SC VALOR Program
SC VALOR Program

In January 2018 the SC Attorney General launched a new program to help coordinate and supply pro bono legal services to veterans throughout South Carolina. During the program's first event in Rock Hill, nearly 60 veterans and their spouses received free wills and HCPOAs. The event was conducted by Judge Guyton and representatives from the SC Bar, SC Attorney General’s office and SCSG JAG officers. To learn more about the SC VALOR Program or to volunteer, contact April Frazier at afrazier@scag.gov.

Article: New VALOR program to assist SC military members with legal matters


Section 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.

Military Spouse Rule Enacted

Section Goals

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.

Helpful Links

S.C. State Office of Veterans' Affairs

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office of Service Member Affairs

S.C. NOVA Attorneys

Accredited VA Attorneys

Contact

Staff Contact:
Tara Caine
(803) 799-6653, ext. 146
tcaine@scbar.org