"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." President Teddy Roosevelt's famous words perfectly describe the past 20 years of the Pro Bono Program at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Working alongside hundreds of students over the years the Program has been making a difference in our community through many volunteer efforts. But the community has not been the only winner the Pro Bono Program has had a significant impact on the legal education of thousands of students over the years.
Three simple goals have been the foundation of the Program since day one. They are:
These goals are as important today as they were in 1989. They give us direction and purpose.
When it was time to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Pro Bono Program a committee of the Pro Bono Board stepped up to help. The decision was to start with a virtual celebration by bringing the alumni of the Pro Bono Program to the web to share memories. This web site is that gathering place. As the year progresses other steps will be taken to engage the pro bono community. Hint: there just might be a hot dog cookout!!
How can you celebrate our 20th Anniversary? Let us hear from you. Frequently students made connections to alumni by common interests and one of those is their joint interest and participation in the Pro Bono Program Today's students are very interested in staying connected to alumni so we ask that you let us know what you are doing. Just drop us a note at law.sc.edu/pro_bono/alumni/
In many ways it is hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the first Pro Bono Board met and decided that students should and would volunteer if offered a medley of organized and interesting projects. Each year we face the same challenges and meet them head on with even better results- a greater variety of projects and even more students generously donating their time and talents. One highlight of this 20th Anniversary celebration was the creation of a new project, the SC Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. For many years this had been just a dream but in the Fall 2010 it became a reality. The SCVLA is a true collaboration; check it out at: scvolunteerlawyersforthearts.org
Who knows what the future brings for the Pro Bono Program. Challenges are simply viewed as opportunities. Problems have solutions. Our words must be matched with actions. Students bring new ideas, increased energy and enthusiasm and each year more alumni seek ways to engage in projects to help our communities. This sounds like a recipe for success for another 20 years!