This American Life Features SRLs

Just posted this on Twitter, then realized, why not add to the Blog?

On this site, you’ve read about Self-Represented Litigants or SRLs numerous times. And, last December, SCETV’s The Big Picture featured Access to Justice with a focus on SRLs. This week, NPR’s This American Life features SRLs in their episode #385 entitled “Pro Se.”

Should be interesting. I’ll be tuning in!

-RFW

Father’s Day Focus: South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

For the last few weeks, in my daily newspaper, I’ve seen ads reminding me that Father’s Day is coming and I should purchase that special gift for my father.

Happy Fathers Day: Here's a nice tie!
Happy Fathers Day: Here's a nice tie!

Well, my dad isn’t much for material gifts – goods or services. His repeated message to me is to be a happy, healthy, responsible and well-adjusted adult. And he’s offered me the gift of a stable role model, a provider for my family and someone who is available to talk to when things aren’t going so well or when something brings me joy. I’m lucky to have him in my life.

And that got me thinking, thinking about families where fathers aren’t always around.

Last spring the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission held public hearings around the state. And several fathers, participants in programs with the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, spoke up about the legal gaps they encounter.

  • Father #1 currently has a wife and four children at home, but also two children from a previous relationship. He pays his monthly child support. He does not have any visitation rights. He asked for help to be able to see his children.
  • Father #2 was incarcerated for being in arrears for his child support payments. As a result he was placed into the program and has been diligently working with the program.
  • Father #3 meets the federal poverty guidelines even though he is working. He has been diligently paying his child support for 3 years and still does not have any visitation.
  • Father #4 paid child support for years without any visitation. He came to the program for assistance with visitation. Communication with his child’s mother was at a stand-still. He was unable to make any headway until he came to the Fatherhood program and learned skills to communicate with his child’s mother. As a result of his new skills, he was finally able to obtain visitation.

Another father participated in the SCETV special program on The Big Picture which focused on the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission and Self-Represented Litigants.

The Center performs a needed service – uniting children with their fathers.  And that’s something good to remember this Father’s Day.

-RFW

For more information about the Center for Fathers and Families, you may want to review the history of the center. The Center was developed from “Reducing Poverty through Father Engagement,” which was launched in 1997.

South Carolina State of the Judiciary: 2/25/09

Tune in for the South Carolina State of the Judiciary on February 25, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. Chief Justice Jean H. Toal will deliver the address to the General Assembly which will also be broadcast live on the Internet and archived for later viewing. 

To access the live broadcast, go to this page.

Move to the bottom of the page and find links located under the heading Live Broadcasts for the House of Representatives. Click on your computer’s player.

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For those unable to watch the live broadcast, SCETV will provide an archived version.  Details for the archived version will be available on the Court’s website.

-RFW

SC Appleseed NOW!

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This evening SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center will hit the small screen via NOW on PBS!

Sue Berkowitz, the Executive Director of Appleseed and an SCATJ Commissioner, was interviewed and will be featured on this program discussing the impact of the economic climate on today’s Baby Boomers.

According to the Post and Courier, other South Carolinians featured in the 30 minute show include Teresa Arnold, legislative director of the state’s AARP office and State Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach.

NOW airs tonight (1/23/09) at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV. And for those of us unable to view the program tonight, streaming video will be available online after the broadcast.

-RFW

Online coverage of The Big Picture

Just last week, SCETV’s The Big Picture produced a program about the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission’s public hearings and self-represented litigants. If you missed the earlier coverage, no problem, both the television and radio shows are available online.

Simply click here and go to the tab labeled WATCH/LISTEN. Then decide whether to watch the 30 minute television show or listen to the hour radio show.

Again, thanks to Mark Quinn and everyone who helped with The Big Picture South Carolina Access to Justice program.

-RFW

On the Radio

This morning The Big Picture continued its coverage of the SC Access to Justice Commission with its radio program from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

And, if you missed this morning’s session, PLEASE don’t despair!

SCETV offers the program on their website at http://www.scetv.org/index.php/the_big_picture/show/access_to_justice/.

