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
New York City?
Sitting in my office, overlooking Finlay Park in Columbia, South Carolina may seem far removed from New York City but people living in poverty NYC and SC share similar legal problems. Consider the recent New York Times Editorial that advocates for stable funding for Legal Services.
People need decent representation when doing battle with bad landlords and employers, callous health maintenance organizations and government agencies, disgruntled business partners and grasping relatives. And in an era of predatory home loans, the legal needs of distressed homeowners are urgent and steadily rising.
Advocates for the poor argue, persuasively, that outlays for civil legal services are budgetary pennies that save many dollars. A foreclosure prevented is an eviction avoided, a family kept from homelessness — and a considerable burden lifted from the government’s social-service safety net. With legal help, poor people can avoid litigation, easing the load on judges and courtrooms. They can get food stamps, leveraging federal dollars in an underused program. If they avoid the poorhouse they will have, by definition, more money to spend, increasing sales tax revenues and benefiting local businesses.
The same arguments can be made here, in South Carolina.
Isn’t it time we acted accordingly?
To make a donation to fund legal services, visit the South Carolina Bar Foundation or click here.