2011 Ellen Hines Smith Nominations Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that nominations for the 2011 Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Attorney of the Year are open!

The Ellen Hines Smith Award was established in 1989. It is given to a South Carolina Bar member who is employed as an LSC grantee program lawyer who has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and who has personally done significant work in extending legal services to the poor.

The form is available in pdf at Ellen Hines Smith Nomination Form 2011 or by email request to rwheeler@scbar.org.

Who is eligible?

  • A SC Bar member who is employed as an LSC grantee program lawyer.

Who is not eligible?

Previous award winners are not eligible:

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

2010 – Susan J. Firimonte

When is the application due?

  • The application must be made by October 15, 2011.

How do I find out who received the award?

  • The SC Bar Foundation and the SC Access to Justice Commission present the award at the annual SC Bar Foundation Gala. This year the Gala will be held on January 21, 2012 in Columbia during the SC Bar Convention

For more information about Ms. Ellen Hines Smith, visit the USC School of Law Memory Hold the Door page dedicated to her.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ~ RFW

6 Months in 2009

How are you faring on your New Year’s Resolutions?

New Year's Resolutions Lookin' Good
New Year’s Resolutions Lookin’ Good


New Year's Resolutions, er, not lookin' so good
New Year’s Resolutions, er, not lookin’ so good

And why am I asking? Well, this morning I was having a tough time determining what to write so I popped a few terms into the site search and found my previous post SC ATJ New Year’s Wishes or Resolutions? from December 31, 2008. As we’ve now reached a little more than halfway through the year I thought we’d take a look at the progress.

Let’s start with #12

#12. SCATJ will develop a working relationship with legal paraprofessionals throughout the state.


Lookin’ Good: On January 21, 2009 I spoke at the Palmetto Paralegal Association’s January Membership meeting and introduced members to the SC Access to Justice Commission. 

Not Lookin’ So Good: The presentation is simply the start of building a working relationship. There are other paraprofessional organizations within the state. Follow-up with PPASC is needed so that the level of interest remains.

Stay tuned. I’ll update you on the rest of the resolutions and progress of this one.