All the week’s “atj” newsworthy items wrapped up
Texas – Texas Access to Justice Commission and Foundation Recognize Major Contributors to Texas Legal Aid
Chicago, Illinois – ABA Invites Obama to it Annual Meeting
Washington, D.C. – 2nd ABA National Conference on Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities (Hurry for the EARLY BIRD special because after June 1st the registration increases)
United States Supreme Court – President Obama nominates Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court (For more news links, click here. For blog coverage, click here.)
Brooklyn, New York – A Call for Pro Bono at Boro Hall
Lexington, Kentucky – Interview with a True Change Agent
Nashville, Tennessee – New Legal Advice Clinic to Help with Debt Issues
Richmond, Virginia – LINC Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers
Public Justice Center – Donor Inspires Us with $10,000 Gift
Ventura County, California – New County Program Helping Low-Income Families Adopt
Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Practical Paralegalism: Paying it Forward
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Credit Card Reforms Could Help Statements
Fairfield, Connecticut – Hard Times Force People Into Family Court “Solo”
Honolulu, Hawaii – Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher Supports Access to Justice Commission
Australia – Pro Bono Work Good for Law Students
New York, New York – Pro Bono Recruitment Drive
San Diego, California – Law Made Public: Legal Research Class for the Self-Represented Litigant
SRLs Rise as Economy Declines
This probably isn’t a surprise to many. But it is interesting that there are more articles about the phenomena.
For example, the New York Times recently featured a story about the rising number of Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs) entitled “In a Downtown, More Act as Their Own Lawyers.” The article noted the phenomena in multiple jurisdictions including California, Illinois, New Hampshire, New York, and Texas. The NYTimes also notes that the phenomena is not limited to a specific court.
On Saturday, April 18, 2009, the Star-Telegram out of Texas, featured a story about the rise in SRLs specifically in Family Court in its article “For better or worse, fewer using divorce lawyers.” ABC Channel 2 out of Wisconsin featured its own story, “Economy Affecting Divorces in Court.”
But the phenomena isn’t limited to state courts. Law.com featured its own article entitled “Federal Courts React to Tide of Pro Se Litigants.”
Missing from the list of articles is SRLs in Bankruptcy Court. While there are no numbers, percentages, or stories, not to worry, the U.S. Courts website has a site dedicated to “Filing without an Attorney.” In South Carolina, click here. Both sites offer a video explanation as well.
It may not be a surprise but while there may be many people who want to proceed on their own, they are still advised to speak with an attorney, if possible.
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.
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=.