Category Archives: SC Bar Pro Bono Program

Summer Research opportunity with a dash of lawyer supervision!

Greetings and I hope this finds you well.

I am reaching out to you as many of you have indicated that you might have time for a pro bono project. If you are interested and have the time over the next 4-6 weeks here is the project:

Updating information in the Law School for Non-Lawyers Handbook.
The manual sections were each drafted by an attorney and are designed for non-lawyers. It has been a few years since the material has been reviewed and updated, that is where you enter the picture.
I have attached the following:
A job description
A list of the remaining topics ( subject to change)
Tips on updating the material

After reviewing the attachments, let me know if you are interested and if so what topics appeal the most. I will do my best to assign you your choice but that may not work for everyone so have a second and third choice.  Embrace this an opportunity to explore something new.

As soon as you get in touch and are assigned a topic, review it and consider what changes you think need to be made. This is where the tips come in to play! Contact me and I will put you in touch with the attorney so that you can discuss and make changes.

Thanks for your interest in helping and hopefully you will gain some valuable experience and a new contact! And if you are too busy to commit, do not feel bad, I always appreciate honesty

LSNL Job description

Tips and instructions

LSNL TofC assigned


COVID-19 Disaster Hotline Volunteers

The SC Bar has set up a COVID-19 Disaster Hotline and is need of a team of volunteers to help retrieve and manage the incoming calls. Right now we have limited knowledge how much this hotline will be used but just in case Betsy Goodale, the SC Bar Pro Bono Program Director and I have talked and are working on step by step instructions. Bottom line, volunteers will be assigned a scheduled day of the week, when they will retrieve any messages recorded.  Once retrieved the student will determine several lines of inquiry. Is the issue COVID-19 related? Is the issue civil or criminal? The volunteer will follow a series of steps to secure more information, keep track of the process and hopefully be able to refer the client to either a local organization for help or to one of the many lawyers who have volunteered to answer questions.  The lawyers will be asked if they would like additional help from the student thus allowing for a continued connection and more experience.

At this time to sign up, simply go to: Complete the form and enter COVID-19 as the project. I will respond with much more information.

January 23, 24, 2020

For the next couple of days the SC Bar will hold its annual convention in Columbia. All day Friday, volunteer law students will be paired with attorneys attending the convention to respond to questions posted by the public to the SC Bar online forum.  Watch this space, Twitter @USCLawProBono and Instagram @USCLawProBono for photos and updates.


SC Bar Convention Special Blitz Days

A networking bonanza!!!!!

23 January24 January

This special Blitz will match teams of 4 students in shifts of 2 hours with lawyers attending the SC Bar Convention at the Columbia Convention Center. Each team will respond to questions posted by the public to

Sign up for a shift at this link:

Laptop required. No additional training needed but experience at at Friday Blitz is preferred.

Thursday’s hours are 11-5 and Friday, 9-5.