JAX Pro Bono Attorneys Do It for FREE

Pro Bono Attorneys ROCK
Pro Bono Attorneys ROCK

A recent article in The Jacksonville Financial News and Daily Record spotlights Pro Bono Attorneys and the work they’re doing in conjunction with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid.

The best part of Pro Bono service is summed up by attorney Hamilton “Ham” Cooke:

“I know I get more out of helping these people than they do,” he says.

Congratulations JAX Attorneys!

South Carolina Attorneys: To sign up to become a pro bono volunteer, visit the South Carolina Bar’s Pro Bono Program

-RFW

7 Weeks in Beaufort

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7 Weeks in Beaufort may sound like the title to a movie, but it’s actually LAW SCHOOL FOR NON-LAWYERS, a production of the South Carolina Bar’s Pro Bono Program.

Classes run Tuesday evenings from February 10th through March 24th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort Campus located at 921 Ribaut Rd. in Beaufort.

Classes cover a broad range of legal topics from an overview of state courts and the civil and criminal legal systems.

Registration is $35 and includes course materials. To register, call (843) 525-8205.

-RFW

Want to Recognize Someone Special for their Pro Bono Work?

Attorneys often get a bad rap. Think about the terms ambulance chaser, sharks, bottom-feeders, and more. You get the picture.

But, this is not an accurate picture of attorneys. Each year, thousands of hours of legal work are donated, that’s right, for FREE, to assist individuals with legal problems. These individuals are unable to afford attorneys on their own and often meet federal poverty guidelines. Many times these individuals would end up losing their homes, employment, medical coverage, child custody, etc. without this assistance.

And, each year, the South Carolina Bar recognizes these attorneys for the good they do – their pro bono publico (for the public good) service.

If you know of an attorney who has helped you, helped a family member or a neighbor with their pro bono work, I encourage you to nominate them. Right now the South Carolina Bar’s Pro Bono Program is accepting nominations.

Criteria:

(a) Demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to South Carolinians who meet up to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines through a pro bono or other volunteer program.

(b) Contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to delivery of volunteer legal services.

(c) Participated in an activity that resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population.

(d) Successfully litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to South Carolinians who meet up to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

(e) Successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to the delivery of legal services to South Carolinians who meet up to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines .

 Why is this so important? It’s important to recognize that although there may be attorneys who live up to the reputation of being a shark, there are so many more who devote their time and expertise to making the world a better place, one person at a time.

Help us recognize these attorneys – nominate one.

For more information, visit http://www.scbar.org/member_resources/pro_bono_program/.

-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/.