Fall 2010: Law School for Non-Lawyers

Law School for Non-Lawyers

It’s BACK TO SCHOOL time and not just for kids!
You can go back to school too, via the SC Bar’s Law School for Non-Lawyers course.
The program is a 7-week Law School for Non-Lawyers course covering a variety of general legal subjects. The registration fee is $45 which includes course materials.

Covered topics include:

  • Overview of State Courts
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Child Protection Hearings
  • Wills, Estates and Probate Law
  • Health Care and Elder Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Consumer Law and Debt Collection
  • Real Estate and Landlord/Tenant Law
  • Employment Law
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Torts

The following courses are currently scheduled:

Trident Technical College

Offered every Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

September 14, 2010 through October 26, 2010

7000 Rivers Avenue, N. Charleston

Building 910, Room 123

To register, call 843-574-6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu

HURRY, Registration ends September 7th

Horry/Georgetown Technical College

Every Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Beginning September 20, 2010 through November 1, 2010

743 Hemlock Dr., Myrtle Beach

Building 200, Room 136

To register, call 843-477-2020 or 843-349-5363 or visit www.hgtc.edu

HURRY, Registration ends September 14th

For any other questions or concerns you have, please contact Debbie Morris at dmorris@scbar.org or 800-395-3425, ext. 158.

The Law School for Non-Lawyers is made possible through an IOLTA grant from the SC Bar Foundation.

SC Bar Offers Free Clinics

The South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program will sponsor free legal clinics during the month of February and the schedule by region is below.


February 6

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Health Care POA, Living Wills, DNR Orders and POA

Oconee Senior Center

101 Perry Ave., Seneca


February 9

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Health Care POA, Living Wills, DNR Orders and POA

Market Place Senior Center

3420 Clemson Blvd., Anderson


February 19

10 to 11 a.m.

Wills, Estates and Probate

Senior Action, Inc.

50 Directors Dr., Greenville 


February 25

10 to 11 a.m.

Health Care POA, Living Wills, DNR Orders and POA

Shepherd’s Center of Spartanburg

393 E. Main St., Spartanburg 



February 7

11 a.m.

Health Care POA, Living Wills, DNR Orders and POA

West Ashley Branch Library

45 Windemere Blvd., Charleston  


February 12

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Family Law Issues

George H. Seago Jr. Library

76 Old Trolley Rd., Summerville


February 17

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Landlord/Tenant Issues

John L. Dart Library

1067 King St., Charleston


February 19

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Family Law Issues

Otranto Rd. Regional Branch Library

2261 Otranto Rd., N. Charleston


February 24

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Workers’ Compensation

Cooper River Memorial Branch Library

3503 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston



February 12

6 to 8 p.m.

Family Law Issues

Richland Cnty. Public Library/SE Branch

7421 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia


February 19

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Bankruptcy Law Issues

York Cnty. Public Library

138 E. Black St., Rock Hill 


February 24

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Health Care POA, Living Wills, DNR Orders and POA

Orangeburg Cnty. Council on Aging

42570 St. Matthews Rd., Orangeburg



February 19

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Health Care POA, Living Wills, DNR Orders and POA

Lamar Branch Library

103 E. Main St., Lamar 


February 24

6 to 7 p.m.

Family Law Issues

Georgetown Cnty. Public Library

405 Cleland St., Georgetown

The seminars are free for anyone who would like to attend. For more information, contact the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program at (803) 799-4015, ext. 158 or (800) 395-3425, ext. 158.


Speaking of Hunger, what about the Homeless?

A few weeks ago I wrote about Project H.E.L.P. and the attorney training scheduled for Friday, October 3rd. Here is an update from the apparently successful training.

Jeff Yungman, Director of Legal Services for the Homeless Project at Crisis Ministries in Charleston, started off the CLE with a general discussion of the issues that homeless clients face. 

Sue Berkowitz, Director of SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, who talked about Benefits Law, including Temproary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Medicaid.  

Rita Roache, a Charleston attorney with South Carolina Legal Services, spoke about Family Law. 

Stacy Thompson, of Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson, & Delgado, spoke about Social Security Benefits and Claims. 

Approximately 40+ attorneys attended the training and there are volunteers booked through spring ’09. The first service event will be held in November.

Stay tuned . . . .


In Maryland 75% of Family Law Disputes Involve Self-Represented Litigants

According to a recent article in The Daily Record, 3 out of 4 family law disputes involve at least one self-represented party. In South Carolina, we are continuing to gather statistics but it’s likely that our numbers are similar. And in the current economic climate, it’s likely that these numbers will continue to increase.

The South Carolina Access to Justice (SCATJ) Commission has been addressing this issue from the Court’s standpoint, by training judges and working with clerks of court. In addition, the SCATJ Commission has been working with Court Administration to develop forms and instructions for self-represented litigants (SRLs). We’ve sent delegations to two conferences and started work groups as a result.

SCATJ has spoken with recognized SRL experts such as Richard Zorza and John Greacen as well as others. Commissioners have been inspired by New Hampshire Chief Justice John T. Broderick.

SCATJ has been reviewing information from other states about ways that their public law libraries assist with SRLs. SCATJ has been working with legal partners including South Carolina Legal Services and the South Carolina Bar to develop videos and other instructional packets for SRLs as well as find ways to increase legal representation to South Carolinians who cannot afford it.

The primary goal is to provide attorney representation for all. Attorneys provide not only good legal advice, but sensible counsel as well. Attorneys are trained to review the issue from many angles and provide information that allows individuals to make well-reasoned decisions.

Until attorneys for all becomes a reality, the SCATJ Commission is resolved to decrease barriers for people to represent themselves. The SCATJ Commission has a dedicated SRL Committee whose sole purpose is to address this issue. We welcome your ideas. Please feel free to post.