The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced this month that South Carolina Legal Services, Inc. will receive a $155,940 Technology Initiative Grant to improve its use of technology in assisting low-income individuals with civil legal needs. Established in 2000, LSC’s Technology Initiative Grants program supports legal aid organizations in developing and replicating technologies that improve efficiency and provide greater access to high-quality legal assistance.
“LSC’s Technology Initiative Grants increase access to justice for low-income people with critical civil legal needs,” said LSC President Jim Sandman. “These technology projects improve the delivery of legal services and information to the millions of Americans who would otherwise have to navigate the legal system alone.”
South Carolina Legal Services will use the grant to expand the number of online “classrooms” they offer. Six new courses will focus on eviction, criminal records expungement, foreclosure, heir’s property, education rights, and debt collection. South Carolina Legal Services is partnering with the South Carolina Pro Bono Board on the project.
Representative James E. Clyburn (SC-6) applauded the grant:
“I am pleased that South Carolina Legal Services will be receiving funding to expand their online classes,” Rep. Clyburn said. “Online programs continue to aid communities that often lack adequate resources. I am particularly pleased that these grants will provide assistance for victims of unfair evictions and heirs’ property issues, two issues that continue to disproportionately harm rural South Carolinians.”
South Carolina Legal Services is one of 30 recipients of 2019 Technology Initiative Grant funding totaling more than $4 million.