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KellyGram – Why I love being a lawyer

 

        I have been blessed to be an attorney helping injured, wronged and sick people for 37+ years.  Every now and then the job gets a little old with payroll, deadlines, overhead issues, and other items, but 98% of the time I LOVE my job each and every day!  Where else can you make a good living and get a chance to help people pretty much your entire day.  I have long held this conclusion, but the other day I was riding between Lancaster and Columbia and I had and “Aww Ha” moment, sort of a moment of clarity.  In the past 24 hours, I have helped a 10 year old hemophiliac  (and learned a lot about the dreaded disease of hemophilia along the way) and got a dear sweet client a $17,000 settlement on the courthouse steps when her previous counsel tried to get her to take only $4000. 

God sure knew what he was doing when he sent me into the legal profession many years ago.  He has truly blessed my life, the lives of my family and hopefully my clients.

Prayer works and God is good all the time!

Have a great weekend!

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              Friends, South Carolinians, countrymen, lend me your ears! Wait- I know, I know. This wall of text can be intimidating. (I mean, I feel the onset of a panic attack just walking into a library, much less opening a book.) You’re on the internet. This is your sanctuary of rest time. This is your free Facebook time, why would you spend it learning instead of watching cat videos? Well someone wants to take away the freedom that is associated with your internet time, and I’m here to tell you who and how. Don’t let this wall of text frighten you. We’ll make it through this together and you might just ‘learn yourself’ a thing or two in the process.

           Net Neutrality? Sounds like a law to keep fishermen from using illegal nets. There’s a joke somewhere there… So Net Neutrality, what is it and why should you care? Net neutrality, or open internet, is the principle that internet service providers, ISPs, should give consumers access to all legal content and applications on an equal basis, without favoring some sources or blocking others. It prohibits ISPs from charging content providers for speedier delivery of their content on “fast lanes” and deliberately slowing the content from content providers that may compete with ISPs. To help you out, I’ll break down in real terms what that means. Right now, you pay one price for the whole internet. Though expensive, (Extremely expensive, and much slower, if you compare it to the rest of the world) it gives you access to all websites that are in existence and ones that will spring up in the future. Those websites will all load at the same speed no matter what (And just in case you don’t understand what I mean by load I mean the time you have to wait for the content to be displayed on your monitor/smartphone/tablet). Our website, or any smaller websites, will load just as quickly as the behemoth Facebook. It’s remarkable. One minute you’re on YouTube, the next you’re googling how they jar mayonnaise (Not as crazy as I thought it would be). 

            Unfortunately, big behemoth sites (not all of them) want to change this. They would make each content provider (the people who run the websites) pay an astounding fee so that their website would operate in the “fast lane”. Anyone who doesn’t, or can’t, would be stuck in the “slow lane”. This would obviously hurt the businesses of those who can’t afford the fee. The scariest part of this is that the fee can change from business to business. But you’re saying, “Hey, they probably would just agree upon a lower price when it comes to smaller websites.” You’re right, they would probably agree upon a price with the company they would actually be able to pay. However, this is where it gets worrisome. Say Facebook pays Time Warner a massive fee for their website to be fast, but Facebook also tells Time Warner to crack down on any websites that could be a competitor to Facebook. Any new and upcoming websites, no matter how good the ides they offer, would be at the mercy of Time Warner (or an equal ISP). And if Facebook felt threatened by their existence, they would tell Time Warner to designate a price that the small company couldn’t pay. This would effectively end the smaller start-up company and rid the world of new wonderful ideas. This is why we need to work to keep Net Neutrality. It insures the playing field is fair and equal, even for the little guy.
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KellyGram – Our Clients Tommy and Bonnie Taylor

 

This week I want to talk about God working before our very eyes. Tommy Taylor has a device that was not approved by the FDA after a clinical trial.  He was faced with the prospect of dying if a new device was not installed. We instituted litigation on legal issues which I certainly cannot discuss at this time, but simultaneously assisted Tommy in getting the word out that he would need hundreds of thousands of dollars to  have the life-saving device replaced.  I am happy to report that through the generosity of many people as well, as the efforts of Attorney Brad Hewett in my office in working with the hospital/medical provider to obtain a final amount and schedule the procedure,  there has been a significant public response resulting in numerous individual gifts that go both directly and through my Trust account and GoFundMe

 

 

We still have a long ways to go, but are hopeful that the goal of raising $110,000.00 will be accomplished by mid-August so that Tommy can undergo the procedure.  For additional information about this miraculous story, click here to see the latest of several articles from WIS-TV website.

Prayer works and God is good all the time!

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KellyGram – Age is Just a Number

Our Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier is one of my favorite characters and Wednesday he outdid himself with his impromptu press conference challenging his critics who say he is losing “his step” and is too old to coach at UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA! 

The Head Ball Coach is 70, and yours truly 63. Like Steve Spurrier, I feel like I am in excellent physical shape for my age and am working out with a personal trainer twice a week in order to keep this old body alive and kicking! I am a pretty humble guy, but I can also say that I am at the peak of my legal
career.  All the lessons and mistakes that I have made over the last 37 years have made me a better, wiser lawyer for my clients than ever before. Finally, my love for life and people has never been greater.  My dearly beloved wife Anne would not have wanted me to feel any different!  I wake up every single day ready for the opportunities and challenges of this wonderful profession.  63 is the new 45!

