July-August 2018 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER / July-August 2018

South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) is a non-profit law firm. We provide free legal services in a wide variety of civil (non-criminal) legal matters to eligible low income residents of South Carolina. Our mission is to provide legal services to protect the rights and represent the interests of low income South Carolinians.

She’s Safe

In 2014, when Whitney Stern said “I do”, she had no idea that two years later, the man she was marrying would shoot her. Twice. Richard Smokes called his mother shortly after 11:00 pm that Tuesday night to tell her that he’d shot his wife. The mother immediately called 911. When the police arrived, they found Whitney on the couch with multiple gunshot wounds to the head. She was transported to a medical center and rushed into surgery.

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Removing Barriers To ID

In 2011, the South Carolina legislature passed a law requiring that individuals convicted of certain crimes deemed violent would have to surrender their state-issued ID’s or driver’s licenses. If they wanted to get it back, they would have to pay $50 for a new card containing a code indicating that the person had been convicted of a crime of violence. It’s free for everyone else to get an ID. Many local Department of Motor Vehicle offices were charging individuals $50 multiple times.

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Public School Fees and Charges

Children have a constitutional right to attend free public schools. However, South Carolina state law allows districts to charge the smallest reasonable amount for enrollment and minor fees. When setting minimum reasonable amounts, districts must consider students’ ability to pay. Read More

The Difference Between IEPs and 504 Plans

Two ways that K-12 students with learning and attention issues can get help. This chart compares them side by side to help you understand the differences.

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South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act

As of May 18, 2018, if you are working while pregnant, recovering from childbirth, or need to express milk at work, you don’t’ need to have to risk your health to stay at your job. South Carolina law now gives you an explicit right to reasonable pregnancy accommodations so you can stay healthy and keep earning a paycheck when you need it most.

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New Medicare Cards

Starting in April 2018, Medicare began mailing to new cards to everyone who gets Medicare benefits. Why? To help protect your identity, as the new card will not contain your Social Security number.

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40 Years of Service With Legal Aid

Pat Muller and Shirley Henry are celebrating 40 years of service with South Carolina Legal Services.

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Frank Cannon Retires

After 38 years of representing and advocating for low income South Carolinians, Frank Cannon has retired.

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