Thanks SCLS!

Earlier this month I was invited to attend the South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach.  And it’s hard for me to express the feelings I had. Everyone was welcoming to me and I had a great time. Even better, I came away with a better understanding of what SCLS does and the dedication their staff has to their job. In fact, I dare say that many SCLS attorneys and support staff believe that their work is a calling. I was glad to be a part of SCLS for 3 days!

And I’m thankful for the work they do including:

  1. To keep people in their homes;
  2. To make sure people are able to access benefits;
  3. To help people out of unsafe living conditions; and
  4. To let people know that they are not alone in the civil legal system.

Below are some photos from the Conference: (I wish I had more to share, but most shots were under- or over-exposed)

Opening Dinner 11/10/09
George Cauthen, SCATJ Commissioner and SCLS Board Member
Getting to Know Staff Begins

Singing with guitar accompaniment
Flute Solo
The Fashion Show Begins
More Fashion
Like New York Fashion Week
Making it work (a la Tim Gunn)
Let the Votes Begin
More Fashion Votes
Door Prize

Consumer Law
More Consumer Law Issues
Attentive Students
Continuing Legal Education
The Knowledgeable Panel
Truth in Lending Act
Willard N. Timm, Jr., Assistant Director, Tax Clinic, Georgia State University
Jada Charley introduces Steve Cook to speak re: Assistive Technology

Again, many thanks SCLS!


SC Appleseed NOW!

Over Fifty, Overdrawn

This evening SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center will hit the small screen via NOW on PBS!

Sue Berkowitz, the Executive Director of Appleseed and an SCATJ Commissioner, was interviewed and will be featured on this program discussing the impact of the economic climate on today’s Baby Boomers.

According to the Post and Courier, other South Carolinians featured in the 30 minute show include Teresa Arnold, legislative director of the state’s AARP office and State Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach.

NOW airs tonight (1/23/09) at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV. And for those of us unable to view the program tonight, streaming video will be available online after the broadcast.


Vamos a la Playa for SC Access to Justice!

Ok, sorry,  it’s back to those ’80 song references. But seriously, keep checking in over the next few days to see what SC Access to Justice brings you from the 2009 SC Bar Convention in Myrtle Beach.

Stay tuned and don’t forget your sunscreen.


SC Bar Pro Bono Winner Announced

Philip A. Middleton

Congratulations to Philip A. Middleton of Charleston, South Carolina!

The South Carolina Bar announced Tuesday that Philip A. Middleton of Charleston will be awarded the 2008 Pro Bono Award at its House of Delegates meeting on Thursday, January 22, during the 2009 Bar Convention at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes.

Mr. Middleton was selected for his significant contributions and ongoing pro bono work dedicated to an indigent client. Specifically, in 2008, after two years and countless hours of time and out-of-pocket expenses devoted to the case, he settled a land fraud case in Charleston County.

For more about Mr. Middleton and the Pro Bono Award, click here.

Stay tuned for more information about Mr. Middleton and the award next week as SC Access to Justice attends and will blog and Twitter LIVE from the South Carolina Bar Convention!


PS – I hope Mr. Middleton will be poised to pose for a photo (reference our earlier post You Could Be Famous)

SC Attorneys: Are you looking for a short-term Pro Bono Project?

Looking for a short-term Pro Bono Opportunity? Look no further!

From the South Carolina Bar:

Phone bank date change — volunteers still needed!

Volunteers are needed to staff upcoming Ask-A-Lawyer phone banks.

The Florence/Myrtle Beach phone bank has been changed to February 25.

Phone banks will also be held in Columbia on March 10; Greenville/Spartanburg on April 15; and Charleston on May 20 to assist the public with its legal questions.

To volunteer, please contact Debbie Morris at (803) 799-6653, ext. 158.