Attorneys often get a bad rap. Think about the terms ambulance chaser, sharks, bottom-feeders, and more. You get the picture.
But, this is not an accurate picture of attorneys. Each year, thousands of hours of legal work are donated, that’s right, for FREE, to assist individuals with legal problems. These individuals are unable to afford attorneys on their own and often meet federal poverty guidelines. Many times these individuals would end up losing their homes, employment, medical coverage, child custody, etc. without this assistance.
And, each year, the South Carolina Bar recognizes these attorneys for the good they do – their pro bono publico (for the public good) service.
If you know of an attorney who has helped you, helped a family member or a neighbor with their pro bono work, I encourage you to nominate them. Right now the South Carolina Bar’s Pro Bono Program is accepting nominations.
(a) Demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to South Carolinians who meet up to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines through a pro bono or other volunteer program.
(b) Contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to delivery of volunteer legal services.
(c) Participated in an activity that resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population.
(d) Successfully litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to South Carolinians who meet up to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
(e) Successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to the delivery of legal services to South Carolinians who meet up to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines .
Why is this so important? It’s important to recognize that although there may be attorneys who live up to the reputation of being a shark, there are so many more who devote their time and expertise to making the world a better place, one person at a time.
Help us recognize these attorneys – nominate one.
For more information, visit http://www.scbar.org/member_resources/pro_bono_program/.