Monday, February 23, 2009

South Carolina Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP)

The South Carolina Bar has a Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Program whose webpage reads (in part):
"South Carolina attorneys have volunteered to provide free or reduced fee legal services to active military personnel in the following practice areas:
  • Consumer Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Probate Law
  • Real Estate Law
To request assistance through the LAMP Program please submit the following:
  • Name
  • A brief summary of the issue with which you need assistance (including the South Carolina county)
  • Your contact information
Please note that this program serves active military personnel and in some circumstances their immediate family members. If you are not active duty military, please review our pro bono and Find a Lawyer resources. Your request will be reviewed, and you will be matched with an appropriate program volunteer. You may submit your request via e-mail to or contact [a phone number at this link]"

More Info
In addition, the South Carolina State Bar has a number of other resource available to the general public, which may be useful to servicemembers, veterans and their families. These include:
Active duty service members may wish to go first to Armed Forces Legal Assistance's nice online database to "locate active duty legal activities offering general legal services within the continental United States". A query for the state of South Carolina is here

Findlaw has a city-by-city list of lawyers interested in representing active-duty military personnel, military reservists, and former military personnel with “veteran” status here.

For Attorneys

In addition to the above, the South Carolina State Bar has a Military Law Section which
"... maintains an interest in the fields of law controlling or affecting the military community and seeks to improve communication between the military and civilian communities. The Section hosts periodic meetings and social events to communicate and improve relations with active component military lawyers and annually contributes to the JAG CLE On-Site Program. Other projects include: cosponsoring a CLE seminar with the Attorney General's office and Shaw Air Force Base; continuing to provide speakers to ROTC college classes; and publication of a newsletter.
Attorneys who are not members of the SC Bar but may have an interest (e.g. reservists or others stationed in SC) may become a section "Affiliate"; learn more about the benefits of being an Affiliate in its "Pen and Sword" newsletter.

For section contact information and much more, see the Section Web Page.

You can find more information about doing pro bono in general at South Carolina Access to Justice and the SC Access to Justice Weblog.

If you have more information on the above, or on other efforts to provide legal help to our warrior community, please leave a comment below. The purpose is service!

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