Training Opportunity by SCCADVASA

South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) Training Announcement:  Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking within the United States

 July 19, 2012

SC Department of Juvenile Justice

Bill Rogers Community Connections Center

4900 Broad River Road

Columbia, SC 29212

Registration and Additional Information at: http://sccadvasa.org/training

Registration deadline is July 13, 2012

Space is Limited, so please register soon.

For Hotel Reservations Call:

Call Hampton Inn-Harbison 803.749.6999

101 Woodcross Drive

Columbia, SC 29212

Refer to group code: SCC

The deadline to confirm the group rate of $89.00 per night plus applicable taxes and fees is July 4, 2012.

For more information, please call Donna Thompson at 803.256.2900 ext. 106 or email dthompson@sccadvasa.org.

PLEASE SEE BROCHURE FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION

FREE for SCCADVASA Member Program Advocates

$15.00 for SCCADVASA Affiliate Members & Students (Students must provide ID)

$25.00 for General Registration

There will be 6.0 Continuing Education Hours offered for:

  • LPC,
  • MFTH,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Social Work and
  • Victim Service Provider.

Celebrate Pro Bono: Patricia “Patti” Lysak

As part of Celebrate Pro Bono 2011, we are highlighting pro bono legal service in South Carolina.

Meet ASHLEY COLE, 3L at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Patti Lysak

Patti is currently serving as co-President of the USC School of Law’s Pro Bono Board, but her interest in pro bono began even before law school.

I’ve always had a strong desire to help others, and getting involved with Pro Bono was the most direct way I felt I could do that while in law school.  Other students spoke highly of the program, so I was excited to be a part of it!

She has been a member of the Pro Bono Board since her 2nd year of law school, but participated in various events as a 1L. 

Her latest project through Pro Bono was helping the South Carolina Journal of International Law & Business participate in a service day at Habitat ReStore.  She is very active in helping to organize the Best Class Food Drive held each semester and have taught CHOICES classes at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.  

What pro bono experience brings her the most joy?

The incoming students service dayIt’s great to see new students helping out in the community, and I love being a part of their experience!  

Any lessons?

Being involved in the program has allowed me to be active in the community and continue helping others.  There is so much need in the world, and locally, that I believe everyone has a duty to help.  Everyone has a skill that is beneficial to others! 

Plus I didn’t realize that so many attorneys are willing to “donate” their time for various causes.  It’s encouraging to know that!

 And she has a great message for law students:

Get involved!!  There is something for everyone, and everyone benefits.  

Patti’s enthusiasm for pro bono is immediately evident and she emphatically notes that she will continue to participate in pro bono projects once she becomes licensed. And I don’t doubt her for one minute!

~RFW

Focus on Pro Bono: Chelsea Leathers

Chelsea Leathers

Chelsea Leathers is a 3L at the USC School of Law.  Her classes this semester are Secured Transactions, Individual Employment Law, Immigration Law, Poverty Law, Trial Advocacy and Death Penalty Seminar.  Her favorite classes are Poverty Law and Death Penalty Seminar.  She is also a member of the James L. Petigru Public Interest Law Society.

What Pro Bono Program are you currently involved in?

Right now, I am involved in the CHOICES Program.  I first learned about this program after receiving a flier in my mailbox at school.  I have not done any other pro bono projects while in law school however I have been greatly satisfied with my decision to do CHOICES.

What lesson have you taken from your pro bono service?

I think the most valuable lesson I have learned is “not to judge a book by its cover.”  While this sounds cliché, I think it is the perfect way to describe my participation with CHOICES.  Initially, I was a little hesitant about how the juveniles would react to the program.  My encounters with the juveniles put my fears to rest.  They were a bright group of young men with creative ideas and goals for the future.  Not only were they receptive to the program, but they were also a joy to be around and they taught me many things that I did not know.

Has your pro bono service changed your idea of law or pro bono?

Not really.  I had always been service oriented and have enjoyed helping others.  The one thing that I can say is that I will be more willing to take a chance and volunteer in areas outside of my comfort zone.

Do you see yourself in private practice or public interest?

At this point, I do not plan to go into private practice; I would prefer to work in a public interest setting.  If I do end up in private practice, I will definitely volunteer as a pro bono attorney.  Through my experiences, I have tried to encourage other law students to participate in pro bono programs.  We are all extremely busy but I still think it is important to share my stories and hopefully, others can find time in their schedule to help someone else.  It really does offer a nice break from lives as law students and personally, it reminds me of why I decided to attend law school.

-RFW