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fall 2009

TRIBUTE GIFTS The Bar Foundation acknowledges those who have made gifts in memory or honor of a colleague or friend of the Bar for the period May through August 2009.

IN MEMORY OF… Wilburn Brewer Jr. T. Eugene Allen III Karen Austin Jeanne M. Born Carol A. Christian Ronald B. Cox Terri Cromley Cross Lori Martin Susan P. McWilliams Nikole Mergo Vickilynn Mitchell Shirley J. Neal Nexsen Pruet, LLC Suzanne G. Odom Gayle Owen Samuel F. Painter Russell L. Phillips Jill C. Prater Kathy L. Reneau James P. Rourke Stephanie B. Saleeby Kathy Roland Sigmon Carla A. Snow Henry B. Estes Jack D. Griffeth Jennifer D. Evans George B. Cauthen Hon. Howard P. King Julian H. Gignilliat R. Read Gignilliat Angela L. Robinson Mrs. R.M. “Kitty” Jefferies Jr. John O. McDougall Senator John A. Martin Hon. T.L. Hughston Jr. Hon. Wade S. Weatherford Jr. Hon. T.L. Hughston Jr. Mortimer Meyer “Rusty” Weinberg Jr. H. Hugh Rogers Hon. David N. Wilburn Jr. Jane M. Randall Levan J. Wingate Daniel W. Hayes Tressa T.H. Hayes

IN HONOR OF… T. Eugene Allen III Samuel F. Painter

Hon. Ralph King Anderson III Richland County Bar Association Charles L. Griffin III Hon. George M. McFaddin Jr. Representative George M. Hearn Jr. Matthew T. Richardson

A newsletter from the South Carolina Bar Foundation Our mission is to fund the advancement of justice by improving access, education and accountability.

The Next Best Thing — Cy pres awards can benefit the Foundation

Cy pres awards are residual funds from class action or other proceedings that cannot be distributed to class members or the intended beneficiaries for a variety of reasons. Under the cy pres doctrine, the funds can be distributed to appropriate charitable causes.

Why is the Foundation a perfect fit for a cy pres award? • There is no possibility for a conflict of interest for the Court or the defendant. • We are structured to ensure accountability for the expenditure of funds. The Foundation has provided more than $41 million in grants and is a proven collaborator and leader in the justice community. • Our grantees demonstrate success in the areas where cy pres awards typically are made. • Funds can be used to target a specific project, if desired, allowing for consensus between the plaintiff, defendant and the Court. If you are involved in a class action case and are unable to distribute all of the funds, consider the SC Bar Foundation. Visit scbarfoundation.org to read more about cy pres or request a copy of our brochure.  

Call for Nominations – 2009 DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award

Recipients are nominated and selected by their professional peers, establishing this recognition as one of the most prestigious statewide award members of the Bar can bestow on a fellow attorney. Last year’s recipient was David L. Freeman with Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham, PA. Selection criteria include meritorious service to the law and the community with eligibility limited to living members of the SC Bar. Sitting judges and current public office holders are not eligible; however, past service in such positions will be considered. The award recipient will be honored at the Bar Convention’s plenary luncheon in January 2010. The nomination form may be found at scbarfoundation.org or you may contact the office at (803) 765-0517 to request a copy. Nominations are due November 9.

$2.6 Million Awarded in Grants Administration of Justice

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Children’s Law Center................................................. 66,353 Law in Action..................................................................15,000 The National Judicial College...................................10,280 Richland County CASA................................................ 10,000 SC Access to Justice Commission..........................86,700 SC Bar Ask-A-Lawyer & Clinics Program.................82,041 SC Center for Fathers & Families: Alternatives to Incarceration..............................88,040 Upstate Community Mediation Center..................20,000

Civil Legal Aid

Hon. Margaret B. Seymour Alice F. Paylor

Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation................ 75,414 Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA)...... 35,256 Crisis Ministries Homeless Justice Project..........65,000 LowCountry Legal Aid................................................ 50,000 SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center......................150,000 SC Bar Pro Bono Program..........................................90,487 SC Legal Services....................................................1,400,000 Sistercare........................................................................ 21,250

Robert S. Wells George B. Cauthen

Law Related Education

Justice Kaye G. Hearn Matthew T. Richardson Rebecca Laffitte Michael Watson

Hon. Karen J. Williams Barbara G. Barton Michael P. Horger

SC Bar Law Related Education Division................ 273,571 SC YMCA Youth in Government.................................15,000 USC Pro Bono Program................................................37,700

