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.
Golf Tournament to Benefit Hidden Wounds
The USC Student Bar Association and Service Members & Veterans in Law are hosting a golf tournament on Friday, March 21, at noon at Northwoods Golf Club in Columbia. All proceeds will benefit Hidden Wounds, a S.C. non-profit organization that provides interim and emergency psychological care for veterans and their families. Click here for the registration form. For additional information, please contact Ryan Templeton at email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed for Veterans Legal Clinic
S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center is partnering with the Veteran Justice Outreach Program at the Dorn VA Medical Center and members of the private bar to establish a Pro Bono Veterans Legal Clinic 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 spring/summer of 2014. The service areas for outreach include the following counties: Richland, Lexington, Sumter, Florence, Orangeburg, York, Anderson and Greenwood. Training will be provided to the volunteer attorneys (CLE credit will be available). We will assist veterans regardless of discharge status. We will assist veterans whose income is less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (currently $22,980.00 for an individual).
The focus areas may change as we learn more about the needs of our veterans and our volunteer base, but we hope to cover: identification cards; child support and visitation; criminal records expungements and pardons; consumer protection; and simple wills. If you are interested or would like to know more about this clinic, please contact Ashley Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 779-1113, ext. 113.
FY2014-2015 Council Nominations
The following nominations have been made for the Military & Veterans’ Law Section for the 2014-2015 Bar year in accordance with Article VII, Section 2 of the Section Bylaws.
Chair: William D. Kelly III
Chair-Elect: Thomas A. McDermott
Secretary: C. Bennett Gore Jr.
Immediate Past Chair/Section Delegate: B. Ashley McNorrill
Timothy W. Murphy (exp. 2015), O. Eugene Powell Jr. (exp. 2015),
Kenny H. Dojaquez (exp. 2016), Dylan W. Goff (exp. 2016), Benjamin L. Sadler III (exp. 2017), Nathan A. White (exp. 2017)
Ex Officio Representatives
National Guard: Hon. James E. Lockemy
Active Duty: Dorothy H. Edgerton
Reserve Forces: K. Scott Katrosh
Membership Committee Chair: Michael W. Harrington
Nominating petitions must be received by April 15, 2014 and sent to the S.C. Bar, Attn: Tara G. Caine, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202, email@example.com, or faxed to (803) 799-4118. Call (803) 576-3766 or toll free, (877) 797-2227, ext. 146, with questions.
S.C. State Office of Veterans' Affairs
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office of Service Member Affairs
S.C. NOVA Attorneys
Accredited VA Attorneys
(803) 799-6653, ext. 146