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

Ellen Hines Smith: Legal Services Attorney of the Year – NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN

Have a favorite Legal Services Attorney?


Now’s your time to nominate them for the Ellen Hines Smith Legal Services Attorney of the Year.

Here’s the form:

Ellen Hines Smith Nomination Form 2010

What’s the Award Criteria?


  • A SC Bar member who is employed as an LSC grantee program lawyer;
  • Application made by November 15th of each year;
  • SC Access to Justice Commission sends nomination solicitations by October 1 of each year;
  • Sent to Executive Director of  SC Bar Foundation and Executive Director of SC Access to Justice Commission;
  • Award winner decided by a joint awards committee of the SC Bar Foundation and SC ATJ Commission, meeting in January each year;
  • Provides reasons for nominee to receive award;
  • Award jointly presented at SC Bar Foundation Gala;
  • Award not necessarily granted every year.
  • Who has received the award before?


    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

    The Wise Owl says . . .

    The 2009 SC Bar Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year award nominations are OPEN!

    You may remember that just last year we wanted someone to be FAMOUS. And then, Philip A. Middleton was awarded 2008 PRO BONO VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR!

    Click here for the application.

    Please note that the nominations must be postmarked by FEBRUARY 5, 2010.

    You may nominate an individual or organization.

    And be sure to include details about the criteria:

    (a) Demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to the poor through a pro bono or other volunteer program.
    (b) Contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to delivery of volunteer legal services.
    (c) Participated in an activity that resulted in satisfying previously unmet legal needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population.
    (d) Successfully litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to the poor.
    (e) Successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to the delivery of legal services to the poor.

    The award will be announced in mid-February and presented at the SC Bar Foundation Gala on Thursday, March 11, 2010.

    Stay tuned!

    -RFW

    Nominations Sought

     2009 Harrison Tweed Award Nominations Open

    The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association invite nominations for the 2009 Harrison Tweed Award.

    The Harrison Tweed Award will be presented at the 2009 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago in recognition of work accomplished during the year beginning April 1, 2008.

    The award honors state and local bar associations that develop or significantly expand projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services to poor persons or criminal defense services to indigents.Projects that began prior to that date will be considered if substantial services have been provided between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009.

     Nominations must be received by April 1, 2009.

    A full description of the award, past recipients and nominating procedures are available at http://www.abalegalservices.org/sclaid/ harrisontweedinfo.html or by contacting Tamaara Piquion at mail to: piquiont@staff.abanet.org or 312/988-5767.

    -RFW

    See also my earlier post – https://scaccesstojustice.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/nominations-sought-for-harrison-tweed-award/