Pro Bono: USC School of Law

If you attended USC School of Law anytime after 1989, chances are you met Pamela D.  Robinson, the director of the Pro Bono program there. And it’s more likely than not that you participated in one of  the programs she coordinates.

Think not? Think again! How about the Harvest Hope food drives?

Take a look to see how far they’ve come (just last spring).

And I received information today that:

Over the last 15 years the USC School of Law “Best Class Food Drives” have resulted in the donation of 243,600 pounds of food to help Harvest Hope Food Bank meet the needs of their clients.

With the Fall Food Drive we expect to go over the 1/4 pound mark.  In addition hundreds of law students have learned about hunger in SC and how everyone can be a part of the solution.
-RFW

Tennessee Bar Association wants more Pro Bono

THE CITY PAPER REPORTS:

The Tennessee Bar Association has asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to implement four changes in the rules under which lawyers here operate. The intent is to increase “pro bono” service.

1.         Review and possibly modify ethics rules regarding conflicts of interest for when attorneys participate in free legal-aid programs that offer limited services, such as legal advice hotlines, especially when the interaction involves “brief advice and no ongoing representation.”  

2.         Allow companies’ in-house attorneys can take part in legal aid and bar association pro bono programs, regardless of whether they have passed the Tennessee bar.  

3.         Adopt an “aspirational standard” of 50 hours per year of pro bono service.  

4.         Ask attorneys to report pro bono service hours to assist the legal industry as a whole to have reliable figures on how much pro bono work members of Tennessee’s bar do each year.

-RFW

For information about the South Carolina Bar’s Pro Bono Program, visit http://www.scbar.org/member_resources/pro_bono_program/.

Pro Bono Attorneys for Good

Attorneys have battled image problems for years, but if you get to know some, you’ll find that they’re not as bad as you thought. For example, the Central Penn Business Journal highlightsPennsylvania attorneys who are providing pro bono legal representation.  The term “pro bono” actually derives from the term “pro bono publico” or for the public good. For attorneys, this often means representing individuals or a group for free.

In South Carolina, the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program works closely with the Legal Aid Telephone Intake Service (LATIS) that qualifies people for service. If you have a legal problem in South Carolina and believe that you meet income guidelines, please contact LATIS at 1-888-346-5592.

If you are an attorney and wish to volunteer for the SC Bar’s Pro Bono Program, you can sign up online at http://www.scbar.org/member_resources/pro_bono_program/pro_bono_sign_up_form/. For more information about the program, please see http://www.scbar.org/member_resources/pro_bono_program/.

-RFW