The BIG 30

You may have seen someone carrying around our big 30 and wondered what’s up!

This is the 30th Anniversary of the USC School of Law Pro Bono Program!  We are very proud of being 30 and want to share the news with everyone.  The big, red 30 even goes on the road!  Here was an amazing group at Harvest Hope Food Bank

Make sure to follow @USCLawProBono on Twitter. October is the month when law firms, association and schools celebrate pro bono and volunteers.  Each day during Oct. we are tweeting one of our student volunteers… with the big, red 30!

Volunteer to help keep the vulnerable safe

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities ( P & A) is seeking volunteers for their Team Advocacy project. This is a great project for law students as the training is not long and the actual volunteer time is limited.

As a trained Team Advocacy volunteer you will be matched with a P & A staff member. At a convenient time the Team will conduct an inspection of a community care facility. The Team will then complete a form basing the responses on their interviews of clients and observation of the staff. These reports are an important part of the system to protect those living in group homes and facilities from harm. The residents often have mental or physical limitations.

For more information: https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/law/internal/department/pro_bono/student/team_advocacy.php

If interested, contact the Pro Bono Program. They will put you in touch with the correct P & A staff member

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