LOW COUNTRY LEGAL CLINIC INC
181 Bluffton Road
Suite A103
Bluffton SC 29910
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Lowcountry Legal Aid, Inc.
Address 181 Bluffton Road
Suite A103
Bluffton, SC 29910
Telephone (843) 815-1570
Fax (843) 815-2443
E-mail info@lclv.org
Projected Annual Revenue $241,144.00 (2017)
Mission Statement Lowcountry Legal Volunteers provides free, critical legal services and education through community volunteers and retired lawyers to low income residents of Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Shannon McClure
Board Chair Keri Olivetti Esquire
Board Chair Company Affiliation USCB
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
NameYear
Lowcountry Legal Aid2000
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Lowcountry Legal Volunteers provides free, critical legal services and education through community volunteers and retired lawyers to low income residents of Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties.
Background

Keri Jordan Olivetti, a local attorney, founded Lowcountry Legal Volunteers (LCLV) in 1998. After forming a Board of Trustees and putting the appropriate processes in place, LCLV opened its doors in 2000 with an initial grant from the Hilton Head Island Foundation, now known as the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. Keri’s vision for the organization was based on Volunteers in Medicine’s model of using retired professionals to provide services to low income families. LCLV’s operating model is different from other legal services providers in that we use retired attorneys and other community volunteers to provide services to our clients.

For the last 17 years, LCLV’s mission has been to provide free, critical legal services and education to low-income qualified residents of Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties through retired attorneys and community volunteers. To qualify for services, an applicant must earn no more than 125% of federal poverty guidelines from all income sources and have no more than $5,000 in liquid assets. Approximately 96% of our cases are family law related.

An interesting note is that five of our former Executive Directors are either on our board or are Ambassdors for our organization.  In addition, we still have several former board members who serve on committees for different events. 
Impact
2016 was a dynamic year for LCLV. We suffered through many staff changes, including our Executive Director and Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator. Through all of that, we were able to maintain our statistics of the number of clients helped to approximately the same amount as when we were fully staffed-which speaks volumes to our Paralegal and our Executive Attorney.
  • We helped 272 underserved folks with their legal issues.  
  • Since approximately 95% of our cases involve child support, we improved the quality of life for those families by bringing more money into their households.  
  • We increased the amount of Spanish Speaking clients by 5% in 2016 due to expanding the hours of our bilingual paralegal to better diversify the populations we are able to help.
  • We had over 2,100 volunteer hours donated by about 16 volunteers preparing filings and documents for our Executive Attorney to take to court.
  • We responded to the needs of the community following hurricane Matthew and provided consultations on legal rights regarding employment law and landlord tenant law as they relate to recovery after a natural disaster.  
Our top goals for this year would be:
  • In addition to our normal Family Law focus, expanding our services through community outreach to address such issues as health care power of attorney for the low income elderly and custody issues as they relate to immigration/deportation. 
  • Restructuring our Board of Trustees to cycle off board members whose terms and/or dedication may have timed out and replacing them with a diverse group of professionals who can bring experience, wisdom, strategic thinking, and leadership to our staff, clients, volunteers, and donors.
  • Increase individual and corporate donations by 15%
  • Continue to develop our Medical-Legal Partnership with VIM and other free clinics in our community.
  • Track how many clients, after receiving child support orders through our assistance, rise above our 125% poverty level guidelines. 
Needs
Our top five most pressing needs would be:
  • Five new, engaged board members. 
  • A Community Outreach Coordinator to organize and man all of the community outreach efforts relating to Hurricane Matthew, Custody/Immigration and our Medical Legal Partnership developing with VIM. (Approximately $20,000 for a p/t person with salary, taxes, and a laptop).
  • To have additional Spanish speaking retired legal volunteers 
  • To be able to expand our advertising/marketing budget ($5,000)
  • To be able to offer employees some sort of benefits (est: $15,000)
CEO/Executive Director Statement

We have two distinguishing qualities that make us stand out in our communities.  The first is that we are the only legal clinic in our area.  The closest clinic doing something similar to what we do is SC Legal Services in Charleston.  The second characteristic that distinguishes us is we use retired volunteer attorneys to man our ship.  Last year, our retired attorneys put in an almost equal amount of hours as our paid Executive Attorney to help prepare cases.  That's like having an additional full time attorney on staff! 

 
Our current plan for 2017 is exciting because, in addition to our steady flow of work in Family Law, our areas of community outreach are growing rapidly. Partially because of Hurricane Matthew and the help we provided/are providing underserved communities with legal rights after a disaster, we got a good bit of exposure.

