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.


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

COMING SOON to a town near you: Celebrate Pro Bono


At the end of October, across the nation, attorneys will join together to provide Pro Bono services as part of the American Bar Association‘s CELEBRATE PRO BONO WEEK (October 25-31, 2009).

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Mark your calendars. The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission will be highlighting some of the featured events, programs or pro bono attorneys on the blog.

If  you have a story to share and would like to be a guest blogger, please email me.


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.

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viernes de recursos

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

Good Job ABA!


Must See Video: ABA Addresses Notario Fraud

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


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.


Neither Sleet nor Snow nor Hurricanes nor Tornadoes . . .

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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.


Don’t Get Hurled Away by a Hurricane!

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Hurricane season is here! (June 1-November 30) 

A hurricane can have potentially long lasting and devastating effects if you are caught unprepared.  It is not difficult to take steps before a hurricane hits to protect you and your home, but dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane when you did not prepare can be a long painful process.  Don’t wait until a hurricane is on its way toward your home town; take the time now to secure the safety of you and your family so you are not caught off-guard by a hurricane this season.  In South Carolina, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division is a great place to start to prepare for a disaster.

Steps to take before a hurricane hits (FEMA):

  1. Secure your home with permanent storm shutters or plywood.
  2. Make sure your roof is securely fastened to the frame structure of your home.
  3. Trim trees and shrubs.
  4. Clean out rain gutters and downspouts.
  5. If you have a boat, secure it.
  6. Build or determine which room in your house is the most secure in case of an emergency.
  7. Make copies of your personal records including Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, Passport, etc.  Give the copies to relatives in another state or keep them stored electronically where they can be accessed from anywhere.

How to get help after a hurricane hits (National Disaster Legal Aid):

  1. A list of local organizations that can help can be found at www.lawhelp.org
  2. If you lose your ID, passport, Social Security card, or other important documents you can find out how to replace them at www.uslegalforms.com/life-documents.htm
  3. Sometimes homes are destroyed or inaccessible in the wake of a hurricane and families are not able to return home.  The US Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Public and Indian Housing and FEMA have programs that provide temporary housing.
  4. Families that are displaced due to hurricane might have problems finding employment.  The Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program gives assistance through unemployment benefits.  You cannot be eligible for these benefits if you already receive unemployment.  Visit their website for eligibility requirements.
  5. If you are displaced because of a hurricane then your children will need to find a temporary school to meet their education needs.  www.serve.org/nche/downloads/dis_hb/parents.pdf.
  6. Disaster food stamps assistance is available in the wake of a hurricane.
  7. Legal aid attorneys can help with landlord/tenant issues, contractor disputes, insurance issues and more.
  8. Other websites that can help in disaster preparedness:
    1. www.redcross.org
    2. www.abanet.org/disaster
    3. www.nilc.org/disaster_assistance/index.htm