Go out and challenge yourself to do something out of the ordinary this week whatever your age.  Age is just a number on your birth certificate.

May God Bless you!

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KellyGram – Samantha Cassady / Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce

In this week’s KellyGram,

I want to salute our Myrtle Beach paralegal, Samantha Cassady, for successfully completing the process, including the final exam, and being sworn in as a fully-fledged United States citizen.  Samantha represents what is great about the United States of America.

The second subject is my involvement with the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce.  As most of you know, we have three offices which serve Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Winnsboro.  These three communities illustrate the diverse nature of our unique state.  Each have their own vitally important communities, which assist to the success of our tremendous state. I do not believe in traveling to Winnsboro, taking in clients and earning fees without giving something back to the community.  I recently served a one year term as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.   At our 70th annual meeting, I passed the gavel to Tina Johnson, owner of the Over The Top Boutique in beautiful Ridgeway South Carolina.  I was honored to introduce my former law clerk Ford Graham, who serves as Director for Global Business Development for the S.C. Department of Commerce.  I am proud of all my former law clerks including Ford!!

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KellyGram – Flag Removal

As I write this week’s KellyGram, I cannot believe I am witnessing the signing of a Bill to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds! I certainly respect the views of the flag proponents as well as the opponents, but I truly believe that this is best for South Carolina. In my opinion, the wheels were put in motion not by the alleged shooter, but the families of the victims who expressed forgiveness and God’s grace to someone who had brutally taken their loved ones. Being a man of faith, I truly believe God’s hand was involved in this! May the removal of the Confederate flag be a springboard for the widespread growth of faith, healing, justice and equality!
May God Bless the People of the state of South Carolina!
 
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KellyGram – Fourth of July!

 

For this week’s KellyGram I have decided to focus on our nation’s birthday this Saturday.  I never served in the military and have never been the flag waiving patriot type, but I must tell you I am full of pride in our state and nation as they have come together after the recent events in Charleston and other locations before that tragedy.  I witnessed in the last week Governor Haley’s and President Obama’s most shining moments of leadership in their terms of office.  Governor Haley in her Press Conference (concerning the Confederate Flag) and President Obama’s eulogy were true marks of leadership and made me proud to be an American.
If you haven’t already got plans for the big day, here are a couple things going on that may help you decide: 

Lexington County Blowfish Baseball & Fireworks Show

Lexington County Peach Festival

Slide the City of Columbia

Lake Murray Symphony

                  

The American spirit is amazing.  I am so blessed to have been born in America and to have raised my children here.  God Bless America!
 
Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

 

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KellyGram – #13

Remove the Confederate Flag From the State Capitol
Forty-five years ago I arrived as an eighteen year old college freshman on the University of South Carolina Columbia Campus. I grew up in Virginia
which is the capital of the Confederacy so I was very familiar with the Civil War and the history surrounding it. I did not find it strange that the Confederate flag flew atop our State House. Over time as our society has evolved, I have long sense been of
the conclusion that the flag should be removed from the State House grounds. Out of the horrible tragedy in Charleston I have witnessed something that brought tears to my eyes on Monday during Governor Haley’s 4 PM press conference. There is now a concerted
united movement to remove the flag from the State House grounds and put it in or around the Confederate relic museum room which is where it belongs in my humble opinion.
I am very aware of the fact that the Stars and Bars is part of our heritage in South Carolina, but it is offensive to many of my friends and colleagues and as Governor Haley said, “The
State House belongs to all of us and the flag needs to come down.”

 

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The KellyGram – Charleston

The Mike Kelly Law Group joins millions of others who are shocked and saddened by the tragedy in Charleston, SC this past Wednesday evening. I have my own views on gun control, but respect the right of pro-gun advocates to advance their position. This country really needs to come to terms with senseless acts of violence in our nation. I do not know what the solution is, but the United States would be a far better place if we could curb these type of incidents.

On another note, I invite you to read a thought provoking piece by columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. which appeared in Thursday’s edition of The State. In his piece, What do you think now, Justice Scalia? He crafts a letter to Antonin G. Scalia, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, which is very insightful. The issue of continuing the death penalty in this country also needs to be addressed once and for all.
Again, our prayers go out to the victim’s families and the community of the Charleston tragedy. May God Bless you all.
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The KellyGram – Leadership Columbia

Good Morning! Here is your Kelly Gram!

 

Leadership Columbia

This week I want to salute Leadership Columbia and the 2015 Graduating Class. Leadership Columbia is a leadership development program of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. It is very competitive to be admitted and there is a substantial commitment of time and resources by the class members. I had the privilege of being in the graduating class of 1992 and have maintained friendships and business relationships with many of my classmates since that time. I am proud to announce that on the night of Tuesday, June 9, 2015, our very own Tad McLeod received his diploma for his efforts with regard to the 2015 class. I was honored to be able to attend a very special Graduation Banquet and Ceremony at The Palmetto Club put on by the Columbia Chamber. Congratulations Tad!  I am happy to report that now four of our seven attorneys have participated in Leadership Columbia or Leadership Grand Strand.

Leadership development among our future leaders is essential for the Midlands to grow and improve the quality of life for all of us. Attached you will find the Shared Streets Final Presentation of the completed projects by the Class of 2015.    Hope all has a Great Weekend! Yours Truly, Mike Kelly
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