20th Anniversary Celebration

20th Anniversary Celebration Committee

20 Things You Might Not Know

20 Things You Can Do

Where are they now?

History of the Pro Bono Program

For the Good of the Order

Pro Bono Program

Where are they now?

Stefania Bondurant

What firm/organization are you working with now?
ScanSource Inc. as Assistant General Counsel

What kind of pro bono or volunteer work have you been involved in?
Before joining ScanSource Inc., when I worked for Nelson Mullins I was involved in numerous pro-bono projects (family law, children's law, international kidnap of minor, appeal of denial of refugee status; immigration/residency filing for victim (minor) of crime (murder) against a family member, adoption of minor; etc ... ). I have received the NMRS pro bono award in 2009 for the work performed in this area.

What are the main reasons why you would recommend that law students become involved in pro bono work?
It fulfills you as a human being and it makes you proud of being a lawyer. It is totally rewarding.

How would you encourage current law students to get involved with the Pro Bono program?
Just follow Pam's lead…:

Has pro bono work contributed to your sense of career satisfaction?

Did your experiences in the Pro Bono program at USC prepare you or benefit you in your career?

In your career, have you seen an overlap between your volunteer work and your sense of your own place in the community and the legal profession?

How do pro bono efforts fit in to the work of the South Carolina Bar?
The Bar should be the unified "agency" that provides for guidance and support of all those lawyers that commit their careers to help others less fortunate in our communities. I wish I could see more initiatives on their part.

What kind of perceptions, positive or negative, do you think that the bar as a whole has about attorneys who are actively involved in pro bono work?
I think the perceptions are positive, I just think that there should be more support for those attorneys that take on the difficult task of helping others less fortunate. Much time, work, preparation is involved and much and better support is needed from the Bar.

What is most memorable/best experience you had during your law school career through the Pro Bono program?
They were all memorable! Seriously!

What does the 20th Anniversary of the Pro Bono program mean to you?
It means allegiance, pride, willingness to do more and share our values.

What is your most cherished memory with Pam?
Our long conversations on how to improve the Program…

What year did you graduate from the law school?
May 2007. And I would add…that was the best time of my life. I will always bring it with me!