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In re Access To Justice Commission

Supreme Court of South Carolina

January 31, 2007

RE: Access to Justice Commission

          ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER

          Jean H. Toal C.J.

         (a) Purpose. The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission is hereby created in recognition of the need to expand access to civil legal representation for people of low income and modest means in South Carolina.

         (b) Membership. The Access to Justice Commission shall consist of twenty-six appointed members. The Chief Justice or his or her designee shall serve as Chair of the Commission. Members shall serve three-year terms at the discretion of the Chief Justice. Each member will first serve an initial term, which shall be from one to three years. The initial term for each member shall be designated at the time of appointment. Members will be appointed as follows:

         (1) Judiciary: (a)The Chief Justice shall appoint four representatives of the Judiciary (state or federal); (b)The Chief Justice shall appoint a representative from South Carolina Court Administration.

         (2) Practicing Lawyers: (a)The South Carolina Bar president will appoint two members; (b)The South Carolina Bar Foundation president will appoint two members; (c)The Chief Justice will appoint two members from the South Carolina Bar.

         (3) Civil Legal Services:

         The Chief Justice will appoint five members to represent the interests of legal aid programs as follows:

         (a) One board member and one staff member from South Carolina Legal Services; (b)One representative from Appleseed Legal Justice Center; (c)One representative from the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program; and (d)One representative from any other IOLTA-funded civil legal services program.

         (4) Law Schools:

         The Chief Justice will appoint one representative from each of the accredited law schools in South Carolina.

         (5) Public Members:

         (a) Governmental Representatives: The Chief Justice will invite the Governor and two representatives from the South Carolina General Assembly to serve on the Commission or to recommend someone to serve in his or her stead.

         (b) Philanthropic Organization Representatives: The Chief Justice will appoint three members from any recognized philanthropic organization to the Commission.

         (c) Congressional Delegation: The Chief Justice will appoint one representative from the ...


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