March 2018 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER / March 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.

Get What’s Yours

When Jessica Brown needed to file her tax returns in 2014, she went to the only professional she knew – Marcia, the community resident tax preparer. Jessica knew of Marcia from friends and family as someone who was reliable and trustworthy. Marcia was working out of her home, and, as far as Jessica knew, had been doing it for a while. When Marcia told Jessica that she would be receiving $5,075.00 in refund, the news couldn’t have been more welcoming. For a single mother of 5, that was a substantial amount and very much needed.

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Reaching The Homeless

Serving the homeless population presents challenges different from those when serving the rest of the low-income population. Despite our presence online, local offices, and toll-free telephone intake line, these venues may not be readily available to or accessible by those who don’t have access to a telephone, a computer or transportation. That is why we have taken a more active approach in trying to reach homeless individuals who have civil legal needs.

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National Consumer Protection Week

The SCLS Consumer Unit led education and outreach efforts in March beginning with National Consumer Protection Week. The Federal Trade Commission announced March 4-10 was the 20th Annual Observance week that highlights education and resources available nationwide to provide help with consumer protection issues. Read More

Medical-Legal Partnership

Greenville Health System (GHS), Furman University and South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) have formed the state’s first Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP). This collaboration focuses on reducing health-harming problems that have legal remedies while educating clinicians, attorneys and students about these issues.

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50 Years Of Free Civil Legal Aid In South Carolina

South Carolina Legal Services celebrated its 50th anniversary Feb. 15 at the University of South Carolina School of Law. The celebration included judges and justices from the state Court of Appeals, circuit courts, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the South Carolina Supreme Court, who presented a panel discussion called “Access to Justice — A Judge’s Perspective.” President of the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, Jim Sandman, moderated the panel. Chief Justice Donald Beatty and Sen. Lindsey Graham were among the event’s speakers, and a reception was held at the school’s Perrin Family Lobby.

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4th Annual South Carolina Farmworker Institute

Join a one-day summit for programing and networking. An annual event that brings together organizations that assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers across the state.

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Charlotte Osmer, Staff Attorney in the Greenville Office, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Greenville Revitalization Corporation. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority.