Twitter and A2J: A Surprisingly Happy Partnership

Just happened to get on Twitter this a.m. for an early morning review of happenings in the Access to Justice (A2J) world, when I noticed a tweet from my colleague in Georgia, Mike Monahan, whose Twitter handle is @ProBono_GA. He retweeted a fellow named Damon Elmore (@bikeGAcounties) who is cycling every county in Georgia to raise money for Georgia Legal Services.

** Fun Fact: There are 159 counties in Georgia. For a full listing, visit http://georgia.gov/municipality-list **

I was blown away by this clever idea. Not only is it a great way to stay in shape with fun exercise, it is a great way to highlight the need for legal services throughout the state.

So, what did I do next? I tweeted, of course:

Just saw is biking every county in Georgia to raise money for – Great idea! Check it out and support him

And, after? I donated to the cause. As of this morning, he has raised $3140. His goal is to raise $15900 or $100 per county with all donations going directly to Georgia Legal Services.

~ rfw

P.S. – As a bonus, he did mention he was born in Beaufort, South Carolina. Maybe when he’s completed his goal in Georgia, we could convince him to visit our 46 counties.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Low Country Legal Aid announces 2 JOB Vacancies:

Since August 2000, Low Country Legal Aid has engaged community volunteers and retired attorneys to provide free advice, education and legal representation to low-income families in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton Counties. Low Country. Legal Aid is registered with the South Carolina Secretary of State as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

1. Low Country Legal Aid seeks experienced attorney to serve as Executive Attorney. Responsibilities include case management, legal representation, oversight of volunteer lawyers, and legal education.

Please send resume by US. Mail to:

Peter Strauss
55 Hospital Center Common
Suite 300
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

OR

By Email to pstrauss@thestrausslawfirm.com

2. Low Country Legal Aid seeks experienced leader to serve as Executive Director. Responsibilities include serving as the public voice of LCLA, maintaining the fiscal and operational strength of LCLA, supervising and motivating staff.

Please send resume by US. Mail to:

Peter Strauss
55 Hospital Center Common
Suite 300
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

OR

By Email to pstrauss@thestrausslawfirm.com

-RFW

P.S. Please pass along to qualified individuals who may be interested in these positions!

Upcoming SC Events

Here are some noteworthy events coming up in May 2009. Feel free to add them to your calendar.

 

Columbia, SC:

Friday, May 1 – P&A’s Annual Gala: Celebrating Abilities: An Evening of Jazz and Art

To benefit Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A)

6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the 17th floor of the Meridian Building.

Admission: $50 per person, sponsorships available

 

Friday, May 8 – University of South Carolina School of Law GRADUATION

 

Saturday, May 9 – South Carolina Bar Young Lawyer Division’s 3rd Annual Justice Jam

To benefit Sistercare

7:00 p.m. at Sudworks in Five Points

Admission: $5 per person

 

Tuesday, May 12 – Women After Five 16th Annual Reception and Silent Auction
To benefit Sistercare
5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Columbia Conference Center
Admission: $40 per person donation requested

 

Beaufort, SC:

Friday, May 22 – CODA 2009 Carolina Spring Fling

To benefit CODA and Lowcountry survivors of domestic violence

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Hargray Building and Harvey Plaza

Admission: $50 per person or $40 per person for groups of 10 or more

 

Charleston, SC:

Saturday, May 16 – Charleston School of Law GRADUATION

 

-RFW

7 Weeks in Beaufort

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7 Weeks in Beaufort may sound like the title to a movie, but it’s actually LAW SCHOOL FOR NON-LAWYERS, a production of the South Carolina Bar’s Pro Bono Program.

Classes run Tuesday evenings from February 10th through March 24th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort Campus located at 921 Ribaut Rd. in Beaufort.

Classes cover a broad range of legal topics from an overview of state courts and the civil and criminal legal systems.

Registration is $35 and includes course materials. To register, call (843) 525-8205.

-RFW