Tomorrow as part of Celebrate Pro Bono 2011, several attorneys will be speaking at a Disabilities Awareness Public Forum in Greenville, South Carolina.
The event is FREE and open to the public. We do have ASL Interpreters available for the event, but if you need additional accomodations, please contact Stephanie Gutzman at 864-235-0273 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This rule concerns the provision of pro bono service to individuals of limited means or public service/charitable organizations. The proposed changes include the creation of a reporting mechanism for pro bono hours and a requirement that those hours be reported to the Bar.
This just in from SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center!
Public Hearing on S.C. Medicaid Managed-Care Plan
MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 10:00 AM
THIS is your chance to tell CMS and the state Medicaid agency what you think of the proposal to mandate managed care.
A public hearing by telephone has been scheduled for Monday, August 23rd, at 10:00 a.m. to receive public input about the Medicaid changes proposed by DHHS.
On July 1, 2010, DHHS filed a Medicaid state-plan amendment asking the federal government to make Managed Care mandatory for more than 500,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in our state, as well as allowing DHHS to qualify people for Managed Care who are currently ineligible.
This is the perfect opportunity to tell CMS how South Carolina DHHS’ proposed changes would impact you or the people you serve.
To participate, call (877) 251-0301 and provide the operator with the conference ID 93410633.
CMS suggests you call in 10 minutes prior to the 10:00 a.m. start time.
November is designated as National Adoption Month, a time to recognize the benefits of adoption for families and children.
South Carolina Legal Services marks this observance through partnerships and community education. The law firm is available to represent clients in Adoption cases and also to provide education and conduct outreach.
On Monday Night, WLTX became ground zero for ASK-A-LAWYER. We arrived in time to start and learned that the calls had started as early as 4:30 p.m. Once we were shown our call-center, we started answering phones “Ask-A-Lawyer, how may I help you?” while our web counter-parts began their online-duty.
The 6 on-camera attorneys were Cynthia A. Coker, T. Jeff Goodwyn, Edna Primus, Jennifer W. Rubin, Tana Vanderbilt and Robin F. Wheeler.
The phones were ringing non-stop. WLTX graciously provided us with water and chocolate; both of which were appreciated. Darci Strickland and Andrea Mock interviewed us during the session and helped us maintain our energy with their enthusiasm. And at the end of the evening, JR Berry dropped by to thank us for our hard work.
18 of my 30 calls originated from Richland County;
1 from Fairfield;
1 from Florence;
1 from Greenwood;
2 from Kershaw;
3 from Lexington;
3 from Orangeburg; and
1 from Sumter.
Mind you, I had 30 calls total in a 2 1/2 hour span and I even took a moment off the phones for an interview.
6 questions about Divorce/Alimony
5 Child Support/Child Custody and Visitation/Adoption
4 Consumer Law including Bankruptcy
3 Wills and Estates
2 Medical Malpractice/Health Care
1 Social Security
1 Homeowners Associations
1 Traffic Laws
1 question about Taxes; and
2 non-legal questions.
Ask-A-Lawyer also included the “web-chat” piece. Three attorneys (Peter M. Balthazor, K. Cameron Currie, and Jennifer L. Locklier) fielded web questions during the same time.
All in all, it was a busy time, but I enjoyed every caller and hope that they felt that they had received a worthy service from us. I will DEFINITELY do this again.
Thanks to SC Bar staff Deborah Morris who coordinates the event, Joey Heape who insures that the web equipment functioned properly, and Elizabeth Martin who popped in for a few photos.
And special thanks to our host station, WLTX. You helped us make this a success!
LATE PS – I wish I had asked the name of the camera operator at our station because he was an absolute delight. When he saw us running out of water, he brought the new bottle to us. Thank you Camera Operator!
A hurricane can have potentially long lasting and devastating effects if you are caught unprepared. It is not difficult to take steps before a hurricane hits to protect you and your home, but dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane when you did not prepare can be a long painful process. Don’t wait until a hurricane is on its way toward your home town; take the time now to secure the safety of you and your family so you are not caught off-guard by a hurricane this season. In South Carolina, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division is a great place to start to prepare for a disaster.
Secure your home with permanent storm shutters or plywood.
Make sure your roof is securely fastened to the frame structure of your home.
Trim trees and shrubs.
Clean out rain gutters and downspouts.
If you have a boat, secure it.
Build or determine which room in your house is the most secure in case of an emergency.
Make copies of your personal records including Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, Passport, etc. Give the copies to relatives in another state or keep them stored electronically where they can be accessed from anywhere.
Families that are displaced due to hurricane might have problems finding employment. The Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program gives assistance through unemployment benefits. You cannot be eligible for these benefits if you already receive unemployment. Visit their website for eligibility requirements.