Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP)
LAMP seeks to provide free or reduced fee legal services to active military personnel who are stationed in SC or whose case is related to SC in some way. Click here for more information.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Military & Veterans’ Law Section, please forward dues payment in the amount of $15 to: SC Bar, Attn: Tara G. Caine, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202. Please make checks payable to the SC Bar and note in the memo portion Military Dues.
1. Institute membership and participation initiatives, including:
• Offering one free year of membership to all new Section members.
• Promoting participation within the Section at Essentials Series Course by distributing informational materials on the benefits of becoming a member of the Section.
• Coordinating networking events with the USC School of Law and the Charleston School of Law.
• Recognizing new Section members with a customized military unit coin.
• Utilizing the Section opt-in listserv which would allow Section members to exchange information and ideas related to military and veterans’ law.
• Producing an electronic newsletter that would include significant developments in military and veterans’ law, legislative updates, member highlights, etc.
2. Support continuing education and professional development initiatives on initiatives relevant to military and veterans’ law by:
• Conducting a seminar on issues related to military and veterans’ law at the Bar Convention.
• Hosting a Fall Conference in odd-numbered years on VA Claims and Military Matters in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division Military Support Committee.
• Continuing to provide financial support to JAG onsite conferences when held in South Carolina.
• Increasing awareness of the Bar’s Legal Assistance for Military Personnel “LAMP” program as well as the South Carolina Attorney General’s Military Task Force.
• Coordinating with other state bar associations (i.e. State Bar of Georgia annual symposium) on how to strengthen bar programs serving members of the military, veterans and their families.
• Exploring online CLEs and distance learning programs.
• Implementing lunch and learn programs on topics related to military and veterans’ law.
3. Promote delivery of legal services in the area of military and veterans’ law, including:
• Encouraging and coordinating member participation in pro bono programs such as the S.C. Veterans Court, Lawyers 4 Vets, Veterans’ Stand Down for the Homeless program, and similar projects.
• Coordinating efforts with the law schools on re-establishing Veterans’ Law Clinics.
S.C. State Guard Wills Clinic
Members of the S.C. State Guard conducted a free wills clinic in Mt. Pleasant for veterans on November 12. MAJ Mike Smith coordinated a team of 10 lawyers, known as JAG officers, who prepared and executed more than 100 hundred wills, health care POAs and related documents for veterans. This pro bono project is part of the SCSG JAG Section’s mission, which includes helping veterans across the state. Click here more information about the SCSG or other pro bono activities of the JAG Section.