Nov-Dec 2018 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER / November-December 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.

In Her Own Words

Gail Kelley is now on the Board of Directors for South Carolina Legal Services. When she first came to us about a decade ago, she didn’t know what she wanted. She was in an abusive relationship and was just looking for a  way out. In her own words, Ms. Kelley talks about how South Carolina Legal Services saved her life.

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How Talking to Fourth Graders Helped Me Love My Job

Our attorney Tamika Cannon reflects on what it means to be a South Carolina Legal Services attorney.

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South Carolina Legal Services Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

South Carolina Legal Services Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic strives to assist low-income South Carolinians in resolving tax controversies with the IRS. We offer free tax clinics and presentations at any location in the state to educate taxpayers regarding their Rights and Responsibilities, the Earned Income Tax Credit, Innocent Spouse claims, Tax Return Preparer Fraud and Tax related Identity Theft Issues, Early Retirement Distributions and tax consequences, updates relating to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act tax reform legislation, among other topics.

To request a speaker, contact Ms. Angela Perez ( at 1-800-763-4825, Ext. 3258 or send mail to 701 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601.


MLP Provides A Legal Lifeline to Parents

When Ben Waddell was born, doctors knew there was something different about him. But it was eight months before they discovered he was suffering from a rare genetic condition that would leave him unable to speak or walk or even eat on his own.

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More Farmworkers Are Coming To SC, But Few Are Protecting Them

As these individuals face a slew of challenges in this new land, SCLS is one of the few organizations in the state that provides these workers with a layer of protection that they desperately need.

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Say “NO” To Bullying

October was National Bullying Prevention Month. But bullying doesn’t just happen in October; it happens every day, year round. Here are some things you should know about what bullying is, how to identify it, and what you can do to help stop the cycle of bullying.

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2018 Statewide Conference & Training

October 17 through 19, SCLS staff from all over the state came to Myrtle Beach, SC for our annual Statewide Conference and Training. This year, the attorneys got an update on the upcoming law change in guardianship and a review in ethics. In the process, attorneys received 6 hours of CLE credits for the training. Meanwhile, support staff received a refresher course on all things administrative, from Microsoft Office to Lexis/Nexis. Staff also got a sneak peak at two upcoming projects, SharePoint and Online Classrooms (stay tuned).

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2018 Upstate Pride

South Carolina Legal Services had an informational booth at the 10th Anniversary of the Upstate Pride March and Festival at Barnet Park in Spartanburg on November 3, 2018.  The mission of Upstate Pride SC is to empower “people of all gender expressions and sexual identities in the Upstate of South Carolina by promoting acceptance through education, advocacy, and networking.  75 people came to the SCLS booth and took information brochures on school bullying, adoption, domestic violence, housing rights, consumer rights, public benefits, wills, and estates.  It was a beautiful day and a day when hope and love for every individual was celebrated.


Janet Davis

Janet Davis being recognized for 40 years of service with South Carolina Legal Services.

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Andrea Loney

Making A Difference Through Pro Bono Work Award

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