Nominations now open: Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Attorney of the Year 2014

The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission is pleased to open nominations for the Ellen Hines Smith South Carolina Legal Services Attorney of the Year Award.

2014 Ellen Hines Smith Nomination Form

Nominations will remain open until November 12, 2014.

The award winner will be decided by a joint awards committee of the South Carolina Bar Foundation and the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission. The award will be jointly presented at the South Carolina Bar Foundation Gala, to be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015.


Focus on Pro Bono: Paul D. de Holczer

Paul D. de Holczer

Paul D. de Holczer is no stranger to Pro Bono legal service. Just ask organizations he’s helped. And he started his pro bono service at USC School of Law. Over the years he has provided legal representation for clients unable to pay and he has worked for the Richland County CASA program. And, in 2003, Paul was awarded Richland County CASA’s Attorney of the Year. Currently he is also serving on the Protection and Advocacy for People for Disabilities, Inc. PAIMI Advisory Council.

We asked him a few questions:

Why do YOU provide Pro Bono legal service?

The short answer is that it “feeds one’s soul.”  The longer answer is that it nourishes one’s idea of self and reaffirms a person’s capacity for goodness.

What else should we know?

It does not bring personal gain in any pecuniary sense.  It often takes time that could be spent in more lucrative endeavors.  What appears to be a “limited engagement” can involve many unanticipated hours.  Attorneys may not receive appreciation for doing it. And a few times, I have even had my motives for doing pro bono work questioned.

Do other members of the Bar share your view of providing Pro Bono legal service?

I think that most attorneys, the Bar as a whole, feel that pro bono work contributes to their professionalism and fulfills their calling.  It certainly sets us apart from many other fields of employment.  Most attorneys see their role as significant, even if their role in any one case does not appear to be significant or a particular case has no obvious significance.  Justice as a societal goal is not often achieved through the relatively few game-changing constitutional precedent cases.  It is usually achieved through incremental gains over time for individuals.


Ellen Hines Smith: Legal Services Attorney of the Year – NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN

Have a favorite Legal Services Attorney?

Now’s your time to nominate them for the Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Attorney of the Year.

Here’s the form:

Ellen Hines Smith Nomination Form 2010

What’s the Award Criteria?

  • A SC Bar member who is employed as an LSC grantee program lawyer;
  • Application made by November 15th of each year;
  • SC Access to Justice Commission sends nomination solicitations by October 1 of each year;
  • Sent to Executive Director of  SC Bar Foundation and Executive Director of SC Access to Justice Commission;
  • Award winner decided by a joint awards committee of the SC Bar Foundation and SC ATJ Commission, meeting in January each year;
  • Provides reasons for nominee to receive award;
  • Award jointly presented at SC Bar Foundation Gala;
  • Award not necessarily granted every year.
  • Who has received the award before?

    1989 – Martha B. Dicus

    1990 – Thomas L. Bruce

    1991 – Johnny Simpson

    1992 – Harold F. Daniels

    1993 – Andrea E. Loney

    1994 – Mozella Nicholson

    1995 – Thomas A. Trent

    1996 – Susan A. Cross

    1997 – Angela M. Myers

    1998 – Ethel E. Weinberg

    1999 – Nancy M. Butler

    2000 – Byron A. Reid

    2001 – Lynn P. Wagner

    2002 – Eddie McConnell

    2003 – Frank Cannon

    2004 – Willie B. Heyward

    2005 – Lynn Snowber-Marini

    2006 – Eddie McConnell

    2007 – Marcia Powell-Shew

    2009 – Maureen White