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!


Philip A. Middleton: You’re FAMOUS!

Remember back a few posts ago and I had the funny non-photo-photo with the headline YOU Could Be Famous?


And I promised that I would post a photo of the winner. I was soliciting emails for the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Award and then it was announced as Philip A. Middleton. Remember?

Well, I keep my word. With many thanks to Warren Holland with the SC Bar, I now have photos of Mr. Middleton.




Congratulations again Mr. Middleton! South Carolina appreciates your service.


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)