Category Archives: Probate Court Guardian Ad Litem Project

News, updates and requests!

I recently posted this on TWEN but realized that many of you have not joined us on that platform ( sigh) but not to worry, here is the information

Here are a few updates and items of interest from the Pro Bono Program
1. Buttons!  Yes, we now have reminder buttons for all volunteers to help them to remember to enter their volunteer hours into M.Y. Pro Bono: Managing Your Pro Bono. It takes less than 10 seconds and is a great habit to prepare you for those billable hour reports ( Yikes ) More information here: https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/law/internal/department/pro_bono/my_pro_bono.php
Come by the office to pick up your button!  It’s a good look!
2. Looking for just a few special volunteers from all three classes! We will form a team of super stars to create a legal information flyer for the 5th Circuit Public Defender’s office.   Time is flexible.
3. Are you just overwhelmed with school, work, life?  But still want to help the Pro Bono Program? It may not seem like much but helping us put up posters about Daniel’s Law or the Responsible Fathers Registry is simple but important.  Getting the information out about these two issues is key and a constant need.  Come by and get a packet of ready to put up posters and post as you drive around the state. Not to worry there are suggestions and information. Good for male and female students
4. 2L and 3L’s There is still room at the Friday Blitzes for this semester.  Once a month from 2:30-5 at the SC Bar Building.  A chance to work along side an attorney as you respond to questions posted by the public to an online forum.  Entertaining and a learning experience for all of us. Sign up and details here:
Any Alumni on this list? We would love to see YOU at the Friday Blitz!
5. HELP!  Not the Beatles song but the twice a month Homeless Legal Clinic.  ANY law student can conduct the intake interview.  The HELP Clinic is held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 8:30-10 at Transitions. A great way to interact with attorneys! Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a4babad2eabfe3-project
6. Last reminder! Still adding names to a list of new volunteers willing to serve as guardians ad litem in Probate Court. Once we have a list of 10-12 volunteers sign-up, a convenient training schedule will be set up! Typically this involves 4 two-hour sessions in the evening.  Once trained you will be paired with an experienced volunteer. The team will be appointed by the Probate Judge, review the file, conduct an interview of the proposed guardian and the alleged incapacitated person and file a report with the Court. Whew! Sounds like a lot but in reality each case is fascinating and do not take long. Big on experience and low on time commitment!
Have questions? want more information?  Check the web and contact the Office now
That’s all folks!
Pam Robinson. Robinspd@law.sc.edu 

New Probate Ct. Guardians ad Litem

A new team of law student volunteers have been trained and soon will be joining an already active team serving as guardians ad litem in Richland County Probate Court guardianship and conservatorship cases.  They will investigate, interview, advocate and recommend rights to be retained for alleged incapacitated persons.  The old program, Probate Ct. Special Visitors was replaced by the Probate Court GAL Project when the law changed on Jan. 1, 2019

Congratulations to: Will Anderson, Thomas Brown, Clare Kelly, Emily Lary, Johnna Menke, Zach Ohanesian, Konnor Owen,Christina Perry, Melanie Rice, Renique Robinson, Carlee Taber, and Mackenzie Thomas

New year, New Law for Guardianships In SC

January 1, 2019 brings us a new year and an extensive rewriting of Article 5 of the SC Probate Code.  This is the section relating to guardianships and conservators.  Two major take-aways from the new law- focus on the least restrictive environment for incapacitated persons and a major push toward standardized forms.

Want to learn more? How does this effect pro bono efforts?  It means that the former SC Probate Court Special Visitor Project will now become the SC Probate Court Guardian ad Litem Project!  Much of this volunteer effort is the same but with a new emphasis on advocacy.

How do you get involved? At this time you simply need to read the job description at: http://bit.ly/2UWeBhQ and submit a Volunteer Enrollment Form expressing your interest in this project.  We are seeking 10-12 volunteers and once we achieve that goal we will set up the training. The training will involve three-four 2 hour evening sessions of training, observation of a guardianship or conservatorship hearing and accompanying an experienced volunteer on a case.

This is an amazing hands-on experience that is time intensive but full of opportunities to make a real difference.  Contact the Pro Bono Program if you have any questions