The purpose of this Section shall be to promote the goals and objectives of the South Carolina Bar in the fields of law controlling or affecting the military community. Objectives include improving liaison between and professional education of the military and civilian communities, stimulating research and development, seeking uniformity in legislation and administration, and improving the application of justice in these fields of law.
1. Increase membership and participation within the Section.
2. Conduct S.C. Law for Military Attorneys Seminar.
3. Coordinate with LAMP Program to obtain assistance.
4. Provide support to JAG on-site conferences that may be held in S.C. throughout the year.
5. Publish a reference guide or smart book as a point of contact list.
6. Establish law school outreach.
7. Outreach to members with coin recognition.
8. Assist Veterans Administration to establish a Veterans Court in S.C.
9. Coordinate with the Veterans Legal Resource Committee to establish a Guardian ad Litem program for Veterans.
The Military and Veterans’ Law Section is calling for nominations for: Secretary (July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015) and two General Council Member seats (July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2017). Nominees must be a member of the S.C. Bar Military and Veterans’ Law Section in good standing. Responsibilities include assistance with Section seminars and special projects and participation at Council meetings. The Council meets up to five times within the fiscal year. A brief bio and letter of recommendation should be sent to Tara Caine at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (803) 799-4118 no later than November 8, 2013.
S.C. Law for Military Attorneys Seminar
October 3, 2013
Bar Conference Center, Columbia
Click the link above to register and for additional information. The program has been approved for 5.83 MCLE credits, up to 1.0 LEPR and up to 1.00 SA/MH credit. Please register by September 20.
2014 Bar Convention
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Section Seminar: Saturday, January 25, 8:30-11:45 a.m.
Additional information is forthcoming.
Stand Down Against Homelessness
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is holding its 14th Annual Stand Down Against Homelessness Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in N. Charleston. The event will offer medical and dental screenings and assistance, clothing, food, haircuts, and job and legal counseling for hundreds of homeless persons in the greater Charleston area. Volunteers are needed for this event. For more information or to sign up, click the link above.
Veterans Legal Clinic
S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center is partnering with the Veteran Justice Outreach Program at the Dorn VA Medical Center to establish Pro Bono Veteran Legal Clinics in Columbia for low-income veterans. The goal is to connect them with local attorneys who will provide one-on-one pro bono legal representation for specific issues. The clinic will meet once per month at the VA Dorn Medical Center starting in the fall of 2013. The service areas for outreach include Richland, Lexington, Sumter, Florence, Orangeburg, York, Anderson and Greenwood counties. Training will be provided to the volunteer attorneys (CLE credit will be available). Volunteers are needed who can commit a few hours once per month to meet with veterans at the clinic and take on representation beyond the clinic, if necessary. Many of these issues are not complicated or time consuming, but they could make a world of difference to our veterans.
· Assist veterans to obtain various forms of identification, including state IDs, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards and birth certificates.
· Represent veterans in family court for modifications to child support as well as visitation.
· Work with veterans to determine if they are eligible for an expungement in South Carolina and assist them with following the proper procedure for filling out paperwork with the solicitor’s office. Represent veterans throughout the pardon process, including representing them when they appear before the pardon board.
· Assist veterans with various consumer and creditor issues, including auto title loans, repossession, predatory lending.
· Draft simple wills for veterans.
· SSI Disability Volunteer attorneys will help veterans apply for benefits and handle appeals as necessary.
For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Ashley R. Thomas at email@example.com or (803) 779-1113, ext. 113 before July 1.
S.C. State Office of Veterans' Affairs
S.C. NOVA Attorneys
Accredited VA Attorneys
(803) 799-6653, ext. 146