Chili Cookoff for CASA

For several years the Law School community has come together for a Chili Cookoff to support the efforts of Richland County CASA. The proceeds from the $5/person fee is donated to them to help fund extras for their volunteers and the abused and neglected children they represent.

Anyone can enter a crock pot of chili! And we mean anyone!  The “chef” or designee just needs to sign up at: http://bit.ly/2Evoxad

Bring your hot and bubbly crockpot of goodness  on March 5th at 12:30 to the Perrin Lobby. The Cookoff part comes from the results of the ballots that each attendee gets with their $5 “donation”. The Hottest Chili, the Most Interesting Ingredient Chili and the Best Overall Chili are the three categories. Everyone wins but just three get a trophy!

Just not a good cook?  You can do your part by spreading the word, making a lunch date and eating the chili!

 

Change is coming to Article 5!

Are you clueless as to what Article 5 is?  The changes are coming to the Guardianship portion of the SC Probate Ct. Starting in Jan. 2019 the role of the guardian ad litem in a guardianship or conservatorship is greatly increased but alas, the visitor position disappears. Actually much of the visitor role is swallowed up by the new GAL position. Confused?  Not to worry, we will explain it all and get you ready to be a volunteer in Richland County Probate Court.

Don’t miss the next training- Feb 6 and 7 from 6-8. You must contact the Pro Bono Program to sign up. We will send you a simple application and make sure your training material is ready to go. THIS TRAINING IS LIMITED TO 10 VOLUNTEERS!

For more information about this project check out: http://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/law/internal/department/pro_bono/student/probate_court_special_visitor.php

CASA Training Starts in 2 weeks!

The news is filled with stories about children being abused and neglected! This is not a big city issue but a national one and hits SC daily.  There is no way to prevent every incident but it is a proven fact ( not fake news!) that having an engaged, well-trained and caring guardian ad litem can make a huge difference once a child enters the child welfare system.  The GAL or CASA ( Ct. Appointed Special Assistant) in SC is a VOLUNTEER!  That means you and me.

The first step is to attend training!  Richland County CASA has made it very easy for you to attend training.  They are conducting it in Room 389 over a series of 6 evenings from 5:30-8:30 starting on Jan. 23rd.

Have class until 6ish? Not a problem, we have scheduled the training to be recorded by Panopto so you can catch up… but you do need to complete an application and other forms by the time training is over.

Interested in making a real difference in the lives of children? THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE EFFECTIVE CHANGE!

Applications in the Pro Bono Office, they must be completed by the end of training.  Contact Pam Robinson today, Robinspd@law.sc.edu

Welcome back!

Glad to have you back at 1525 Senate Street and hoping that one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to build up your resume through pro bono engagement! It is the easiest way to talk about yourself in an interview, makes you feel good and let’s you gain experience and exercise your skills.

Check out our website http://www.law.sc.edu/probono  

Sign up for Twitter @USCLawProBono or come by Room 386 and chat!

December news or stuff to ponder for 2018!

As you relax over the Winter Break think about things you could do to add to your resume, make your feel better about your career choice, get a volunteer-high from helping others or a myriad of other reasons!  Here are few ideas but always check the full list at: http://bit.ly/2BPwOqp