Our Top Blog Stats in 2008

Drum Roll Please . . .



South Carolina Access to Justice Blog’s Top Posts in 2008:


  1. 391 views          About. Most blog readers are interested in learning more about an organization or the author, hence the most views. 
  2. 319 views          SCATJ brings Rick Springfield into TSA holding cell at Boston Logan. Star power sells. Thank goodness for serendipity and Rick Springfield and the Boston Logan TSA.
  3. 254 views          VOTE HERE – on Access to Justice. Elections matter in a presidential election year, especially when the presidential outcome will be historical no matter which candidate is elected – special thanks to Barack Obama & Joe Biden and John McCain & Sarah Palin.
  4. 230 views          Photos from the South Carolina Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission Public Hearing on November 5, 2008. People like photos. What’s that again – a picture is worth a 1,000 what? Oh yeah. Makes sense.
  5. 200 views           Shameless Plug 2.0. A little honesty never hurt anyone, right? And if there’s humor in the title, even better, right? Oh yeah, don’t forget the photos – see #4.
  6. 188 views            Resources. There is always a need for information and a RESOURCES page is chock full of info. Plus there may be a few readers checking to see if they’re on the list. Hey, I’m all about accuracy.
  7. 174 views            Photos. (see #4)
  8. 161 views             Contact Us. This one seems extremely logical. Who do I need to reach to complain? To exclaim? To congratulate? And for all of you who have contacted Stephanie Nye or me via phone or email, thanks.

And thank you for reading the blog. I was somewhat dubious when someone suggested a blog in order to help create interest in the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission and its upcoming website (thanks Jay Wingard of 18th Street Design who has wonderful PATIENCE while waiting for me to complete the web pages).


And if you ever have a topic you think will be of interest, please forward to me at rwheeler@scbar.org.


I look forward to bringing you more news in 2009 about access to justice in South Carolina and around the nation and world.



SC Access to Justice Readers’ Choice for the Holidays?

Why the Transcript of the South Carolina Supreme Court November 5th Public Hearing on Access to Justice of course!


Click here for the  transcript.

Many Thanks to Winkie Clark for uploading the transcript to the www.sccourts.org website and to Mary Ann Ridenour for forwarding it to SC Access to Justice!


Access to Justice, Texas Style

Yesterday the Texas Supreme Court held an Access to Justice hearing and the hearing is online here.

Please tune in even if only for a little while. Texas has been leading the nation in its access to justice initiatives. Texas Justice Harriet O’Neill, a South Carolina native, was instrumental in helping South Carolina establish its own access to justice and Emily Jones, former Texas ATJ director mentored me when I first started at the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission.

Congratulations Texas!


Photos from the South Carolina Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission Public Hearing on November 5, 2008

Final Notice, Final Hearing

This afternoon at 3:00 p.m., the five Justices on the South Carolina Supreme Court will hear from members of the Bench, Bar and public about barriers to the civil justice system. The speakers will have five minutes to describe the barriers they have witnessed or experienced first-hand.

The hearing is open to the public but seating is limited. American Sign Language and Spanish Language interpreters will be available.

The hearing will be filmed.

If you are unable to attend the hearing in-person, please tune in to The Big Picture on your local SCETV television station on December 11, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. or at 9:00 a.m. Friday, December 12th for the radio show on your local SCETV news station.


Access to Justice: A Principle derived from the Mayflower Compact?

No matter what happens in the elections next Tuesday, on next Wednesday, at 3:00 p.m. on November 5th, people from around the state will converge on the South Carolina Supreme Court steps to hear the much anticipated South Carolina Access to Justice Commission’s final public hearing.

Why should people care about Access to Jusice? Because it affects our freedom. When we deny any person the right to their “day in court” we turn our back on principles of the founding fathers. I recently reviewed “The Mayflower Compact (1620)” – or the text presented in the writings of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Statue of Pilgrim William Bradford
Statue of Pilgrim William Bradford

The words that especially spoke to me were

. . . enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony . . .

Bas Relief of the Signing of the Mayflower Compact
Bas Relief of the Signing of the Mayflower Compact

Although concepts of equal including women and minorities were not de rigueur 388 years ago, the modern United States concept of equality has broadened to encompass all. Today, there are laws prohibiting discrimination based on religion, disability, gender, race, ethnicity, age, and national origin.

Well then, you may ask, why all the fuss about access to justice? And I say, because the one piece that’s missing from this list is income

Income or lack thereof is currently prohibiting hundreds of thousands of people from accessing the civil justice system.

In South Carolina, lack of moneys bars people from resources for:

  • communication – telephone, computer, cellphone, newspapers, magazines.
  • transportation – gas prices, insurance, a working automobile, no public transportation.
  • legal representation – filing fees, attorney fees, court reporter costs.

These are just a few of the ways in which lack of finances affects individuals living in poverty. Many states, including South Carolina, are working to improve access to the civil justice system for all. JUSTICE FOR ALL. Period.

If you want to learn more about the efforts of the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission, please join us at the South Carolina Supreme Court next Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Real South Carolinians will speak out about the barriers they or their clients have faced.


November 5, 2008 – SAVE THE DATE


The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission Announces its Final Public Hearing at the Supreme Court of South Carolina

The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission was established by the Supreme Court of South Carolina in January 2007 to expand and enhance access to civil legal representation for South Carolinians with low income or of modest means.

 This spring, the Commission conducted seven regional public hearings across South Carolina.  During these regional hearings, the Commission learned about the many barriers facing South Carolinians with low income.  South Carolina citizens, legal service providers, lawyers and other interested parties addressed the Commission about these barriers and in some instances, offered possible solutions.

The final hearing will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at the South Carolina Supreme Court.

The Commission and selected speakers from the seven regional hearings will address the Supreme Court of South Carolina regarding the barriers and issues that were identified during the previous hearings. 

The hearing will be held in the Courtroom of the Supreme Court Building in Columbia, South Carolina.  Address: 1231 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Members of the bench, bar and public are invited to attend this hearing.

The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission is funded by an IOLTA grant from the South Carolina Bar Foundation.