Focus on Pro Bono: Kate Loveland

Kate Loveland

Kate is currently a 2L, taking business corporations, products liability, constitutional law II, evidence, and professional responsibility. Currently her favorite class is products liability.  At USC School of Law, Kate is active with the Pro Bono program, the Moot Court Bar, and Phi Delta Phi.

Current Pro Bono Service:

Juvenile arbitrator for the 11th Circuit.

What does that entail?

“Every few weeks I receive a case from the solicitor’s office and spend time preparing for it before I meet with the juvenile, their parents, and the victim (if there is one). Then I work with all of the involved parties to come up with age-appropriate sanctions for the juvenile to complete. If the juvenile completes all of the sanctions within 90 days, the juvenile finishes the program and their case is closed. The program is designed to keep first time offenders out of the family court system, and give them another chance to restore the harm they’ve done through committing their crime to the community. The great thing about the program is that many of the sanctions given to the juvenile are designed to facilitate their involvement in the community and get them involved in projects that they might actually be interested in.”

How did you become involved in this specific project?

“I became a certified arbitrator during my senior year at the College of Charleston, when one of my professors suggested it as an internship program. It was a program I felt passionate about, and I wanted to continue in the arbitration program when I came to law school. I was transferred from the 9th circuit up to the 11th circuit, when I came to Columbia for law school.”

What have you learned from participating in this pro bono program?

“I think what surprises me most about the program that I am involved in is how much I actually get out of it every time I arbitrate a case. Not only do I learn more about an area of law, but I also always come away with the feeling that I’ve helped someone by just donating an hour of my time to the arbitration hearing.”

Do you see yourself staying involved in this or other pro bono programs?

“I’ve really enjoyed my experience as a juvenile arbitrator, which is why I want to continue to take arbitration cases and stay involved in the program, even when I am in private practice. It is probably a program I will always stay involved in, just because I really believe in what it does in giving first time offenders another chance to change their behavior.”

Advice to other law students:

“I would suggest that everyone in law school at some point participate in at least one pro bono activity. I think it’s important for students to understand that their role as a lawyer can be so much more, in that they can really give back to the community with the knowledge that they have learned about their profession.”


Nosy’s Scoop

Nosy Wheeler

Nosy had a GREAT time at the Phi Delta Phi Faculty Auction.

And yes, she did purchase a few items for the cause. More than purchasing, she enjoyed looking at all the cool items on display for the silent auction. The 60 donated items included original artwork, signed legal books, jewelry, artistic furniture, and more.
The live auction was a grand success with its 30 items for bid. Items for the silent and live auction were donated by faculty members, students, and local businesses. Law professors served as auctioneers in the live auction. Nosy and her friends observed that some may have an alternative career if the law doesn’t pan out.
Plus absolutely EVERYBODY dressed for the function. The venue and function both were a lot more sophisticated than Nosy remembers when she was in law school.
According to Nosy’s source, the event raised over $10,000 with over 250 attendees including students, faculty, alumni, and friends.
The caterer was Applause; and Nosy was especially enamoured of the tomato soup and grilled cheese bites. The cucumber open-faced sandwiches were light and refreshing. Don’t even think that she didn’t try the scrumptious cookies with amaretto dip. In fact, it was all mouth-watering.
The official photographer was Bette Walker (check out the pictures on the Facebook group). Nosy took a few photos herself which should be posted in the next few days. 
The band was comprised solely of  law students, including Phi Delta Phi Board member Dan Boles and is called Richland County Bootleggers. At the time, Nosy simply speculated that they were a great band. Hmph, good to know that our current law students are well-rounded.
Of course, the venue, 701 Whaley St., was fabulous. Richard Burts if the developer and Nosy gives kudos to him for offering an eclectic setting in an open venue. Nosy is looking forward to attending future events there. 
And not to be left unsaid, all this was for charity. This summer, public interest law students will have an opportunity to provide assistance to entities engaged in public interest law.




Nosy Plans to Spend $$ for Good Cause

Nosy Wheeler
Nosy Wheeler


Our gal on the street, Nosy Wheeler, is heading over to the Legal Fraternity Phi Delta Phi Faculty Auction this evening at 701 Whaley St.   Cost per person is $35 and the auction includes weekend get-aways, artwork and more!


What does PILS do?

  • Funds law students in public interest law settings in South Carolina during the summer months.

And Nosy knows that PILS summer grant students go on to become great attorneys. In the past, she’s supervised many of them, who have gone on to practice in public interest law OR continue to support the programs.

Stay tuned for an update of the evening from Nosy.