From: Workman, Amos A. [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 8:57 AM
Cc: Upstate Community Mediation Center; email@example.com
Subject: RIN# 3064-AD37
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing in support of unlimited FDIC insurance coverage on IOLTA
accounts. I know the ABA supports unlimited coverage and, although I
personally am not an ABA member, I join it in asking you to consider
expanding the coverage. I see first hand how IOLTA funds have vastly
benefited our judicial workings here in South Carolina. More specifically, I
am an attorney and chairperson of the Upstate Community Mediation Centre
here in Greenville, South Carolina. We are a non-profit organisation that
provides mediation services to the Family, Civil and Probate Courts. This
mediation service is essential to the fair administration of justice, as our
courts require mediation and many people simply cannot afford private
mediators. We often do 2-3 mediations a day. The SC Bar Foundation is most
instrumental and primary in funding our work with IOLTA funds, though we do
receive support from churches, some grants and a donor fundraising event.
The Centre's program is critical to the work of equal justice for all in the
upstate of South Carolina (3-4 counties), most especially in the Family
Court area. I am proud to have been a volunteer and board member at the
Centre for several years now and feel that we do a good service to the
community and for the courts.
Of course, I am also aware at a local level how IOLTA sourced funds help
disadvantaged citizenry in our area, like legal aid. Indeed the Centre works
closely with our local legal services offices and being sure mediation
services are readily available to legal services clients. I know first hand
how important quality legal aid services are to our community.
During these troubling times it is all the more important that these
organisations not unduly suffer from reduced funding. Your action in
expanding the coverage will be a key step in assuring reasonable and ongoing
funds for organisations like the Mediation Centre so they can function
effectively and provide the essential services.
Thank you for your consideration of these personal reflections.
Amos A. Workman
Wyche, Burgess, Freeman and Parham, P.A.
Post Office Box 728
44 East Camperdown Way
Greenville, South Carolina USA 29602