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?

Thanks!

~rfw

Happy New Year! Welcome 2014

It’s been a really good year for South Carolina Access to Justice! Below is our newsletter that highlights a few items we’ve been working on.

SCATJ Newsletter End of Year 2013

Happy New Year Everyone!

~rfw

Legal Services Corporation will be in Durham, North Carolina

On Monday, October 1, 2012, the Legal Services Corporation will be hosting a Forum on Civil Legal Aid at Duke University. This is an exciting event for the Carolinas, and the Southeast.

After the Forum, five North Carolina attorneys will be awarded for their Pro Bono service.

Click here to view the press release.

Focus on Pro Bono: Celebrate Pro Bono 2011

I’m very proud to don this logo on the SC Access to Justice blog. For the past three years, the American Bar Association has hosted this powerful, national event highlighting the importance of pro bono legal services around the United States.

In South Carolina, we’re proud to highlight some of the work in our own backyard. Throughout the remainder of Celebrate Pro Bono 2011, you’ll be able to learn how South Carolina law students and practicing attorneys interpret pro bono legal services and put it into action.

Many thanks to the American Bar, probono.net and the thousands of attorneys and law students who are celebrating pro bono this week!

~ RFW

It’s official – Poster and FAQs online – en español

Good News!  ¡Buenas noticias!

The South Carolina Courts’ Self-Help Page now offers FAQs (General Questions, Circuit Court and Family Court) and an explanation about what court staff can and cannot in Spanish!

And many thanks to student volunteers with the USC School of Law’s Pro Bono Program and the kind folks at HABLA!

-RFW

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?

-RFW

It’s ON, Mr. Colbert!

Special By Pamela DeFanti RobinsonDirector, Pro Bono Program at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

This morning I received the following email from Ms. Robinson:

Greetings

I am making a concerted effort to help my very good friend Greg Baldwin, the President of VolunteerMatch take down Stephen Colbert in the Spoon to Spoon Challenge!

Yes, Ben and Jerry’s has created a very special and I might add extremely delicious ice cream, BERRY VOLUNTARY.


Enjoy Greg and the great folks at VolunteerMatch’s YouTube debut as they challenge Stephen and his Americone Dream™.

And don’t forget to vote.


Vote often and vote for the BERRY!


You may also spread the word and be part of ice cream history.  It is time to tell SC native Mr. Colbert that friends of the USC School of Law Pro Bono celebrate 20 years of volunteering by voting for BERRY VOLUNTARY.  We are making VOLUNTEERS the WORD!!!

Be creative, be viral, TWEET, go to your Facebook friends, spread the word, don’t just sit there eating ice cream.

Cut, copy, paste this message until your fingers are tired, just spread the word.  Let’s overwhelm Stephen Colbert’s Facebook page with SC comments.

Here is the all important link: http://colbert.vmchallenge.com/

P.S. I promised Greg that within a week I could get him 1,000 SC votes!! Prove me wrong and make that number higher to the 20th power!

Just FYI, in the interest of full disclosure I serve on the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration with Greg.


ONLY 12 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE