Domestic Violence—Access to Legal Assistance

            Robin gave me some of the information she received at the recent Equal Justice Conference in Orlando.  A handout from the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence immediately stood out to me.  They are creating a National Domestic Violence Pro Bono Legal Service Provider Directory.  This directory will increase the number of pro bono attorney’s working with victims of domestic violence.  The directory will be available this summer on their website ProBono.Net.  Through programs in the directory the Commission will use, train and mentor volunteer lawyers.  The directory will make access to the legal process easier for victims of domestic violence.

            Domestic violence is an enormous problem in South Carolina.  According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 35,894 people were victims of domestic violence.  Domestic violence resulted in 28% of the murders in South Carolina in 2006.   The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault reports that South Carolina ranks 2nd in the nation for the number of women killed by men. 

            If you are an attorney interested in helping victims of domestic violence visit to see how you can help.  You can also receive CLE credit by watching a Webinar series on Domestic violence But hurry, the Webinar ends May 27th!


Tu Tu Tango? You Bet

What image does Orlando conjure for you? Disney World. Universal Studios. Sea World. Discovery Cove. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice. Great Golf. World-renowned foodie haven.

Wait, what?

Foodie World. Last night and tonight, part of the South Carolina contingency, in Orlando for the Equal Justice Conference, took in the tastes, sights and sounds of Orlando.

Last evening we ate at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop. The experience was wonderful. The atmosphere was relaxing and somewhat awe-inspiring with bold, yet relaxing colors and a water-theme. The food was exquisite and the service superb.

Afterwards, we headed over to the Blue Man Group at Universal. If you haven’t experienced the Blue Man Group, there is something for ears, eyes, and hands. (if you sit in the front, wear the rain-gear offered to you)

I thought we’d had a pretty good time. Then tonight we headed to Cafe Tu Tu Tango.







No words necessary, right?

Yes, we ate too much, but it was worth it. One word of advice, when the waitress reminds you that the desserts are large enough to share . . .  she means it!


hmm, I wonder where we’ll dine tomorrow?

oh wait, did I type that out loud?

SC Access to Justice: Orlando-bound!


Next week the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association (NLADA) is hosting the 2009 Equal Justice Conference in Orlando and SC Access to Justice will be in attendance.

This is a great place to learn about innovations around the country and share knowledge with others interested in civil poverty law.

Stay tuned for updates via Twitter and on the blog. And, yes, I’ll have the camera and maybe even some videos to share.