Photos from 6.17.09 Commission Meeting

Yesterday the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission held its meeting from 10:30 a.m. until a few minutes after 2:00 p.m. We were fortunate to start the morning with presentations from two Commissioners who work with Philanthropic Organizations – Tom Keith of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and Mac Bennett of United Way of the Midlands.
Commissioner Tom Keith Presents
Commissioner Tom Keith Presents
Commissioner Mac Bennett presents
Commissioner Mac Bennett presents

Several guests were in attendance as we discussed issues related to Staffed Programs such as South Carolina Legal Services and initiatives relating to Self-Represented Litigants.

Commissioners and guests at the 6.17.09 meeting
Commissioners and guests at the 6.17.09 meeting
The Hon. Michelle Childs, Chief Admin Judge of the SC 5th Circuit, and Tanya Gee of the SC Court of Appeals discuss SRLs
The Hon. Michelle Childs, Chief Admin Judge of the SC 5th Circuit, and Tanya Gee of the SC Court of Appeals discuss SRLs
The Commission then discussed progress on Rule 608 with members of the work group in attendance.
Louise Cooper of the SC GAL program and Hugh Ryan of SC Commission on Indigent Defense
Louise Cooper of the SC GAL program and Hugh Ryan of SC Commission on Indigent Defense
Commissioners and Guests
Commissioners and Guests
Allie Bullard, our Pro Bono law clerk, working hard at the meeting
Allie Bullard, our Pro Bono law clerk, working hard at the meeting

 Special thanks to Cindy Sullivan, Willson Powell, and Jada Bannen of Nelson Mullins for their assistance!

Photographs by Stephanie A. Nye.

-RFW

You Say Pro-VI-so, I say Pro-VEE-So

ProVIso, ProVEEso, it’s all about the Proviso!

Before I moved to South Carolina, I was not familiar with Provisos, however I have learned that a lot of policy changes result from Provisos.

And one recent Proviso has caught my eye, found at http://www.scstatehouse.gov/citizensinterestpage/Ways&MeansMeetingHandouts/LawEnfSubcSubcRectoProvisoSubc.pdf#page=5 and starting at 47.fca ADD (Family Court Attorney Appointment Study Group).

Why is this of particular interest to SC Access to Justice?

  • Its purpose is to Improve the process of appointing private attorneys to family court actions.
  • There is NO Fiscal Impact (read additional cost) on the General Fund. 
  • And it may serve to alleviate the issues raised in the SC Access to Justice Commission’s public hearings regarding Rule 608 appointments.

It’s a great start to exploring solutions to continue to provide legal representation to individuals in need.

-RFW