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JANUARY, 1t117

LawLine Program
Nears Start Up
The laowline program (formerly called TAIJS) which allows a
caller using a touchtone telephone access to tape recorded legal
in formation, ians become operational.
A project of the Public Affairs Committee and the Lawyer
I eferral Service Committee, the LawLine Subcommittee chaired
by Mike Montgomery targeted January I ns the start up date, and
that was accomplished. Ilowever, due to problems with telephone
lines and equipment, callers have been unable to reach LawLine
much of the time. It is hoped that by the time you receive this issue
of 7he Transcript, lnwtine will be fully operational.
There ore a limited number of scripts available on LawLine at
present; however, scripts will be added twice a year, and old scripts
will he revised, Sections and Committees have been asked to have
new Ilawl.ine scripts prepared and turned in to the LawLine
Subcommittee by March I for the first additions to the program.
LawLine can be reached by calling 771-0011 in Richland and
I,exington Counties, or toll free at 1 -800.521-9788 from other parts
of the state. Listed below are the topics currently available on
lawline along with the corresponding 3-digit access code.
Family Law
124 Iivorce
125 legal Separation
126 Property Rights in Divorce
127 Child Custody
128 Child Support
129 Visitation
Consumer, Credit and Business Law
122 Consumers' Right to Cancel Door-to-Door Credit
Sales Contracts
121 Consumer's flight to Cancel Credit Sales Contracts
120 Equal Credit Opportunlty Act
119 Consumers' flights In Business Bankruptcies
118 Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
117 Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
116 Credit Cards and Charge Accounts
115 Consumers' Rights In Automobile Repossessions
III Setting Up A Business
113 Incorporating A Business
Criminal Law
112 'Your Rights Upon Arrest
IIl Juvenile Criminal Courts
I t1 Magistrates and Municipal Courts Rights of Defendants
Lawyers, Legal Assistance and Courts
109 Filing a Grievance Against an Attorney
108 Attorney Fees
130 legal Aid
131 Public Defender Services
Benefits Which Might Be Available
322 Unemployment Compensation
321 Workers' Compensation
320 Social Security
319 Senior Citizens' Benefits
31R Property Tax for Senior Citizens
Wills and Estates
3139 Why You Need a Will
-:11 Taxes At Death

Lawyers Appear on TV
A program coordinated by the Public Affairs Committee has
lawyers appearing monthly as a segment on the Carolina
Today program on WISTV In Colombia. The show Is produced
by Jean Caughman and co-hosted by Ms. Caughman and Joe
The law Focus segment began in July, 1986, and is usually
scheduled for the third Thursday of each month. The following
are the topics which have been discussed on Law Focus and the
attorneys who presented them.


Buying & Selling
a Bomne
Child Custody
Personal Income Tax

Stuart Andrews
Brantley Ilarvey
Frank Elmore
Nancy Young
Dick Ilarpootlian
Roland Coming
Ken Lester

Abigail Rogers (right) of Columbia presents Solicitor Jim Anders (left) with a slile
presentation designed to educate South Carolinians about services available to victImso
crime. Cindy Burch of Columbia (center) looks on. liogers Is with the S. C. illghway
Department and Burtch Is coordinator of the State Victim Witness Assistance Program.
Bar and ETV Cooperate on
Victim's Assistance Program

The Crime Victims Assis.
tance Committee of the South
Carolina Bar's Young Lawyers
Division in cooperation with
the South Carolina Education-
al Television Network and the
S. C. Victim Assistance
Program has de% eloped a crime
victims assistance project to
educate area residents about
services available to victims of
The project Is a slide
presentation featuring former
crime victims relating their
experiences with the judicial
system, police agencies and the
solicitor's office. The criminal
justice system, from the actual
arrest of the defendant to the
final sentencing by the judge is
presented, with special
emphasis on the crime victim's
and witness' involvement In
assisting with the investiga.
tion. The presetation shows
both the emotional and
financial support available to
crime victims and their families
through the Victim Assistance
Also included is an explana.
lion of the benefits of the South
Carolina Victims Bill oflligbts.
As n part of the bill, a victim
advocate for ,.'h of the state's
sixteen  judiciol circuits is
available to the community for
advice and assistance. The
advocates are using the slide
presentation H' educate the
public  about the criminal
justice system and the support
systems available to victims of

The crime victim population
Is growing in South Carolina.
Statistics show that one In
every three households  Is
touched by crime, and three In
every one hundred people are
victims of crime, explained
Abigail Rogers, Columbia
attorney and chairman of the
Crime Victims Assistance
Committee. Through sponsor.
ship of this project we want to
raise public awareness and

concern for the plight of tile
victims of crime In South
Carolina, she said. Rogers
began the project while serving
as former Assistant Solicitor
for the Fifth Circuit,
The crime victims assistance
slide presentation is nvaiibhh,
for community groups, schools
and any other organizations
through the local solicitor's

Tort Studies Released

Recently, two studies were
completed which should be of
interest to those who are
following the tart reform
efforts. The first report,
commissioned by the South
Carolina Law Institute, was a
study of civil jury verdicts in
South Carolina over the past tO
years. Professor F. Patrick
lubbard of the USC School of
Law directed the research, and
believes it to be the most
comprehensive study of civil
jury verdicts In the nation.
Following are some of the

general patterns which were
Identified. When discounted for
population growth, the number
of civil cases filed between I1 9
and   1986 increased     by
approximately 2011. Tort ta-.s
represented the majority of
verdicts, at 54% to 751, of all
verdicts, depending upon the
year. Motor vehicle accidetf
represented 35% to 5011, of ill
verdicts, depelning utom the
year. Products liability riles
accounted for 2',, to V'S, of till
jury verdicts, depending upon
see Studies, p. 15

A Full Report on
Activities at the
Mid-Year Meeting Will
Appear Next Month


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