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Spiders are scary…

and so are many things but hunger should not be among them!  We may need professional help to get over our fear of snakes ( not going to happen!) but Harvest Hope Food Bank works hard every day to overcome South Carolinians food insecurity.

Now we can do our part to help!

Bring in your cans and bags of non-perishable food to the Student Commons anytime between Oct. 23-27th and watch the thermometer rise as we aim for 10,000 pounds!  A very tasty surprise awaits everyone if we reach that goal- thanks Dean Wilcox.

You claim you never go the grocery store?  How about Amazon ( send to Room 386 % Pro Bono Program? Or donate using Venmo (@usclawprobono)

Make this a Happy Harvest-Oween!


Hunger is NOT a Crock (Pot) and Harvest Hope-oween is coming!

The Lobby of the Law School will be filled with the enticing smells of soup on Oct. 26 from 12:30-2 and for just $5 you can enjoy tasting as many entries as you want- all to help a good cause- Harvest Hope Food Bank.

“Hunger is NOT a Crock (Pot)” is just one element of the Law School “Harvest Hope-oween” an effort to educate and address the issue food insecurity in SC.

Harvest Hope-oween is being held during the week of Oct. 23-27th..  Collection boxes will be in the Commons.  Challenge your classmates, your professors- pack your lunch and donate what you would have spent to Harvest Hope Food Bank. With a 20 county service area Harvest strives to bring quality food to those without with dignity, compassion and education.  When the shelves are bare, someone skips a meal!  Harvest Hope depends on the good will and generosity of donations to bridge the hunger gap.



Stuff you can use: Asking for a letter of recommendation!

Yikes!  For some of you the mere thought of asking someone for a letter of recommendation gives you the shakes but it shouldn’t. As someone who writes lots of letters, we appreciate the opportunity to brag about you! but that all depends on a few things.

This advice was posted on a law professor blog and I thought it might be a useful staring point.

(1) When reaching out, please include resume, transcript, and talking points.

(2) Talking points should tell me what you want me to cover substantively and bonus points if in a format I could cut and paste into letter.

(3) Talking points are even better if they situate my letter within the context of any other letters, personal statement, etc.

(4) Talking points should include as much detail of our substantive interactions as possible, as that detail really makes the letter.

(5) Don’t assume I’ll remember the highlights of our interactions. Remind me. Even when I do remember, your framing is often much better.

(6) Make very clear the deadline, and don’t hesitate to remind me as the date approaches.

(7) Also, if possible, give me the email and phone number of the Judge/partner/etc., so that it makes it easier for me to put in a good word.

(8) Once app submitted, keep your whole team posted on any developments.

(9) If you get an interview or make it to next round, email me again and include email/phone of employer to make it easy to reach out.

(10) Send thank you note once application is submitted.  It means a lot for us old fashioned folks, esp hard copy under door makes my day.

(11) Finally, add your references to your holiday card list and let them know of any big life events or achievements over the years.

Hope this helps!


STAR Volunteer- Walker Berry!

Why is Walker Berry a Star Volunteer?  It just might be because he did not let being a 3l stand in his way, he just completed the 30 hours of  Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration training.  He even volunteered during the training for the mock hearing!  Now he will be listening to parents, victims and young offenders as they each describe an event and decide what sanctions should be be levied against the youth.  It is all about getting a second chance to make a better decision!

Thanks Walker!