Member News | March 12 – 16


McNair client to proceed with expansion plans for high school after long legal battle

McNair Law Firm, P.A., announced today that the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled in favor of its client, School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, after a long legal battle over plans to renovate and expand one of the school district’s most overcrowded high schools. With this ruling, the school district can proceed with a large-scale renovation of Chapin High School, in Chapin, SC, to accommodate up to 1,700 students. Enrollment has more than doubled  since the school was built 40 years ago to accommodate no more than 600 students.

McNair Law Firm shareholder Pam Baker, a member of the firm’s environmental practice group, served as lead attorney representing the school district in the case along with fellow McNair shareholder Liz Crum.

“We are pleased that the school district finally has a clear path for the much-needed expansion of Chapin High, and we are hopeful that this ruling will also serve as precedent in helping businesses in South Carolina that face situations similar to those of Lexington-Richland Five,” said Pam Baker.

In the case, Kim Murphy v. School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, school board member Kim Murphy filed suit to stop the expansion plans, citing environmental concerns over the filling of a stream on the property. Murphy received support from environmental groups seeking to narrow the scope of projects allowed in wetlands and streams. However, the Supreme Court ruled against Murphy’s argument and affirmed a lower-court order upholding the issuance of a Water Quality Certification to the school district for its expansion plans.

In the court’s decision, writing for a unanimous court, Justice Kaye Hearn wrote that “substantial evidence” supports the school district’s assertion that functionality of the stream would not be impaired by plans to fill a portion of it for the expansion. Justice Hearn also noted that the court agreed with the lower court’s findings that no other feasible alternative to the expansion plans existed that would have less adverse results.


Additional Information

This press release was created by McNair Law Firm, P.A. for informational purposes only.  Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in other cases.

McNair Law Firm, P.A., is a full-service law firm serving businesses, government and individuals from eight offices in South Carolina and one in Charlotte, N.C.  The firm traces its origins to 1971, when former governor Robert E. McNair founded a firm dedicated to handling legal needs in the Carolinas, especially where business and government interests intersect. For more information about the firm and Pam Baker, visit

Pamela A. Baker, Shareholder

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

1221 Main Street, Suite 1800

Columbia, SC 29201


Wadsworth Chamber Music Series musicians mentor Richland One students at Columbia Museum of Art on March 22

Artistic director and internationally acclaimed cellist Edward Arron connects with the Columbia community during the Wadsworth Chamber Music Series unique concert experience and even extends that beyond each concert.

“Eddie’s connection to our community is admired by many and he truly makes a difference in the lives of others,” executive director, Karen Brosius, said.

Columbia Museum of Art provides opportunities for students at Hand Middle School, Sanders Middle School and W.A. Perry Middle School in Richland District One through a mentoring program. Students travel to the Museum on March 22 for an exclusive opportunity to meet Arron and other musicians. Through this partnership, students attend a world-class performance and learn about instrumentation, being a professional musician and the individual music selections from this season.

“During the last two years of this program, our students have been engaged at a much higher level and are inspired because of the quality of the musicians and the art,” Nancy Pope, visual and performing arts coordinator at Richland One School District, said. “Eddie leads this program in a very intimate and personal way that is relevant and challenging to the students.”

Following the student program, Arron hosts an evening of chamber music on March 22 at 7:00 p.m. The students and their parents are invited to attend. This concert features pianist Jeewon Park and Violinist Kyung Sun Lee performing works by Handel-Halvorsen, Schumann, Liszt, Piazzolla and Dvorak.

The Columbia Museum of Art believes everyone should have access to dynamic chamber music. A single concert ticket is $35 / $30 for members. All students may purchase tickets for $5. All seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase tickets, visit
The final concert in the 2011-2012 season is Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. Program information is available at



Tom Milliken and Tombo Milliken, both members of NAI Avant’s Brokerage Team, recently represented the buyer in a 375 acre land closing on Bluff Road near Columbia, South Carolina. The transaction was valued at $882,353.

Tom Milliken has been an active commercial broker with NAI Avant for over 36 years. Tombo Milliken joined NAI Avant in 2011. Both focus their real estate attention on Commercial Properties, Industrial Land, Investment Land and Timberland and Recreational Properties.


About NAI Avant

NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with over 350 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries across the globe. NAI Global is the largest independent commercial real estate service provider worldwide and a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners. NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAI Avant and like us on Facebook.


Southeastern Piano Festival launches
10th anniversary celebration

Join us at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28 as we announce the sensational offerings for the 10th annual Southeastern Piano Festival. The press conference at the Koger Center for the Arts will unveil the exciting new programs, performances and partnerships that will celebrate the past 10 years.  We’ll reveal more details March 28.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will give welcoming words and speak about the impact the Festival has had on the city. Festival Artistic Director Marina Lomazov, University of South Carolina School of Music Dean Tayloe Harding, South Carolina Philharmonic Music Director Morihiko Nakahara, Jyotindra M. Parekh, owner of Rice Music House, and others involved with the festival will tell you about what promises to be the most unique event yet.

The Southeastern Piano Festival, taking place June 10 – 16, is a nationally acclaimed piano event that attracts audiences from throughout the region. The festival offers a week of concerts by veteran and emerging performers along with top students from around the nation.  Many of the nearly 200 students who have come through the program have gone on to major universities and conservatories and launched concert careers.


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