Legal Services Corporation will be in Durham, North Carolina

On Monday, October 1, 2012, the Legal Services Corporation will be hosting a Forum on Civil Legal Aid at Duke University. This is an exciting event for the Carolinas, and the Southeast.

After the Forum, five North Carolina attorneys will be awarded for their Pro Bono service.

Click here to view the press release.

February 2012 Newsletter

We are pleased to share our latest newsletter.

SCATJC February2012

If you have questions, please feel free to email me.


LSC President Sandman Discusses Pro Bono

In case you missed it elsewhere, LSC President Sandman discusses pro bono and its importance to legal services programs.

He also discusses the limitations of legal services organizations and the great value of law firm and corporate pro bono participation. Well worth watching!

Tip of the hat to Cheryl Zalenski at the ABA Center for Pro Bono who tweeted this. Thanks for the heads-up.


SC ATJ attends the SC Clerk of Court Conference 10.1.09

Last Thursday I had the privilege of speaking at the South Carolina Clerk of Court Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Aiken, SC. My presentation was an update of access to justice.

The presentation was met with enthusiasm and discussion continued even past the presentation. Luckily, at the last minute, I was able to incorporate a little of the updated report from LSCDOCUMENTING THE JUSTICE GAP IN AMERICA.

Here’s the presentation:

Clerks fall conf 10.1.09

And here are some of the photos:




















Thanks to Katie Staden from the SC Bar who accompanied me and took some of the photos when I was speaking!


Neither Sleet nor Snow nor Hurricanes nor Tornadoes . . .

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Sleet Snow Hurricane Tornado

Remember the Post Office slogan starting with “Neither Sleet nor Snow. . .?” Sure, but did you know that  there is a site for National Disaster Legal Aid that will provide legal services to individuals during and after disasters?

The site is a collaboration of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), and Pro Bono Net.

In case you missed our earlier post, be sure to add this site to your emergency preparation list.

And, keep in mind that nothing works better in a disaster than preparation.


Friday Wrap-Up 5.22.09

Here’s a Wrap-up of the week ending 5.22.09

I know this is mostly pointing folks to other sources for news, but as you can see, there are simply too many stories from the week to cover.

Thanks to my new law clerk Allie! She’s already jumping in with both feet.

Enjoy the stories below and have a safe holiday weekend!

Honolulu – City Awards almost $4 million for Homeless Services

LSC – Update enewsletter

South Carolina – SC Statehouse Report

New Brunswick – New Brunswick is facing Legal Aid cuts

Minneapolis – Best & Flanagan wins Pro Patria Award

Memphis – TBA President ready with plans

Washington D.C. – Bread for the City Beyond Bread: The Human Rights Clinic

Texas – Texas Access to Justice Foundation 25th Anniversary (thanks State Bar of Texas Blog)


Homeless Person’s Legal Service Forum (Robert McClelland)

Pro Bono Initiative to Strengthen Rule of Law (Robert McClelland) – Lawyers Beyond Borders

The Legal Intelligencer/ – Use ‘Pro Bono Networking’ to Market Yourself into a New Job

New Jersey – TRENTON: State courts closed Fridayand again in June

JD Supra: Legal Articles – The 4 Ps of the Internet: Personal, Private, Professional and Public


Mental health court serves public interest

The South End – Law School fellowships provide students with work opportunities, tuition dollars

California – New California Law School Unveils its First Clinic

InHouse Insider – 2009 Best Legal Department: And the Winner is . . . (be sure to track all 3 “winners”) Teaching Tolerance – Use This Summer for Social Justice

NPR: Lawyers Make Pro Bono Leap into Foreclosures (thanks to Mercy Politics for pointing us to this story)


Congrats Helaine M. Barnett and other Honorees

On Sunday, August 2, 2009, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession will h0nor Helaine M. Barnett, President of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC); Linda L. Addison, Partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP; The Honorable Arnette R. Hubbard, Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL; The Honorable Vanessa Ruiz, Judge in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals; and Loretta A. Tuell, Partner at AndersonTuell LLP with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

While all the honorees sound like exceptional women, this is particularly exciting for those of us in the public interest and access to justice field.

Helaine M. Barnett has been a staunch advocate in her role with LSC and an excellent role model.

Congratulations Ms. Barnett!