Category Archives: Friday Blitz

News, updates and requests!

I recently posted this on TWEN but realized that many of you have not joined us on that platform ( sigh) but not to worry, here is the information

Here are a few updates and items of interest from the Pro Bono Program
1. Buttons!  Yes, we now have reminder buttons for all volunteers to help them to remember to enter their volunteer hours into M.Y. Pro Bono: Managing Your Pro Bono. It takes less than 10 seconds and is a great habit to prepare you for those billable hour reports ( Yikes ) More information here: https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/law/internal/department/pro_bono/my_pro_bono.php
Come by the office to pick up your button!  It’s a good look!
2. Looking for just a few special volunteers from all three classes! We will form a team of super stars to create a legal information flyer for the 5th Circuit Public Defender’s office.   Time is flexible.
3. Are you just overwhelmed with school, work, life?  But still want to help the Pro Bono Program? It may not seem like much but helping us put up posters about Daniel’s Law or the Responsible Fathers Registry is simple but important.  Getting the information out about these two issues is key and a constant need.  Come by and get a packet of ready to put up posters and post as you drive around the state. Not to worry there are suggestions and information. Good for male and female students
4. 2L and 3L’s There is still room at the Friday Blitzes for this semester.  Once a month from 2:30-5 at the SC Bar Building.  A chance to work along side an attorney as you respond to questions posted by the public to an online forum.  Entertaining and a learning experience for all of us. Sign up and details here:
Any Alumni on this list? We would love to see YOU at the Friday Blitz!
5. HELP!  Not the Beatles song but the twice a month Homeless Legal Clinic.  ANY law student can conduct the intake interview.  The HELP Clinic is held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 8:30-10 at Transitions. A great way to interact with attorneys! Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a4babad2eabfe3-project
6. Last reminder! Still adding names to a list of new volunteers willing to serve as guardians ad litem in Probate Court. Once we have a list of 10-12 volunteers sign-up, a convenient training schedule will be set up! Typically this involves 4 two-hour sessions in the evening.  Once trained you will be paired with an experienced volunteer. The team will be appointed by the Probate Judge, review the file, conduct an interview of the proposed guardian and the alleged incapacitated person and file a report with the Court. Whew! Sounds like a lot but in reality each case is fascinating and do not take long. Big on experience and low on time commitment!
Have questions? want more information?  Check the web and contact the Office now
That’s all folks!
Pam Robinson. Robinspd@law.sc.edu 

Summer Friday Blitz!

Not only is it hot outside but the SC Free Legal Answers website has a backlog of burning questions!  Join us on August 2nd from 2:30-5 as we respond to those questions.

With the start of the academic year just around the corner this is a great chance to get back to work!  Good news!  No need to be dressed for success, flip flops are ok with us. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445a8a82ea1fc1-friday

and don’t forget your laptop! Yes, there will be snacks.

Pro Bono and….. a chicken

Yes, you read that correctly. Recently the question below was posted to the SC Bar online resource, www.SC.FreeLegalAnswers.org. 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: Robinspd@law.sc.edu or feel free to join us for the next Friday Blitz on Feb 15th at 2:30 in Room 389. Sign up link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445a8a82ea1fc1-friday

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.

Summer Friday Blitz

Yes, it is hot outside!  Come in and cool off on August 3rd (anytime from 1:30-5) at the SC Bar Building to help us respond to questions posted online by members of the public. The goal: get the backlog down to ZERO!

  1. I can assure you that you will learn something
  2. I promise a laugh or two
  3. I promise an extra special summer food treat
  4. Here is the link to sign up! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445a8a82ea1fc1-friday

Big Crowd at the next Friday Blitz

We have an abundance of attorneys for our next Friday Blitz but a short supply of law students!  This is a great opportunity to help the public, learn a little law, work as a team, and get grounded!  The Friday Blitz is where we work as teams responding to questions posted online by the public.  Sometimes the question is serious, sometimes complicated and sometimes just plain hilarious! The Friday Blitz is never dull!  On June 15th we will meet at Bluestein Attorneys on Taylor Street from 2:30-5.  All information and sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445a8a82ea1fc1-friday