The SC Bar Foundation
950 Taylor Street
PO Box 608
Columbia, SC 29202
$1.9 Million in Grant Funds Awarded for FY 16
Twenty organizations have received grants for the period July 2015 to June 2016.
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 provide legal education and direct legal services in the Lowcountry.
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA)
CODA aids victims of domestic abuse in Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton and Hampton counties. CODA provides safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children as well as court accompaniment, adult counseling, children’s counseling and case management.
Lowcountry Legal Volunteers
LLV is a freestanding legal services office in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area that utilizes volunteers – both lawyers and others – to meet the civil legal needs of the community.
One-Eighty Place Homeless Justice Project
The shelter provides an on-site legal clinic that supports the legal needs of hundreds of homeless men and women in Charleston. The Project currently provides services to roughly 600 homeless individuals each year.
SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Appleseed fights to uphold individuals’ rights to food, shelter, education and access to justice. The goals of the Center are to influence policymakers to ensure the law is fair, to educate the public and their advocates about the law, and to assist attorneys in bringing systemic litigation where the law is unfair.
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.
SC Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN)
SCVAN provides services to immigrant victims of violence. They work to increase the Immigrant Victim Program’s capacity as well as strengthen the overall network of advocates who provide services to victim immigrants.
Sistercare offers legal representation at no cost to the Midlands’ battered, indigent women and their children. They help impoverished, battered women gain access to the legal system, provide information about the legal process to approximately 800 women and enhance legal advocacy efforts to support interests of domestic violence victims.
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
USC Law places student fellows in legal services organizations. 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 and leadership development program for middle and high school students. Funding provides support for students that would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate due to financial constraints.
Administration of Justice
Catholic Charities Office of Immigration Services
CCOIS works to meet the need for low-cost, high-quality immigration legal services in the state. They focus on providing family-based immigration services and assisting immigrant victims of crime.
The National Judicial College
The NJC offers programs to the judiciary to improve productivity, challenge current perceptions of justice and inspire judges to achieve judicial excellence. Foundation funds provide scholarships to NJC for South Carolina judges (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 conducts a child welfare collaboration workshop, holds nationally-heralded volunteer recruitment events and provides 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 individuals with limited means. The Commission works to find additional funding for legal assistance, create new partnerships for increasing civil legal assistance, build seamless connections for those in need with the resources available and increase access to and delivery of civil legal assistance.
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
The Center places non-violent, non-custodial fathers in livable wage jobs so that they can make child support payments and re-engage in the lives of their children. Job placement services are provided in conjunction with legal assistance, money management training and fatherhood skill development.
Turning Leaf Project
The Turning Leaf Project provides re-entry services for men leaving the Charleston County Detention Center. They are dedicated to building a healthier and safer community by providing inmates an opportunity to change negative behaviors and avoid further contact with the criminal justice system.
UMC has been meeting mandatory mediation needs in Greenville County family and circuit courts since 1999. Their goals are to promote the use of mediation and other non-adversarial means of resolving conflicts and to nurture peace by restoring and strengthening family, business and community relationships.