I’m very proud to don this logo on the SC Access to Justice blog. For the past three years, the American Bar Association has hosted this powerful, national event highlighting the importance of pro bono legal services around the United States.
In South Carolina, we’re proud to highlight some of the work in our own backyard. Throughout the remainder of Celebrate Pro Bono 2011, you’ll be able to learn how South Carolina law students and practicing attorneys interpret pro bono legal services and put it into action.
Many thanks to the American Bar, probono.net and the thousands of attorneys and law students who are celebrating pro bono this week!
We are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2011 Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Attorney of the Year are open!
The Ellen Hines Smith Award was established in 1989. It is given to a South Carolina Bar member who is employed as an LSC grantee program lawyer who has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and who has personally done significant work in extending legal services to the poor.
The form is available in pdf at Ellen Hines Smith Nomination Form 2011 or by email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is eligible?
- A SC Bar member who is employed as an LSC grantee program lawyer.
Who is not eligible?
Previous award winners are not eligible:
1989 – Martha B. Dicus
1990 –Thomas L. Bruce
1991 – Johnny Simpson
1992 – Harold F. Daniels
1993 – Andrea E. Loney
1994 – Mozella Nicholson
1995 – Thomas A.Trent
1996 – Susan A. Cross
1997 – Angela M. Myers
1998 – Ethel E. Weinberg
1999 – Nancy M. Butler
2000 – Byron A. Reid
2001 – Lynn P. Wagner
2002 – Eddie McConnell
2003 – Frank Cannon
2004 – Willie B. Heyward
2005 – Lynn Snowber-Marini
2006 – Eddie McConnell
2007 – Marcia Powell-Shew
2009 – Maureen White
2010 – Susan J. Firimonte
When is the application due?
- The application must be made by October 15, 2011.
How do I find out who received the award?
- The SC Bar Foundation and the SC Access to Justice Commission present the award at the annual SC Bar Foundation Gala. This year the Gala will be held on January 21, 2012 in Columbia during the SC Bar Convention
For more information about Ms. Ellen Hines Smith, visit the USC School of Law Memory Hold the Door page dedicated to her. ~ RFW
In case you missed it elsewhere, LSC President Sandman discusses pro bono and its importance to legal services programs.
He also discusses the limitations of legal services organizations and the great value of law firm and corporate pro bono participation. Well worth watching!
Tip of the hat to Cheryl Zalenski at the ABA Center for Pro Bono who tweeted this. Thanks for the heads-up.
Earlier today the Supreme Court of South Carolina issued an Order with Revisions to the Self-Represented Litigant Simple Divorce Packet based upon suggestions from the legal community to the SC Access to Justice Commission.
- Addition of a sample script for the Plaintiff;
- Paragraphs 1 and 2 have been added to Page 1 so the parties can provide the county and state of their residency;
- Paragraph 3 of Page 1 has been added so the parties can provide the county and state where they last shared a residence;
- Paragraph 4 has been revised to allow the Plaintiff to select the length of time the parties have lived in South Carolina; and
- The statement “If no name change is requested, please leave blank” is added at the end of Paragraph B on page 3.
for completing the Simple Divorce Packet have been revised to reflect these changes.
You may remember a quick announcement on the blog about the Newberry County Self-Help Center Pilot Program back in February. Well I’m pleased to say that the Newberry County Self-Help Center has regular operating hours – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of every month.
The Center is located inside the main courthouse, just past security on the right. There are brochures available to the public and a list of clinics and other public offerings will be available to those interested.
I watched this stunning video produced by the Tennessee Supreme Court and not only was I impressed with its quality and its simplicity, but also with its universality.
Unfortunately, the statistics used within the video match the statistics here in South Carolina.
But the message is strong. And it’s needed.
Watch for yourself!