Let’s talk about Pro Bono

I have written about Pro Bono legal representation on different occasions, especially during or near the ABA’s National Celebrate Pro Bono Week. Here in South Carolina, I’ve seen more discussion about it, and even a little more participation.

But, I still don’t see as much participation as I would expect. So I have a question for attorneys, paralegals, and law students:

If you are not regularly engaged in pro bono representation, why not?

Please add your comments below. No expletives please. And, I’d like your honest answers.

  • Have you been asked?
  • Do you know where to find opportunities?
  • Are you nervous to do so on your own?
  • Do you think you don’t have enough time to add another case?



Needed: Your Opinion

It’s that time again. Time to review the current blog theme and see if you, the readers, are content with the current theme OR to see if you’d prefer something different.

Please review the following 3 choices and vote:




Please vote in the COMMENTS section.



Happy Valentine’s Day: USC School of Law Pro Bono Style

I was very excited to hear from Pam Robinson about a project the USC School of Law Pro Bono Program was doing for Valentine’s Day. She asked several attorneys from around the state to complete the following:

I love being a lawyer because . . .

The following is the response:

Fantastic idea and great result!

Why do you love being a lawyer?


South Carolina Magistrates Court: Take 1, Scene 1

Below is a video I made based on the recent FAQs for Magistrates Court published on the South Carolina Judicial Department’s Self-Help Resources page.

Please take a look and let me know what you think.

  • Is this a valuable way to promote the FAQs?
  • Is this easily understandable?
  • Any other comments?



Seniors and Caregivers: We Need Your Feedback

The South Carolina Access to Justice Commission and the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging are partners in a project to identify and address legal needs of South Carolina Seniors living in poverty.  South Carolina is one of eleven states in 2009 that received a grant for Administration on Aging’s Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems.

And we need YOU! Well, your information please. In order for us to complete PHASE ONE – the Legal Needs Assessment – we need to have information from Seniors and Caregivers.

It’s easy to do – either click here for the online survey or Final ATJC Senior Survey Document for the Senior survey (pdf) or Final ATJC Caregiver Survey Document for the Caregiver survey (pdf).



P&A Wants You(r Input)!

Every year the South Carolina protection and advocacy system, Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) asks for public opinion on what they should do also known as priority work areas.

Their Board of Directors reviews the information from the public and compares it to data they have received throughout the year. Once the Board has completed this process, it sets the priority work areas for the year. The reason they’re asking for it now is that their fiscal year runs October 1 to September 30.

To get your input into setting their priority work areas, P&A asks that you complete their online survey that will close on September 10, 2009.

suggestion box


Should 3Ls Provide Legal Representation: POLL

Read about a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court that allows 3rd year law students to represent Felony Defendants UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A LICENSED ATTORNEY!

The Rule.

Please feel free to add your own comments either within the poll or below.

Does this enhance access to justice? Or does it further disenfranchise people living in poverty?


PS – Thanks to Commissioner Rangeley Chewning for pointing out the Ohio article!