Because of this exposure, we have been called upon to help in other areas of need more than ever. Some of these areas include:

Health Care Power of Attorney Clinics (in collaboration with the SCBA and the HHIBA)

Monthly Immigration/Deportation Custody informational sessions (due to the current political climate) to help folks who may be deported, but have children who are US Citizens.

Q & A’s at the local Volunteers In Medicine Free Health Clinic to answer questions regarding Disability, Workers Compensation, and other topics as requested by the clinic. This is the initial step in creating a Medical-Legal Partnership in our community and the burgeoning collaboration with the Free Clinics of our area.

This increased reach in our community is spawning new relationships with attorneys in different areas of law (outside of our, mainly, Family Law focus) which will eventually broaden our referral capabilities and hopefully expand our donor base.


Board Chair Statement
Our challenges are most likely similar to other non-profits...board engagement, expansion of donors and funding, and staff turnover.  We feel beefing up our Board with more engaged members will help solve the other issues listed.  In the last six months, we have re-started our executive committee meetings and have assigned two board committees (all had gone defunct in the last two years) of a
Fundraising/PR/Development Committee and a Professional Oversight Committee.  In addition to this we have onboarded three new board members in December of 2016 and another one in March of 2017.  This will allow less active board members to roll off when their terms are up. We feel these changes in our board will help support our organization and our staff to prevent turnover and increase funding sources.  
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments n/a
Areas of Service
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Beaufort County
Hampton County
Jasper County
LCLV serves clients in Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Keri Olivetti Esquire
Company Affiliation USCB
Term Nov 2014 to Nov 2017
Email Keri@gotrisports.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Linda Bloom Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
John Boretti SCB&T
Scott Caywood CCL Branding
Amy Covington Edward Jones
Matthew Creech Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth & Detrick
Holly Golden Robinson, Grant, and Company
Bree Kennedy Kennedy & Blackshire, LLC
Donna McIntosh Retired
Tyler Melnick Finger, Melnick, & Brooks P.A.
Ryan Mikkelson Mikkelson Law
Keri Jordan Olivetti EsquireNo Affiliation
David Ruckno Merrill Lynch
Jason Ward Ward and Bromley
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 6
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 65%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 70%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
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Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Shannon McClure
Experience Manager, the Ronald McDonald House; Director of Volunteer Services, Union Mission, Inc.; Director of Business Development and Strategic Planning, Bon Secours Hospital System.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Anne Caywood EsquireExecutive Attorney
Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 17
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 50%
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2017
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Diversity Policy No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
n/a
Programs
Description
LowCountry Legal Volunteers seeks to bring equal access to justice for all. Through the service of retired legal volunteers, we provide free, critical legal services and edcuation to low income residents of our community.
 
A long term success would financial freedom for families. An example would be the former client (who had come to us seeking a divorce, custody, and child support) and was doing so well two years after her case closed, she made a $200 donation to our organization "so we can help someone else provide for their children". 
 
A short term success would be being able to help a family in crisis. A recent client who we helped walk her through the passport process for her child who is a US citizen.  She sought this so should this client (a non-citizen) get deported, her child can come with her.   
Budget 241,000
Short Term Success
 95% of our cases are closed with a favorable outcome for our clients. And since about 96% involve child support, that means more money in the pockets of the low income folks raising children.
Long Term Success For our clients (all whom are income qualifying) who receive child support, 30% would no longer fall into the 125% of the poverty level qualifying guideline.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY We track all active cases.  Cases opened, cases closed, outcomes, etc.  We also track incoming phone calls, outgoing referrals, and volunteer hours to constantly monitor the progress of our program. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Revenue $241,144.00
Projected Expenses $241,144.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$193,970$188,287--
Administration Expense$19,276$47,275--
Fundraising Expense$6,291$21,993--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.100.91--
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%73%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%11%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$81,621$57,167--
Current Assets$81,621$57,167--
Long-Term Liabilities$11,870$10,075--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$69,751$47,092--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets15%18%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose n/a
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Aug 2017
Comments
Organization Comments n/a
Nonprofit LOW COUNTRY LEGAL CLINIC INC
Address 181 Bluffton Road
Suite A103
Bluffton, SC 29910
Primary Phone (843) 815-1570
Contact Email info@lclv.org
CEO/Executive Director Shannon McClure
Board Chair Keri Olivetti Esquire
Board Chair Company Affiliation USCB
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
Lowcountry Legal Aid