Every now and again, I need a reminder to share information.
Earlier today, I received a request from someone desperately trying to find out where to find help for an expungement. And, the resource is below:
- Your Guide to Expungement in South Carolina (updated in November 2013). This fabulous, free resource was pulled together by the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. It can be found online at http://www.scfathersandfamilies.com/public/files/docs/Nov2013UpdatedGuide.pdf. It basically walks folks through expungement (Step 4) while letting them know whether expungement is a possibility (Step 3) and, if so, which one to go for.
If you want additional information on expungement and pardons, below are also some helpful links:
To find legal help or a lawyer:
To find more information on the legal system in South Carolina
To get a copy of your criminal record
- South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Records Department, Post Office Box 21398, Columbia, SC 29221, 803-896-1443, www.sled.sc.gov
To find more information on expungement, pardons, or other issues relating to fatherhood
- The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 111, Columbia, SC 29204, 803-227-8800, www.scfathersandfamilies.com
Sometimes all it takes is a little knowledge. Hope this helps.
I have written about Pro Bono legal representation on different occasions, especially during or near the ABA’s National Celebrate Pro Bono Week. Here in South Carolina, I’ve seen more discussion about it, and even a little more participation.
But, I still don’t see as much participation as I would expect. So I have a question for attorneys, paralegals, and law students:
If you are not regularly engaged in pro bono representation, why not?
Please add your comments below. No expletives please. And, I’d like your honest answers.
- Have you been asked?
- Do you know where to find opportunities?
- Are you nervous to do so on your own?
- Do you think you don’t have enough time to add another case?
South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) Training Announcement: Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking within the United States
July 19, 2012
SC Department of Juvenile Justice
Bill Rogers Community Connections Center
4900 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29212
Registration and Additional Information at: http://sccadvasa.org/training
Registration deadline is July 13, 2012
Space is Limited, so please register soon.
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Call Hampton Inn-Harbison 803.749.6999
101 Woodcross Drive
Columbia, SC 29212
Refer to group code: SCC
The deadline to confirm the group rate of $89.00 per night plus applicable taxes and fees is July 4, 2012.
For more information, please call Donna Thompson at 803.256.2900 ext. 106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE SEE BROCHURE FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION
FREE for SCCADVASA Member Program Advocates
$15.00 for SCCADVASA Affiliate Members & Students (Students must provide ID)
$25.00 for General Registration
There will be 6.0 Continuing Education Hours offered for:
- Law Enforcement,
- Social Work and
- Victim Service Provider.
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!
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.
In one of my e-alerts I saw where the Texas Access to Justice Foundation funded a YouTube video to help low-income self-represented litigants navigate the court system. I viewed the video and was duly impressed. While some of the information will vary for self-represented litigants in South Carolina, the video does provide good general information about what to expect in court.
Here’s the video:
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!