$1.9 Million in Grant Funds Awarded for FY 15
Twenty organizations have received grants for the period July 2014 to June 2015.
Civil Legal Aid
Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation
CHPP 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 matters.
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 home stability.
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.
One-Eighty Place – Homeless Justice Project
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 Center
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 elder law.
Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN)
With IOLTA funding, SCVAN will devote more time to its comprehensive vision regarding services provided to immigrant victims of violence. The award will permit incorporation of a bilingual paralegal and additional administrative support to provide technical assistance on victim’s rights questions.
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.
Law Related Education
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 Fellows
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
Midlands Mediation Center
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 S.C. 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 Alternatives to Incarceration
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.