September 17, 2013
The Honorable James Spence, Master In Equity in Lexington County, South Carolina, was kind enough to come down to Charleston from Lexington and give a special lecture to my Real Estate Transactions Class on some property cases that he had recently decided. One of them – that is particularly interesting – was a commercial easement that he has now been kind enough to share not only with the class itself but he has granted me permission to post on Equity is Swell Blog. It is very instructive and it highlights that when purchasing property one should always be very careful to read all the conveyances that are involved in the transaction, including all of the easements. It is attached to this link. I recommend it to you as a very interesting South Carolina Order, worth of reading and perhaps even re-reading.
The second case that Judge Spence was kind enough to share with me is a fascinating case about the interpretation of a South Carolina deed. At the very end of this very scholarly opinion, you will note that he expressly quotes an equitable maxim in his analysis. I highly recommend this order. as well. As an interesting aside, the deed was drafted in February of 1945 with World War II still on-going. Although the deed was written in 1945, the case itself was not decided until 2012.
Although Property law really does take a long time sometimes to decide, even so, this case is probably somewhat unusual as it normally does not take 67 years to make that particular type of decision.
Both of these cases highlight the interactions between property and equity and suggest that the practice of law really does present unusual challenges to lawyers and clients. It is a real pleasure to have the opportunity to have this Judge in the classroom and his opinions on this blog.
Thanks, your honor. Your work is especially appreciated.
June 4, 2013
The Honorable Judge Richard Gergel, sitting Federal District Court Judge here in Charleston, S.C., gave a very memorable set of Opening Comments recently at the Law and Society Symposium about the history of the City where this Law School sits. He was kind enough to permit me to post this on the Equity is Swell blog. It elegantly states some very interesting history – and history that many of us, including the author of this Blog, were totally unaware of. I commend his opening remarks to you – I suspect (like me) you will find them genuinely of great interest. Thanks, Judge Gergel.
April 2, 2013
In the real world some cases have a number of different, separate and distinct claims and issues. Certainly that is true for the Case that the Honorable S. Jackson Kimball, Special Circuit Court Judge, was kind enough to send in to Equity is Swell blog. One of the key issues in this case, is how a member of an LLC can be “dissociated” from the LLC for its own alleged misconduct. The broader lesson, in equity, has always been clear: the conduct of the parties in an equity case is always relevant. Thanks, Judge, for sending this unique lower court case to a public domain where the many readers of Equity is Swell will find it very interesting. (Of course, any lower court decision is always subject to motions for reconsideration, appeal, modification, and so on)
March 4, 2013
Chief Judge Few, of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, gave this commencement speech to the graduating students of the Charleston School of Law on December 16, 2012. With so much relentless criticism today of the legal profession, it is especially nice to consider this speech. As Judge Few reminds us - at its very best – law can be a highly honorable field and individual lawyers and judges really can make a true meaningful difference in this world. Thanks, Judge Few, for sharing this recent commencement speech with all of us and permitting me to post it on the Equity is Swell blog. Naturally, I always invite comments on anything that is posted here.
January 20, 2013
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.
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October 17, 2012
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