for reaping the strategic benefits of any business initiative, it is imperative for board members and senior executives instituting a social responsibility program to have a deeper understanding of the key issues related to CSR… [read post]
25 Mar 2014, 4:24 am by Gregory Forman
One of my oldest and dearest friends was awarded custody of his two children and kept custody until they emancipated.  Not only was he openly using marijuana during that time, he was also openly growing it and selling it. He did not live in South Carolina. Along with exposing children to non-marital sexual relationships, nowhere is the generational and cultural gap between South Carolina parents and the typical family court judge greater than it is with tolerance, even acceptance, of marijuana… [read post]
17 Nov 2010, 2:35 pm by Gregory Forman
Someone sent me this on facebook. In under 3 ½ minutes this animator hits on every way a child custody client can make an attorney miserable. Warning vulgar. [read post]
19 Oct 2012, 11:09 am by Gregory Forman
A colleague of mine, T. Ryan Phillips, emailed me an October 1, 2012 Tennessee Supreme Court opinion in the case of Hodge v. Craig.  That opinion approves a cause of action for paternity fraud within that state.  With the rise of paternity testing, this cause of action may become more common and may eventually come to South Carolina. In the days before genetic testing there was a popular bit of folk wisdom, “mama’s baby daddy’s maybe.”  To deal with the inability to determine paternity,… [read post]
20 Jan 2012, 2:28 pm by Gregory Forman
I sometimes think there is some hidden law titled, “The South Carolina Family Law Attorney Full Employment Act,” which requires family court judges to issue child-related restraining orders so vague that, in theory, an infinite number of attorneys could spend an infinite amount of time arguing about whether that restraint has been violated.  Such is the case with the recent rise in restraints against exposing children to “age inappropriate entertainment.”   Can anyone state with certainly… [read post]
19 Oct 2012, 11:09 am by Gregory Forman
A colleague of mine, T. Ryan Phillips, emailed me an October 1, 2012 Tennessee Supreme Court opinion in the case of Hodge v. Craig.  That opinion approves a cause of action for paternity fraud within that state.  With the rise of paternity testing, this cause of action may become more common and may eventually come to South Carolina. In the days before genetic testing there was a popular bit of folk wisdom, “mama’s baby daddy’s maybe.”  To deal with the… [read post]
20 Sep 2011, 9:44 am by Gregory Forman
In what is, for me, one of the most highly anticipated decisions on this year’s docket, the South Carolina Supreme Court decided on September 19, 2011 in the case of Theisen v. Theisen that physical separation is a required component for bringing a separate maintenance action.  For almost a decade, I had assumed that to be the case but since the legislature never clarified the issue, the Supreme Court was certainly entitled to do so.  Meanwhile attorneys I greatly respect, such as Professor Roy… [read post]
29 Mar 2010, 6:13 pm by Adam Thierer
As mentioned last week, in a new series of essays, PFF scholars will be examining proposals that would have the government play a greater role in sustaining struggling media enterprises, “saving journalism,” or promoting more “public interest” content. With many traditional media operators struggling, and questions being raised about how journalism in particular will be supported in the future, Washington policymakers are currently considering what role government can and should play… [read post]
29 Oct 2011, 1:26 pm by Gregory Forman
South Carolina family court judges routinely issue restraints against exposing children to a parent’s non-marital romantic companions overnight. When concerned about appearing to be moral scolds, they justify these restraints as prohibiting the children’s exposure to “illegal behavior.” The specific criminal statutes implicated by such behavior are the prohibitions against adultery (S.C. Code § 16-15-60), fornication § 16-15-60) and buggery (§ 16-15-120).  South Carolina does not appear… [read post]
22 May 2012, 6:50 am by Gregory Forman
On May 18, 2012 I was interviewed by Carolyn Murray of WCBD regarding the recognition of same sex relationships in South Carolina. Part one is here: WCDB interview part one Part two is here: WCDB interview part two [read post]
17 Jul 2013, 3:42 pm by Gregory Forman
In a 3-2 decision today [July 17, 2013] in the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, the South Carolina Supreme Court resolved the remand from the United States Supreme Court by: [R]emand[ing] this case to the Family Court for the prompt entry of an order approving and finalizing Adoptive Couple’s adoption of Baby Girl, and thereby terminating Birth Father’s parental rights, in accordance with section 63-9-750 of the South Carolina Code.  Upon the entry of the Family Court’s… [read post]
7 Dec 2010, 5:31 am by Gregory Forman
I was never a big proponent of the grandparent visitation statutes that proliferated throughout the United States in the 1980?s and 90?s.  Such statutes typically allowed family courts to award autonomous visitation to grandparents over the parents’ objection, based merely upon the court’s own view of “best interests of the child.” I had one case in which the family court awarded a grandmother supervised visitation over the father’s objection.  That grandparent’s behavior had been so… [read post]
4 Mar 2011, 6:51 am by Jamie Bence
Image:  jamie_bence.jpg Mary Rouvelas is the Senior Counsel for the American Cancer Society in Washington, D.C. Mary graduated from Wellesley College magna cum laude in 1992, and worked in Venice Beach, CA for a year as a private investigator before attending the University of Virginia School of Law, graduating in 1996. She is a member of the bar in Virginia and the District of Columbia and is also admitted to practice at the United… [read post]
18 Feb 2012, 3:53 am by Gregory Forman
A state that denies homosexuals the right to marry has no right to punish them for living together without being married. In 1967, the United States Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1,  rendered unconstitutional laws preventing marriages between persons solely on the basis of racial classifications.  It then took thirty-one years for South Carolina voters to repeal the provision of our 1895 state constitution prohibiting “marriage of a white person with a Negro or mulatto… [read post]
22 Jul 2010, 12:54 pm by Kashmir Hill
Usually, we find conversations with lawyers to be very engaging. But in this video short, Ron Livingston does not: The video was produced as part of a corporate undertaking — The Responsibility Project — devoted to “exploring what it means to do the right thing.” So, what is it trying to say exactly? The Responsibility Project is sponsored by the insurance company, Liberty Mutual. To them, we imagine “doing the right thing” is to “not fight too hard when your insurance company… [read post]
22 Sep 2011, 4:42 am by Gregory Forman
In the September 21, 2011 Court of Appeals opinion of South Carolina Department of Social Services v. Mary C., a child’s therapist opined that a three-year old’s masturbating and defying her potty training by urinating on the floor were signs of “sexualized behaviors” indicative of sexual abuse. This leads me to ponder: who buggered my dog? Mary C. stems from a highly contentious visitation case which required DSS intervention.  From the Court of Appeals opinion, Mother appears to be one… [read post]
10 Feb 2011, 3:59 am by Dianne Saxe
Who should pay the costs, when a public interest intervenor succeeds before an administrative tribunal? The Alberta Environmental Appeals Board awarded an intervenor $76,067, payable by the Town of Turner Valley. Ms. Walsh, who lives on a disability pension, had persuaded Alberta Environment and the Board to require additional monitoring of a municipal drinking water reservoir, over the opposition of the municipality. Her work “resulted in a better Amending Approval, one that will… [read post]
1 May 2013, 10:29 am by Gregory Forman
Two years after the United States Supreme Court reversed the South Carolina Supreme Court in Turner v. Rodgers, 131 S.Ct. 2507 (2011), I see no evidence that our family court system has taken any of Turner’s ruling to heart.  This is partially the fault of our state Supreme Court, which has failed to exercise its rule making authority pursuant to Article V, § 4, of the South Carolina Constitution.  It is partially the fault of the legislature, which, under that same… [read post]