$1.9 Million in Grant Funds Awarded
for FY 15
19 organizations have received grants for the period July 2014 to June 2015.
Civil Legal Aid
Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation
delivers legal services to low-income persons in need of assistance
with heirs’ property issues. The team works to enhance the capacity
of attorneys, legal professionals and students to handle property
Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services
CPBLS works to increase the quantity of pro bono service provided
by volunteer attorneys to low-income clients in Charleston County.
CPBLS works with a network of local, volunteer attorneys in civil
cases impacting basic subsistence issues and emphasizes family and
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA)
CODA aids victims of domestic abuse in Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton
and Hampton counties. The Foundation supports a legal component to
assist victims free of charge and to educate court personnel and
law enforcement on the dynamics and effects of domestic violence.
With IOLTA funds, the shelter is able to have an on-site legal
clinic that supports the legal needs of hundreds of homeless men
and women in Charleston.
Lowcountry Legal Volunteers
LLV is a freestanding legal services office in Hilton
Head/Bluffton that utilizes volunteers – both lawyers and others –
to meet the civil legal needs of the community.
SC Appleseed Legal Justice
Working on the complex issues of poverty, Appleseed fights to
uphold individuals’ rights to food, shelter, education and access
to justice. Among other things, IOLTA funding supports Appleseed’s
goal to increase the number of lawyers who are able to handle
cases affecting the low income community in South Carolina.
SC Bar Pro Bono Program
The goals of the Pro Bono Program are to increase participation
among Bar members, increase awareness of the program and provide
support for pro bono volunteers.
SC Legal Services
SCLS is the sole statewide provider of civil legal services to
low-income South Carolinians. SCLS continues to develop more
aggressive advocacy and strengthen the capacity of lead attorneys
and substantive work units. SCLS addresses all areas of poverty
law, but focuses its work in the areas of tax, housing, consumer
protection, public benefits, domestic violence, education and
Sistercare offers legal representation at no cost to Midlands’
battered indigent women and their children. Foundation funding
covers a portion of the personnel costs for the advocacy team.
SC Bar Law Related Education Division
LRE promotes the goals of civic education and enhances
relationships between attorneys and students. Programming includes
Mock Trial, We the People, LawForKids.org and Youth Court.
Students learn the value of becoming a positive contributor to
society and gain knowledge from the lawyers who participate.
USC Pro Bono Program ~
Public Interest Fellow
With IOLTA funds, USC Law is able to place
student fellows in legal services organizations. An all-around win,
the students gain practical experience, the legal services
organizations benefit from the services of the students and more
individuals receive the assistance that they need.
YMCA Youth in Government
YIG is a civic engagement program and leadership development
program for middle and high school students. IOLTA funding
provides support for students that would not otherwise have the
opportunity to participate due to financial constraints.
Administration of Justice
MMC provides affordable mediation services to Midlands residents and
trains volunteer mediators in developing skills to resolve conflicts
in civil and family courts and educate the community at large.
The National Judicial College
NJC uses Foundation funds to provide scholarships so that SC
judges may increase their capacity to better serve their
communities. Judges are selected by SC Court Administration.
Richland County CASA
With a mission to “advocate for the best interest of abused and
neglected children in Richland County Family Court,” CASA uses
Foundation support to conduct a child welfare collaboration
workshop, nationally heralded volunteer recruitment events and
provide training resources to volunteer Guardians.
SC Access to Justice Commission
SCATJ works to educate the public, the
legal community and the legislature about issues facing those with
limited and modest means. The Commission hopes to expand and
enhance resources for self-represented litigants; resources for
staffed programs and pro bono opportunities.
SC Bar Ask-A-Lawyer & Clinics Program
AAL offers general education legal clinics throughout the state,
supports the Legal Lessons courses and conducts periodic statewide
web blitzes/phone banks.
SC Center for Fathers & Families
With IOLTA support, the Center places non-violent, non-custodial
fathers in livable wage jobs so that they can make child support
payments and reengage in the lives of their children. Job
placement services are provided in tandem with legal assistance,
money management training and fatherhood skill development.
Upstate Mediation Center
UMC has been meeting mandatory mediation needs in Greenville
County family and circuit courts since 1999. A new focus includes
the mandate to address needs of litigants for all civil jury cases
in Greenville County Magistrate Court.