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At only 12 years old, it seemed “Trey’s” life was already out of control. He struggled with mental health issues and was abused and neglected by his biological parent who eventually lost parental rights to him and his five siblings. Things seemed to turn around when Trey was adopted and placed with a family member, yet that option deteriorated due to the health of the new caregiver. Unfortunately, Trey had criminal charges brought against him for misbehaviors resulting from his disability and was being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice. Even when Trey’s public defender was assured that the charges were going to be dismissed, he remained at DJJ because there was nowhere else to place him. South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center quickly stepped in. The team arranged a multiagency meeting, which resulted in immediate placement in a therapeutic foster home for Trey, giving Trey the opportunity to thrive. Appleseed’s efforts revealed systemic flaws for children like Trey and now they work to stop injustices like this from happening to other children suffering from mental health issues.
The SC Bar Law Related Education (LRE) leads the way for civic education in South Carolina, providing free and low cost trainings to teachers, school resource officers, juvenile justice personnel and lawyers. LRE also helps educators to implement programs like We the People program. Open to middle and high school student, the We the People program allows students to test their knowledge of civics and government. As one South Carolina teacher described, “Everything about this competition is a winner. I love the way the SC Bar provides all information and instructional materials in a timely manner to teachers. The comments of the judges are very encouraging to students…I think because this is not a “head-to-head” competition, students feel more comfortable and confident in responding to the judges’ questions, especially for middle school. Thank you for offering this program to South Carolina students.”
On Common Ground
“John” and “Terry” dove headfirst into creating a nonprofit organization. For two years, the pair worked together tirelessly to make the organization work, devoting valuable time and resources to the project. When the time came to consider reimbursement of capital investments and a possible major expansion, the teamwork that existed for two years dissolved. This led to frozen bank accounts, suspended phone service and one party taking possession of books and records of the organization. The two turned to Upstate Mediation Center. By establishing common ground in their mutual vision and expectations, the mediator helped craft a plan to allow the duo to continue pursuit of their goals. Soon, bank accounts were reactivated, the phones turned back on, and both men were working together guided by written policies.