ABA 2010 Commission on Homelessness and Poverty Coming to Charleston

ABA 2010 Commission on Homelessness & Poverty Lawyers Working to End Homelessness are meeting in Charleston at the end of this month.

And, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29th, they’ll be presenting on emerging best practices for Veterans at the Charleston School of Law.

For more information, check out the flyer – Homeless Veterans Justice Initiative Program FALL BUSINESS MTG Charleston SC.

No RSVP is needed and there is no cut-off date.  If anyone has any questions they can contact Jeff Yungman at 843-723-9477 ext. 114 or by email.

For additional information about how Crisis Ministries is helping out our veterans, check this out – VA gives Crisis Ministries $1.2 M to help homeless veterans.

-RFW

Equal Justice Conference 2010

I will be attending the 2010 Equal Justice Conference along with others from South Carolina. While there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the conference due to Arizona’s recent immigration legislation, the conference brings together a lot of impressive minds working toward equal justice for all. I look forward to reporting to you some of the innovations and ideas that come out of the conference.

Stay tuned.

-RFW

PS – You can tune in the Twitter conversation from the conversation by searching #ejcaz.

SRLs – A Start

For those of you interested in learning where to start to learn more about self-represented litigants in South Carolina, here’s my cheat sheet:

Resources

1.         Online

A.  South Carolina:

B.  National:

  • http://www.selfhelpsupport.org/ – Members include judges, clerks, court staff, legal aid advocates, bar association representatives, law school faculty, researchers, and others who work to increase access to justice.
  • http://www.srln.org/ – The Self-Represented Litigation Network brings together courts and access to justice organizations in support of innovations in services for the self represented
  • http://devlegacy.ncsc.org/WC/CourTopics/ResourceGuide.asp?topic=ProSe – The National Center for State Courts’ Self-Representation Resource Guide.
  • http://www.ajs.org/prose/home.asp – The American Judicature Society’s Pro Se Forum.
  • http://www.lri.lsc.gov/prose/prose.asp – The Pro Se Section of the Legal Services Corporation Resource Library focuses on practices to help legal services programs empower low-income clients to help themselves through pro se advocacy.
  • http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/delivery/delunbund.html – The American Bar Association’s Pro Se/Unbundling Resource Center. This site has been developed as a project of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. It is designed as a resource to help lawyers, bar leaders, the judiciary, court administrators, scholars and the media better understand and critically analyze the issues involved in self-representation and unbundled legal services.

C.  Other States:

  • http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/ – The California Courts Online Self-Help Center which helps self-represented litigants find assistance and information, work better with an attorney, and represent themselves in some legal matters.
  • http://www.legalhotlines.org/ – AARP’s Florida senior Legal Helpline Honored by State Coalition.

2.         Attachments

I’m sure there will be more to come, but this should give you a start!

And many thanks to probono.net for supporting many of these platforms.

-RFW

Resource Friday/Pro Bono: National Domestic Violence Pro Bono Directory

Domestic Violence happens.

Resource Friday
Resource Friday

Unfortunately Domestic Violence happens in South Carolina and throughout the nation.

The American Bar Association (ABA) recognized that the prevalence of domestic violence in the United States and recently debuted the NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PRO BONO DIRECTORY.

viernes de recursos
viernes de recursos

Para información en español: https://www.abanet.org/publiced/practical/sp_domviol.html.

Good Job ABA!

-RFW

Must See Video: ABA Addresses Notario Fraud

May was the first time we at SC Access to Justice mentioned NOTARIO FRAUD.

Say No to NOTARIO FRAUD
Say No to NOTARIO FRAUD

And today, we are pleased to offer a follow-up. At the recent American Bar Association (ABA) Annual Conference, a panel spoke about the dangers of notario fraud in the United States and a video of the panel is now available – MUST-SEE!

Audio – Notario Fraud: Immigration Experts Warn about Devastating Results from Unlicensed Notarios Providing Legal Services to Immigrants

To learn more about Notario Fraud, visit www.fightnotariofraud.org.

-RFW

Did you know? Job Postings

Did You Know? Job Postings
Did You Know? Job Postings

A great online resource for Public Service and Pro Bono Legal Service job postings can be found online at http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/job_postings.shtml.

-RFW

100 days until Celebrate Pro Bono

I just saw a Tweet from the ABA reminding us that we’re 100 days away from Celebrate Pro Bono October 2009 which begins on October 25th this year!

I’ll try to stay current with happenings here in South Carolina, so check in from time to time! And please, if you’re planning an event, please send it to me. I’ll be happy to post it here!

-RFW

Neither Sleet nor Snow nor Hurricanes nor Tornadoes . . .

Sleet Snow Hurricane Tornado
Sleet Snow Hurricane Tornado

Remember the Post Office slogan starting with “Neither Sleet nor Snow. . .?” Sure, but did you know that  there is a site for National Disaster Legal Aid that will provide legal services to individuals during and after disasters?

The site is a collaboration of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), and Pro Bono Net.

In case you missed our earlier post, be sure to add this site to your emergency preparation list.

And, keep in mind that nothing works better in a disaster than preparation.

-RFW

Friday Wrap 5.29.09

All the week’s “atj” newsworthy items wrapped up

Friday Wrap Friday Wrap

Texas – Texas Access to Justice Commission and Foundation Recognize Major Contributors to Texas Legal Aid

Chicago, Illinois – ABA Invites Obama to it Annual Meeting

Washington, D.C. – 2nd ABA National Conference on Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities (Hurry for the EARLY BIRD special because after June 1st the registration increases)

United States Supreme Court – President Obama nominates Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court (For more news links, click here. For blog coverage, click here.)

Brooklyn, New York – A Call for Pro Bono at Boro Hall

Lexington, Kentucky – Interview with a True Change Agent

Nashville, Tennessee – New Legal Advice Clinic to Help with Debt Issues

Richmond, Virginia – LINC Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

Public Justice Center – Donor Inspires Us with $10,000 Gift 

Ventura County, California – New County Program Helping Low-Income Families Adopt

 Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Practical Paralegalism: Paying it Forward

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Credit Card Reforms Could Help Statements

Fairfield, Connecticut – Hard Times Force People Into Family Court “Solo”

Honolulu, Hawaii – Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher Supports Access to Justice Commission

Australia – Pro Bono Work Good for Law Students

New York, New York – Pro Bono Recruitment Drive

San Diego, California – Law Made Public: Legal Research Class for the Self-Represented Litigant

-RFW

Attorneys + Make-Up = Domestic Violence Crusaders

I’m thrilled to introduce this to you. While touring the exhibitors yesterday at the 2009 Equal Justice Conference, I met Rebecca Henry. It was through her that I learned about the ABA/Avon Domestic Violence Pro Bono Directory Project.

Rebecca Henry
Rebecca Henry

The Project is developing a national, searchable, online directory of pro bono programs providing legal assistance to victims of domestic violence.

The directory will be available this summer on ProBono.Net.

And they need attorneys to complete the survey.

There is NO deadline for completing the survey. So complete it at your convenience.

This is especially important now as many domestic violence shelters and legal assistance projects are losing some of their traditional support – and many domestic violence shelters and support services are predicting a rise in domestic violence in the current economic climate.

Please complete the survey! If you’re at the 2009 EJC, you’ll find it in the Exhibition Hall. If not, click here to access the online survey.

And thanks for your assistance in breaking the cycle of domestic violence. And KUDOS to the ABA, the Avon Foundation and probono.net for developing this project.

-RFW