Category Archives: Administrivia

Pro Bono and….. a chicken

Yes, you read that correctly. Recently the question below was posted to the SC Bar online resource, It is a real head scratcher ( no pun intended) and although not typical of the questions asked it would not be unusual to a general practice attorney! Email me with suggested responses: or feel free to join us for the next Friday Blitz on Feb 15th at 2:30 in Room 389. Sign up link here:

Recently my chicken was stolen from my yard by my neighbor. The neighbor then drove up the road and threw the chicken out of the window of his vehicle while it was moving. This neighbor also videoed the act and I have the video in my possession. I went to my local law enforcement officials to file a report to which they told me that since it was a free range chicken and that I can’t prove that the chicken was taken from my yard, that basically the only thing the neighbor can be charged with is animal cruelty and animal abandonment. The neighbor was charged with those two crimes but was found not guilty. He was found not guilty on the charge for animal abandonment because he can’t abandon an animal that’s not his. He was found not guilty on the charge of animal cruelty because “you cant abuse a livestock animal”. So now I’m stuck, I would like to see this man be punished for his crime. I do understand that he can’t be charged for the same crime twice but I’m curious about civil court. Animal control has a video of my neighbor admitting that he knew that the animal belonged to me. Im just curios as to what my options are now. I understand that it is a chicken and that they are slaughtered everyday for people to eat, and I have no problem with that. My issue is that the animal belonged to me and was my property that was taken by someone that has no right to take it. This same neighbor gets away with everything in my town, the local officials are corrupt but again I have no hard evidence to prove anything so that argument is useless. Any help or advice that can be given to me will be much appreciated.

Cookies, Cakes and Goodies! Oh My!

Your chance to bake ( or eat) for a good cause is here! On Thursday, Feb 7th outside the Cafe, WIL, BLSA and the Pro Bono Program will be holding a BAKE SALE to raise funds for gift cards for those families displaced at Allen-Benedict Court. We have been doing a great job collecting personal care products but there are always some things people would like to buy themselves. We should do our part to help! Not only have these residents lost their homes but their sense of community has been dispersed. They are taking each day as it comes but they have many basic human needs and challenges to face each day.

Interested in baking? YEAH Here is a link to see what others are doing. Nothing wrong with lot of chocolate cookies but they say that variety is the spice of life!

Take Note: Last time, homemade dog treats were a great hit!!

Allendale-Benedict Housing Disaster

Many of you have heard about the displacement and deaths of Section 8 housing residents from nearby (Harden Street). BLSA, WIL and Pro Bono have teamed up to try to provide some relief and comfort to these people. Many of them are elderly and all are low income. For many this has been their home for many years and they are now living in a hotel with no idea whether they will return to not. Carbon monoxide is a killer! It has seriously upset this close knit community. You can step up and help with just small things. They next time you go to the store (or even better make a special trip) pick up a few of these items and drop them in the donation boxes in the Commons. Collection will be from Jan 28- Feb. 8th