Happy Thanksgiving!

The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday from Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th. We will re-open on Monday, November 30th.

Have a safe and pleasant Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Last Week to Nominate for Ellen Hines Smith Award

You have until November 15th to nominate a South Carolina Legal Services attorney for the Ellen Hines Smith Award.

This year the award event is especially exciting because it will take place during the South Carolina Bar Foundation’s Annual Gala on March 11, 2010.

I can’t wait to learn who receives the award!

-RFW

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Opt Out – What do you think?

There’s an article in the Free Times that features Commissioner Sue Berkowitz. It focuses on the Opt Out idea that is currently circulating in D.C. regarding the Health Care Reform Package.

Some statistics from the article:

Currently, South Carolina ranks 48th in the country in overall health, according to data from the United Health Foundation. The state ranks near the top in such categories as stroke deaths, infant mortality and percentage of uninsured children and near the bottom of such lists as access to prenatal care and percentage of healthy children.

Also, approximately one in six South Carolinians are uninsured, according to Census data, and 80 percent of the uninsured are from working families, according to Families USA.

Tell us what you think:

-RFW

Ellen Hines Smith Award Nominations OPEN!

The Ellen Hines Smith Award Nominations are now open! Click Ellen Hines Smith Nomination Form for the nomination form with instructions.

Nominations will remain open until November 15th.

The Award winner will be decided by a joint awards committee of the SC Bar Foundation and SC ATJ Commission. The Award will be jointly presented at SC Bar Foundation Gala on March 11, 2010, so be sure to SAVE THE DATE.

COMING SOON to a town near you: Celebrate Pro Bono

LOUD & CLEAR: PRO BONO ROCKS
LOUD & CLEAR: PRO BONO ROCKS

At the end of October, across the nation, attorneys will join together to provide Pro Bono services as part of the American Bar Association‘s CELEBRATE PRO BONO WEEK (October 25-31, 2009).

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Mark your calendars. The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission will be highlighting some of the featured events, programs or pro bono attorneys on the blog.

If  you have a story to share and would like to be a guest blogger, please email me.

-RFW

SC Access to Justice Commission’s Recommendations re: Rule 608

After the E-Newsletter was distributed earlier this week, the Commission received many requests from individuals and organizations wanting to review the recommendations.

Below is a copy of the cover letter as well as the accompanying exhibits:

COLUMBIA-#6098475-v1-071509_rule_608_ltr_to_chief_justice _2_

Exhibit A1 – Recommended amendments to RULE 608 _2_

Exhibit A2 – RULE 608 – redline _2_

Exhibit B – 5 Appts per Region 7 8 09

Exhibit C – Statement of April 2009 re 608 _2_

Exhibit D – Access Subcommittee filing 6 09 v4 _4_ _2_

-RFW

August 2009 E-Newsletter

The August 2009 E-Newsletter is now available online.

SCATJC August 2009 E-Newsletter

-RFW