Despite the 66% reduction in IOLTA revenues between FY 2008 and FY 2009, the Foundation is pleased to award $2.6 million in grants to 19 organizations that further our mission. The total grant funding level is possible due to a combination of IOLTA receipts, SC Bar Opt Out funds, utilization of reserves and donor support. In the FY 2010 grant year, the Foundation plans to focus on recruitment and retention efforts for civil legal services programs. We also intend to discuss various technology training/education opportunities with our grantees. Finally, we are working on a mechanism to assist all grantees and the Foundation with marketing efforts. These themes will be topics at our grantee gathering in January 2010. Visit scbarfoundation.org/grantees.asp to learn more about our grantees who are working in the name of justice.


Foundation Officers and New Directors

The Bar Foundation’s 2010 fiscal year is led by the efforts of George M. Hearn Jr. of Hearn Brittain and Martin, PA as President. Toyya Brawley Gray of The Law Offices of Toyya Brawley Gray, LLC serves as President-Elect. Wallace K. Lightsey of Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham, PA was named Secretary/Treasurer. The Foundation also welcomes three new Directors – Elaine H. Fowler of Turner Padget Graham & Laney, PA in Charleston, Robert L. Kilgo Jr. of the Kilgo Law Firm in Darlington and Walton J. McLeod III of Little Mountain.

Bar Foundation on the Go…

Sept. 22 Presentation to Sisters of Charity Board Sept. 24 Presentation at Memory Hold the Door Committee meeting Sept. 25 Presentation to SC Legal Services Board Sept. 30Oct. 1 SC Women Lawyers Association Conference with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Oct. 8 SC Access to Justice Commission meeting Oct. 13 Presentation at Central South Carolina Mensa Meeting Oct. 15 Presentation at Charleston SC Women Lawyers Association Luncheon Oct. 16 Presentation at SC Bar LRE Committee meeting Nov. 6 Presentation at Richland County Bar CLE

March 11 – Save the Date – Gala 2010 Honoring the SC Bar’s Nifty Fifty

Hearn

Gray

Lightsey

$103,766 Awarded for Loan Repayment

The Bar Foundation announces loan repayment awards exceeding $100,000 disbursed to 28 civil legal aid attorneys. This is the third year of LRAP awards from the Foundation, pushing all-time awards upwards of $420,000. One recipient stated, “every amount of assistance continues to help dig me out of what was a sinkhole before this program began.” Learn more about the Foundation’s LRAP at scbarfoundation.org/lrap.asp.

Facts about law school debt for legal services lawyers: • national average debt of $80,000 • aggregate debt of SC applicants was $2.29 million • average debt of SC applicants was $82,000 • highest amount of debt upwards of $169,000

(visit scbarfoundation.org to see the honored class – the class of 1959) Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________ E-mail: ___________________________________________

Gift Amount $ ___________________

Please make checks payable to SC Bar Foundation.

Gift Level

Designation (choose one)

q $1,000 Society of Justice q $500–$999 Rutledge Patron q $250–$499 Wright Patron q $100–$249 JM Perry Patron

q Apply my gift where

q Brewer Professionalism Fund it is needed most. q Tribute Gift q Children’s Fund (provide details on check) q Disabled Lawyers Fund q Young Lawyer Legacy ($300; member of YLD)

SC Bar Foundation • PO Box 608 • Columbia, SC 29202 The SC Bar Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all contributions are tax deductible within the limits of the law. fall 2009

Every $10,000 we raise means... • 19 more families can be provided legal aid when otherwise they could not be helped. • 38 people can receive direct benefits of legal aid. For example, they can avoid eviction or foreclosure or obtain protection from domestic violence. • $32,000 in direct economic benefits can be generated including income to pay for food, rent, heat and transportation to work, savings to taxpayers as well as creating economic activity for businesses and jobs for working families.

or… • 75 students can participate in a statewide law-related educational competition. A high percentage of students who participate in an LRE program go on to higher education with many pursuing careers in law. The economic benefit of this is tremendous. If everyone does a little, the profession can do a lot. Please take a minute to join your colleagues — send in the form or give online.

Give online via scbarfoundation.org.

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Foundation Brief Fall 2009