Extra Extra: Supreme Court of SC approves Self-Help Center Pilot


Earlier today, South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal announced a pilot program for a Self-Help Center for Self-Represented Litigants in Newberry County.

At the end of the 2-year pilot program, the SC Access to Justice Commission will provide a report detailing the program’s effectiveness and making recommendations for further action.

Stay tuned!


¿Por qué hago pro bono?

It dawned on me that I have a lot of information available on this site in English. However, there is a push (most recently from DOJ) to have information (legal information) available in multiple languages. Here’s my dilemma – I speak and write English. Sure my undergraduate degree is in French. And when I’m surrounded by native French speakers, I tend to hold my own, BUT I’m not sure I’m still qualified to speak French fluently – any longer.

And, my understanding is that the primary LEP language is Spanish. And I do not speak Spanish. Nor do I write it. So, I thought I’d try GOOGLE TRANSLATE. And I thought I’d try it on my last post. So, for those of you who are native OR fluent Spanish speakers, would you take a look at the following post and see if it makes sense?

Thanks! Or should I say ¿Gracias? Obrigado? Danke? Merci? спасибо? Grazie?

¿Por qué hago pro bono? Esta es una pregunta que estoy más frecuentes.

Éstos son algunos de mis respuestas:

1. Me gusta hacerlo. Me hace sentir bien. Cuando puedo ayudar a alguien con un problema legal o problema, me siento muy bien!

2. A menudo, me expone a nuevas personas. Si hay un proyecto pro bono, es probable que voy a cumplir al menos una persona nueva.

3. Es parte de mi responsabilidad como abogado. Véase la regla 6.1.

4. Aprendo algo nuevo TIEMPO CADA! Si me entero de una nueva área de la ley, un chisme sobre una parte particular del estado, una nueva tecnología, una nueva organización que está ayudando a la gente, etc

5. A menudo, tengo que enseñar algo a alguien. Sí, es cierto. Puedo llegar a ser maestra. Y, eso es muy bueno. Siempre me gustó jugar a la escuela cuando era niño – especialmente cuando llegué a jugar el profesor. Así que aquí está mi oportunidad de recrear uno de mis pasatiempos favoritos de la infancia.

6. Puedo afinar en mi “abogacía” habilidades. Así es, se llama una práctica “ley” por una razón, ¿verdad? Y necesito la práctica, ¿verdad?

¿Por qué haces pro bono?


Why I do Pro Bono . . .

Why do I do pro bono? This is a question I’m frequently asked.

Here are some of my responses:

1. I like to do it. It makes me feel good. When I help someone with a legal issue/problem, I feel GREAT!

2. Often, it exposes me to new people. If there’s a pro bono project, chances are I’ll meet at least one new person.

3. It’s part of my responsibility as an attorney. See Rule 6.1.

4. I learn something new EACH TIME! Whether I learn a new area of the law, a tidbit about a particular part of the state, a new technology, a new organization that’s helping people, etc.

5. Often, I get to teach something to someone. Yup, that’s right. I get to be a teacher. And, that’s pretty cool. I always liked playing school as a child – especially when I got to play the teacher. So here’s my opportunity to re-enact one of my favorite childhood pastimes.

6. I can hone up on my “lawyering” skills. That’s right, it’s called a “law practice” for a reason, right? And I need to practice, right?

Why do you do pro bono?


Fall 2010: Law School for Non-Lawyers

Law School for Non-Lawyers

It’s BACK TO SCHOOL time and not just for kids!
You can go back to school too, via the SC Bar’s Law School for Non-Lawyers course.
The program is a 7-week Law School for Non-Lawyers course covering a variety of general legal subjects. The registration fee is $45 which includes course materials.

Covered topics include:

  • Overview of State Courts
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Child Protection Hearings
  • Wills, Estates and Probate Law
  • Health Care and Elder Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Consumer Law and Debt Collection
  • Real Estate and Landlord/Tenant Law
  • Employment Law
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Torts

The following courses are currently scheduled:

Trident Technical College

Offered every Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

September 14, 2010 through October 26, 2010

7000 Rivers Avenue, N. Charleston

Building 910, Room 123

To register, call 843-574-6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu

HURRY, Registration ends September 7th

Horry/Georgetown Technical College

Every Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Beginning September 20, 2010 through November 1, 2010

743 Hemlock Dr., Myrtle Beach

Building 200, Room 136

To register, call 843-477-2020 or 843-349-5363 or visit www.hgtc.edu

HURRY, Registration ends September 14th

For any other questions or concerns you have, please contact Debbie Morris at dmorris@scbar.org or 800-395-3425, ext. 158.

The Law School for Non-Lawyers is made possible through an IOLTA grant from the SC Bar Foundation.

Resources just for YOU!

I am very happy to announce that the South Carolina Courts have listened to YOU!

And, they have added a shortcut for you to the Self Help resource pages at http://www.sccourts.org/selfhelp/.

Now when you’re looking for court approved FORMS, VIDEOS, FREE LEGAL CLINICS, or FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, you’ll have a quick and easy way to find them.

YOU may want to bookmark this site because we plan to update as resources become available.



Ok, it’s been a while since I’ve added a RESOURCE FRIDAY post. BUT here’s one I couldn’t resist.

For attorneys and others interested in becoming Guardians ad Litem (GALs) in Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation cases for Vulnerable Adults in South Carolina, there is a resource page just for you – click here.

And, for those of you who aren’t already familiar with lawhelp.org/sc, you may want to check it out! It’s chock full of nifty tips and resources!


Celebrate Pro Bono 2010

While it may seem to be a long way off, Celebrate Pro Bono 2010 will be here before we know it. If you’re interested in learning more about Celebrate Pro Bono, click here.

In the meantime, mark your calendar for October 24-30, 2010!