Thanks SCLS!

Earlier this month I was invited to attend the South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach.  And it’s hard for me to express the feelings I had. Everyone was welcoming to me and I had a great time. Even better, I came away with a better understanding of what SCLS does and the dedication their staff has to their job. In fact, I dare say that many SCLS attorneys and support staff believe that their work is a calling. I was glad to be a part of SCLS for 3 days!

And I’m thankful for the work they do including:

  1. To keep people in their homes;
  2. To make sure people are able to access benefits;
  3. To help people out of unsafe living conditions; and
  4. To let people know that they are not alone in the civil legal system.

Below are some photos from the Conference: (I wish I had more to share, but most shots were under- or over-exposed)

Opening Dinner 11/10/09
George Cauthen, SCATJ Commissioner and SCLS Board Member
Getting to Know Staff Begins

Singing with guitar accompaniment
Flute Solo
The Fashion Show Begins
More Fashion
Like New York Fashion Week
Making it work (a la Tim Gunn)
Let the Votes Begin
More Fashion Votes
Door Prize

Consumer Law
More Consumer Law Issues
Attentive Students
Continuing Legal Education
The Knowledgeable Panel
Truth in Lending Act
Willard N. Timm, Jr., Assistant Director, Tax Clinic, Georgia State University
Jada Charley introduces Steve Cook to speak re: Assistive Technology

Again, many thanks SCLS!


Where to? Why SCATP EXPO 2009 of course.


South Carolina Assistive Technology Program

If you’re not familiar with the SCATP, you may want to take note. SCATP connects people with disabilities with assistive technology to help them live, work, or learn as independently as possible.

What is assistive technology? Assistive technology is the service or equipment that makes the independence possible. A common example is a power wheelchair. The wheelchair allows the person to be able to move around fairly independently and the power makes it even more independent. Without the chair, the person may be very limited in movements and wouldn’t be able to come to work, go to the grocery store, or go to class.

So, why am I touting the Expo? Because it is a fabulous place to find out much more information than I could possibly list here.

For people with disabilities, it’s invaluable. The Expo often has a wide range of exhibitors with all kinds of information from wheelchair demonstrations to telephone equipment to modified spoons for people with severe arthritis. The sessions themselves are well worth attending.

And what’s the best part? It’s FREE. That’s right, free.

For more information, please visit the website at


South Carolina

Assistive Technology

Expo 2009


9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

1101 Lincoln Street

Columbia, South Carolina


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

 Free and Open to the Public!