SC Appleseed in the NEWS!

Another SC Access to Justice Commissioner has news or should I say is IN the news today. Sue Berkowitz, the SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center Executive Director, was quoted in the prestigious Wall Street Journal.

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The story? Numbers on Welfare See Sharp Increase. Excerpt from the story:

Twenty-three of the 30 largest states, which account for more than 88% of the nation’s total population, see welfare caseloads above year-ago levels, according to a survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal and the National Conference of State Legislatures. As more people run out of unemployment compensation, many are turning to welfare as a stopgap.

South Carolina is one of the “leading” states – in which welfare cases have increased from +10% to +30% over last year’s rates. Other states with sharp increases include California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, OhioOregon, and Washington.

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On another note, we noted that the SC Appleseed Legal Justice website has a new look too. And we like it!

-RFW

Tu Tu Tango? You Bet

What image does Orlando conjure for you? Disney World. Universal Studios. Sea World. Discovery Cove. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice. Great Golf. World-renowned foodie haven.

Wait, what?

Foodie World. Last night and tonight, part of the South Carolina contingency, in Orlando for the Equal Justice Conference, took in the tastes, sights and sounds of Orlando.

Last evening we ate at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop. The experience was wonderful. The atmosphere was relaxing and somewhat awe-inspiring with bold, yet relaxing colors and a water-theme. The food was exquisite and the service superb.

Afterwards, we headed over to the Blue Man Group at Universal. If you haven’t experienced the Blue Man Group, there is something for ears, eyes, and hands. (if you sit in the front, wear the rain-gear offered to you)

I thought we’d had a pretty good time. Then tonight we headed to Cafe Tu Tu Tango.

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No words necessary, right?

Yes, we ate too much, but it was worth it. One word of advice, when the waitress reminds you that the desserts are large enough to share . . .  she means it!

-RFW

hmm, I wonder where we’ll dine tomorrow?

oh wait, did I type that out loud?

Domestic Violence: Active in the Courtroom

This story comes straight out of Broward County via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Yesterday a man in court for domestic violence charges attacked his ex-girlfriend in the courtroom. The judge, Judge Ian Richards, leapt over the bench to help restrain the defendant from further damage to the victim. To watch the video, click here.

Domestic Violence is one of the many types of cases occurring in civil court system around the state and the nation.

-RFW

Many thanks to Amelia Waring for pointing SC Access to Justice toward the link.

South Carolina sighs “Sometimes it’s good to be outside the top 10” – Foreclosure News

It’s usually a good thing to be a leader.  But every now and then, it pays off to be in the middle of the pack. This is one of those times for South Carolina.

South Carolina is NOT a Top 10 Leading State in Foreclosures!*

Who leads the nation in foreclosures?

California leads, followed by Florida, Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, Texas, Virginia.

Although South Carolina does not lead the nation, our state courts are receiving record filings in the foreclosure arena; many by self-represented litigants.  Many legal and social service providers continue to work with people to save their homes.

Trend information is available online at the RealtyTrac where they track foreclosure information. You can access blogs and other information about foreclosures at this site.

-RFW

For information on a foreclosure ticker, check out my previous post. For a different website with an interactive foreclosure map, visit here.

* According to http://www.realtytrac.com/TrendCenter/Default.aspx?address=.