Nominations will remain open until November 12, 2014.
The award winner will be decided by a joint awards committee of the South Carolina Bar Foundation and the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission. The award will be jointly presented at the South Carolina Bar Foundation Gala, to be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015.
The short answer is that it “feeds one’s soul.” The longer answer is that it nourishes one’s idea of self and reaffirms a person’s capacity for goodness.
What else should we know?
It does not bring personal gain in any pecuniary sense. It often takes time that could be spent in more lucrative endeavors. What appears to be a “limited engagement” can involve many unanticipated hours. Attorneys may not receive appreciation for doing it. And a few times, I have even had my motives for doing pro bono work questioned.
Do other members of the Bar share your view of providing Pro Bono legal service?
I think that most attorneys, the Bar as a whole, feel that pro bono work contributes to their professionalism and fulfills their calling. It certainly sets us apart from many other fields of employment. Most attorneys see their role as significant, even if their role in any one case does not appear to be significant or a particular case has no obvious significance. Justice as a societal goal is not often achieved through the relatively few game-changing constitutional precedent cases. It is usually achieved through incremental gains over time for individuals.