Simply click LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S RADIO SHOW and start to listen.

-RFW

Shameless Plug 2.1 – The Final Countdown

Watch out! I’ve learned how to embed video into the post. Boooooowaaaahaaaaahaaaaa (evil laugh)

At any rate, by now you’ve heard about the upcoming SCETV special on South Carolina Access to Justice and self-represented litigants, right?

Tune in this Thursday night (7:30 p.m.) on your local SCETV station to The Big Picture with Mark Quinn. Or, if you must, check out the special two more times, once on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and once on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

On Friday, tune in to hear the discussion continue on your South Carolina public radio news channel from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

And, in case you missed my earlier previews of the special, check them out –

Stay tuned for more . . .

-RFW

Shameless Plug 2.0

This Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., tune in to your local SCETV station to watch The Big Picture with Mark Quinn. The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission has been working with Mark Quinn and the SCETV staff to produce a program about access to justice in general as well as self-represented litigants (SRLs).

Just this morning, SCETV interviewed Robin Wheeler, Executive Director of the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission, and Eric Smith, a father who successfully represented himself in a child custody action with assistance from the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, a member of the SC Center for Fathers and Families funded by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC.

TV repeats of Thursdays broadcast will air each Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

And don’t forget to tune in this Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. to the Big Picture radio show where the discussion continues.

-RFW 

Previously: https://scaccesstojustice.wordpress.com/?s=SCETV

Shameless Plug

Tune in “LIVE” or set your TiVo

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Next Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission will be featured on The Big Picture. Although the program will introduce access to justice in general, the main focus of the program is on self-represented litigants (SRLs) or pro se litigants.

TV repeats of Thursdays broadcast will air each Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

The following morning at 9:00 a.m., the Big Picture radio show will continue the topic.

-RFW

If you’re unfamiliar with SRLs, please check out my previous posts at https://scaccesstojustice.wordpress.com/?s=self-represented

SCATJ’s 8 Reasons to Give Thanks in ’08

8. Public Hearings are Complete.

And the response was really good. South Carolina Judges, Attorneys and members of the public spoke about barriers to civil justice that they had witnessed or encountered.

7. SCETV’s The Big Picture and staff.

On December 11, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. The Big Picture will feature speakers from the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission’s public hearings. The topic will be self-represented litigants. The next morning, Friday, December 12, 2008, the radio program will continue discussion of this topic.

6. Support of National Access to Justice community.

Shout-outs to Bob Echols, Richard Zorza, Deborah L. Rhode, Jim Sokolove, Judy Meadows, Kate Bladow and all the many others who have contributed this past year to show me that access to justice is larger than South Carolina. There are many pieces within access to justice, all of which are important. The list is too numerous to mention here and I hope you all know who you are.

5. Support of the South Carolina Bar.

The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission works out of the South Carolina Bar building and without the assistance of the many Bar employees, the Commission would not have been able to accomplish as much as it has. Additionally, the support of all the Bar members has been overwhelming. Attorneys who are already working hard within the legal services community are familiar with access to justice and working toward this goal every day. Additionally without the care and support of the private bar, access to justice would remain an unrealized concept.

4. Support from the South Carolina Bar Foundation.

The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission is currently fully funded by IOLTA funds from the South Carolina Bar Foundation. Thanks for making everything possible.

3. Active Participation of the South Carolina Supreme Court.

The final hearing was the ultimate in Supreme Court participation. All of the five justices actively joined in the somewhat lively discussion. They prepared meticulous questions and settled only for thorough answers. And their questions often indicated their interest in identifying solutions to the broad problems facing disenfranchised South Carolinians.

2. Wonderful South Carolina Access to Justice Commission Members.

There are 27 members of the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission. Each one of these members has contributed to the success of the past year.

1. Supportive Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal and Steering Committee.

Special thanks to the support of the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission Chair, Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal, and Vice Chair, Stuart Andrews. Additionally, many thanks to Stephanie A. Nye, counsel to the Chief Justice, and George Cauthen, ex-officio. Without each of them individually and collectively, the Commission would not exist. Many thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

-RFW